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  • Converting codecs to edit in MC

    Posted by Sean Lennon on March 2, 2019 at 11:58 am

    Hi folks, just a question regarding converting codecs MC doesn’t like into a codec MC does like. What software do you use to do this? Or can it be done in avid? I’ve seen some programs that convert say h.264 to DNxHD but you have to pay for them, is MPEG streamclip an option also? I’ve tried with VLC player but it didnt work.

    Any advice appreciated.


    John Pale replied 5 years, 2 months ago 4 Members · 7 Replies
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  • Glenn Sakatch

    March 2, 2019 at 4:41 pm

    One of the keys to any conversion is the ability to retain Timecode.
    If you are going to pass off the footage to someone else, or they might want to go back to original footage for online/colour grading, then you want to make sure your conversion program keeps the proper timecode.

    If you are going to convert to high quality footage, and essentially start calling these new clips your “camera originals” then it doesn’t really matter. Personally I never use this path…but that’s how i operate.

    Programs like Mpeg stream clip can do the conversion, but will not retain timecode.

    If you have Avid, then you may want to look at the transcode function. This is how a large portion of the professional company’s will do the conversion.

    Resolve (even the free version) will do the same thing, and usually quite a bit faster. You do however have to test your workflow with Resolve to ensure your project is set correctly to retain timecode and proper clip names, in case you want to go back to camera originals. There are plenty of posts in the forum about using resolve to create media for Avid.


  • John Pale

    March 2, 2019 at 11:03 pm

    Link to Media in Avid. Then transcode. In most cases that’s the way to go.

  • Shane Ross

    March 3, 2019 at 5:22 am

    If you want free, RESOLVE is an option. A tad more complex than just doing it in Avid.

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  • Sean Lennon

    March 4, 2019 at 11:02 am

    Thank you!

  • Sean Lennon

    March 4, 2019 at 11:08 am

    Thanks, this makes sense as linking and importing kept giving me an error.

  • Sean Lennon

    March 4, 2019 at 11:16 am

    With some of the footage i’m using the link to media box is greyed out and import doesn’t work either, it gives me an error, in this instance conversion before using avid is necessary I presume? Apologies, the numerous operations and terminology can get confusing for me.


  • John Pale

    March 14, 2019 at 1:31 am

    What kind of footage? Some require downloading a third party AMA plugin in order to link.

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