Launch Media Composer
The Initial Project Screen will open. Here is where you choose where you create and save new projects. Click on the "Folder" to select where to save your new projects also how to navigate to already existing projects.
Navigate to the hard drive and folder that you want AVID to access and save new projects
You can look at the path where AVID will be accessing projects once you select the folder
Now click on the "New Project" button
The New Project Dialog will come up. Select the project parameters
Select the newly created project and Click OK at the Select Project Screen
When the project opens the next step will be to link to the XDCAM – EX raw files that were backed up in their native file structure.
Go to >Tools>Source Browser
In the Source Browser window go to the "Explore" tab and navigate to your storage drive the
Card Backup is located. Click on it to open the folder and then select the folder that contains the files. You want to select the BPAV folder in your SXS card folder.
When you select the folder that contains video media the "Link" button in the lower right hand corner will become selectable.
Also make sure that "Link" is selected in the Lower Left corner. Don't select "Import."
You can choose to create a "New Bin" or select an already open bin in your project. It's fine to create a New Bin.
Then select the "Link" button in the lower right hand corner to link the selected files.
Continue this process until you have all the cards that you shot content on to loaded into AVID
Navigate to the XDCAM – EX – BPAV folder containing your media. If you have a few card folders backed up navigate to the larger folder containing all your XDCAM – EX data and select that.
The files will load into the folder and have the "Linked" media Icon not the "Master Clip" icon
LINKED MEDIA ICON
Note – If you are not using a Moody College Lab Computer then you might get this problem.
If you do then you need to install the AMA Plug Ins for AVID so that AVID can read the raw media files from the camera. To find where to download the plug ins go to >Marketplace>AMA Plug-Ins
The AVID web site will open and you can then search for the XDCAM – EX AMA Plug-Ins downloads
NOTE YOU MUST QUIT AVID Media Composer TO INSTALL Plug Ins!!
Once you have installed the plug ins – Restart Computer just for safety and then open you AVID project again and retry the Link to AMA Volume
Back in AVID go to >Bin>Choose Columns
Choose the two settings >Video and Video File Format
Here is where you will see what the video format and frame rate is.
This is the comparison of the normal Master Clip and an AMA linked file
Next we need to change the AMA linked files to normal AVID Master Clips. All we are doing is rewrapping a XDCAM – EX .mp4 to an AVID XDCAM EX .mxf file.
To do this, select all the AMA files in the linked file bin shown above.
Then Choose >Clip>Consolidate/Transcode
This Next Dialog box choose to Relink Master clips to media on target drive.
The clips will consolidate to the AVID MediaFiles folders and will create a "Master Clip"
Use the newly made Master Clips without the "chain link"
Move these files to a new bin and close the bin with the "Linked" clips.