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Avid Media Composer version 8.3

Posted 2 months ago by Simon Day - Posted in General

In case you missed it over the Christmas period, we'd like to remind you that Avid Media Composer has been updated to version 8.3 

What's new?

High Resolution Sequence Formats Supported by Media Composer

The editing application supports higher than HD sequence formats.

High-Res Output 

The editing application supports exporting DPX (Windows and Mac) and exporting ProRes 444 (Mac only)

Resolution Independence 

You can now edit and playback UHD, 2K, and 4K sequences on your Timeline, as well as transcode, render and output high-resolution formats.

Color Management

Media Composer supports BT/Rec. 2020 and DCI-P3 color spaces.

Frame Rates 

The editing application supports additional frame rates.

A new Avid codec family, DNxHR will support any frame size to allow 4K and proxy workflows.

Play and Render Sequence in Proxy

You can work with a “Proxy Timeline”. You can play your sequence at 1/4 or 1/16 of the current project resolution.

High-Res 4K Monitor Support

You can preview your media at Full Size through the “Full Screen Playback” option.

Title Tool Replacement for High Resolution Projects

For higher than HD projects, use the New Blue Titler to create titles.

And more.

Take a look at our plugins available for Avid Media Composer.


Posted by Simon Day
Tags: Avid , Media Composer ,

ZBrush 4R7 Coming this Month

Posted 2 months ago by Simon Day - Posted in General
Readers will be pleased to know that the new ZBrush 4R7 is on the way this January, after being delayed from December due to development and testing. This has been confirmed by the founder of Pixologic, Ofer Alon:  

"We originally planned for this release to take place before the end of this year. As it turns out, due to the sheer volume of development involved in creating the first ever 64-bit versions of ZBrush for both Windows and Macintosh, it is taking a little longer than expected. There are effectively four versions to test — twice as many as in previous releases. With that in mind, I feel that we should take the time to fine-tune and deliver the very best possible capstone to the 4.x series in order to allow you to gain the most benefit from the new features. We have therefore decided to postpone the release of Z4R7 from December to January."

The video below demonstrates the capabilities of the new version, revealing the following:

- Conveniently create high polygon models (without decimation) by clicking a single button that can be transferred over to KeyShot
- Apply KeyShot materials directly to the mesh
- Maintain settings and properties for size, position, and MatCaps® between ZBrush and KeyShot
- Adjust the HDR Environment lighting to create the perfect Final Render  

Also in case you missed this back in August, see more of what 4R7 can do. This was filmed at the ZBrush summit, definitely worth checking out for a refresher before the upcoming release.


Keep your eyes peeled for more news and the confirmed release date soon.

Posted by Simon Day
Tags: Pixologic , ZBrush 4R7 ,

Avid Pro Tools 11.3 Update Released

Posted 3 months ago by Simon Day - Posted in General
System Requirements and Compatibility with Pro Tools 11 Software
Pro Tools 11.3 supports Mac OS X 10.10 & 10.10.1 (Yosemite), 10.9.5 (Mavericks) and 10.8.5 (Mountain Lion)
Pro Tools 11.3 supports Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Windows 7 and Windows 7 SP1
Avid Artist, S3, and MCPro Users: EuControl and Workstation are not officially qualified with Yosemite at this time. Upgrading to Yosemite is not recommended yet for use with these products. If using Pro Tools 11.3 with these on Mountain Lion or Mavericks you should install EuControl 3.2 or higher (My Artist Login)
S6 owners should update to version 1.3 to use Pro Tools 11.3 (Avid Account > My Products > S6 Software Update > Show)
HDX Firmware Update
Pro Tools 11.2.2 and higher requires a firmware update for HDX cards
Firmware update takes place during Pro Tools launch
The firmware update was tested for backwards compatibility with Pro Tools 10.3.6 and later
Late Breaking Technical Issues
Pro Tools 11.1.x Satellite Link and Video Satellite compatibility updates (details)
Owners of ReVibe, Space and X-Form should update to the 11.2.2 versions of these plug-ins (available from the individual plug-in pages or your Avid account)
Posted by Simon Day
Tags: Avid , Update , Pro Tools ,

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