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  • Possible to Link directly to .R3D files?

  • Ron DeMarse

    January 6, 2021 at 4:17 pm

    Good morning! If there’s an easy answer to this one, I’ve not been able to find it. If so, I’d love to be pointed in the right direction. (AMC 2020.10.0; MacBook Pro, High Sierra 10.13.6)

    When I try to use my Source Browser to Link directly to an .R3D file, Media Composer just seems to ignore me. No error message or anything like that – it’s just unresponsive. I can bring in clips via the parent .RDC files/folders without a problem, but I have some orphan .R3D files that I’d like to use too.

    Interestingly, I have old projects with some of these .R3D files in them, and they still seem to work fine in those projects. They can just no longer be linked into new (or any) projects. It’s as if Media Composer is still fully capable of reading and using these files independently, but it’s just decided that we simpletons shouldn’t be linking them this way anymore.

    Anyway – any advice is appreciate. Even just a short-term workaround would be great.



  • Ron DeMarse

    January 6, 2021 at 4:35 pm

    Alright – found a solution already.

    The old Option-drag shortcut to automatically link files seemed to work fine. No idea why the link button doesn’t accomplish the same thing, but at least there’s a fix…

  • Glenn Sakatch

    January 9, 2021 at 4:30 pm

    I see this every now and then with many file formats. Linking through the browser doesn’t work, but alt drag from explorer does. I think its a cache issue, or memory thing where it thinks the file is already linked, so it skips it.

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