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  • Ama Link footage in the timeline

     kevin brown updated 1 month ago 4 Members · 7 Posts
  • kevin brown

    October 18, 2021 at 7:40 pm

    While working in the timeline with ama link footage, should you add effects from avid media composer, like transition between clips? Or you should apply effects etc after you transcode or consolidated?

  • Pat Horridge

    October 18, 2021 at 7:42 pm

    Either way works.

  • kevin brown

    October 19, 2021 at 12:40 am

    Thanks for the reply, I added a transition effect between the two ama clips in timeline, it plays choppy on the effect. Why is this happening?

  • Richard Boghosian

    October 19, 2021 at 5:45 pm

    As Pat said, either way works. For the smoothest full rez playback however, transcode the material to your final output format and then add transitions. Also quick render at the transitions gives the best playback

  • Chris Bové

    October 19, 2021 at 11:31 pm

    Hi Kevin.

    Yes you can do that workflow either way.

    Avid Media Composer really works best with transcoded material. Know that AMA was a workflow originally created so that DITs and Assistants could quickly look at their clips and decide which ones to import or transcode. While it “can” be used to edit with, doing so is not very performance-friendly.

    If you’re looking to dive deeper into understanding the way Avid uses a computer for performance, general efficiencies, or to simply find out why things work smoother than others, check out this blog I wrote for them a few years ago. Although the versions I mentioned are outdated, the concepts are still very much the same.


    Any questions, just ask. Happy to help!

    Chris Bové

    Online Community Manager


  • kevin brown

    October 22, 2021 at 2:27 am

    Thanks Chris for the reply, the transcode seems best!

  • kevin brown

    October 22, 2021 at 2:29 am

    Thanks Richard for the information, I’ll definitely checkout the blog on the computer performance with Avid!

    Truly appreciate it!

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