Avid Releases MC 6.5

Avid released Media Composer and Symphony 6.5 yesterday. Details are in this press release, and in this new features page. The What’s New pdf is here. The new version offers several new features for file based delivery (JPEG 2000, AS-02 archives and AMA writeback), but the changes that will appeal most to working editors lie in the way the system deals with audio keyframes. You can now cut and paste selected keyframes from one clip to another, and can move groups of keyframes together. There are also quick keyboard shortcuts to raise and lower selected keyframes in one-db increments and to move keyframes left/right a frame at a time; and there are menu picks that allow you to remove hidden audio keyframes. I’ve lobbied for these changes for years and am thrilled to see them implemented in this release.

6.5 also allows you to move non-adjacent clips in the timeline — meaning that you can now select and drag a series of clips separated by filler, without selecting the filler. That too, has been long in coming and is most welcome. Finally, the system now supports 64 audio voices. Voices aren’t the same as tracks, which are still limited to 24. But now that we can cut and mix stereo and 5.1 tracks, it’s easy to blow past the old 16-voice limit. All in all, it should be a very useful release. It’s available now with a Media Composer upgrade price of $500. Students get it for free.

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4 Comments on “Avid Releases MC 6.5”

  1. Loren Says:

    Super! Are there keyboard shortcuts for *selecting* one or more audio keyframes in a track or clip, Steve?

  2. James Beattie Says:

    you can adjust a range of keyframes by marking in and out on the timeline. All in that range will be adjusted when you drag

  3. digi Says:

    Is it possible to keyframe all the 3D stereoscopic settings like convergance, etc? Tryin to figure out how to do that in MC 6.0x.

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