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  • How do I bring Avid DNxHD .mxf files into After Effects?

     Adam Lutz updated 9 years, 4 months ago 5 Members · 17 Posts
  • Joseph Herman

    January 3, 2012 at 6:31 am

    Hello,

    I am an After Effects user and I have some Avid DNxHD files with a .mxf extension on them which I would like to bring into After Effects for effects work.

    I’ve never done this before. I also notice that the audio left and right are separate channels. But I don’t even care about the audio, I just want to bring in the video.

    How would you do this?

    Thanks for your help!

  • Shane Ross

    January 3, 2012 at 9:52 am

    You wouldn’t. You need to export out of Avid as DNxHD Quicktime files. Bring those into AE (after you download and install the Avid codecs) and work with them. You don’t work with the MXF files directly.

    Shane
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  • Joseph Herman

    January 3, 2012 at 6:59 pm

    Thanks. I am just learning the Avid now.

    If you know of any tuts on how to do this, I would appreciate it.

    Happy New Year.

  • Shane Ross

    January 3, 2012 at 7:36 pm

    Tutorials? Not that I know of. Just export as a QT movie…same as source, make sure the dimensions are correct, and if they are not, make them so.

    Shane
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  • Joseph Herman

    January 3, 2012 at 8:23 pm

    Thanks.

    I tried to right click on a bin and choose “Import” to bring in the MXF file but got an dialog saying that I needed to look up how to “transfer media” in the manual.

    As mentioned, I am just getting started in Avid and know little (more like nothing).

    I have Media Composer 6, and was hoping it would be as easy as just importing into a bin (as it is in Premiere).

    I guess I need to start studying!

    If you know a quick way to bring it into the Avid let me know, otherwise I need to start hitting the manuals.

  • Shane Ross

    January 3, 2012 at 8:30 pm

    I thought you needed to get the MXF into After Effects. WHy are you trying to import the file into Media Composer?

    Avid is VERY different than Premiere in how it deals with media. The MXF files need to be inside a very specific file structure. ON the root level of the drive, in a folder called Avid MediaFiles – then inside that is a folder called “MXF.” Then in that, numbered folders. “1,” “2,” etc. Media needs to be in there.

    Avid MediaFiles>MXF>1

    Then, you use the MEDIA TOOL inside the Avid to locate the media. OR…once you launch Avid MC, and it builds a database for that media folder, you can drag the database file into a bin and that bin will be populated with the media in that folder.

    Shane
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  • Joseph Herman

    January 3, 2012 at 8:39 pm

    Hi Shane,

    > I thought you needed to get the MXF into After Effects.
    > WHy are you trying to import the file into Media Composer?

    True, I just need to get them into After Effects, and that is what I would like to do.

    However, from what I understood, you can’t just bring them into After Effects, but you need to export them from Avid based on your statement:

    > You need to export out of Avid as DNxHD Quicktime files.
    > Bring those into AE (after you download and install the
    > Avid codecs) and work with them. You don’t work with the
    > MXF files directly.

    Are you saying now that there is some way to bring them into After Effects without first bringing it into the Avid to export them as Quicktime files?

    Thanks for your help.

  • Shane Ross

    January 3, 2012 at 8:43 pm

    So…you have .mxf files, but they are not in an Avid project file? THey are just MXF files? So now you need to get them into the Avid so that you can export as a QT file to get into AE?

    Wow.

    Why not ask whoever provided these to you for either the QT export…or the bin or project file that includes this media, IN the proper folder structure? I mean, to just give someone, with very little knowledge of the inner workings of Avid, raw Avid media files, is not the best idea in the world. THey need to provide you with what you need in order to work properly.

    Shane
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  • Joseph Herman

    January 3, 2012 at 9:46 pm

    These files were generated by Blackmagic capture hardware from a camera that has an option to write directly in DNxHD (or uncompressed quicktime).

    The Blackmagic capture hardware just writes it to the DNxHD MXf format. It didn’t come from an Avid system.

    It sounds like the only way I can do it is by creating that directory structure above in order to bring it into the Avid.

  • Shane Ross

    January 3, 2012 at 10:21 pm

    Ooooohhh…These were recorded on a Hyperdeck Shuttle? As MXF? I see. Yeah, in order for Avid to see them, you need to put them into that specific file structure (if you want Avid to make this structure for you, just open Avid MC, import any MOV file, direct it to the drive you want this structure to be on, and hit IMPORT. You can cancel the import…and you will have the complete Avid mediafile folder structure).

    And then you can use the MEDIA TOOL to find that footage, or, as I said before, drag the Media database file (“msmFMID.dba”) into an open bin.

    Next time it might be easier to record to uncompressed QT if you want to go directly into AE.

    Shane
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