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Old June 18th, 2009, 03:01 AM   #1
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What information is held in the .IDX files, and is it needed for anything other than the MRC1K unit? Or can I just delete them when I've copied all the files off the card?
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Old June 18th, 2009, 02:02 PM   #2
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Annie, I have had the same dilema. I know Premier Pro doesn't recognize them. But everything works fine without them. Sooooo, I have just been deleting them.
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Old June 19th, 2009, 02:26 AM   #3
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Thinking about it, I reckon these files are for when you've got a long period of recording and are left with several 4GB files that need stitching back together. So for short clips we can safely delete them.
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Thinking about it, I reckon these files are for when you've got a long period of recording and are left with several 4GB files that need stitching back together. So for short clips we can safely delete them.
Hi Annie. That's what I was thinking too. I did try a comparision between straight file copy and importing using the Sony utility, but did not see any difference. (All my files were under 4GB.)

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I did a half hour recording the other night, so produced two M2T files but only one IDX file. So now I'm convinced it probably contains the information on start and stop time, and therefore tells the Sony software whether or not it has to stitch the files together.
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I've just done my first shoot with this unit on my Z5, and just copied the files over from the card into a folder in my drive. One file would have continually been recording for about 50 mins.
So should I have used the utility? And I take it I can just delete the idx files?
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I've just done my first shoot with this unit on my Z5, and just copied the files over from the card into a folder in my drive. One file would have continually been recording for about 50 mins.
So should I have used the utility? And I take it I can just delete the idx files?
Hi William. The long file will have been chopped into 4GB chunks. You can copy these directly and they will play OK, but if you do not use the utility to stitch them back together, there will be a short glitch between chunks when you play them back on the timeline.

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