Features

Key benefits

Accelerate turnaround time—just added

Prepping a day’s worth of shot footage is labor-intensive. Media | Director can automatically park, link to, and transcode material ultra-quick, so you can access footage faster. It works with most AMA-supported file-based media formats when connected to Avid NEXIS or third-party storage. And it uniquely accelerates AMA workflows, providing instant high-res access to static (non-growing) source media when using Media Composer or Interplay | Transcode.

Work with files as they’re ingested—just added

Dealing with incoming media from a video server or other source? Media | Director can now read growing OP1a files and immediately send them to your Interplay workgroup as “Edit While Capture” (EWC) clips. This enables you to log, shotlist, and edit the growing clip in Media Composer or MediaCentral | UX as it continues to transcode. In whatever format works best for you.

Get more format flexibility—just added

Media | Director uniquely supports a broad range of new codecs, including the efficient Panasonic AVC-LongG and Sony XAVC-L MPEG-4 broadcast formats. It can also create a choice of proxy formats for them on the fly. Even better—our flexible Avid DNxHR encoding format extends your creative freedom even further with support for new higher quality options, including UHD/4K rasters, plus extended bit depth, wide color gamut, and high dynamic range information*.

* Limited support for HDR workflows with Media | Director, Media Composer, and some Interplay | Production 3.8 components only.

Facilitate multisite media playback

If you use MediaCentral | UX, Media Composer, and/or Interplay | Production across several locations, you can remotely trigger the Send to Playback process for media playback in other locations. For example, you can send finished sequences from MediaCentral | UX in one location to an AirSpeed | 5500 video server group for playback in another, and get status feedback as if you were transferring the content locally. With Remote STP, you can optimize system utilization across multiple locations, increasing efficiency while reducing operating costs.

Streamline your workflow

Media | Director features easy-to-use scripting tools that enable you to create custom profiles that orchestrate your entire ingest process between Interplay | Production and Avid and third-party storage—from embedding metadata, to transcoding material and more. And because it supports Interplay | Transcode, you can set it to conform your edited sequence to your parked native source material when you’re ready for finishing.

Lower production costs

Media | Director eliminates the need to employ teams of media wranglers to handle overnight media prep and transcoding. Instead, you can let the software swiftly handle the process of ingesting all file-based media into production and nearline storage for you.

Integrate with Avid NEXIS shared storage

With Avid NEXIS shared storage, you can immediately start logging and editing material parked on it—without having to wait for the transcode process to complete—enabling you to jumpstart the creative process.

Other features

Customize the interface with the Profile Builder

Because Media | Director is script-based, it’s easy to customize the interface to make the software do exactly what you need it to do. Using the Profile Builder, you can add interface elements that prompt contributors to fill in certain important information, set storage locations (to house original and/or proxy material), organize media into a folder hierarchy, and/or initiate the transcode process.

Conform sequences with Interplay | Transcode

Media | Director works in concert with the Interplay | Transcode option, enabling you to conform your edited sequence to the parked original source material for final finishing and delivery.

Work with the latest camera formats using AMA

Media | Director employs the same proven AMA (Avid Media Access) technology found in Media Composer, enabling you to work with XAVC-L, AVC-LongG, XDCAM, P2, QuickTime and the Avid MXF OP-1a plugin (Note: for details of supported plug-ins please refer to the Media | Director documentation).

Save money by using existing hardware

Media | Director works with Interplay | Production and can be installed on your existing hardware.