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  • Same episode, multiple versions -how to consolidate media for archive?

  • Ty Delgaty

    November 19, 2021 at 1:26 pm

    I am an online editor and I have a show with multiple versions. They are nearly the same with a few small differences, and one uses some media that the other doesn’t (different layout, snap-ins).

    I’ve been asked to deliver my projects, along with the Avid media to the production house.

    What is the best practice for copying the media from 2 similar sequences to a drive? I am currently making an AAF and copying the media to a folder, but the media seems to be doubling up each clip. I see in 2020 they added the option to “Exclude media from a previous sequence” but I don’t really know what the “rules are” exactly. I also see that when it creates the media, it is making large render files which I don’t need (eg. my legalizer which runs the length of the show) -I just want the clip media, not the render media.

  • Pat Horridge

    November 19, 2021 at 1:39 pm

    Select all the sequences and consolidate to a new drive. You will get new sequences linked to the new media.

    However if some media can’t be consolidated you may have to transcode first.

  • Ty Delgaty

    November 19, 2021 at 1:44 pm



    Let’s say I don’t have another drive. This is why I am using the AAF export function to copy the AAF media into a folder that is not on the root, but into it’s own folder that I can deliver to the house.


  • Glenn Sakatch

    November 20, 2021 at 9:42 pm

    What if you aaf export one sequence.

    The duplicate your other sequence…take all your media offline…and relink that sequence back to your newly created affiliate media.

    Anything still offline is the difference in the two shows.

    Put those clips on their own track, and copy those to their own timeline. Relink it back to your original media…aaf that timeline.

    You should now have two aaf folders with media to populate both timelines, and no duplicates.

    Relink both timelines to that media and ship it all off.

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