Avid's Pro Tools Export support

What’s New for Avid Media Composer v2022.12 – Export Pro Tools Session

Media Composer 2022.12 now speaks the same language as Pro Tools. With the latest December 2022 release, you can export a Pro Tools session directly from Media Composer | Ultimate and Media Composer | Enterprise along with your video sequence, cut points, and markers. This is the first step in developing complete collaboration for your picture and sound teams. Media Composer can also record, punch-in, and monitor multichannel audio using the new MBOX Studio, adds a creation date column to your Markers window – and more.

Export Pro Tools Session

Export of Pro Tools Session files is limited to Media Composer | Ultimate and Media Composer | Enterprise licenses.

Projects that require additional audio editing, mixing, and picture turnover to a sound department, are now able to move their sessions more easily to Pro Tools by outputting a Pro Tools Session file (.ptx) from Media Composer. Users familiar with AAF export will notice similarities to that process, although a Pro Tools Session file includes options that optimize interchange with Pro Tools.

Pro Tools sessions can be opened in any version of Pro Tools that can read .ptx files. However, Pro Tools 2022.12 and later are recommended for best compatibility with markers.

MBOX Studio

Media Composer supports the new Avid MBOX Studio USB audio interface for both Windows and macOS. Connecting the Avid MBOX Studio to Media Composer gives you up to 8 channels of input and output (depending on configuration and additional hardware), including multi-channel, “surround sound” playback on both macOS and Windows. Up to 4 channels can be used for punch-ins, with zero-latency for mixing and monitoring.

Mounting UNC Drives in Media Composer

When using storage volumes with drive letters, the number of drives you can mount is limited and hard to maintain over a network. UNC (Universal Naming Convention) paths resolve these issues and are the standard for identifying servers and other resources in a local network. Previously, only NEXIS workspaces could mount drives with UNC paths. In the latest version of Media Composer, available UNC drives will be displayed in the appropriate menus and available for any read and write operations.

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Go to Previous Selected Clip and Go to Next Selected Clip

With the new “Go to Previous Selected Clip” and “Go to Next Selected Clip” commands, users can move forward and backward in the Timeline, depending on their selection. Once selected, the position indicator moves to the head of the corresponding clip. If multiple clips are selected in the Timeline, you can use this feature to toggle easily between two positions or move sequentially through your selections. “Go to Next Selected Clip” and “Go to Previous Selected Clip” are both available in the Command Palette and mappable to a keyboard shortcut or as a button in the Tool Palette.

Creation Date Column Added to Markers Window

The Markers window now contains a Creation Date column, which is available for the first time in the Media Composer user interface. This is particularly useful when looking for the latest notes and comments that were added as markers, or when looking to identify changes made on a specific day.

Bin Map State

When creating a new bin, the Bin Map will be turned off by default, until activated by the user. The current state of a bin, including its Bin Map state, is still remembered for each bin. In addition, a new option to set whether the Bin Map is on by default for all new bins has been added to the Bins tab in the Interface settings with the “Default Bin Map on for new Bins” checkbox.

Lassoing Bins and Folders in the Bin Container Sidebar

When making selections in the Bin Container, you can now start by clicking and dragging from the area to the left of the bin icons. In some instances, this makes it easier to grab several items, especially when there are a large number of files that go over the height of the bin and the selection starts from the top.

Dragging from Any Column in a Bin

It is now possible to drag an item within a bin and from a bin, regardless of which column you have clicked on. This eliminates the frustration of clicking on a column that might accidentally put you into text edit mode, such as in the Name column, and reduces the risk of overwriting important metadata in those columns. Once you’ve identified an item you want to drag, simply click anywhere in one of its columns and move it while continuing to hold down the mouse button.

Ignore Multichannel Audio Layout From File

Whenever a linked media file contains multichannel audio, Media Composer preserves those channels by default. With the new “Ignore Multichannel Audio Layout from File” checkbox, in the Link Options tab of the Link Settings window, you now have the ability to override this default behavior and use the custom settings you’ve made in the “Set Multichannel Audio” dialog box, which is accessed via the “Edit” button in the same window.


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