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  • Migrating entire Avid Media Composer to Premiere

  • Chris Farrington

    January 6, 2022 at 9:45 pm

    Hi everyone,

    I did some searching and found plenty of guidance on exporting individual sequences from Avid to Premiere, but I need to do the entire project, including the media. I searched the Creative Cow archives, but all that came up were 6 years+. Can anyone tell me how to do this, or point me to an article that explains it?

    Thank you,


  • Glenn Sakatch

    January 8, 2022 at 4:46 pm

    It would very much be a manual process. The two programs don’t intertwine in that way.

    Avid creates clips for everything contained in an aaf, but I don’t think Premiere does. I think it only gives you the sequence, so even making aafs for each set of bins content will only get you so far. It is possible there is a way to have premiere create the clips upon importing an aaf…but i’m an avid guy, not a premiere guy.

    Perhaps an edl would work better for creating clips?

  • Chris Farrington

    January 8, 2022 at 9:35 pm

    Thanks, Glenn.

    Yeah, I’m surprised how little information there is about doing this. Let’s say I exported all the clips from the avid project. Then I export the timeline. Is there a way I could link the timeline to those clips? Anyone done this?


  • Glenn Sakatch

    January 9, 2022 at 4:37 pm

    There should be no issue relinking clips in Premiere from an aaf built from every clip in a bin.

    (as long as you are not dealing with avid native op atom files.)

    Premiere’s relinking simply shows you a screen of offline shots, and asks you to ID where those files are situated.

    I’ve been moving aafs back and forth between premiere and Avid quite a bit for one of the projects I’m working on now…so it does work.

    You would have to jump over to the Premiere forum to ask members there about turning that timeline into source clips inside a bin inside Premiere.

  • Glenn Sakatch

    January 9, 2022 at 7:29 pm

    Actually, I just brought an AAF back into Premiere from Resolve, in a new bin, and it did create clips for all events on the timeline, so it should just be a matter of being organized in how you import your aafs.

  • Chris Farrington

    January 10, 2022 at 4:56 pm

    Glenn, thanks for the advice. We’ll give it a try. If anyone else has ideas, we’re still accepting submissions!

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