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Things to know about the new Avid Media Composer licenses…

Posted: 10 Jun 2018 03:21 PM PDT

NAB 2018 saw Avid release a new licensing scheme. There’s a new license in town and the good news is, it’s cheaper! But what’s the catch? Here’s a quick guide…

Image from Avid Technology site.

Well, actually there’s not really too much of a catch unless you intend to use shared storage… let me tell you more.

Licenses

Licensing edit suites should be easy, but it’s usually not. While it might not be your responsibility, it’s a good idea as an Avid Assistant, to be aware of what license type you have on your workstation. Make sure it won’t run out mid-project or, if it is a monthly subscription license, does your workstation have Internet access to reactive a monthly subscription? Let’s get a better idea of how Avid licensing works.

Electronic licensing for Media Composer is done through the Application Manager. You purchase your license through the Avid website as either a perpetual or subscription license. Once finalised, your licencing information is placed into your Avid Account and from this information, your workstations can be activated. But what is the difference between these two license types?

Perpetual Licenses

This is simply a software activated license that is purchased for a single price and last for 12 months. The big advantage of this license is that it NEVER expires.  If you do not renew your license at the end of the 12 months then your Media Composer is limited to the last release closest to your licences end date. If you renew your licence you will be able to access upgrade for the next 12 months and so on.

Optional extras with Media Composer are

• Media Composer | Symphony Option which can include includes Boris Continuum Complete Lite

• Media Composer | NewsCutter Option

• Media Composer | Production Pack – includes

• NewBlue Titler Pro 2

• Sorenson Squeeze

• iZotope Insight

Subscription License

This allows you to rent Media Composer on a month to month basis. Rather than stumping up for 12 months up front, this means you can reduce your costs by paying month by month. It also has the added benefit of giving you access to options you would have to purchase if you have a perpetual license. So that’s:

• Media Composer® | Software

• Media Composer | Symphony® Option

• NewBlue Titler Pro 2.5

• Sorenson Squeeze Lite

• Boris Continuum Complete Lite

• iZotope Insight (30-day trial)

• Avid Support (including all software updates/upgrades)

The monthly subscription also means that when you don’t need Media Composer you don’t pay for it.

Media Composer Types

Media Composer | First

For people just starting out in editing, Media Composer | First delivers a complete, yet streamlined creative toolset built on Avid’s renowned editing model – for free – with all the features and functionality that can be published to popular social media channels.

NAB 2018 saw the release of Media Composer 2018.4 and while the license types remain the same this version brought with it 2 separate ‘models’ of Media Composer.

Media Composer – Sort of new…

For a lot of people working on Media Composer, they require the editing package to function on a single machine in a ‘non-collaborative’ manner. By this Avid means, we are not using it on their shared storage systems, Avid ISIS or Avid NEXIS. Users can still share content via pocket drives and move bins around freely but with this restriction comes the added benefit of a 50% reduction in price. A license can be had for as little as US$19.99 per month.

Media Composer Ultimate – NEW

This new term is, in effect, the old Media Composer license price point, with added software options bundled in. Support for Shared Projects on Avid ISIS and NEXIS is added but we now also receive  ScriptSync, PhraseFind and Symphony option in the same bundle. This is the option that most Post Houses will go for. Compare the models and their functions here

Extra Notes

Here are a few other items you should be aware of…

30 Day Trails

Avid has long allowed you to download Media Composer and run it on a 30-day trial. It’s worthwhile noting that when running in trial mode all the options are enabled, to give you an Ultimate License.

Existing Customers

If you already had a subscription in place before the new license release you will receive an Ultimate License. If you want to reduce your monthly cost, then you will need to end your old license and start a new one at the reduced cost.

Avid Support

When you purchase your Media Composer license you will have the ability to raise support cases should you experience issues with your system. If you require extended support, this can also be purchased and added to your account/license. For more information see the links below.

Here’s Avid view on the new family of licenses. and some useful links for help with Avid licensing.

Media Composer Licenses FAQ

Media Composer software support contract license update

Media-Composer-Renewal-Process

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Simon Editing on Kevin Liddy’s ‘The Suffering Kind’

With it’s broadcast premiere on RTE 2’s Shortscreen Monday Night (15th February at 11:40pm), the journey of this intriguing short film is coming full circle. Back in September 2013 director Kevin Liddy contacted me with a hard drive and script under the arm asking if i would take a look at the footage he filmed with DOP Declan Quinn (Leaving Las Vegas, Breakfast on Pluto, In America) in New York.

