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Written by Susanne Kraft, susanne.kraft@austin.utexas.edu

Creating a Avid Xpress Pro Video project using an .ALE or Flex File from the lab:
You must use this workflow to enable you to track keycode of your film for your negative cut list.

1. Launch AVID
2. Click New Project
Name your project and choose 24p NTSC as the format and 16mm as the film type and make sure that Film is checked. Click OK.
AVID will launch your new project


3. Once your project opens a new bin will be opened automatically. If not click on your Project Window and click “New Bin”
4. Click on your new bin click on the TEXT tab and go to >Bin > Headings and select the All/None button so that there are no columns selected.
5. Now select Camroll, End (timecode end), KN End (key# end), KN Start (key# start), Pullin (pullin frame), Start (timecode start) and Tracks click OK and the bin will now have these headings


6. Click in your new bin an go to >File>Import and select the Files of type as Shot Log Files (*.ale) and navigate to where you saved your logs (ex: CD or floppy disk) select the one you want to import and click open.
7. Click continue on next menu. 
The files will turn into masterclips with the appropriate keycode already entered for your film so you can track the film frames to create a “cut list” to cut your negative when you are done editing.


8. Once you have imported all of your .ale files make sure that you only have V1 and EC1 displayed in the Tracks setting. If A1-2 is there you need to modify your master clips before you digitize to only have video selected. You must do this next step or else the AutoSync function in AVID won’t work.

Highlight your master clips you need to change in your bin and then select >Clip>Modify and then select “Set Tracks” and uncheck A1 and A2 and click OK. The clip will now be modified to only batch capture Video.


9. Highlight all your clips in your bin and batch capture to your storage drive. IMPORTANT WHEN CAPTURING IN AVID ADRENALINE in a 24P project USING THE DV25 RESOLUTION YOU MUST turn on the following setting>IN AVID>go to Settings tab in the project  window>double click on CAPTURE settings>Click on the DV Options tab and turn on check box for “Use software DV25 Codec” if this setting is not checked then the “A” frames will not be captured properly and interlacing and jitter will occur.