Avid Launches Media Composer 6, Symphony 6, NewsCutter 10

Avid today announced new versions of its flagship video editing software products, Media Composer 6, Symphony 6 and NewsCutter 10.

avid560

Media Composer version 6, Symphony version 6 and NewsCutter version 10 are rebuilt from the core on an entirely new open, 64-bit architecture that raises the bar for performance, flexibility and productivity. With this version, Avid is also introducing a sleek, new User Interface—designed to speed workflows while simultaneously preserving the same functionality that so many professionals have built their careers on.

- Media Composer 6.0 starts at $2499 with upgrades starting at $299.
- NewsCutter 10 starts at $2499 with upgrades starting at $499.
- Symphony 6.0 starts at $5,999 with upgrades starting at $499.
- Nitris DX starts at $5,499 USD.

Media Composer Academic 6.0 starts at $295 for educational institutions and students.

Avid continues to offer a discount to Final Cut Pro (not FCP X) users who switch to Media Composer. The company is offering Media Composer 6 plus free online training to help users move from FCP for $1499.

The company says it is "investigating" the Mac App Store as a distribution point for its software, but has nothing to announce yet. Media Composer 6, Symphony 6, and NewsCutter 10 will be available on November 15.

Top Rated Comments

odedia Avatar
147 months ago
Who the **** spends that kind of money on software... $6000!!! are you insane!?!?!?

My company pays 3500$ per machine just for the development environment, plus around 30,000$ per CPU for the production environment's software. Not all software is 0.99$. Especially for corporations.

This is cheap dude.
Score: 13 Votes (Like | Disagree)
iBug2 Avatar
147 months ago
Pros do.. who spends $299 on "Pro" software lol
You do realize that Apple's prices don't really mean anything? They buy 25k costing software and sell it for 1k. They've done it many times before. Apple cuts prices so they can sell Macs because their software doesn't run on Win/Linux.

So FCPX being 299$ doesn't mean it's a 299$ worth software. Same as Color was worth 20k before Apple included it in 1k costing suite.
Score: 12 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Lone Deranger Avatar
147 months ago
Gosh, wouldn’t that run nicely on a shiny new updated Mac Pro!


Who the **** spends that kind of money on software... $6000!!! are you insane!?!?!?
The people that make the content that you consume (and probably take for granted).
Score: 11 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Andy-V Avatar
147 months ago
Who the **** spends that kind of money on software... $6000!!! are you insane!?!?!?

Pretty simple: Big companies and professionals
Score: 11 Votes (Like | Disagree)
tdar Avatar
147 months ago
Who the **** spends that kind of money on software... are you insane!?!?!?

TV and Production people think that those prices are cheap! They are used to paying MUCH more.
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)
knewsom Avatar
147 months ago
I just cut together a major project on Final Cut Pro X. It was a multicam project. In some scenes there were 6 shots up at the same time. I also assembled animation in it, quite a few titles, had to color correct everything quite a bit because of a lighting issue, etc.

Final Cut Pro X worked great. In fact, in the 20+ years I've been editing this has been the best experience ever. BY FAR.

FCPX takes all of the drudge out of editing and you can work at the speed of your thoughts. Its a dream!

Sure, there isn't that silly live type that FCP used to have.... but if you think you're a "professional" and not having live type is a problem, I've got news for you: You're not a professional.

I think there are some areas where it can be improved. While livetype was a gimmicky feature, the type system needs more flexibility. I used motion to do a custom opening sequence (and it worked great) but I don't want to go to motion all the time... though we're just creating a couple bumpers and titles that we'll use all the time, type in FCPX sans motion could be improved.

And I ran into a couple bugs.

But anyone who claims they're abandoning FCPX because they're "professional" and it isn't "professional" is wrong on both counts.

I know there are editor assistants-- trained button pushers-- people who don't understand technology and thus it will take a long time to teach them how to use FCPX because even an intuitive interface doesn't work for them because to be intuitive they have to understand what video is... but these are people who were never going to advance much in their career anyway, and they're a small part of the market (but obviously noisy.)

Ok, wow, there is SOOOO much gold here, I don't even know where to start.

Assistant editors are trained button-pushers who don't really understand technology!? LMFAO!!!! Dude, this alone has revealed the level at which you work. Anyone who has worked in the business in Hollywood will tell you that typically AE's know the software FAR better than editors, and spend most of their time cleaning up after them and correcting their mistakes. I know this, because I've WORKED as an AE in Hollywood.

People weren't complaining about FCPX because it got rid of LiveType... It's because it got rid of very important professional features like OMF, and XML, to name a few... Most pros don't do their own titling... we leave that to professional Motion Graphics guys, and just use a basic text generator or still made in photoshop as a placeholder until we get the real deal from then MoGraph guys, which the AEs then cut in and we approve, or don't do anything with at all because by that point the cut has been locked and we've moved on to another project. Guess what - we don't color correct either. That's for Colorists to do. Sound? Yup. We have pros do sound too. This isn't to say that an Editor can't be good at these things and cannot do these things... but specialists are typically better, and that's the way it works in Hollywood. The fact that I've had to TELL you all this tells ME that you really have no idea what you're talking about.

