Avid has release Media Composer 6.5, Symphony 6.5, and NewsCutter 10.5, video editing tools that the company says provide fast, open workflows that greatly advance editing efficiency. The new releases of Media Composer and NewsCutter are also the first work in conjunction the Avid Interplay Sphere collaborative working environment.

Studios using Media Composer 6.5, Symphony 6.5, and NewsCutter 10.5 can now master and archive projects more efficiently with Avid Media Authoring. This new component of Avid Media Access (AMA) offers support for AS-02, a standard developed by the Advanced Media Workflow Association that helps post-production facilities simplify efficient media management for versioning of programs and streamline delivery to a variety of platforms and devices.

With the addition of natively supporting the JPEG 2000 codec, studios can package sequences for easy versioning and archiving, as well as scale sequences to meet the needs of multiple generational content passes – without media degradation. The Media Composer 6.5 family of products also supports Active Format Description (AFD) to enable one consistent viewer experience—regardless of down-conversion or reformatting.

With the I/O Hardware Release control in Media Composer, Symphony and NewsCutter, editors using third-party hardware through Avid Open I/O can further customise their workflows. Editors can now simply activate and deactivate hardware to pass control back and forth between Media Composer and third-party applications such as Adobe After Effects or Blackmagic Design DaVinci Resolve. In addition, editors can now access software-only mode features, such as full-screen playback, directly in Media Composer without disconnecting.

New audio tools include advanced audio keyframing accelerates the automation process within and among audio tracks. And with support for 64 audio voices, video editors gain more power to work with multiple stem mixes and play them all back simultaneously.

Pricing for Media Composer 6.5 starts at £2,099, with upgrades from £419. Newscutter 10.5 costs from £2,049, with upgrades starting at £499. Symphonu 6.5 will set you back from £4,999, or from £419 as an upgrade.