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Ted O'Brien April 21st, 2010 09:43 AM

Avid AMA support for nanoFlash
 
Hello everyone,

With all the news that came out at NAB about MC 5.0, I was wondering if CD had any announcements about AMA support for nanoFlash files? Seeing all the native support for ProRes and R3D has me dreaming of the same for the XDCam HD nano files. I plan on upgrading all our suites to MC 5.0 when it's released so I can test then.

Thanks!

Peter Moretti April 21st, 2010 12:20 PM

I believe Avid currently works w/ nanoFlash files, no transcode needed.

Mark Job April 21st, 2010 03:31 PM

Convergent Design's Flash XDR and Nano Flash & Avid
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Peter Moretti (Post 1517648)
I believe Avid currently works w/ nanoFlash files, no transcode needed.

...Hi Peter and Ted: This is correct. Avid Media Composer works with the files from the XDR & Nano because these devices are using a hardware Sony XDCAM HD 4:2:2 Full Raster HD encoder. You must set your XDR or Nano to .MXF files and if you so desire to record in Long GOP, then you must set your bit rate to no more than 50 Mbps. If you want to use files recorded in a higher bit rate in Avid, then you can use I-Frame recording scheme and a bit rate of 100 or higher Mbps.

Max Petin April 22nd, 2010 06:05 AM

Is Avid MC 5 really not able to handle more than 50 Mbit/s MPEG II? We all know the 100 Mbit/s codec is the sweetspot of the Nanoflash... If MC 5 can't handle that, it's useless for most nanoflash applications... that's really disappointing.

Perrone Ford April 22nd, 2010 07:31 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Max Petin (Post 1517953)
Is Avid MC 5 really not able to handle more than 50 Mbit/s MPEG II? We all know the 100 Mbit/s codec is the sweetspot of the Nanoflash... If MC 5 can't handle that, it's useless for most nanoflash applications... that's really disappointing.

Re-read what he said. Avid CAN handle higher then 50Mbps but it has to be i-frame, not long-GOP.

Max Petin April 22nd, 2010 02:24 PM

Hi Perrone, you are right with I-frame, but long-gop 100 Mbits is the superior codec everybody likes to shoot with.

Mark Job April 22nd, 2010 03:33 PM

Long GOP vs I-Frame (Intra)
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Max Petin (Post 1518135)
Hi Perrone, you are right with I-frame, but long-gop 100 Mbits is the superior codec everybody likes to shoot with.

...Hey Max: Long GOP is only superior in that it can give the same resolution with a smaller file size. This is not to say that I-Frame is visually inferior to Long GOP per se. In fact, Long GOP and I-Frame produce identical image quality results once you get to data rates of 220 Mbps or higher (280 Mbps).

Peter Moretti April 24th, 2010 02:38 PM

He wants to know if MC can use 100 Long GOP, not be convinced out of using it. Seems fair enough to me.

Mark Job April 24th, 2010 04:59 PM

Long GOP 100 Mbps & Avid MC = No
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Peter Moretti (Post 1518913)
He wants to know if MC can use 100 Long GOP, not be convinced out of using it. Seems fair enough to me.

....Fine, then the answer would be a big no. Long GOP 100 Mbps is not supported in Avid Media Composer.

Max Petin April 25th, 2010 03:38 AM

Hi Peter and Max, thanks for replying. I was just a bit sad cause I just bought the Mediacomposer and am about to buy the nanoflash. Looks like we have to wait a little until Avid might implement the 100Mbit/s MPEG II codec..

Mark Job April 25th, 2010 08:24 AM

Waiting...
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Max Petin (Post 1519108)
Hi Peter and Max, thanks for replying. I was just a bit sad cause I just bought the Mediacomposer and am about to buy the nanoflash. Looks like we have to wait a little until Avid might implement the 100Mbit/s MPEG II codec..

...Hey Max: Don't hold your breath on that one ;-) Avid is notorious for its *slow* adoption of new codecs and formats. This slow adoption is one of many's main points of criticism for which the new Media Composer 5.0 is playing catch up for.

Ted O'Brien April 26th, 2010 05:17 PM

We use the nano with MC 4.0.5 everyday. I was specifically interested in the new features announced at NAB for MC 5 and it's native support for R3D and QT via AMA. Apparently when you attach a source drive/card with compatible media, Avid automatically creates a bin and fill it with clips; no import necessary. I was just curious if this was going to be the case with the nano media. We're upgrading as soon as it's released so I'll be happy to report how the media is handled then.

Peter Moretti April 27th, 2010 02:56 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Max Petin (Post 1519108)
Hi Peter and Max, thanks for replying. I was just a bit sad cause I just bought the Mediacomposer and am about to buy the nanoflash. Looks like we have to wait a little until Avid might implement the 100Mbit/s MPEG II codec..

Max, you could in the meantime use the I-frame only vesions. I have to think the 220 I-frame will look as good if not better than the 100 Long-GOP.

Mark Job April 27th, 2010 07:26 AM

I-Frame is the workaround
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Peter Moretti (Post 1520092)
Max, you could in the meantime use the I-frame only vesions. I have to think the 220 I-frame will look as good if not better than the 100 Long-GOP.

....Yes. This will work, as I wrote earlier in this thread. I-Frame is a way to get Long GOP quality in AMC without the Long GOP incompatibility issues of AMC.

Dan Keaton April 27th, 2010 01:39 PM

Dear Friends,

We will be very happy when Avid supports all of our Long-GOP bit-rates.

While I do not have any actual knowledge of their code, I strongly feel that this is a very easy fix for them.

In Avid, it appears that they have a memory buffer to hold a "Group of Pictures". This buffer is larger enough to hold the entire GOP, but only if the bit-rate is 50 Mbps or slower.

Above 50 Mbps, the total size of the GOP is larger than their currently allocated memory buffer.

Thus, when one uses any of our bit-rates higher than 50 Mbps, the entire GOP is not contained in the buffer. This upsets the Avid program, as it was expected to be able to go back to the first frame or any frame in the current GOP. Thus, the Avid error message.

It could be as simple as Avid recompliing their program after increasing the size of the GOP memory buffer.

Or it could be a major hurdle if they can not increase the size of the memory buffer for some technical reason.

In any case, we will be very happy when Avid addresses this issue.


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