- March 20, 2020 at 7:30 pm
I am transcoding footage in Resolve to edit in Avid. On a few of the shoot days, there are duplicate file names among the cards. I’m worried this will be an issue when relinking at the end of the project, as the source file name and tape name of these clips will be the same. Is there any workaround for this?
- March 22, 2020 at 2:02 am
The workaround would be to avoid duplicate file names whenever possible, because this will kill you with any potential workflow. I would do something like manually adding an _001, _002, or similar name to the end of the file name, and do this to the original file and the transcode before editing starts.
For a lot of reasons, it’s a good idea to avoid using cameras that don’t name files correctly, because this can be an absolute trainwreck in post.
- March 22, 2020 at 2:16 am
Thanks for the reply. Though I’ve heard it’s a bad idea to rename raw camera files, especially MXF files? Do you know if that’s an issue?
- March 22, 2020 at 3:22 am
Normally I would say it _is_ a bad idea to rename camera files, but that’s why I qualified my remark to include a) unless you have duplicate file names and b) you do this before editing has started.
For more info, two books I would recommend on the subject:
“Modern Post: Workflow & Techniques for Digital Filmmakers”
by Scott Arundale
“The Guide to Managing Postproduction for Film, TV, and Digital Distribution”
by Susan Spohr & Barbara Clark
- March 30, 2020 at 6:42 pm
It’s a bad idea if you’re using software that uses the metadata outside the mxf file itself, such as FCPX. I’m in charge of the workflow (and futur grading) of a 5 episode documentary series where the director is shooting himself with no assistant, result: there are a lot of duplicate file names. I use “Renamer” (MacOS) to rename all files, I add the day’s date to all the files, which also helps for sorting the footage. This is done before sychronisation and ingest into Avid.
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