VK's post expert, Chris Bolitho, breaks down Avid's Pro Tools 11 announcement from NAB 2013.
After months of anticipation, rumors and leaks we finally know when Pro Tools 11 is to be released, and what features to expect. Avid is describing it with phrases like "game-changer", "redefining possibilities" and "epic" but what does it all mean to you and me?
The big news here is that Pro Tools 11 is built around a new 64 bit architecture with new Audio and Video engines. That means that the application can finally take advantage of all that processing power and memory that has been sitting unused in our computers as Pro Tools languished in 32-bit world.
Highlights of the new features:
This is a big one we've been asking for for a long, long time - Pro
Tools can now bounce a session faster than real-time.. much
faster, up to 150x. That means a one hour radio show takes 45
seconds to bounce in PT11, compared to one hour in PT10!
Now that it is 64-bit, Pro Tools can finally access all the processor
cores and RAM in our expensive modern computers. That means
huge performance increases and smooth handling of bigger
sessions loaded with plugins and virtual instruments.
The new video engine in Pro Tools 11 plays back HD video in a
variety of Avid and non-Avid formats direct from the Pro Tools
timeline, with no need for transcoding, using Avid and third party
More Advanced Metering
Metering and compliance is a big deal for my clients nowadays.
Pro Tools HD 11 includes new high resolution metering that helps
compliance with new broadcast and delivery requirements like the
Pro Tools 11 vs. Pro Tools HD 11
The HD version of the software - Pro Tools HD 11 supports HDX
and HD Native PCIe and thunderbolt systems. Support for HD
Accel and earlier cards is now discontinued. Also contrary to many
rumors the old blue 192 I/O continues to work with Pro Tools HD
11 with an HDX or Native core. This is great news for anyone who
wants to upgrade but can't afford to replace all their I/O at once.
Pro Tools HD 11's exclusive features are the new advanced
metering, integration of video satellite LE, and of course the ability
to use the low latency FGPA-powered mix engine in a Native or
HDX system and the DSP offered by HDX.