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Is there a software release for Mojo, Mojo SDI, Adrenaline and Symphony?

Yes, the version 3.0 software will be available for Avid Media Composer Mojo, Mojo SDI, Adrenaline and Avid Symphony Nitris – all the features of the software that are not dependent on the new hardware capabilities will be available for Mojo, Mojo SDI, Adrenaline and Symphony customers. However, at this time there remains an issue with Media Composer v3.0 on Adrenaline, Mojo and Mojo SDI on the Macintosh platform. Customers of Media Composer Adrenaline, Mojo and Mojo SDI on the Macintosh platform can upgrade to Avid Media Composer v3.0.1 (Tiger & DNA only) at this time. Click here for details on downloading the correct software for you.


What is happening with Avid Mojo?

Avid Mojo SDI remains as the preferred solution for standard definition workflows with both analog and SD-SDI input and output connectivity. We will stop production of Avid Mojo analog in June 2008. Avid Mojo analog will continue to be supported by the new software version.

What’s the difference between the Mojo DX and Nitris DX?

The two principal differences are the connectivity options and the Avid DNxHD encode/decode which is only available on Nitris DX. Nitris DX offers more connectivity for analog equipment such as Betacam SP, more audio connections, and more SDI connections allowing simultaneous connection to decks and monitors as an example, or separate connectivity for SD and HD devices. Please see the editor product pages for more details.

What is the performance of the new systems?

The new editing solutions offer substantial increases in performance over their predecessors. Key metrics of this performance include native multi-stream playback of camera based formats such as XDCAM HD, DVCPRO HD, AVC-I and HDV, as well as multi-stream playback of Avid DNxHD and Uncompressed HD. With an appropriately configured 8 core workstation, between 5 and 7 streams of Avid DNxHD full resolution playback are possible on both Mac and PC, and up to 9 streams of draft quality.

The new system architecture leverages the underlying horsepower of the host workstation processors and the host operating system. As such, some aspects of performance can vary based on differences between platforms. These measures of performance will vary with system configuration, updates to Avid software, updates to host workstations as well as updates to the host operating system and graphics card drivers. With the v3.0 release, some differences in performance have been measured on different platforms based on different implementations of the graphics processor driver on these platforms. Examples include the Safe Color Limiter and SpectraMatte™, where real-time performance is possible for some scenarios on Windows XP, but not on Windows Vista and OS X 10.5 Leopard. On the flip side, for particularly complex sequences, the 64 bit memory addressing of Windows Vista and OS X 10.5 Leopard shows some performance benefits. While these differences are measurable, they do not impact efficiency in most circumstances, and customers should typically choose their platform based on their personal preferences.


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