Exciting new editing software from Avid

Avid is here!!. Our new editing software has now arrived and is up and running.  For those of you who don’t not what we are promoting…It’s the latest industry standard professional editing systems designed and built by Avid, there was a slight delay in getting these installed as we were holding out for the latest software.

The new software has been built from the ground up, and for the technical among you…. this is based on a very powerful PC, with a Windows 7 operating system, running a 64 bit architecture, with Avid Media Composer v. 6.0 software. This allows for multi-layering of complex effects, with added colour correction, with minimum rendering time.

These new systems are based with our other editing booths, 2nd Floor in the LINC building.  Avid media composer has been around in industry for a very long time, and is an established editing platform for media industry editors.  It is packed with high end tool sets that allow professional finishing to be accomplished.  Our systems also have an internal 1Tb media drive, separate from the operating system hard drive, so it’s capable of handling large media projects. It also allows imports of Pro-tools projects, allowing you to finish in surround sound 5.1 or 7.1.

Avid has some amazing opportunities for collaborative working.  Within industry, the large broadcasters have Avid and Pro-tools sitting on large shared media networked storage solutions, for example, the Avid ISIS solution.  Here is an example of how they pull it all together…one or more editors can be working on the same project, while the audio dubbing editor sitting on the pro-tools system, finishes the audio.  When the project is finalised, it can then be colour graded for transmission, and all this is achieved within the Avid ISIS network.

In broadcasting, they will use a totally file based work flow and nothing has to leave the system, unless the customer requires a tape copy.  Media that needs to be kept is then placed into deep archive for retrieval at a later date.  These systems can handle up to 640 Tb of raw storage.

So for the budding editors amongst you, why not come along and take a look at these new systems, and if you want to hone your skills on the latest offering from Avid, the Media Development team based in the LINC, will be able to support you in using our new Avid systems.

If you would like to learn more about what we do or need help with Media or ICT you can contact us at lsmedia@edgehill.ac.uk

 

 

 

 

 

Donald Moffatt

Media Technology Development Manager

 

Did you Know… about our video editing facilities?

Situated on the top floor of the Learning Innovation Centre (LINC Building) there are 7 video editing booths, 1 format copying booth and an off air recording room.

So, what facilities do these rooms offer?

27" Imac Final Cut Pro Suite

The video editing booths offer the capability of editing on 2 different industry systems, Final Cut Pro and Avid. 5 of the 7 booths are equipped with 27’’ wide screen Apple iMacs and use the Final Cut Pro system. The computers and are fully loaded with the latest software: FCP Version 7, DVD Studio Pro, Adobe After Effects and Adobe Photoshop.

Final Cut Pro

The 27’’ screens make your editing easier and allow for several windows and applications to be opened at the same time.
Avid is available on two editing booths on PCs, using 2 monitors. Both of these editing systems provide you with the tools to produce a very professional, polished product. The editing booths can be booked through the Help desk, situated on the ground floor of the LINC building and are available from 08:45 to 17:00.

Avid editing booth

The format copy booth allows you to copy Mini DV or VHS tapes to DVD or to a digital media storage device, such as a pen drive. The file formats supported are avi and mpeg. If you need to transfer from one format to another, the media development team can also provide file format transcoding. The media development team are situated in an office on the top floor of the LINC building opposite the editing booths. We can provide support and guidance on the use of the editing systems and even provide training for beginners.

The off air recording room offers facilities to record free-to-air programmes from TV or radio for use by staff. These are normally recorded onto DVD, but can be put onto VHS if requested. Previous recordings can also be copied, subject to the requirements of the ERA licence. Some purchased recordings (e.g. educational video/DVD) may also be copied, provided proof of permission from the copyright holder is submitted along with the request. Recorded video footage from camcorder tapes and SD cards can also be copied onto DVD, subject to software compatibility.

If you need any advice regarding media technology, or you’d like to find out more about what we have to offer, please contact the media development team directly at mediadevelopment@edgehill.ac.uk

Donald Moffatt

Media Technology Development Manager.