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Collaborate Better! Sharing Avid, Adobe, Autodesk, Resolve Projects Across The Team

Collaborate Better! Sharing Avid, Adobe, Autodesk, Resolve Projects Across The Team

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Empower Your Team To Collaborate Better

Production teams no longer use just a single tool to tell a story. Graphics teams may need to work in Autodesk, Colorist has their favorite settings in DaVinci Resolve and Editors might be split between Premiere Pro and Media Composer. You need a strategy to get all these teams, projects, and files organized in a way that enhances collaboration and sharing.

In this episode of Broadcast2Post, we’re diving deep into best practices for enhancing collaboration and sharing using the most popular creative video tools in a cohesive workflow. First, Jeff is going to dive into the ground rules of configuration. Second, we’re inviting our technology partners to demonstrate a few collaboration tools to consider. Then we’ll end the show with a panel discussion of post production customers and industry experts answering your questions live.

You don’t want to miss this one.

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If you’re looking to setup a collaborative editing workflow for your facility- look no further! Our engineers are standing by to give you a free evaluation of the equipment you’ll need to be successful. Contact us for details!

What Is Avid Media Composer | Enterprise?

What Is Avid Media Composer | Enterprise?

Avid Media Composer has been the backbone editing software platform of choice for motion pictures, television, documentary post production and film schools for years. Media Composer has continued to be the standard for broadcast and productions that require a higher level of collaboration- large volumes of media, file deliverables, and teams working from anywhere. Not to mention Phrasefind, Scriptsync, and Pro Tools integration- but we can save that for another blog.

Avid Media Composer | Enterprise takes what Media Composer is good at and adds a new level of functionality for Facility Engineers, Director of Production Operations, and creative collaborators alike. Enterprise consists of three products- MediaCentral | Editorial Management, Avid MediaCentral | Cloud UX, and Media Composer: Distributed Processing. We will go over these in more detail below.

Alright, let’s get into the Avid Media Composer | Enterprise products and how it will help your post production become more efficient.

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Customizing Media Composer Layouts For Users

Media Composer | Enterprise allows an administrator to customize the Media Composer interface based on roles and functions at your post house or media facility. The site administrator can go into the specific settings for a user or a group, and select specific functions that can be performed. Different options and features can be toggled on/off, including function settings in the bins, tracks, outputs, project formats, project creation, framerates, and other tools within Media Composer. For security, the ability to export cuts, or export to file can also be added or removed for specific users.

The layout of the Media Composer UI can be customized and then standardized for specific users based on their role- like Assistant Editor, Editor, Producer- or other groups created by the facility engineer. This provides your team a clean slate, helping giving staff the tools they need while removing the clutter of features and menus that may confuse them.

Important Note: Avid MediaCentral | Cloud UX is required in addition to Avid Media Composer | Enterprise licenses to access the Enterprise Admin Tool.

MediaCentral | Editorial Management Puts Media and Projects In A Browser

Small to Mid-Size Post Houses that need to find footage fast, collaborate easily, and create stories quickly will dig the features in MediaCentral | Editorial Management. Facility administrators can allow their teams to access shared projects, files, and media from a web browser located on-premise, or anywhere in the world- depending on how you want it setup.

MediaCentral | Editorial Management can be really powerful for collaborating, reviewing, and providing feedback with timecode-based comments. Alerts can be setup, so users collaborating on a project can review feedback, and notes can even be reviewed directly inside a Media Composer or Adobe Premiere Pro timeline.

Assistant Editors can log metadata, and create simple timeline edits from a web browser, that can then be shared to other members of the team.

Similar to the customization available in Media Composer, files, features and layouts in Editorial Management can be fully customized down to users and groups.

Avid Media Composer | Distributed Processing Cuts Down On Coffee Breaks

You hit the export button in Media Composer, then what? Coffee time! No, no, no- get back to work!

Avid Media Composer | Distributed Processing allows you to offload exports and renders to any workstation on your network. You can also put your unused, or older computers, servers, and workstations to work by networking them together as a powerful media render and transcode farm. Distributed Processing can also be tracked, managed and monitored jobs based on a web-based dashboard.

While Distributed Processing is a simple product, it is an important one. Instead of waiting for jobs to complete, Distributed Processing keeps you in your creative zone, so you can continue working in Media Composer and have more time to spend crafting your story.

