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andrew thompson
Two Avids, One Drive
on Jul 31, 2012 at 9:46:47 pm

Is it possible to store MXF files on one Mac Pro (running Media Composer 5.5) and allow a second system to access the same material via direct ethernet connection? Essentially I want to use one of our avids as a makeshift unity.


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Richard Sanchez
Re: Two Avids, One Drive
on Aug 1, 2012 at 12:38:21 am

If you're using OSX's built in File Sharing feature, the Avid might not see the drive unless you use the "alldrives" console command. If the media is on system 1, and system 2 is connect via ethernet, I wouldn't allow system 2 to render, import, or capture to system 1. That is because the Avid, by default is going to want to write files to the AvidMediaFiles>MXF>1 directory, but if you have two system trying to simultaneously write media to that folder, it will most likely cause problems. The Unity software changes this, where the Avid will create a folder based upon the computer name and then numerical numbers. So Instead of AvidMediaFiles>MXF>1 It would be AvidMediaFiles>MXF>Edit01.1

Just be careful about your media creation settings.

Richard Sanchez
Los Angeles, CA

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