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Step One - AVID - Prep the sequence with a Countdown at beginning and End Of Picture tail pop at the end

Download these two files Countdown and Universal Tail Leader

Countdown - ProRes.mov

Universal Tail Leader.mov

Open your AVID Project and Import the two quicktimes you just downloaded.


Go to >File>Input>Import Media


Select the two files

Click on Options

Click on Options again

Image Size Adjustment – choose Image sized for current format

Color Levels - Choose Do not modifty, treat as legal range

Alpha Channel – choose Ignore


Click OK

Choose DNxHR SQ MXF for a 2K or 4K Project



or Choose DNxHD 175 for an HD


as the Resolution then select Open

Select your picture locked timeline and duplicate it.  

Then make a new bin and copy the timeline into the new bin.  

You can do this by holding down alt/option and dragging the timelne over to the new bin.

  • Load the COPY of the final sequence in the timeline
  • Delete anything that is before first picture such as slug or extraneous media.  First PICTURE IS EXACTLY WHAT IT MEANS THE FIRST IMAGE OR SOUND OF YOUR MOVIE!!!

    Double click on the Countdown - ProRes.mov to load it into your source window
    Press the "T" key or mark the entire clip so that the duration = 8 seconds
    Place the timeline indicator at the head of the timeline. Make sure no in or out marks are in the timeline. Make sure all tracks are enabled.
    Edit the countdown into the timeline using the splice in tool.

    Then right click in the record side of the composer window.


    Choose Sequence Report.

    Change the timecode to 59:52:00 Click Apply Changes> Then click on "Cancel" to close the window.
    Check the timeline and make sure that the 2 Pop is at 59:58:00 timecode, as shown here.

    First Picture should be at the 1:00:00:00 timecode.
    Next go to the end of the timeline and put the "Tail Leader" at the end. Put the blue position indicator at the end of the timeline. Make sure there are not any In or Out marks in the timeline and all the tracks are selected.
    Load the Universal Tail Leader into the Source side window.
    Mark the entire clip by clicking the "T" key or mark an in and an out on the whole clip. Duration should be 8:00 seconds
    Edit the tail leader into the timeline using the RED Overwrite Tool. Save your project in AVID.

Step Two – Export an .AAF of the audio to import into ProTools

  1. Make sure the AVID Audio Project Settings are set correctly. Go to the Project Bin and click on the "Settings" tab. Then click on the Audio Project settings.

  • In the Audio Project Settings window change the "Sample Bit Depth" to 24 and also make sure the Sample Rate is 48KHz.

  • Open sequence in timeline and select the video and audio tracks to export. Mark an in point at the beginning of the portion of the timeline to export and an out point at the end of the portion of the timeline to export. If the whole timeline is to be exported mark an in point at the beginning and an out at the end.
  • Example of how timeline should look before exporting.

Choose File>Output>Export to File
Click on Export Setting > Options

Choose the following:

Export As: AAF

Use marks and enabled tracks

Include All Audio

Consolidate Media

Handle Length 180 frames



Convert Audio to Sample Rate to Project

Convert Bit Depth to Project

Convert Audio File to Project



Make a Folder on the destination hard drive to hold both the .aaf and the consolidated Audio Files. Choose that folder after you click "Save"

Click New Folder

Make a Folder on the destination hard drive to hold both the .aaf and the consolidated Audio Files. Choose that folder after you click "Save"
Navigate to the hard drive and folder to save the .aaf and the Consolidated Media


Click On Save






Click "Save" on this menu and click "OK" on the other menu and then AVID will start to create your AAF file. 


Step Three -  Export the QuickTime "Chase" Movie to use in your ProTools Session


!! If you are working in an Ultra High Definition resolution (ie 2K, UHD, or 4K) you need to first change your project to HD !!

This is necessary because our mixing workstations do not support UHD resolutions very well.

1.) Navigate to the Format Tab in the Avid Project Window

2.) From the Preset Drop-down Menu select HD 1080


Then from the Frame Rate Drop-down Menu select 1080p/23.976 (or your the frame rate relevant to your project)


Now that your project is being down-sampled to boring old High Definition...


Open your sequence in the Timeline window and select the video and audio tracks to export. Mark an in point at the beginning of the portion of the timeline to export and an out point at the end of the portion of the timeline to export. If the whole timeline is to be exported mark an in point at the beginning and an out at the end.


Here is an example of how your timeline should look before exporting.



Next go to >File>Output>Export to File>



Click on Options


    1. Choose Export As QuickTime Movie, Use Marks, Use Enabled Tracks if you only want to export a certain part of the timeline. Leave them unchecked to export the whole timeline
    2. Uncheck Same as Source by clicking on the Custom button
    3. Click on Video and Audio (Recommended)
    4. Video Format 1920 x 1080 Width and Height
    5. Color Levels should be Keep at Legal Range
    6. Display Aspect Ratio leave on Native Dimensions
    7. Click on Format Options

Click on Video Settings

Choose Compression Type Avid DNxHD Codec

Current fps



Compressor choose 709

None on Alpha

Resolution choose 1080p/23.976 DnXHD 36 8-bit

Click OK

These are the final settings for the QuickTime Movie Settings

Compression: AVID DNxHD

Format 1080p/23.976 DNxHD 36 8bit


Video and Audio checkboxes should be checked.


Audio 48kHz 24 bit



Make sure Prepare for Internet Streaming is unchecked

Click OK

This is how the AVID export window should be set




Video Format 1920 x 1080 Width and Height



Color Levels should be Keep at Legal Range




Display Aspect Ratio leave on Native Dimensions

Click on Save and will be prompted to select a place to save the quicktime

Then click Save and the export will start.


!! DON'T FORGET !! 

If you are working in an Ultra High Definition resolution (ie 2K, UHD, or 4K) you need to change your project format back to your original resolution !!




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