I'm gonna cross post this on the Avid forum too, so please pardon me...
Here I am on a show that is editing on an Avid. Every scrap of it shot with P2. The HVX-200 and the HPX 3000 cameras. When I started, they were using Avid 2.7.7, and occasionally some shots would just go offline...gone. Then they'd need to reimport, as deleting the databases and rebuilding didn't find them, nor did the Media Manager. This was a problem, so I suggested that they upgrade to Avid 4.0.5, as it is more robust with P2, and has AMA for future stuff. They were sold and did the upgrade.
Well, the problem hasn't gone away. Files still go offline without notice. NOTE: We are using (2) USB drives to store this footage. A Seagate and a LaCie (I know...not my decision), and USB works well for playback, surprisingly. But, footage goes missing. I wonder if it is the drives.
But what REALLY irks me, is the so called "superior Avid media management." It isn't so superior when it comes to P2. One BIG thing, is that imported files HAVE NO REEL NAME! SO if files go offline, I can't trace back to the card and reimport. We have to search the logs to figure this out. FCP...no problem, the P2 card dump folder is the name of the REEL, so reimporting is a SNAP.
So, why am I writing? OH, yeah...anyone know how to track back to what card this footage came from? Or what might be the cause of it going offline?
OK, in the MEDIA TOOL, the clip shows up in YELLOW, as if it were an AMA clip, but the odd thing is that the duration says 8 hours. And when I try to load it, I get EXCEPTION: THE SEQUENCE OR ONE OF IT'S SOURCE ELEMENTS IS TOO LONG TO BE PLAYED. It isn't a sequence, it is a clip.
Reveal file shows the files in the 1 folder, but...how do I reimport that? Are they just corrupt? How do I find out what card it came from?