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  • export sequence to SxS card using Avid?

    Posted by James Sapione on April 21, 2011 at 9:01 pm

    I’ve seen good instructions how to export a HD XDcam sequence to a SxS card using FCP, but wondering if this can be done using Avid???

    Footage shot on EX3, AMA linked. Edited the footage. On my laptop in field need to quickly get it out to a satellite. Would this work flow work???

    Imported to Avid MC4.0.4 >> Edit >>> output to SxS card >>> put into card into camera >> play out of camera via SDI to facility deck???

    Any help would be great.

    Dennis Jackson replied 12 years, 5 months ago 5 Members · 11 Replies
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  • Ian Cook

    April 21, 2011 at 9:23 pm

    Unfortunately there is no way to do this, at least not without involving another NLE. Avid only supports export to XDCAM optical disc. You can’t export a re-wrapped .mp4 for XD EX. You’d have to export it as a QuickTime and then use FCP, Vegas or one of the NLEs that support EX export to transcode/rewrap for EX.

    Ian Cook
    Sony Broadcast and Professional Company

  • James Sapione

    April 21, 2011 at 9:34 pm

    Damn! Not even the new MC 5.5 can do this????

    But from what you are saying, FCP can export a mp4 HD file to my SxS card, and then i could play it out of my camera – in true HD? 1920x1080i. Which version of FCP does this?

  • Ian Cook

    April 21, 2011 at 9:46 pm

    Yes, same holds true for MC 5.5.

    FCP uses our (free) export plug-in to rewrap to mp4 and export to the card. Once this is done and the card is updated (you do this from the menu….Others–>Clip–>update) the file will play out at 1920 x 1080 or 1280 x 720 depending on the codec selected. Can be done from 6.0.6 or higher.

  • James Sapione

    April 21, 2011 at 9:59 pm

    Dude, thanks so much for your help!!! Really appreciate it!

    And hello FCP. (never thought i would say those words).

  • Noah Kadner

    April 21, 2011 at 10:19 pm

    Sounds like you’re in dire need of a Blackmagic playout box or the like for your laptop.


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  • James Sapione

    April 27, 2011 at 12:06 am

    Hi Ian

    Hey I tried what you mentioned getting my sequence to a SxS card using FCP but no luck. Wondering if you had any thoughts.

    Using FCP 6.0.6
    Footage imports fine.
    Cut my seq
    Now, want to export…. File>>>>Export>>>>XDCAM>>>>here is where I may be making a mistake. I see no option that will let me make a .MP4. Only option that makes sense is XDCAM 1080/30p (35mpegs/sec). I select this. It exports to card. I actually see file on card.

    Now I use XDCAM transfer to “Refresh” the sxs card. Nothing comes up? I also used the camera – no luck.

    So somewhere there is a missing step. XDCAM clip browser is version 2.5.1

    Do i have to download something specific for FCP in order to rewrap file for .MP4? If so what?

    Thanks for taking the time to help out. I’m not a FCP user, so this is new steps for me.


  • Ian Cook

    April 27, 2011 at 2:15 pm

    1. In the XDCAM Export dialog that comes up after selecting File–>Export–>Sony XDCAM there is a ‘file type’ drop-down menu that allows you to select either an .mxf or .mp4 wrapper. Select .mp4. If you don’t see this option, check your version of Transfer. I’d strongly recommend that you run the latest, v 2.12.

    2. If the sequence is already keyed to an XDCAM EX codec you can select “current” in the “Using Settings” drop-down in the Export dialog. If the sequence preset is not set to an EX codec, select the appropriate EX codec from this dropdown menu. Make sure you do not select an optical XDCAM format.

    3. If you point the export to the root of the SxS card the application will know to place the file in the right directory (the root of the CLPR folder). You do not need to drill down into individual folders.

    4. Once this is done you have an ‘unregistered’ file on the card. XDCAM Transfer will not register the file– you need to refresh the source in Clip Browser or update from the camera menu (Others–>Clip–>Update).

    Another method would be to export the .mp4 locally (to the desktop, for example, and then use Clip Browser to import/register the new file. To do this you bring up the card in Clip Browser (i.e. browse to it in one of the Explorer windows), select File–>Import and select the recently exported .mp4. You should not need this workaround, however; I mention it only as an alternative. The above method will work as long as you use an EX format, re-wrap to .mp4 and update the card properly.

  • Wolfgang Beck

    June 4, 2011 at 4:34 pm

    is there a way when i shot in dvcam 50i mode and connect it throu firewire?

  • Dennis Jackson

    December 20, 2011 at 3:43 am


    8 months later, is it possible NOW to export an avid MC 5.5 sequence to an SXS card?? If not, what solutions are possible in a broadcast environment where they have an EVS?

    Thanks for your help


  • Ian Cook

    December 20, 2011 at 2:31 pm

    No, unfortunately there is still no SxS/.mp4 export from Media Composer. Avid supports export to optical XDCAM discs only. The workaround is to play out to an EX30 or export a file and then run it through Vegas, FCP or another NLE that supports writing EX files.

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