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Old February 18th, 2014, 04:41 AM   #1
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Importing MXF in Avid 7.0.3 (mac)

I've followed a ton of tutorials on MXF importing or linking and have had no success.

What we are doing is shooting DNG sequences bringing them into resolve and exporting as MXF to be used in MC. We are on mavericks. The tutorials mention placing into /Avid Media Files/MXF/1/
and I have tried placing these mxfs into tons of different places (in documents folder, project folder, root folder, etc).

Avid is not reading any of these files.

We tries using an AAF to import, which brings in the files, but they are all offline. I've read the aaf file and it appears to hold the link to our raid and not the localfiles we have on the machine.

Help please.
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Old February 18th, 2014, 09:28 AM   #2
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Re: Importing MXF in Avid 7.0.3 (mac)

Try to AMA link them from a folder OUTSIDE the AVIDMEDIAFILES folder and see if you can open them that way.

If so do a CONSOLIDATE on the media. That will bring it into the AVIDMEDIAFILES folder and update the database entries. From there the imported AAF should automatically relink the imported media and be ready to go.

EDIT - You may need to download the MXF AMA plugin from AVID.
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Old February 22nd, 2014, 03:59 AM   #3
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Re: Importing MXF in Avid 7.0.3 (mac)

thanks Chris.

I'll try that next time. The problem was I didn't label the folder correctly "Avid Media Files" instead of "Avid MediaFiles".

So annoying. Seems the avid workflow is very specific, and not userfriendly at all.

We were told not to use AMA link as it wouldnt be possible to relink to the raw files.
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Old February 22nd, 2014, 06:52 AM   #4
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Re: Importing MXF in Avid 7.0.3 (mac)

One thing to note with AMA in v7 of Media Composer is that AMA linked files are now managed by the media management system within MC. That is a change from versions before 7. Now you have the same management system with AMA files as you have with imported files. That makes relinking a much more robust situation. I still wouldn't recommend using it for critical editing. Importing and logging is great but stop short of real editing with AMA linked media. This is especially true if you are going to work collaboratively or do round trips through external programs such as DaVinci Resolve.
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