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  • Possible yet to AMA link if you did not modify clip beforehand?

    Posted by Terrence Dunlop on April 11, 2023 at 6:16 pm

    Hey, it’s been a minute since I AE’d an Avid Project and I know a lot has changed. Is it still the case that in order to link proxies to AMA linked files you must Modify Clips before transcoding? I have a feeling that’s the case, but if I can get around retranscoding a bunch of cameras and otherwise starting from scratch I’d love to be pointed in the right direction. Or am I screwed? Thanks!

    Boston Cainfra replied 4 months, 3 weeks ago 3 Members · 2 Replies
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  • Shahid shahan

    April 20, 2023 at 7:09 am

    Hey ,

    Yes, it’s possible to link to a file using the AMA (Avid Media Access) feature in Avid Media Composer without modifying the clip beforehand.

    AMA allows you to link to files that are not in Avid’s native MXF format, such as QuickTime, AVI, or RED files. When you link to a file using AMA, Avid creates a virtual link to the original media file, allowing you to work with it as if it were natively imported into your Avid project.

    To link to a file using AMA in Avid Media Composer, follow these steps:

    1. Open Avid Media Composer and create a new project.

    2. In the project window, navigate to the bin where you want to store your linked media.

    3. Right-click in the bin and choose “Link to AMA Volume”.

    4. In the “Link to AMA Volume” window, navigate to the folder where your media files are stored.

    5. Select the file you want to link to and click “Link”.

    6. Avid will create a virtual link to the file, which you can now access and work with in your project.

    Note that when you work with linked files using AMA, you may experience some performance issues, especially if your media files are high-resolution or have complex codecs. In these cases, it may be beneficial to transcode the files to Avid’s native MXF format before editing.

  • Boston Cainfra

    May 5, 2023 at 3:03 am

    Yes, you are correct that you need to modify the AMA linked clips before linking the proxies. This is necessary because Avid needs to know which clips the proxies correspond to. Unfortunately, there is no way to link the proxies without modifying the clips first

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