A possible computer virus attack has knocked out Mac Pro workstations for many film and TV editors across Los Angeles. According to Variety, the issue — which is causing the workstations to refuse to reboot — is widespread among users of Mac Pro computers running older versions of Apple’s operating system as well as Avid’s Media Composer software. From the report:Avid said in a statement that it was aware of the issue: “Avid is aware of the reboot issue affecting Apple Mac Pro devices running some Avid products, which arose late yesterday. This issue is top priority for our engineering and support teams, who have been working diligently to determine and resolve the root cause. As we learn more, we will immediately publish information — directly to our customers and via our community forums and social media platforms — in order to resolve this issue for all affected customers and prevent any further issues.”
“A lot of L.A. post shops and people out on shows having their Macs slowly crash,” reported video post-production consultant Matt Penn on Twitter. Freelance film editor Marcus Pun reposted a message from a popular Avid Facebook user group, advising users not to turn off their workstations. Other users reported that multiple computers at their company were affected by the issue, with social media chatter indicating that a number of different companies, and even major shows like “Modern Family,” were affected by the issue.