Media Composer 3.0.5 / Select Right

Media Composer version 3.0.5 was released this week and, along with some key bug fixes, it offers a couple of important new features.

First and foremost, it allows you to select all clips to the right or left of the blue cursor, or all clips between marks. This makes it trivially easy to open up space in the middle of a complex, overlapped timeline. Just select all tracks, hit the new “select right” button and drag everything to the right. Voila, you’ve got a nice empty space in your timeline, without cutting up any clips or doing any cleanup work. Final Cut has had a similar feature for a long time, but it’s a valuable and nicely implemented addition to the MC.

Select Right makes it easy to go from this:

to this:

You’ll find buttons for these new features in the Edit tab of the command palette.

Second, you can now generate a report with lots of useful information about a particular sequence or source clip. You’ll find this in the “Get Clip Info” or “Get Sequence Info” windows, which have been expanded. For sequences, you can list all your effects or sources, among other things.

You access these reports by clicking in the source or record window and selecting “Get Sequence Info” or “Get Clip Info” from the File menu. You can also use the contextual menu — on the Mac, hold down shift and control and click on the source or record window.

Other changes in this release include a very important fix to the Save All command so that Autosave doesn’t waste time saving unchanged bins (hallelujah!), and a fix to the burn-in tool so it doesn’t crash over black segments when showing source info. There’s also a fix to trim mode so that when trimming two head or tail frames (a new feature in version 3) you’ll hear correct scrub audio. There’s a helpful fix to segment drag sync locks (in timeline settings), and a fix to the locator window so you don’t have to see it every time you create a locator.

All in all, this is a very useful release. Avid says it has only been qualified for OS X 10.5.4. I installed it on 10.5.5 and it seems okay so far.

If you’re using Media Composer software-only and you’ve already got version 3, you can download the update here. As usual, you must uninstall first. Avid really ought to fix that. The system should check for updates and do whatever uninstalling is needed automatically.

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5 Comments on “Media Composer 3.0.5 / Select Right”

  1. Steve Says:

    One additional note — it looks like the Firewire/Leopard bug has not been killed. You still have to use OS X Tiger (10.4.11) if you are running Adrenaline or older Mojo hardware.

  2. Michael H Says:

    Supposedly the firewire bug was fixed in 10.5.5, which isn’t approved but is being tested by Avid. Perhaps the next release will be approved for 10.5.5, or this one will be when testing is done. There are a lot of people running it, though, and say they aren’t having problems.

  3. Steve Says:

    I’ve just been informed that the Firewire bug has been officially fixed and that Adrenaline has now been qualified with Leopard 10.5.5. So that’s another reason to get this release.

    The updated readme is here.

  4. imran Says:

    Mac OS X 10.5.5 is now approved with Avid Media Composer v3.0.5

    Imran Ramzan
    Avid, UK & EMEA Customer Support Specialist

  5. Richard Halsey Says:

    Wow ! what great information, I am starting a new picture and producers want to cut on Avid,
    May I call you with some questions? I have been on FCP mostly the last 5 years.

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