What’s New in Media Composer 2018.4 — Now Available

By in Latest Software, NAB 2018, Video Editing

Designed to handle high volumes of mixed media, Media Composer accelerates high-res, HDR, and HD editing while eliminating time-consuming tasks. Besides the introduction of our new Media Composer family (with Media Composer starting now at just $20/month), we’ve prepared an new version (2018.4), packed with additional features that accelerate your editorial workflows. Here’s what’s new in Media Composer 2018.4 — now available!

Timeline Clip Notes Window Updates

You can now display a representative frame in the Timeline Clip Notes window. If the Frame column is displayed when you export from the context menu, Media Composer will create a subfolder of PNGs of those thumbnails.

Additionally, you can also search for text through the Timeline Quick Find field, change the font and adjust the font size for the Timeline Clip Notes, an can show/hide columns, similar to Bins.

Updates to the Marker Window

Now you can move, hide, and resize columns, change the font and adjust the font size, and search for text in the Markers window.

Column configuration and chosen font are stored with the Marker Tool settings. These are stored in the project’s setting.

Customizing Timeline Views

With this release, you can have more control when customizing Timeline Views and you can then map the views to buttons on the user interface or keyboard.

Setting Pre-Roll for Script Window and PhraseFind

When you playback a result from the Find Window or access a mark from the Script Window, you can set a pre-roll if you want to hear a few moments before the actual match to the word that has been phonetically indexed.

Color Adapters Listed in the Effect Editor

With this release, when editing in the Timeline, color adapters applied to clips are listed in the Effect Editor. This makes it easier to see which color adapter has been applied to clips.

Performing Insert Edit to an Exported Sequence

With this release, you can perform a file-based insert edit to an already exported sequence. This is helpful if you only want to replace a portion of a sequence without having to rerender the entire sequence.

Run Length Encoding for Alpha on Import

Now you can choose to import an alpha channel as either Uncompressed or as Run Length Endcoded (RLE). RLE is used to reduce storage size and bandwidth during playback. (RLE) is a form of lossless data compression where runs of data are stored as a single data value and count.

The default is Uncompressed. Access the Project Window Import Settings to select RLE compression.

iMac Pro Support

Avid Media Composer 2018.4 is now supported on Apple’s iMac Pro. Note that the iMac Pro will require the NEXIS 18.3 client.

You can find a complete list of qualified Mac and Windows workstations, laptops, and Operating Systems in the ReadMe document.


Refreshing Locked Scripts

This release includes two new script lock icon colors and status updates in the script titles to help you see the status of the Avid shared scripts. A new script lock icon color (yellow) has been added that indicates the owner of the shared script has made changes to the script. Another script lock icon color (blue) has been added that indicates that the owner of the shared script lock has released the lock and the script is now available for read/write.


Media Composer Generates iXML Metadata When Creating WAV Media

WAV media generated using Audio Export, as well as managed media in OMF (Wave) format, will include iXML metadata that follows the iXML standard as published by Gallery UK and commonly used in audio field recorders. Included in the iXML are certain audio-relevant bin columns, such as scene and take information, markers, track names, and a SMPTE standard unique media identifier.


Get more details on these features, changes and improvements in the ReadMe and What’s New documents on our Media Composer Documentation page.


Media Composer 2018.4 is now available for all customers who have a Subscription, Floating or Perpetual License with an active Upgrade and Support plan. As soon as you connect to the internet, your Avid Application Manager will notify you about the availability of this new version. If you don’t have an internet connection on your system, just download the latest version from your Avid Account or the Video Download Center.

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