Changes and Improvements in Avid Media Composer 7.0.2

Media Composer: Changes and Improvements in Media Composer 7.0.2
September 10, 2013 Wim Van den Broeck

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The following is a guest contribution from editor, Wim Van den Broeck. With almost a decade of Media Composer experience in Belgium and Spain, Wim is currently a freelance editor in Madrid. He has a huge passion for the Avid Product Family, his main tool to achieve the best possible results for his clients. You can follow him as @editorbelga on Twitter.

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Good news! Avid just released Media Composer 7.0.2 and in this blog post I want to share some of the changes and improvements that come with this release. Aside from that, it is worth mentioning that there are more than 70 bugs fixes. Media Composer 7.0.2 and NewsCutter 11.0.2 can be found in the Avid Download Center.

This is a full version of the editing application. You should uninstall the previous build from your system before you install Media Composer 7.0.2 or NewsCutter 11.0.2.

So without further ado, here are the highlights from Avid Media Composer 7.0.2:

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An additional option has been added to the Bin Settings. The option “Always keep one version of a bin in Attic” has been included with this release. This option is on by default and when enabled will always keep at least one version of each bin in the Attic. (Note: This enabled position is how previous releases of the editing application kept versions in the Attic.)

If you deselect this option, older bins may have all Attic versions removed to keep to the Max Files limit.

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The Avid Editor Services Manager has been renamed to Avid Background Services Manager. There is no functional change. The icon to access the services appears in the menu bar (Macintosh) task bar (Windows). The icon has been made more prominent, for better visibility in Windows 8.

Also changed in DMF and Background Services:
– If either background transcode or DMF is not running, the message will be “Avid Editor Services are not Running.”
– Background transcodes no longer fails on Fat32 volumes.
– A warning message will warn the user when stopping services that a job that is in progress will be stopped.

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With this release, you can select XDCAM EX 35 for capture for any project types that support XDCAM EX.

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Media Composer 7.0.2 allows you to set the bin name according to custom bin columns. The metadata for the custom bin columns is added by the AMA plug-in. For example, if the plug-in your 3rd party device has metadata for custom columns such as a reporter’s name, entering that in the Specify bin name text field will use that when naming the target bin. You can choose to set the bin name when setting up the Profile for your DMF folder.

Enter the bin name, for example, {CustomColumnName} – {CustomColumnName}

The custom name is case sensitive. You must enter the exact custom column headings in brackets.
You cannot enter any of the default bin column headings such as Format, Aspect Ratio, Audio Bit Depth, etc.

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In Media Composer 7.0.0, when clip gain was enabled, Timeline audio clips displayed 0.0 value for every mini fader.  Now in 7.0.2, the numeric display is only required for non-zero values.

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The Source Settings now appear in the Clip menu. This allows you to map to a keyboard or button. You can use this menu option if a bin is active and has an appropriate selection, or if the Composer Window is focused with the Source monitor active and a clip is loaded.

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You no longer need to have DX hardware attached to use the mouse jog/shuttle for playback. The MouseJog/Shuttle is now available in Software Only and with Open I/O.

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In Media Composer 7.0.2, names of sequences and clips that contain more than 27 characters will no longer get truncated on export.

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Lots of improvements in the AS-11 export:
– An asterisk now appears next to the mandatory fields in the AS-11 export dialog.
– The Start timecode for an AS-11 clip export is now correct.
– An AS-11 Export now exports if the bin containing the sequence is not the selected bin.
– Better responsiveness when linking to an AS11 file using Autodetect.
– SD export improvements.

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AMA QuickTime Alpha settings have been moved from the Import Settings to the AMA Settings.
Under the AMA settings, go to the Link Options tab. There you can choose Invert, Do Not Invert or Ignore for the AMA linked Alpha QT files.

Also: the AMA Relink option is now available for AMA QuickTime files with Alpha.

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You will be happy to know that among the big list of bug fixes, there is:

– The space bar and other keys now immediately respond when pressed.
– Exported Wave and QuickTime files now always contain the Master Fader effects.
– Turning pan knobs on the Audio Mixer Tool now updates the numeric display until the mouse click is released.
– The AMA Plugin is now listed in the DMF profile Summary pane.
– And the Horizontal Mouse Wheel Scrolling is back!

Read all about the 70+ bug fixes in the 7.0.2 and 11.0.2 ReadMe.

Don’t forget to get the latest AMA plugins for use with Media Composer 7.0.2.

If you have more questions about these changes and improvements, don’t hesitate to post them on the Avid Community.

Enjoy #MC702 !

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As editor-in-chief at Avid Blogs, I'm excited to bring you inspiring content on creative editorial and compelling stories from the post production world. You can find me on Twitter at @editorbelga.