Avid editors everywhere, including users of Avid's popular Media Composer software, though not the latest version: Media Composer 7, need to be aware of an important change that is about to take place at Avid that will require immediate action. Avid posted that it will make a move to an Open Source Java solution on November 1, 2013 as a result of a contractual change between Avid and its current third party Java software supplier.
Avid believes the switch will ultimately allow the company to continue to provide the best possible user experience without raising costs unnecessarily. The change will impact current customers if they do not take action. Avid is encouraging users to be aware that they will no longer be able to download software installers for legacy versions of its broadcast and video products after October 31.
In order to ensure access to the installers they may need for current versions of Avid applications, Avid users are strongly encouraged to visit the Avid Download Center to download, update, and then backup all of their Avid software installers before November 1. After this date, legacy versions will be permanently removed from the Download Center and can no longer be made available. Registered users can find their available software updates by logging into My Avid and browsing to My Products > Products Not Yet Downloaded, or by visiting the Avid Video Download Center.
In an October 2 post to their knowledge base, Avid stated that after November 1, “Avid Customer Success, Professional Services and Avid Resellers will not be able to assist with the affected software installations; you will have to rely on your own backup copy to install your software. Following these recommended procedures now will ensure that you have the ability, if needed, to reinstall your software anytime after November 1st.”
For more information, tips for downloading and backing up installers, and answers to any related customer questions, users are encouraged to visit the Avid Software Availability forum.
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