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Avid Options Forum
This Forum is where community members can discuss Avid Options such as the Symphony , ScriptSync, PhraseFind, NewsCutter Options and the new VM Option along with upgrade information and eligibility requirements.
  • Any Unintended Consequences if I Don't Renew Perpetual License?

    As "advanced hobbyist" editor I was happy with Avid Liquid, but migrated to Media Composer when Avid pulled plug on Liquid and as they occasionally do made "an offer I could not refuse." So for several years I kept renewing my $299 perpetual license but not doing much editing due to other interests. Now I am thinking of not renewing this year and just staying with latest version I have installed (2018.9).

    My understanding is that 2018.9 will remain fully functional as will Symphony I have installed (although I just bought it last year because of bargain $99).  I did see on another Avid forum where people had some difficulties in this regard due to not keeping Application Manager or something current and I do wonder about getting any support from Avid if needed (can I buy a support plan?).  Although truth be known these forums and Marianna have been my go to technical support.

    Also I note Avid seems to be trying to move people to subscription plan (i.e. 40% "deal" on MC Ultimate if you move from perpetual plan to subscription) from perpetual license.

    Basically I would appreciate comments regarding what problems I would face in future or have overlooked in terms of using the current version of MC I have installed in the future. 

    Thank you, Dennis

  • Do I need to "renew" Symphony Each Year (perpetual MC license)

    I am perpetual MC license holder (if that is correct term) and for last three years have renewed for $299. Last year there was the "special" deal to get Symphony for $99 which I did.  Now I see on Avid Website "renewal" for Symphony.  I called my authorized Avid reseller (not very knowledgeable) and he said he thought I needed to pay to renew Symphony each year in addition to paying $299 for my annual MC license? Is that right??

    Also he thought Symphony was not like my MC perpetual license in which I basically "own" MC and even if I don't renew annually I still have fully functional MC at the last version I installed before my license expired--he thought Symphony would quit working if I did not renew MC.

    I did review one earlier post about "options" but did not seem to cover this--and I have also reached out to our most helpful Marianna but she is out of office so reaching out to forum.

    Thank you,



  • BCC Lite in trial mode with Symphony

    Hi. I have perpetual licence Media Composer 2018.9.0 with Symphony option. Symphony is installed and activated and BCC Lite (latest version 904a) is installed and shows in the plugin menu.

    But when I apply a BCC Lite plugin it goes in trial mode and asks me to purchase a licence. No separate serial number is supposed to be required. The BCC Lite plugins worked before with previous versions of MC Symphony.

    Any suggestions on how to activate it?




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  • Which upgrade option should I choose?

    I have Media Composer and the Symphony option. My support plan now expires, so I have to choose a plan to pay for. It gives me a choice of Media Composer Software with Symphony Option for EUR360, or Media Composer Perpetual for EUR270. Since I already own the Symphony option, I should be able to choose the cheaper Perpetual, right? And then activate the Symphony option using my activation code. Or do I need to pay the more expensive option to "keep Symphony alive", so to speak?

    Very hard to find any information about this.

    I hope someone knows what I should do.


  • Get Symphony Option for $99 USD When You Upgrade (Save $650 USD)

    Get Symphony Option for $99 USD When You Upgrade (Save $650 USD).  


    Renew your Update & Support Plan—Get the Symphony Option for $99 USD! To renew, visit your Avid Account or contact an Avid Reseller and renew for just $299 USD (regularly $1,299 USD).  Renew the Update & Support Plan for your Media Composer perpetual license to take advantage of great discounts, plus a whole lot more. 

    When you renew your Update & Support Plan—get the Symphony Option color correction and mastering tool for only $99 USD (reg. $749 USD). 


    Update & Support Plan Features: 

    • Get every new feature coming to Media Composer over the next year 
    • Critical updates for better performance and workflow breakthroughs 
    • Support from Media Composer experts to enhance your video editing workflow


    Save $650 USD on Symphony Option color correction tool when you renew the Update & Support Plan for your Media Composer perpetual license.  


    This offer ends September 30th, 2018 so get renewing folks.

  • Deactivate Script Sync Phrasefind


    I would like to deactivate SS and PF although since I am running Avid MC Ultimate as soon as I deactivate one options it deactivates everything.


  • Scriptsync stuck on "indexing"


    I've been using Scriptsync for a while now, and I love it. This week, I have been trying to deal with an issue that came up. Whenever I try to ScriptSync with a specific Multigroup, it freezes Avid while Scriptsync says "indexing." Avid stops responding and I have to close it and try again, but it always does that with that one Multigroup, so I haven't been able to go past that script. I use Multigroups of interviews to sync to the scripts, and this has happened only once before, but I was able to fix it by regrouping the clips. It is not working this time, though. I need to sync the footage to the script, but I have no idea how to fix this. I was hoping someone here would know what I am doing wrong.




  • Phrasefind not indexing even after deleting SearchData/PhoneticData

    Hi All,

    I have a large project on a Synology server at my house.  It is probably 100+ hours of footage, all imported or transcoded.  I updated to the latest version of MC (2018.5) and I cannot get results from PhraseFind.  I tried deleting my searchdata and phoneticdata folders in the project while Avid was not running.  I opened bins and saved them.  Even after leaving it overnight, I only have created searchdata and phoneticdata folders with the normal searchdata files but no .pat fiiles.

    PhraseFind returns no results.  I've restarted my computer, deactivated and reactivated phrasefind, and done the delete search folders and save bins multiple times.  I even tried importing another media file into a bin to see if it would at least create info for that file, however, nothing happened.

    I'm running Avid Symphony with PhraseFind and Scriptsync options on a PC with Windows 10.  I read that in a past version of MC, Avid would not index for phrasefind when the alldrives command was being used for a network drive, however, I also read that this was fixed with a later release. 

    Because this project is over 20TBs, I probably will not be able to relocate it off and on the network drive.  Any ideas on a fix?




  • An annoying bug in M.C Symphomy 2018.5

    Hi all,
    When I am working with Symphony CC, any action or grade I make in all Symphony's tools doesn't take effect immediatly, in order to see the change I need to touch the timeline or make another change on the same tool immediatly.
    Really annoying bug!

    Any Fix comming soon?



  • Baselight for Avid v5 Finally Arrives

    It's good news.

    Baselight v5 is finally out of beta and available to purchase (or upgrade if you have version 4)

    One interesting new feature listed on their datasheet...

    'with super-fast relational grading, you can choose to paste grades simulteneously to all shots that match the tape name or clip name of the current shot'

    Sounds familiar?

    Also, with the introduction of the input cache in v5, proper real-time client monitoring.

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