Avid has upgraded its pro-level editing software Media Composer to v5. New versions of the NewsCutter news editing tools (v9) and Symphony finishing software (v5) also debuted.

Media Composer v5 gains nNative support for more video formats including RED, QuickTime and Canon XF -- eliminating transcode, re-wrap and log and transfer processes. There's also support for the Matrox MX02 Mini monitoring hardware.

The Avid Media Composer Nitris DX hardware/software combo now offers Dual Link HD-RGB support, allowing customers to digitise RGB 4:4:4 material from video sources like Sony HDCAM SR. A new RGB player and full-effects processing support provide greater precision for colour, keying and effects work, says Avid. There's also multi-channel audio support and an array of new usability enhancements to the interface.

These include a new timeline Smart Tool, featuring “drag and drop” audio and video elements as well as editing and trimming features for direct manipulation of clips in the timeline, in a way more like other editing tools such as Final Cut Pro and Premiere Pro.

Media Composer v5 will ship on June 10.