Indie work? Student and amateur films? Sure, I'm sure it's just fine - but this is not really pro level stuff, is it? FCPX may be a great editing tool, but it's just not ready for the big-leagues. It's entirely irrelevant how pleasant it is to cut with if the AE can't send my work to the Sound guy, or the Colorist, or even put it to tape without some sort of ridiculous workaround. Apple eliminated CRUCIAL professional level features from FCPX, and that's precisely why NOBODY in the business is using it.
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)

Popular Stories

iOS 16

iOS 16.3 Now Available for Your iPhone With These 4 New Features

Friday February 3, 2023 1:13 pm PST by
Apple released iOS 16.3 in late January following nearly six weeks of beta testing. The software update is available for the iPhone 8 and newer, and while it is a relatively minor update, it still includes a handful of new features, changes, and bug fixes. Below, we've recapped new features in iOS 16.3, including support for physical security keys as a two-factor authentication option for...
iPhone 14 Pro Purple Side Perspective Feature Purple

Gurman: Apple Considering New High-End iPhone Alongside Pro and Pro Max

Sunday February 5, 2023 6:07 am PST by
Apple has discussed selling a new top-of-the-line iPhone alongside the Pro and Pro Max models in 2024 at the earliest, according to Bloomberg's Mark Gurman. Based on this timeframe, the device would be part of the iPhone 16 lineup or later. In a September 2022 edition of his weekly "Power On" newsletter, Gurman said there was "potential" for an iPhone 15 Ultra to replace the iPhone 15 Pro...
ipad air purple

Deals: M1 iPad Air Hits Record-Low Prices at TigerDirect, Starting at $313.99 (48% Off) [Updated]

Saturday February 4, 2023 10:05 am PST by
Online retailer TigerDirect has slashed pricing on the M1 iPad Air in several colors, offering the base 64GB configuration for just $313.99 in Purple and Pink. Note: MacRumors is an affiliate partner with TigerDirect. When you click a link and make a purchase, we may receive a small payment, which helps us keep the site running. That's a savings of 48% compared to Apple's normal $599.00...
mac studio pink

Apple May Not Launch Updated Mac Studio With M2 Ultra Chip Due to Similarity With Upcoming Mac Pro

Sunday February 5, 2023 6:06 am PST by
A new version of the Mac Studio with the "M2 Ultra" chip is unlikely to arrive in the near future, according to Bloomberg's Mark Gurman. In the latest edition of his "Power On" newsletter, Gurman explained that since the upcoming Apple silicon Mac Pro is "very similar in functionality to the Mac Studio," Apple may wait until the release of M3- or M4-series chips to update the machine, or...
HomePod 2 White and Midnight Feature Purple Orange

Apple Releases tvOS 16.3.1 and HomePod 16.3.1 Software Updates

Monday February 6, 2023 10:13 am PST by
Apple today released new tvOS 16.3.1 and HomePod 16.3.1 software updates, with the software coming two weeks after the tvOS 16.3 and HomePod 16.3 updates were released. According to Apple's release notes for HomePod software 16.3.1, the update includes general performance and stability improvements. Notes for tvOS 16.3.1 are unavailable as of yet, but are probably similar to the HomePod...
iPhone 15 Pro Blue Feature

iPhone 15 Pro 'Buttonless Design' Rumors: Everything We Know

Monday February 6, 2023 7:44 am PST by
The iPhone 15 Pro models will feature a "buttonless design" thanks to additional Taptic Engines, according to multiple corroborated reports, so what do we know about the change so far? Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo was first to report that the volume and power buttons on this year's two high-end iPhone models will adopt a solid-state design, similar to the iPhone 7's home button, replacing a...
iphone ultra concept daehnert

'iPhone Ultra' Concept Envisions Apple's Rumored Future Top-Tier Smartphone

Tuesday February 7, 2023 5:38 am PST by
Apple has reportedly considered releasing a new top-of-the-line iPhone alongside future Pro and Pro Max models, tentatively referred to as "iPhone Ultra," and one designer has taken it upon himself to envision what such a device could potentially look like. German industrial designer Jonas Daehnert came up with this impressive-looking concept (pictured) by marrying design elements of the...
webkit vs chromium feature

Google Working on Browser for iOS That Would Break Apple's App Store Rules

Saturday February 4, 2023 1:30 am PST by
Google's Chromium developers are working on an experimental web browser for iOS that would break Apple's browser engine restrictions, The Register reports. The experimental browser, which is being actively pursued by developers, uses Google's Blink engine. Yet if Google attempted to release it on the App Store, it would not pass Apple's App Review process. Apple's App Store rules dictate...