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  • Shane Ross

    March 6, 2007 at 1:46 am

    Which versions of the Avid software work with MXF files shot with the HVX? I am not entirely sure, and a company I work with is asking…Figured you all would know.


    Littlefrog Post

  • AccountNeedsRealnameUpdate

    March 6, 2007 at 4:31 am

    We’ve been using Xpress Pro HD. I believe that is the least expensive version that works. Media Composer is another option, but to be honest, I’m not really sure what you get for the addition money. Both of these are available as software only releases, but if you want an Avid HD DNA, I think you need to start with Media Composer with an Adrenaline.

  • Shane Ross

    March 6, 2007 at 6:28 am

    These guys will be cutting a feature doc, and are heavily entrenched in Avid, so that is why I am going that route. I think they want more than Xpress Pro offers. Nice to know that Media Composer does it too. That is what they will most likely want to use.

    Thanks Rumpy.


    Littlefrog Post

  • AccountNeedsRealnameUpdate

    March 6, 2007 at 7:05 am

    Oh, yeah, if the budget is there, anything from Xpress pro HD and up will work. Media composer with an adrenalin or meridien or anything that even rhymes with nitris will do just fine. Liquid and Xpress DV are the only ones that don’t, as far as I know.

  • Emre Tufekci S.O.A.

    March 6, 2007 at 9:52 am

    One important thing is if you get avid express HD with a mojo, you will not be able to use the mojo for HD external monitor preview. It is set up for SD only and will not display HD. There would be no need to get a Nitris as it is for finishing hi-rez projects. The convenient but not cheap way to go is adrenaline with DNxHD board. You would be able to pump DVCPROHD and preview it and finish it on the same machine(if your final output is HD).

    If your final delivery is not HD but SD you ingest MXF DVCPRO HD material, export your media as as quicktime to another folder and re-import to an SD project into your avid drives on a express,composer or adrenaline.(thats the method I use as avid expess will not transcode/downconvert HD TO SD wtih out a deck downconvert. If there is a better way, I would love to find out as it is an pain.)

    hope it helps,

    Boxx Tech PC, dual-dual AMD 2.0,4BG ram,Avidexpress HD w/Mojo,UVW-1800,DSR-25, Adobe production studio.

    “Creative cow is udder madness.”

  • Michael Hancock

    March 6, 2007 at 3:45 pm

    Meridien systems don’t support MXF. You don’t want a Meridien system anyway, they’re old and outdated (but still workhorses for SD work!). Go with Media Composer. The additional features (more DNxHD support, paint, animatte, improved shot stabilization, etc….)

    I believe you can go with the software only version, transfer the MXF files via Consolidate (or do it as a normal file transfer from the desktop level), transcode to DNxHD for better playback and edit away. As far as monitoring goes–I’m not sure, but I’m thinking you will need the Adrenaline with DNxHD board for that–if you do have that you can capture HDSDI uncompressed directly into your system and it will transcode it to the DNxHD codec of your choice for editing. Avid doesn’t support DVCPro HD natively, I think. Check with a reseller to be sure.

    My opinion–do a test run on a MC Software only version (preferably on a beefy HP8400, Avid certified) and see how it cuts and handles the footage. When you’re finished, rent an Adrenaline box for the online or step up to a Symphony if possible. You’ll save on costs (an Adrenaline box with DNxHD board will set you back a lot of money) and you’ll get a better end product (you have to go to Symphony for Secondary color correction anyhow). My opinion, for what it’s worth.


  • Scott Billingsley

    April 10, 2007 at 3:16 am

    We just loaded the new, Xpress Pro 5.7 which massively improves the P2 support! It reads MXF files from folders on a drive (without needing virtual P2 cards). In fact, the program’s entire workflow is now MXF-based rather than OMF. If your workflow is 720P I think you’ll be fine.

  • Mark Caudill

    April 14, 2007 at 8:49 am

    That brings up my question. We have Xpress Pro 5.7 and MC Adrenaline. I’ve always had my media on a scsi array. With P2 we copy from an external drive to an internal drive – NOT the scsi array. Then we work with it from there? On an internal drive? Doesn’t make sense because the through-put just isn’t there on a single internal drive. I’m sure I’m missing something.


    Mark, Greensboro, NC

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