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Eye-to-Eye Video Post Production Avid by David Kirk T his column’s previous excursion into video post- production was just before the 2011 NAB Spring Convention, always a dangerous time to talk about new hardware or software when a deluge of upgrades, lookalikes and lite-editions are about to hit the aisles of the Las Vegas Convention Center. Quite a lot has happened in this category over the past 12 months, notably in editing and content restoration.   Avid introduced new versions of its Media Composer, NewsCutter and Symphony editing systems. Media Composer version 6, Symphony version 6 and NewsCutter version 10 are based on a new open 64-bit architecture and new user interface designed to speed workflows. Third-party hardware support now includes AVCHD and Red Epic with Avid Media Access (AMA), an Avid DNxHD 444 codec, and support for Avid Artist Color. Blackmagic Design Blackmagic Design’s HyperDeck Software Update 2 for HyperDeck Studio adds broadcast quality compressed 10 bit recording and playback to the Avid® DNxHD format. All content is recorded in MXF format so is immediately available in Media Composer without need for file copying or import processing. Image Systems Boris Boris’ Red 5 is an integrated 3D compositing, titling, and effects program for use with video editing software from Adobe, Apple, Avid, Grass Valley, Media 100, and Sony. It integrates text generators, paint, rotoscoping, tools to create and extrude vector objects, true 3D shapes and animation, and image processing filters. Support is provided for 64-bit programs such as Adobe CS5 and Sony Vegas Pro 10. Red 5 also adds 60 new Continuum Complete and Final Effects Complete filters.  30 | TV-BAY MAGAZINE Image Systems has addressed film and video restoration in the latest version of its Phoenix software. The 2011.2 release sees a move to 64-bit to improve speed and performance when restoring memory-intensive projects such as 4K. Phoenix now delivers interlaced motion estimation tools which allow users to correct and deliver mixed film and tape projects within a single timeline. Tools have been added to manage and replace cached material on the timeline when the original material has been changed or updated. A simplified effects selection, new review and scrubbing modes and improvements to the bookmark system allow users to work faster. Media 100 Media 100’s new Suite Version 2 video editing software for Mac OS X supports 4K, 2K, HD, and SD standards. Integration with Adobe After Effects and Apple Final Cut Studio enables projects to be shared among After Effects, Color, and Final Cut Pro. Projects can be exported to Final Cut Pro for further editing and revisions. Final Cut Pro sequences can be imported into Media 100 Suite. Media 100 Suite supports optional video I/O interfaces from AJA, Blackmagic Design, Matrox, and Red and provides AVCHD, AVC- Intra, FireWire, Panasonic P2, and Sony XDCam acquisition interfaces. Boris Red is included for integrated 3D compositing, titling and effects.