Avid AAF workflow. Mostly working ok but it seems DAVINCI cannot deal with the spanned clips. The only way I see to handle this is to import AAF into DAVINCI. DAVINCI does not flag these clips as a problem but they show up black in the timeline. I use the LIGHTBOX to identify these one by one, go back to my AVID sequence, do a video mixdown of the SPANNED clips and then export a new AAF.
Apparently the solution is to process the footage with XF utility before the editing process begins which takes the spanned clip and turns it in to a single piece of media. I'm about to start work on a series where this has been done so I'll soon see if it works.
I think this happens due to AMA linking rather than ingesting so the spanned clip remains two discreet pieces of media. Other than what you're already doing I haven't come across another solution once you get to the conform stage.
Yes that's what I found when I tried transcoding the first time I came up against this problem. The clip spanning needs to be taken care of before anything begins or else you'll always be dealing with two bits of media.
Not sure about adding reel names with XF utility. It's the machine room guys that are dealing with it.