Media Composer 3.1

Avid released Media Composer v3.1 on Tuesday. The release mainly offers support for Video Satellite in Pro Tools 8, which allows MC and PT systems to be locked together over an ethernet connection and to play in sync, with either one acting as a master. It’s a very cool idea and if you’re running a mixing stage it may mean a lot to you.

For the rest of us there are quite a few bug fixes, which are detailed in the readme, and which you can find here. If you’d rather not download the pdf and wade through it, Larry Jordan has helpfully reposted the “changed in 3.1” and “fixed in 3.1” sections on his site, HDFilm Tools. Several of the bug fixes have to do with FilmScribe and EDL Manager.

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5 Comments on “Media Composer 3.1”

  1. Adam S. Says:

    Ran into a problem after upgrading from 3.05 to 3.1. When opening audio suite I kept getting main thread error. The short is the uninstaller doesn’t remove the digidesign plugins. The new installer overwrites the plugins in the folder. They took out two plugins stereo mixer.dpm and surround mixer.dpm in 3.1 due to problems. Delete them from library/application support/digidesign/plugins and everything works fine.

    Avid forum link.

  2. Steve Says:

    Good tip. Thanks!

  3. Steve Says:

    Looks like 3.1 has been pulled by Avid due to performance problems. Very slow with long, complex sequences, at least according to reports on Avid-l.

  4. Adam S. Says:

    New Version 3.1.1 is up on avid’s website. Supposedly fixes performance problems.

  5. Steve Says:

    From the readme file:

    Fixed in Avid Media Composer v3.1.1

    This release included a dongle manager fix and an editor performance
    issue fix. The Installing the Software procedure was also updated to include the
    following information:

    (Macintosh Only) If you are upgrading from a previous version of the
    Macintosh editing application, remove the Stereo Mixer.dpm and Surround Mixer.dpm
    plug-ins from the following location:
    Macintosh HD/Library/Application Support/Digidesign/Plug-Ins

    If you do not remove these files, you might experience problems with
    the AudioSuite Tool.

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