Avid Goes 88 MPH ‘Back to the Future’ with Media Composer 8.8

With today’s release of Media Composer 8.8, Avid Technologies brings back two important features not seen since version 7.

It’s rare in the world of software to see features return that we’ve lost. Usually, if a developer drops a feature, it’s due to a lack of popularity, and even if a few users complain loudly about its absence, developer resources are already more focused on new features. But, sometimes, legacy features come back around, as they did today with the release of Media Composer 8.8, which resurrects both PhraseFind and ScriptSync.

These features are both popular enough that they have kept some editors and post houses on MC 7 in order to maintain their functionality. Built on Emmy-award-winning technology from Nexidia, PhraseFind and ScriptSync are tools that help editors quickly manage tremendous volumes of footage in a sophisticated fashion. PhraseFind is a powerful dialogue search tool that allows editors to search through all the footage available for specific words and phrases spoken by the subjects, without the use of a transcription.

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German zoo really wants its stolen penguin back, please


A mysterious disappearance of a penguin at a zoo in Germany has lead local police to believe that it was stolen.

The Mannheim Police posted a plea to its Facebook page on Monday, asking the public for any information involving the disappearance of a humboldt penguin from the Luisenpark zoo. According to the post, the penguin mysteriously vanished from its exhibit sometime between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Saturday, which lead zookeepers and police to believe that the animal was stolen. 

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Melissa McCarthy’s is back and super mad as Sean Spicer on ‘SNL’



Melissa McCarthy returned to Saturday Night Live to bring us the gift that is her impression of White House Press Secretary Sean “Spicy” Spicer — and things got physical. 

McCarthy opened the night’s briefing by assuring the press corps that it needn’t worry: This was going to be the “New Spicy.” A calm Spicy. One that definitely wouldn’t throw wads of chewed gum at reporters and attack them with a leaf blower. 

Cutting back on the gum to just one piece this week#SNL pic.twitter.com/E6XjzLunFs

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Berlinale 2017: Two Women Start Fighting Back in Badass ‘Tiger Girl’

Tiger Girl

This is the first great discovery of the 2017 Berlin Film Festival – it’s an excellent film that deserves to break out. Tiger Girl is a low key indie comedy, directed by Jakob Lass, about two women who becomes friends and start taking out the patriarchal trash. It’s essentially a “girls fight back” movie and it’s so badass and so much fun. Ella Rumpf plays the woman known as “Tiger”, a drifter who doesn’t take crap from anyone, especially guys; and Maria-Victoria Dragus plays her friend she nicknames “Vanilla”, a young woman who fails her entrance exam to the police academy. She’s not tough enough, but through this friendship she learns how to kick ass and fight back. It close to being a dark comedy, but either way it’s worth seeking out. ›››

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Michael Douglas Confirms He’ll be Back for Ant-Man and the Wasp

Michael Douglas Confirms He'll Be Back for Ant-Man and the Wasp

Michael Douglas confirms he’ll be back for Ant-Man and the Wasp

Though it was largely a given, actor Michael Douglas has confirmed via Facebook that he will reprise his role as Dr. Hank Pym for the upcoming Ant-Man and the Wasp. The actor also revealed that production on the sequel is set to begin in July.

Ant-Man and the Wasp is being written by Transformers writers Andrew Barrer & Gabriel Ferrari and Academy Award winner Adam McKay (The Big Short) along with returniing director Peyton Reed and star Paul Rudd.

“I think the only thing I can tell you with certainty at this point… is that it’s going to have stuff in it that you’ve never ever seen in a movie before,” Director Peyton Reed previously teased about the forthcoming sequel.

Ant-Man and the Wasp will also feature the return of Evangeline Lilly as Hope Pym along with scene-stealer Michael Pena as Luis. Ant-Man and the Wasp is set for release on July 6, 2018.

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I love social media, even if it doesn’t love me back



I’ve checked my various social feeds at least a dozen times this morning. I stare into the void watching a space that never looks back in search of something I can’t even define.

This is my unhealthy social media love story.

I’ve been on social media for almost a decade, and even when I wasn’t, I wanted to be, jealous of those college students who got involved with Facebook early. 

I’ve been, if I’m being honest, a fickle social media lover. First obsessing over Twitter, then flirting with Vine and even enjoying a brief dalliance with Google +

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Teen receives extremely blunt job rejection, fights back on Twitter



LONDON — Job rejections are never pleasant, but they can sometimes be useful.

Maybe you get sent some feedback about where you went wrong, or perhaps some advice on how to improve for next time.

What’s less useful, however, is a blunt text message containing an emoji.

This is 18-year-old Megan Dixon from Leicester, UK.


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On Tuesday, Dixon went for a job interview at a restaurant called Miller and Carter. Later that afternoon, she shared a screengrab of the text message exchange she’d had with her interviewer after it was finished. Read more…

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Chris Meloni back in NYC filming the pilot ‘Happy!’

Chris Meloni is back in NYC this week filming the Syfy pilot Happy!, based on Grant Morrison and Darick Robertson’s graphic novel. Chris was a fan favorite while filming Law and Order: SVU in New York. He was known for always taking time (and photos) with fans while filming on location. Meloni plays Nick Sax in the show who was once a detective for a major metropolitan police force before losing it all. Now, he is “a down-and-out hired killer who makes just enough money to support a steady diet of booze, drugs and sarcasm by carrying out hits for the mob. After one hit goes wrong, his life is forever changed by a tiny, relentlessly positive, imaginary blue-winged horse. Meloni also will executive produce the pilot.” On Wednesday, Feb. 1 Happy! is filming near Metropolitan Hospital in Manhattan and will be filming in Tribeca on Friday. If you spot Happy! filming in NYC, let us know about it at olv@onlocationvacations.com!

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