In yesterday's edition of the Studio Daily Blog, Scott Simmons writes that Avid is now "dongle free in 2009." That's right, the little purple dangly thing is going away for good. And while current UAT students might not realize that Avid even has a dongle (the dongles are locked inside the PCs in our Avid lab), students from just a few years ago will surely remember the nightmare of having to check a dongle out of the Library every time they wanted to use the Avid software. What a mess! But thankfully, that is all behind us now.
What's more, Avid Media Composer 3.5 features new, revolutionary tools for handling tapeless media like XDCAM and P2, adds stereoscopic (3D) support, and a host of other upgrades big and small. Check out Avid's press release for more info.
And... last and probably best for the Digital Video student... Media Composer is also available as a free, fully-functional, 14-day trial... here.