In amongst the cloud collaboration features added in Pro Tools 12.5 there have been a number of improvements made to the Avid Video Engine that will help post production users have a smoother ride.
Avid Video Engine Now v8.4.5 And Supports Avid DNxHR
This updated video engine now supports using DNxHR coded videos natively. You will notice that DNxHR now shows up as an optimised video in the clip list, just like DNxHD does.
Video Engine Issues Fixed In Pro Tools 12.5
As we included in our bug fix article there are a number of improvements and fixes in the Avid Video Engine....
- Improved some cases with delayed start of playback with AJA Kona card
- Video frame movements no longer occur when stopping playback with Insertion Follows Playback enabled
- Fixed a case where the video engine takes a long time to load on certain systems
- It is now possible to import MXF OP1a created by Adobe Premiere
- Fixed cases where imported DV Video started 3 frames earlier than the same video opened in QuickTime Player
- Fixed several specific cases where Pro Tools would fail to import Apple ProRes files
- Project Type is no longer incorrectly picked for video from AAFs which do not include the first chunk of MXF media
- Optimized (sample mapped) video codecs such as DNxHD and AppleProRes will now show the appropriate checkbox on clips with 23.976 media.
- Fixed a case where video playback failed to stop with audio and then looped indefinitely
- Fixed a crash when cancelling an Online Bounce to QuickTime
- Playing a single frame selection of H.264 video no longer causes "The Avid Video Engine was unable to stop" error followed by a Pro Tools hang
- Audio MXFs created with AMIRA and F55 no longer import out of sync with video
- Fixed a crash when the user clicks "OK" or "Cancel" in the QuickTime Settings window of the Bounce to QuickTime dialog
- Pro Tools no longer throws errant "Some effects were ignored" messages when opening an AAF with rendered FX
- Pro Tools no longer fails with the error "Unable to create thumbnails" after switching active video track in large sessions while the video track is set to Frames view
- Importing a sequence from Interplay no longer fails for 720p59 and 1080p59 project types
It is good news to see the support of Adobe Premiere MXF OP1a format as Premiere is being used more and more as people leave Apple's Final Cut Pro 7 behind.
In general it seems as if Pro Tools 12.5 is an improvement for post users, especially in post workflows.
Are you still converting to Avid DNxHD? If so what is your prefered flavour? If not what video codecs to you prefer to use? Will you start using Avid DNxHR now it is supported?
Please do share your workflows so we can all learn from your experience.