I have been pulling my hair out a bit with this ALE business.
I have a few ALEs from ScriptE, they were given to me as .txt files.
I have no footage as of yet, I will be getting that tomorrow, but I wanted to try importing the ALE.
I was told to use textedit to change the headings and file extension of the .txt file to .ale, which I did.
I created a new bin and tried to import the ALE.
I received this error on all clips.
A syntax error was detected while trying to parse a timecode field in the log file.
The other fields can be missing. Just a heads up that unless these timecode and some source value match EXACTLY you will not be able to relink or merge into any of the dailies. This has been a loooong time request for Media Composer. IF the sources come from the same source as in the good old tape days, then you could declare that value in the global as in:
The header had a double TAB. I corrected that and it imports fine. The other issue the file has is the COMMENTS column has too many characters. In the corrected file below, I shortened the ALE to just the first 7 events where event 7 has a really long value in comments. It crashed the application. If you shorten that to be the length of other events' comments, it imports fine. Go ahead and edit that in this file and you will see that it imports.
There must be something wrong w/ my avid. I tried to import this file and my computer crashed.
I also copied the header into different files and had the same crash.
I open avid and when i click import the import window opens and then closes in an instant.
I open it again and it may let me access the files, but it either freezes when i select the ALE, or it crashes when i click import.
But from what i understand from Michael the information will not relink to my material anyway?
Maybe I wasn't that clear, but in the ALE that you downloaded, it will still crash because I wanted you to see that the last even in the ALE had a comments field that way too long and that is what is crashing MC upon import. You can open the ALE file in a text editor (I like TextWrangler on OS X) and either delete the last event or shorten the comments column to match the other events. Then it will import.
In all cases, it will not relink to any of the media because ALE merge and relink is based on an EXACT match of:
1. Either Tape or Source File metadata fields. This is the file name of the source file being recorded of which there as no record in the original ALE file.
2. Start and End timecode must also be an exact match. There is no fuzzy merging based on ranges and such with ALE merge.
And if it did work, some events may be limited or truncated to the limitation of characters as witnessed with this sample file.