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Avid Adds 3D Capabilities to MC

By March 11, 2009Newswires

Avid Adds 3D Capabilities to MC

by Will Strauss

Avid Technology has added native support for Sony`s XDcam format and stereoscopic 3D workflow capabilities to the latest versions of Media Composer and Symphony.

The 3D capabilities allow users to acquire, edit and display stereoscopic (3D) material.

Content can be displayed with stereo monitoring capabilities in both the composer window and in full screen playback – eliminating the need for costly conforms previously required to screen 3D material.

Assistant editor Aaron Brock, who worked on the 3D film Jonas Brothers: The 3D Concert Experience, estimates that using Media Composer 3D capabilities for offline editorial will result in cost savings.

"This new feature would save the studio an unbelievable amount of money," he said. "Instead of having the online system running for five months straight, we could just conform complete reels for full screenings like on a normal feature. It would be much more efficient than doing conforms on a daily basis."

Native XDcam support allows users to playback and edit directly from the disc, render, mixdown, export sequences and clips with eight audio tracks, and writeback with sequence timecode.

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