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  • Playback / Edit Old 32-bit Avid Compressed files

  • Bruce Lambert

    November 16, 2021 at 4:57 pm

    Client has brought in Avid Compressed files from 2006 in the Avid AVUI Codec 720 X 486 for a historic piece. I can play them inside of VLC although it shows me a split screen of both fields and that’s the way it exports as well. How do I even begin to get this into Premiere 2021? Is this even possible? Would they play back on a current Media Composer? I’m having a feeling that I need to have a machine with an old OS that’s 32-bit with the Avid Codecs loaded and transfer them from it. Any ideas / work arounds? Currently running Mac OS Monterey and Premiere 2021.

  • James Brooks

    November 16, 2021 at 5:03 pm

    videoQC supports a lot of old avid OMF/AAF/MXF/AVI files, and will deal with the fields correctly. You can download the free trial to make sure it works, and if it does, there is a converter built in to export a more modern MOV/MXF to work with.

    Cheers, James

  • Todd Perchert

    November 16, 2021 at 5:03 pm

    I would think that AVID MC should be able to read them, but that’s not a definite. Have you tried Handbrake? Just to see if that will read/transcode the files correctly. Not sure why VLC would give a split screen of both fields.

    TC

  • Bruce Lambert

    November 16, 2021 at 7:21 pm

    Handbrake is perfect for this! Thanks!

  • James Brooks

    November 16, 2021 at 7:33 pm

    Hi Todd

    The split screen is because Avid puts the interlaced fields one after another, rather than the more normal interleaved, and VLC does handle this format.

    Cheers, James

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