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Media Composer 7: Guides and Documentation

he following is a guest contribution from editor, Wim Van den Broeck. With almost a decade of Media Composer experience in Belgium and Spain, Wim is currently a freelance editor in Madrid. He has a huge passion for the Avid Product Family, his main tool to achieve the best possible results for his clients. You can follow him as @editorbelga on Twitter.



A few weeks ago, Media Composer 7, Avid’s latest editing application was launched. This new version got a very warm welcome and has generated quite an enthusiastic “buzz” on Social Media. But maybe you are still looking for some additional info? What new features can I use? Will this application run on my system? How do I install? And where can I find the Manual? Hopefully, this list of useful Guides and Documentation can help you answer those questions.

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Installation guide

This guide is intended to assist you with installing and starting your application. You will also find information on how to activate your software and how to install any third party software. Additionally, instructions on how to deactivate and uninstall your Avid product can be found in this guide.

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What’s New

A complete list of changed and new features in Avid Media Composer 7.  It provides a quick summary and brief explanation of Dynamic Media Folders, Background Services, Editing High-Resolution Media, FrameFlex, Color Management, Cached Waveforms and many other novelties in MC7.

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This document describes compatibility issues with previous releases, software installation instructions, hardware and software requirements, and summary information on system and memory requirements. This document also lists hardware and software limitations.

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Editing Guide

Remember the big manuals from the old days? Well this is the same thing, but in a handy, downloadable document. This guide contains the task-oriented instructions, conceptual information, and reference information you need to use the features of your Avid editing application. This guide is intended for all users, from beginning to advanced.

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Effects and Color Correction Guide

This guide provides conceptual information and step-by-step instructions for the effects and color correction features of your Avid editing application. It also provides reference information for every effect and effect parameter available in your application. It also provides in-depth information on using Advanced Color Correction, available through the Symphony Option (starting at page 716).

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File-Based Workflow Guide

File-based workflows can greatly accelerate post-production, replacing real-time tape capture with much faster file-based import along with the integral metadata to preserve image quality throughout the editing pipeline. With the emergence of new digital cameras that can record images with higher precision and dynamic range, media can come in varying size, resolution, aspect ratio, frame rate, compression, and color encoding (color model, bit depth, gamma). This guide shows you that  your Avid application has adapted to allow better handling of resolutions and color encoding that these cameras and formats are constantly introducing.

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Avid Qualified Systems and IO hardware

2 documents (Win & Mac) with a listing of workstations and laptops that have been qualified by Avid for use with Media Composer.  Avid dedicates a significant amount of engineering resources and time to test and qualify specific platform configurations. As new systems get tested and qualified, this document will be updated.

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Version Matrix

An interesting chart that describes what Operating System, QuickTime version, and nVidia driver you should install for the different versions of Avid Media Composer. (Windows and Mac charts are combined in the same document).

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