...and can someone please provide me with a work flow for importing them so that I might have a better chance of moving the files off my MacPro to an Avid Nitris running on a PC?
Somewhere I read that the BVAP file can be considered the "new videotape", like a raw tape if you will, with all the info there to be read by any computer running the Sony clip browse software.
I think that would mean if I saved my media as BVAP files instead of using the "log and transfer" feature in FCP 6.0.4 then they would no longer be converted to quicktime files.
My hope is that I could load the files, when needed, onto my Mac formatted portable Lacie drive, carry it over to the edit house using Avid Nitris on a PC, and then they would use "Flip for Mac" to read the drive, pull the unmolested files off, then use the same Sony clip browse software to move them into the Avid. Since the files are not quicktime, and still still in the Sony proprietary form, the Avid should be able to read the files after running them through the clip browser, no?
Thank you for any help!
BPAV is a FOLDER not a file, that contains the media files and the metadata that goes with it, as recording by XDCAM EX cameras.
The Sony ClipBrowser 2 can see those folders (when enclosed by another folder) and can export those fils as .MXF (assuming that's what you need for Avid). The Sony XDCAM Transfer tool converts the contents of BPAV folder to .MOV for use in Final Cut Pro.
In short, all you need is BPAV folders enclosed in another folder, read by Sony ClipBrowser and rewrapped to .MXF for the Avid.
Well, now my cover is blown. You now know I'm merely posing as computer literate. I never even got the acronym straight (BPAV vs BVAP.
I was trying to leave the house and clearly should have vetted that post more thoroughly. What I wrote was not exactly what I was thinking.
Of course "FlipforMac" is for the Mac. What I meant is, is there not a program that allows a PC to read a Mac formatted drive? If so, the BPAV folder containing the un-molested/altered/wrapped media, should be transferable to a PC, where the Sony clipbrowse software would take care of converting the it to something Avid could see.
Another option is to format a portable drive in FAT32 which is the formatting that can be read by both Mac and Windows computers without the need for additional software. You can use Apple's Disk Utility to format a hard drive in FAT32. Sony's SxS Pro memory cards for the EX cameras are also formatted in FAT32 for this very reason. That's why EX files are split into 4 Gbyte chunks on the cards because FAT32 has a 4 Gbyte file size limit. So, although I haven't tried it, a logical and natural way to transfer your EX media to a Windows machine is to drag the BPAV folder from the card directly to a FAT32 drive attached to your Mac and then drive over to your client's place with your hard drive.
Thanks for the help guys. If this works, it will help when we hire an outside edit house to do work for us with stuff I shot. Otherwise, there'll be big trouble. It still doesn't help with the stuff already ingested into FCP but I'm working on something for that too.
My only other option is to output to tape to move video from Final Cut Pro but we haven't the money to invest in any kind of HD machine.