Avid upgraded its DS software today, releasing a new version that aims to reduce time spent rendering and exporting. It incorporates increased file-format and hardware support, 16 channels of embedded audio, and integration with Avid's Artist Color and Artist Transport control surfaces.

Avid DS 11 now supports the long-GOP MXF file format employed by XDCAM, eliminating a transcoding step, supports real-time editing of DNxHD 444 media, and enables HDR imagery through Open EXR and TIFF DCDM support. Red support has been expanded, too, with Epic and Scarlet footage now in the mix. On the audio side, the mixer has been expanded from eight channels to 16.

DS 11 also supports Total Conform with Media Composer 6 or Symphony 6, ensuring that sequences remain identical when moved between programs, and integrates with the latest versions of Avid's Interplay and ISIS shared-storage.

Also new is support for AJA KONA 3G cards, plus any hardware already supported by Media Composer and Symphony.

A professional license for DS 11 is $9999, and includes a Media Composer 6 software license. Upgrades start at $4999. Turnkey systems are also available.

For more information on Avid DS: www.avid.com/US/products/avid-ds