Shot on 35mm film the approach was to keep to Kevin’s script as much as possible while also allowing the footage to naturally form creative ideas in the edit. Using Avid Media Composer the film was edited over a number of months (some 14-16 passes) while all the time experimenting with Kevin’s vision and Rori Coleman‘s superb music composition.

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Simon (editor) with Kevin Liddy (Dir) and Rori Coleman (music) at the screening of The Suffering Kind.

The Suffering Kind has done the rounds on the film festival circuit including:

Galway Film Fleadh 2014

WoodStock Film Festival 2014

Indie Cork Film Festival – Winner of the Spirit of the Indie Cork Film Festival Award (2014)

Limerick Film Festival 2015

Liverpool Irish Festival 2015

Seattle Film Festival 2015

 

Following the broadcast The Suffering Kind will be available to watch again online on the RTE Player.

the suffering kind POSTER

This Monday’s Shortscreen is THE SUFFERING KIND, directed by Kevin Liddy (Country; Horse..) and shot by Declan Quinn (Leaving Las Vegas; In America; Breakfast on Pluto..).
It’s the story of a recently sober sanitation worker in upstate New York, getting through the days as best he can. He whiles away the hours, his woman gone though still around, his road getting narrower, his nights longer. Father Jim is an inner city priest keeping an eye on Micheal’s sobriety. The past is like a sad lullaby that haunts him so close it’s all he can hear. Then reality comes knocking.
RTÉ2: Monday @ 11:40pm

Simon (editor) with Kevin Liddy (Dir) and Rori Coleman (music) at the screening of The Suffering Kind.

Simon (editor) with Kevin Liddy (Dir) and Rori Coleman (music) at the screening of The Suffering Kind.

It was a great honour to have been the editor on this project and to have had the opportunity to work closely with Kevin and others including Music Composer, Rori Coleman.

The screening is Monday 15th, RTE 2 at 11:40pm and it will then be on the RTE player. Please pass on the link when it becomes available.

Simon.

St Marys Cathedral, Limerick.

St Marys Cathedral, Limerick.

On June 14th I had the great pleasure of filming the Ordination of the Reverend Edna Wakely to the Priesthood. This event took place at the landmark and historical setting of St Mary’s Cathedral, in Limerick City.

With a large audience in attendance as well as a full choir and parish guests, the ordination was recorded using a 5 camera setup in strategic locations around the cathedral.

The post workflow was a ‘multi-cam edit’ in Avid Media Composer and finally outputted to DVD and digital file for posting.

 

 

Avid-everywhere

Avid recently launched the latest concept for their flagship NLE software; Avid Everywhere.

According to their website:

Avid Everywhere is our strategic vision for helping content creators and media organizations connect with consumers more powerfully, efficiently, collaboratively, and profitably.

The Avid Everywhere vision is guiding our development of the most fluid end-to-end, distributed media production environment in the industry. The Avid MediaCentral Platform, in conjunction with the corresponding Artist SuiteMedia SuiteStorage Suite, and upcoming private and public marketplaces, will together form a comprehensive ecosystem that encompasses everything from media creation to distribution and monetization, addressing every aspect of the new digital media value chain.

There was a webinar streamed with this announcement along with information on the requirements for those who wish to acquire accreditation or upgrade their existing accreditation as a certified User or Instructor.

A full white paper on Avid Everywhere is available HERE.

More soon.

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TSK Shoot

THE SUFFERING KIND directed by Kevin Liddy (Country, Horse) with cinematography by Oscar® nominated Declan Quinn (Rachel Getting Married, The Reluctant Fundementalist, Leaving Las Vegas). The film stars Keith Leonard, Reagan Bongiorno, Vahe Katros, Edward Crawford, Joe James.

Somewhere up the Hudson river, two men, an inner city priest and a sanitation worker, grapple with the ghosts of their past, the longings that haunt them and a chance to set them free. What happens when the treasure you seek is inside you?

(Taken from http://www.hudsonvalleyfilmcommission.org/newsletter/2013_filmproduction.htm)

The film is in post production with myself at the helm and we are cutting on Avid Media Composer.

After a very intense week of training and examinations recently, I have achieved Avid Media Composer 6 Certification in both User and Instructor categories.
For anyone wishing to become an Avid editor I would recommend checking out this certification. A good way of refreshing the skills.

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