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Avid Media ComposerPart 1: Download And Go?
If you have done any serious video editing, then you know the name 'Avid'. Today, it is still the name considered by many as the granddaddy of all editing systems and the One That Started It All - in the digital world anyway.
For a long time, if you owned a PC or Mac, you couldn't just buy the Avid software and slap it on your hard. Oh no. You had to buy a full 'turn-key' system that was suitably Avid certified, and this was top of the range Mac or Windows NT system with the appropriate price tag.
Just as it did with many analogue-based systems though, the company probably most responsible for opening the video editing floodgates and whilst not kicking Avid off its throne, certainly threw a few footstools around for the plebs to sit on was Adobe with the venerable Premiere 4.2.
From those heady days grew the plethora of systems we know today, from the lowly Windows Movie Maker and iMovie to top shelf systems such as Grass Valley Edius 7, Sony Vegas Pro 12, Final Cut Pro and their ilk.
But Avid is still very much around, and still the company of choice to turn to for institutions ranging from TV stations to high-end production houses. In light of this, we asked the good folk at Avid if we could please have a copy of the latest Avid Media Composer editing package so we could have a play and see what all the fuss is about.
Here are the findings.
When you buy Media Composer, what you get - well what we got - is a card much like a credit card with a download code and system ID on it. You go to a specific website, create a user account and jump through a series of hoops to download the installation software. It is not a quick process, so allow a few hours.
While this is not as simple as say, installing from a DVD - not by a long shot - it's nowhere near as such a pain as our installation of Avid ProTools the next day was. This has the added complication of having a USB security dongle that also has to be registered and unlocked. It took a fair while to work out that it and the Firefox browser and not on good terms so we wasted many hours before deciding to have a crack at it with IE which worked.
More to come ....
David is the owner and publisher of AusCam Online. He has a background in media dating back to 1979 when he first got involved with photojournalism in motorsport, and went from there into technology via a 5 year stint with Tandy Computers.
Moving back to WA, David wrote scripts for Computer Television for video training for the just released Windows and Office 95 among others, and was then lured to Sydney to create web sites for the newly commercial Internet in 1995, building hundreds of sites under contract to OzEmail including Coates Hire, Hertz Queensland, John Williamson, the NSW Board of Studies and many, many more.
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