Movie and TV editors across Los Angeles sweated Monday night as their workstations refused to restart, resulting in speculation about a possible computer virus attack. Social media reports suggested that the problem was widespread among users of Mac Pro computers running older versions of Apple's operating system as well as AVID's Media Composer software.
Apple and AVID did not immediately respond to comment requests.
Freelance movie editor Marcus Pun reposted a message from a popular AVID Facebook user group and advised users not to turn off your workstations.
Other users reported that several computers in their company were affected by the problem, with social media chatter indicating that a number of different companies were affected by the problem.
Some analyzes of affected users appeared to indicate that the power outage may not have been caused by a virus, but by a new software update that may have corrupted some data, with some suggesting a new OS X installation that holds existing data to restart the machine. Anyway, it is a good idea for anyone running AVID software on a Mac to back up all data right away.