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Re: Avid Media Composer 6.5 v Avid Symphony 6.5

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Shane Ross
Re: Avid Media Composer 6.5 v Avid Symphony 6.5
on Nov 24, 2012 at 9:00:25 pm

[Oscar Gotti] "Which is better?"

Symphony. Because it offers more. It is also more expensive, because it offers more.

[Oscar Gotti] "I hear Avid Symphony has better grading tools, is this true?"

It is true, Symphony has better color correction tools. But it also has what is called Universal Mastering, meaning that you can output any format to any other format...like PAL to NTSC, SD as HD, HD as SD, frame rate conversions.

[Oscar Gotti] "Then why does MC even exist then?"

So that people and companies who don't need universal mastering or high end color correction can buy a cheaper version to just edit. A wide group of Avid seats are offline cutting only, meaning used to cut story only. Deal with low resolution media and just plain cut. Then, when they finish, they use the more expensive tool. Why buy tools that you will never need?

This is how Avid got cheaper and cheaper. Script Sync used to be built in, and it shipped with all sorts of extras. But, not everyone used Script Sync, and the license fee for Avid to include it was driving the price up, so they removed it and made it a separate tool you could buy. Thus, Media Composer and Symphony are cheaper than they used to be. But if you want all the tools it used to have, you'd come out about the same...well, still a tad cheaper.

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