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Avid Media Composer 5.0 implements some new editing features.  These features are very similar to the editing features within Final Cut Pro.

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These new editing features allow the user to bypass the traditional trim and segment editing modes.  You can now trim and drag clips directly within the timeline without having to enter into a specific mode. There's also a new 'link selection toggle', which automatically selects a clip's corresponding audio when dragging a clip within the timeline.

These features can be toggled on/off, which means you can choose to stay with the legacy editing functions if you choose not to use these new features. 

If you choose to have all the new features enabled, the position if your mouse cursor is important in terms of which editing function is active.

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In the long awaited release of Media Composer 5.0, you can now link directly to QuickTime files using Avid's AMA feature.

This is great news for users who use a workflow that combines software products from Final Cut Studio.  Avid Media Composer 5.0 also includes support for QuickTime files using the Pro Res Codec.

The process can't be much easier.  Just navigate to the file menu and choose 'Link to AMA volume'.

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Wham! by choosing a folder, the native QuickTime clips automatically show up in an Avid Media Composer bin. No transcoding is required! 

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This process is very similar to the workflow within Final Cut Pro.  The Avid is referencing the files from their original location.  Clips that are referenced directly outside of Avid's MXF folder structure will appear in bright yellow.

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Avid Technology is now shipping Media Composer 5.0.  If you are running an earlier version, I highly recommend upgrading your Media Composer software.

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  • Work natively with QT movies (including Apple Pro Res 4:2:2)
  • Support for Matrox Mini Hardware
  • Real-Time Animatte effects
  • New Drag and Drop Functionality
  • Support for consumer AVCHD cameras
  • You can now mix and match different frames sizes, resolutions and aspect ratios in the same timeline.
  • Improved Drag-Drop functionality.
There are many other improvements and features not mentioned here.  Visit www.avid.com for additional information. 


UPS.pngIf lighting struck your studio, what would happen to your editing system? Many editors protect their editing system with a surge protector, which will keep the electrical surge of the lighting strike from entering your editing system. This is an absolute must, but plain-vanilla surge protectors–especially the cheap kind–wear down over time.  Be sure your surge protector is UL-listed, mail in your warranty card, and if you use a consumer-grade surge protector, you'd be wise to find one with a light, alarm, or cut-off that kicks in to warn you when the surge protector has worn out.

Remember that lightning surges can enter your system through any physical metal connection to the outside world, including any Ethernet, antenna, co-ax, or phone cables as well as power cables.  Many surge protectors shield some or all of these types of connection, so bear them in mind as you tally up your surge protector needs.

The other question you have to ask yourself is can I keep working if the power goes out, or at least get my current work saved, and my system properly shut down?

Using a UPS (Uninterruptible Power Supply) is a very responsible decision for protecting your editing system, as well as your work. A UPS puts a substantial battery between your system and the outside world, so any excess surge sinks straight into the battery without passing through to your system.  The UPS will not only act as a very effective surge protector, but it will also provide emergency power to your system for as long as the battery lasts.  That will allow you to continue working, or at least get your current work saved, and your system shut down.

Most UPS units have a number of outlets to plug in equipment, and all provide some degree of surge protection as well as back up power for a short time after the power goes out. If you are not currently using a UPS, you should highly consider getting ahold of one. Price varies with battery size and maximum voltage, but entry-level models are available at your local big-box discounter for under $100, which is more than reasonable based on the protection they provide.


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