Finally, one feature I didn't think was going to happen was a new interface. It appeared that they have a tabbed timeline window now, similar to Premiere Pro, After Effects and Final Cut. Avid reiterated that they are not sacrificing features, and the interface will be able to look like previous versions if you do not like the change. [Editor's note: the shown image is that of a prototype.] Avid re-emphasized its commitment to the professionals in the industry. Media Composer and Pro Tools will continue to grow together and become more cohesive. Shifting from the old ways of Avid being a "closed" system to the newer ways of being an "open" system is starting to surface much more prominently and will continue to grow with its AMA architecture and expanded third-party support. As long as Avid does not go the way of eliminating prominent features in their toolset, the future of Media Composer and Pro Tools seems to be headed in the right direction.
For more on Avid's Media Composer preview, check out Post editor Randi Altman's ARTICLE
Brady Betzel is assistant editor on Lopez Tonight and a regular contributor to Post Magazine.