Media Composer 8.3.1 Adds Extra Features for High Resolution Workflows

By in Media Composer Updates, Video Editing

In today’s update of Media Composer | Software (8.3.1), editors receive lots of new features to improve their high-res (UHD, 2K, 4K) workflows within the most proven video editing software in the industry. This update will show up as an Editor Patch or Full Installer in your Application Manager when connected to the Internet. If you don’t have an internet connection on your edit system, just download the latest version from your Master Avid Account or the Video Download Center.

If you have a Subscription, Floating or Perpetual License that is under an active Upgrade & Support plan you are entitled to this new update. Find more details on these features, changes and bug fixes in the “ReadMe” and “What’s New Guide” on the Media Composer | Software Documentation page from the Avid Knowledge Base.

QuickTime Export for DNxHR

Media Composer now includes QuickTime codecs for DNxHR media. This allows you to perform a QuickTime Movie export or QuickTime Reference export of higher than HD resolution media. Both “Same as Source” and Custom exports are supported.

The DNxHR codec is available in the Standard Video Compression Settings in the QuickTime movie Export Settings dialog.

Support for XAVC-I UHD/4K

With this new release you can AMA link, consolidate, and export greater than HD XAVC-I media. You’ll also see better performance when doing decode or playback functions. You can AMA link through the following XAVC-I plug-ins:

  • XAVC-I (Sony XDCAM AMA plug-in v3.40)
  • XAVC-I MXF (Avid MXF OP1a AMA plug-ins)

Export DNxHR as MXF OP1a

The Avid editing application now supports exporting DNxHR as MXF OP1a wrapped media. You can output up to 16 channels of audio and ancillary data. Go to AMA File Export, or right-click the sequence and select AMA File Export to access the AMA File Export Dialog.

Media Creation Default Change

The AMA Source/Scaling Quality option in the Media Creation Mixdown & Transcode Setting now defaults to Full Quality instead of Half Quality (Good).

Mac GPU Support

Certain Effects can now be accelerated using GPU hardware on Mac systems. You can find a new text file called “QualifiedGpuBoards.txt” in HD/Applications / Avid Media Composer / SupportingFiles / Config, which opens up support for the listed boards, handing off some of the processing to the GPU.

The supported GPU effects are the same on the Mac side as on the PC side and will result in an improvement of playback performance (with effects) and rendering.

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