Adobe Premiere Pro And MediaCentral | Editorial Management

Avid is making a big push to open up its environments with other third party editing and graphics software used by large creative teams. The Adobe Premiere Pro integration is a big first step, giving Adobe users a MediaCentral | Panel accessible inside Premiere Pro. The Panel can be used to locate clips, sequences, and comments prepared by other collaborators in Editorial Management.

This means you can have Assistant Editors preparing simple sequences, tagging metadata, and assembling media that can then be pulled directly into the editors Adobe Premiere Pro timeline.

Project and File locking is also available to help teams collaborate without overwriting each other’s work.

The Road Ahead – Installing Avid Media Composer | Enterprise

To get the full value of Avid Media Composer | Enterprise, you’ll need to consider several products within suite. An evaluation call with be needed to assess the features that are needed, the amount of licenses and types of employees accessing the media, and how it will all connect into your greater production pipeline.

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Upgrade To Avid Subscription, Get Avid Ultimate Features, and An Additional License

In an effort to support post production companies that are juggling work between their ‘office edit bay’ and their ‘home edit bay,’ Avid is offering an upgrade to Media Composer | Ultimate subscription, and providing an additional Media Composer | Ultimate subscription license to businesses that commit to a new subscription model. Essentially, providing two Media Composer subscription licenses for every Media Composer perpetual license converted- regardless of what version you are currently using.

Pay the regular new subscription price for your existing seat-count, then add the extra seats based on the appropriate uplift percentage. Essentially, pay the equivalent of what you would have paid for their current seat count for support over the last 12 months, then add the extra seats based on the appropriate uplift charge.

It it admittedly a complex promotion, and we recommend you reach out to Key Code Media directly to get the fine print details. In the meantime, below is a breakdown of some key reasons to consider converting to Media Composer subcription right now.

How Does This Help Me?

A post production operation would take their regular seat-count they already own and add extra seats to cover any future lockdown or disaster recovery. This gives you two licenses- one perpetual, one subscription- for the price of one. Your existing Media Composer perpetual license also gets upgraded to the latest version of Media Composer | Ultimate- regardless of the current version of media composer that the facility uses.

Double the licenses, can help you in a few ways:

  • Remote Ready – Give editors juggling stay-at-home and at-facility content, the ability to take one license home, while also having access to the license at their ‘office edit bay.’
  • Test Drive The New Media Composer – Keep editing your current old-version Media Composer projects on one system, while reserving another computer for testing out the latest functionality in Media Composer 2020.
  • More Management Functionality – The latest version of Media Composer | Ultimate, unlocks the ability to upgrade to Avid Enterprise, allowing facility managers to completely customize Media Composer layout and functions for each specific post-production role.

What about users that have systems that aren’t covered by support?

  • If you have an old version that is not currently under support and would like to take advantage of this deal, they can either:
    • Pay the regular new subscription price for their existing seat-count, then add the extra seats based on the appropriate uplift percentage
      • Pay the equivalent of what they would have paid for their current seat count for support over the last 12 months, then add the extra seats based on the appropriate uplift
        • Example:1: You have 20 seats of Pro Tools but with no support contract and they want to sign up for 2 years with 10 additional seats of Pro Tools. They need to order 20 new subscriptions of Pro Tools at MSRP, then 10 additional new seats for 30% of the price of the 20 new subscriptions
        • Example 2:  You have 20 seats of Media Composer but with no support contract and they want to sign up for 3 years with 15 additional seats of Media Composer. The 20 subscription seats that will replace their perpetual seats should be priced based on $399 MSRP standard support x 20 ($7,980), then the additional 15 seats would be 20% above that ($1,596).

Why Media Composer | Ultimate?

Media Composer Ultimate provides the most comprehensive solution of the three Media Composer versions. In addition to all the Media Composer features, Media Composer Ultimate includes multiple add-on options such as the Symphony Option and ScriptSync Option. It also includes support for Avid Solutions such as Interplay | Production and MediaCentral. 

The Media Composer | PhraseFind Option, ScriptSync Option, Symphony Option, and NewsCutter Option are included with the Media Composer Ultimate 1-year subscription (and with 2- and 3-year subscriptions). Additional features include All AVX and AAX plug-ins, and Unlimited bins, volume bins, favorite bins, shared bins and projects.

What Next? Contact Us:

The Key Code Media team is standing by to assist you to navigate upgrading your Media Composer to subscription. We know the transition to subscription is not an easy one. Reach out for a free consultation and pricing information.

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