Avid Unity MediaNetwork Client on Yosemite

Although Unity MediaNet reached End of Support Date over two years ago (8/1/2013), some clients will not let things die. (Unity MediaNetwork Media Engine 16TB does have until 8/22/2016)

Here’s how to get Avid Unity MediaNetwork Client to install on Yosemite:
1. Get clean Avid Unity MediaNetwork Client 5.5.1 from Avid
2. Open the dmg and copy AvidUnityMediaNetworkClient_Fibre.mpkg out
3. cd into mpkg as root
4. Modify the following Info.plists (you have to change permissions to edit, chmod 777 Info.plist ; # then change back ; chmod 444 Info.plist):


I just stripped out the IFRequirementDicts, for example:


You could change these to work with the OS version but this makes it more flexible.

However, the Avid Unity MediaNet kext was not loading on startup so I had to create a LaunchDaemon, com.esp.avidMNload.plist, which gets put in /Library/LaunchDaemons/ with permissions root:wheel 644

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<!DOCTYPE plist PUBLIC "-//Apple Computer//DTD PLIST 1.0//EN"
<plist version="1.0">