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Avid Technology Announced End Of Life For Avid DS

This is the official End of Life announcement from Avid:

Here’s the statement from Avid:

Avid would like to take this opportunity to thank our DS customer community for your business over the years. You, as our Industry’s largest and most inspirational and passionate thought leaders, innovators, and storytellers have kept Avid at the forefront of creative and workflow best industry practices. We thank you for your dedication and loyalty to Avid. Over the past few years, we have been advancing key technology components into our proven and trusted Media Composer and Symphony products. We feel that our industry leading solutions – built on an open platform – allow for some of the best technology in the business to seamlessly interop with Media Composer.

To leverage the worlds #1 editor with a complete suite of production tools that empower you to create, deliver, and collaborate, Avid has worked with our partner eyeon Software to secure an exclusive promotional offer on eyeon products, available only to Avid DS customers. The DS VFX toolset is supported in eyeon Fusion and customers have been using this technology in the making of leading features, broadcasts, news, games, and other production markets. The Hunger Games and Douglas Trumbull’s 4K 120 fps project are timely production-proven promotional vehicles. In addition to Fusion, eyeon has generously offered to include their highly-regarded Optical Flow and shot fixing, stereo toolset, Dimension (Alan Bell ACE used Dimension to fix many discarded shots from The Amazing Spider-Man), and Generation, eyeon’s visual front-end collaboration and workflow connector.

With the release of Media Composer 7 and the Symphony Option – both at a fraction of their original cost – Avid remains dedicated to the post-production market, and we’re confident in the superior visual effects and compositing capabilities of eyeon’s products and the exciting workflows they empower with the Media Composer family.

To further enhance the experience, Avid has built on the Community confidence and has created an eyeon Fusion Get Started Fast forum to aid customers through this exciting transition period. Customers can find workflow examples, tutorials, tips and tricks, and other helpful information regarding the transition from Avid DS to Media Composer with Fusion.

Avid DS will be available for purchase and upgrade until the final sale date of September 30th, 2013, while customer support will continue to be honored through September 30th, 2014. DS 11 will still be eligible for maintenance upgrades as they become available.

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