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  • Transfer folder/directory structure from Windows to AVID

  • Ismael de Diego

    July 23, 2015 at 9:27 pm

    Hi everyone, I’m starting editing a documentary in AVID and i have all the media already organized into folders in a hard drive. My question is this, is there a method to transfer the folder/directory structure that’s in the hard drive into AVID ? I could do it manually but since there are 1058 folders it seems a suffocating waste of time. Does anyone have an easier way ?? Thanks

    Also I already have a copy of the folder structure without the files.

  • John Pale

    July 23, 2015 at 10:26 pm

    Are you saying that you will be attempting to edit by directly linking to this media which you have already meticulously organized? What kind of media is this? You will find that Avid works very differently than Premiere or Final Cut Pro in this regard, if that’s what you are used to.

    Though you can work directly with camera original media, it’s not really recommended for anything but the smallest, simplest projects. The best course is to temporarily link to your media via AMA, then consolidate/transcode your files into new Avid media files. You can go right to your finishing quality or create low resolution media for offline work. From there, Avid does its own file management and you cannot really manage it on your own with folders.

  • Shane Ross

    July 24, 2015 at 12:01 am

    [Ismael de Diego] “and i have all the media already organized into folders in a hard drive.”

    You mean the raw camera files, or Quicktime files…the media you will be importing, correct?

    [Ismael de Diego] “is there a method to transfer the folder/directory structure that’s in the hard drive into AVID ?”

    Nope. Avid doesn’t work that way. Avid has it’s own file structure and that’s how it maintains its very solid media management. You AMA link to your footage, and then transcode (or Consolidate if the media is a type Avid works with, like MXF or ProRes QT) and Avid will copy it into the Avid file structure on the media drive.

    If you AMA this footage and work via AMA…your system not run at optimal performance. And depending on the media type, it might down right bog down.

    John is right…Avid isn’t premiere or FCP…it doens’t work the same way. You need to use Avid like it’s designed. AMA the footage, then transcode to your media drive. Avid will organize the media the way it needs to, the way it works best.

    Shane
    Little Frog Post
    Read my blog, Little Frog in High Def

  • Ismael de Diego

    July 24, 2015 at 12:46 am

    Absolutely agree, I will link to AMA when possible and will recode everything else but I need to mantain folder/directory structure. Footage is a 4 years documentary with over 20,000 media files and a wide range of formats, meticulously organized in 1087 folders and still one year ahead of shooting. Haven’t work in AVID in a while, mostly FCP in the past 6 years and the only way I’m aware to organize this kind of footage is trough a folder structure. I might have a wrong aproach on this but my interest right now is only folders, no clips.
    I already made a copy of the folder structure without the files and it would be great if I can somehow transfer that folder structure in to AVID. My idea is to create a bin inside each folder and then AMA/recode everything in the proper manner.
    I’m not versed in the AVID ways, and my fear is to overload the project, any suggestion will be moist than well received.

  • Glenn Sakatch

    July 24, 2015 at 12:49 am

    You can build folders in Avid by creating them in Windows Explorer. You don’t have to make the folders from within Avid, but the bins themselves do have to be made inside Avid.
    Copying and pasting and renaming bins outside of Avid wont work.

    When you AMA link, you can get Avid to create a bin based on the name of the folder your ama footage is coming from. From there you could move that bin into the folder structure you want. From there the transcodes will certainly stay in that named bin.

    Not exactly what you are looking for, but some of the work you have done can be utilized.

    Glenn

  • Ismael de Diego

    July 24, 2015 at 12:55 am

    Also all AMA will be inmediatly recode, I’m familiar with the way AVID manage media. But not very clear on organization methods inside the project window

  • Ismael de Diego

    July 24, 2015 at 1:00 am

    The photographer and director made the original organization. And yes, I will manually create the bin, my main interest is the date/event organization that exist already, it will take me forever just to copy the name info and pasting it into AVID project folders, it has to be a faster way.

  • Shane Ross

    July 24, 2015 at 1:57 am

    There isn’t. You can’t import the folder structure into Avid…you’ll have to re-create it manually. If you used Adobe Premiere…you could do what you want…just import the folders and boom, there you go. But Avid doesn’t do that. If it’s meticulously organized outside of Avid in a certain way, and you want to keep it, you’ll need to manually re-create it.

    Sorry

    Shane
    Little Frog Post
    Read my blog, Little Frog in High Def

  • Ismael de Diego

    July 24, 2015 at 2:17 am

    That sound like a terrible waste if time, or a data manager/assistant kind of job wich will make hiring someone everything slower, a lot slower. There has to be a workaround for such a simple task, a script or a plug-in, an exchange file through another editing system, it must be a way.

  • Shane Ross

    July 24, 2015 at 2:22 am

    [Ismael de Diego] “a data manager/assistant kind of job”

    EXACTLY…this is the job for an assistant editor. This is why that job exists. So you don’t hire an expensive editor for the many hours this will take. Importing and organizing media is exactly what an assistant editor does. So you hire someone to do all of that organization, and THEN you hire the editor to come in and cut the project.

    [Ismael de Diego] “There has to be a workaround for such a simple task”

    It’s not a simple task in the world of Avid…it’s not how Avid works, not how it’s designed. This works in Premiere Pro…and FCP 7 (if all the media was already converted to FCP media). But those apps are codec differently, and deal with file structures differently.

    [Ismael de Diego] “a script or a plug-in, an exchange file through another editing system, it must be a way.”

    If so, I’ve never heard of it. And I’ve been using Avid for 20 years.

    Shane
    Little Frog Post
    Read my blog, Little Frog in High Def

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