Is there a way in the AVID to add a keyable bug to a video project that will be dumped to XDCAM - without having to render the whole thing? The bug is currently built as a 32 bit Targa. It's a one frame still. The bug was built in the same dimensions as the final output.
If I put the TGA on the top layer - do I really need to render the whole video? It's about 2 1/2 hours long.
How are you outputting? Are you connected to a deck or external XDCAM recorder? If so, then you can overlay the graphic and do a crash record, no muss, no fuss. You may have to convert the graphic to a PNG - but you're golden. A frame accurate layoff may be problematic, however.
Are you trying to export an XDCAM file / disc folder structure? Or an XDCAM mov file? Then no - you need to recreate the entire file with the render.
You could look into 3rd party encoders which put bugs on files, like Episode by Telestream - but that still needs the base edit from your Avid (fully formed or QT Ref) to accomplish it.