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Avid Media Authoring

AMA makes it easy to access and edit file-based media without transcoding. Now you can use AMA to export files back to the media's original source format for archiving or final delivery through Avid Media Authoring, which will be available as our partners update/develop their AMA plug-ins. And with new AMA Volume export support, you can create AS-02, JPEG 2000, DNxHD, AVC-I, and other file-based media volumes for roundtrip workflows, sharing, or archival.





When Avid introduced the Avid Media Access architecture, it simplified and accelerated the media ingest process by providing instant and direct access to file-based source media such as XDCAM, RED, P2, GFCAM, ARRI, and QuickTime include ProRes.


Now in Media Composer 6.5, that technology has been expanded into a toolset that is conceptually referred to as Avid Media Authoring. The cornerstone of this new toolset is the ability to export to AS-02, an emerging technology developed by Avid in conjunction with the Advanced Media Workflow Association. AS-02 is a standardized method for archiving and delivering MXF program components and multi-version, multi-lingual, and multi-delivery media environments.


Finished sequences are exported as AS-02 bundles. The assets that make up the sequence are committed to the volume as flattened OP1a MXF media that can be opened by other Media Composer systems, as well as any other post and broadcast solutions that support AS-02. As multiple versions of a sequence are finished such as for multi-language delivery, only new media assets are added to the AS-02 bundle. Using customizable XML-based templates called “Shims” helps ensure compatibility throughout the delivery chain.


In conjunction with the new AS-02 export tools is the addition of the JPEG 2000 codec. JPEG 2000 is a wavelet compression based codec that’s used in many post and broadcast workflows because of its scalability and how well it holds up over multiple generations. Both Media Composer and Symphony systems can ingest, edit, and render to the JPEG 2000 codec.


How a program is displayed to the intended viewing audience is a creative decision that should be determined in post production. The Active Format Description is an industry standard set of codes for setting a sequence’s aspect ratio and active picture characteristics. Version 6.5 of the Media Composer Family empowers editors with the ability to embed these codes in the sequence so that the proper framing including cropping or letterboxing is preserved when the program is viewed.


To test-drive the new Avid Media Authoring tools, as well as other new features in Media Composer 6.5, download the fully-functioning trial version of Avid Media Composer.


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About Matt Feury

As Senior Manager for Avid's Post Solutions Marketing, it's my job to lead the marketing strategy of Avid’s video editing systems and their related storage and infrastructure solutions. A big part of my job, and certainly my favorite, is the creation of content that educates and inspires existing and potential customers. A prime example of this is our podcast (The Rough Cut). It's given me the opportunity to connect future filmmakers with industry pro's such as Morgan Spurlock, Kevin Smith, Doug Liman and Ben Affleck. Since joining Avid in 1994 I've had the good fortune to meet and collaborate with customers from all over the world, in every kind of project. And I'm deeply grateful to all of them for letting me be a part of their journey.

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