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  • MC keeps freezing up with Braw and AMA linking

     Ann Foo updated 1 day, 4 hours ago 3 Members · 6 Posts
  • Aaron Rosapepe

    June 2, 2021 at 3:10 pm


    Attempting to cut some personal projects shot in b raw within Avid utilizing AMA linking but keeps taking me to beachball city and I have to force quit. Havn’t even gotten past the stringout cut down phase so nothing too taxing. Im on a 2015 iMac, thunderbolt 2 external, OSX 10.15.4, latest version of MC and latest version of b raw player. I noticed MC needs to be at half res to play back smoothly as well.

    I know I’m not on the latest and greatest machine but do not have any issues with Premiere (Pr can also playback full res no prob). Is this pilot/system error on my end or just not a functional workflow in MC right now?

    Thanks in advance for any insights.

  • Glenn Sakatch

    June 5, 2021 at 2:48 pm

    I can usually go up to half an hour with braw before my box crashes. I’m just started transcoding. it.

  • Ann Foo

    June 17, 2021 at 12:18 pm

    Avid is a pretty memory intensive piece of software, built and patched from much older and clunkier code. Unlike Premier which is very light and streamlined. So, it’s typical that you can run Premier fine on an older system, but it still struggles with Avid.

    Add to that complication that Avid was never designed to utilize AMA linking (unlike Premier, which was built around the concept of reference media). Avid was originally designed to use it’s own codec (MXF), so it really likes to stick to that. AMA was a feature Avid tacked on to compete with FCP and Premiere, but in my and many others’ experience, it doesn’t work great and you’re better off either transcoding to MXF or cutting in Premiere if you want to stick to reference media.

    The fact that you have to be on half res to play, and it still keeps giving you the beachball, is a pretty strong indication that your system is not handling the b raw footage well. If you’re not too far in, I would strongly recommend transcoding to an offline resolution for ease of editing, and then onlining to full res once locked.

  • Aaron Rosapepe

    June 17, 2021 at 1:25 pm

    Thank you Glenn and Ann for the feedback. Went ahead and took the extra time and steps to transcode to mxf and all is well.

  • Glenn Sakatch

    June 19, 2021 at 3:06 pm

    Actually, i have a buddy who edits on premiere, and he says braw crashes his system as well.

    I just don’t think its implemented into things other than Resolve very well.

    I know Ann isn’t a fan of linking, but i’ve been linking for years, with very few issues…except as i said, Braw will crash after about half an hour.

  • Ann Foo

    June 21, 2021 at 6:17 pm

    I think people get a bit obssessed with the theoretical capabilities of the software, and forget the real-world limitation of the hardware of their machine. If your hardware can’t handle it, no amount of troubleshooting software is gonna help.
    I’m glad it works for you, and a little jealous 🙂 Just not jealous enough to drop fat bank on a mammoth workhorse when the highest resolution I typically cut as an offline editor is 1080p 🙂 Hopefully I’ll be back in the proper office soon anyway and these home office issues won’t be a thing 😉

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