There's exciting news regarding the new Avid Media Composer; they've introduced BWF Audio File Support! Quotes the ReadMe: You can now import multi-channel, monophonic BWF files into an Avid editing system as a single master clip.

Matt Schneider of PostWorks New York tells us they've been testing it and it works great: “Media Composer 3.5’s new ability to import multi-channel, monophonic BWF audio as a single master clip has completely eliminated the previously arduous task of using 3rd party software tools to interleave audio prior to import. This render was time-intensive, required double the storage, and slowed down the process of making dailies available in a speedy manner. It has and will make lives easier for film assistants everywhere! It is also an enormous help to those recording for reality TV content where lengthy recording times and multi-character sets push file sizes far beyond the 2GB file limit. Small feature, huge benefit!”

So there goes one more brick in the wall between sound mixers and post-production. Solidarity!

The White Stuff

You thought it was over. But the turmoil over white spaces rages on!

First off, as you've probably heard, Congress has deferred the DTV conversion to June 12th (Naturally, this also defers Gotham's Farewell to Analog Party. We'll keep you posted)

Meanwhile, the FCC is still set to authorize unlicensed devices for sending and receiving broadband over unused television channels on March 19th, but the. National Association of Broadcasters and Association for Maximum Service Television have sued to stop them. The actionable details remain sketchy, but more details are available here. ESPN, the major pro sports leagues, and theater owners and producers have also filed suit.

And on the 700 MHz front, Verizon has released a look at their plans for the spectrum. They begin testing this summer with plans to be up and running in two markets by the end of the year and 20-30 by the end of next year.

That is, unless the $550 million spectrum license user fee proposed in Obama's budget comes to pass!

Having trouble making sense of it all? Andrew Seybold of the eponynmous Andrew Seybold Media has some interesting things to say.

And, hey, it's not all political wrangling and lawsuits and gloom. is a nifty new website set up which allows users to search for the open TV white space channels anywhere in the United States. Should be handy if we end up fighting like trapped rats for vanishingly small corners of the spectrum! You can pre-register your wireless mic with them now.

788T Firmware Update

The Sound Devices 788T Firmware Update 1.65 is out and it introduces a host of improvements, including new input routing, latching tone, and sampling rate options. Download it from Sound Devices here.

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