The latest Venue software for Avid’s S6L live sound system introduces new workflows and capabilities based on the manufacturer’s MediaCentral platform that are intended to aid the console’s use in theatre applications. Venue 5.4 includes updates to the Avid Venue Snapshot and Events architecture as well as functionality to enable programming and workflows that were previously time intensive.
The updated Snapshots system includes new momentary (non-sequential) snapshots, snapshot groups. Parent/child snapshots and aux sends (up to 96) can also be added to the snapshot Scope. Events updates are stated to offer engineers greater flexibility to trigger events via external MIDI commands, LTC/MTC timecode values, the channel colour and X&Y switches on the control surface.
The software also allows users to freely assign outputs between networked S6L systems that are sharing I/O, enabling for example engineers to assign Stage 64 outputs per output card instead of having to assign a Stage 64 entirely to one S6L system or another. Customers with a valid Avid support plan can download Avid Venue 5.4 software from their Avid Account.
Avid has also launched a new free version of Media Composer called Media Composer First. Much like Pro Tools First, it’s fully-featured but limited in the number in the number of audio and video tracks that can be used – four video tracks and eight audio tracks. Projects can also have up to five bins but are not supported for project and bin sharing via Avid Nexis.
Furthermore, the Media Composer First UI is simplified with a single row of buttons and information in the Source/Record and Timeline windows, and there are only 10 settings to navigate and configure.