I have set new sequences to be created with 1 video, 2 mono audio and zero stereo audio tracks. As soon as I put a clip into the source monitor I get FOUR tracks (only the first one or two being in use). How do I get Avid to deal only with the first two?
There are couple of simple ways to do this. The easiest would be to load the master clips (with 4 tracks of audio) into the source monitor. Mark the entire duration of the clips and make sure only V1, A1, & A2 are selected. Subclip. You should now have sub clips with only 2 tracks of audio.
Alternatively, you could unlink the master clips, modify the tracks (removing track 3&4)
First, make sure the clips are offline. If you're on a Unity or ISIS, unmount the workspace with the media files. If your media is local, you could temporarily move the 1 folder out of the Avid MediaFiles>MXF folder.
To unlink clips (Hit “Shift” + “Command” and right click to find the “unlink” option)
‐ Lasso all clips and right click “Modify” and “Set Tracks”. In the Set Tracks window, deselect tracks 3 & 4
- Mount the workspace (or move the 1 folder back into Avid MediaFiles>MXF)
Keep in mind this will leave the two empty tracks of MXF files taking up space. If we're talking about a few clips, it won't take up that much space, but if it's all of your dailies, that could easily add up.
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The source monitor always displays all tracks when loaded. In this scenario your sources all have 4 tacks but only two seem to have anything recorded on them. This is common with many cameras in the field. There are two ways to deal with it:
1. Subclip just active tracks. This can be done manually one by one or via an ALE merge.
2. Use unlink/modify/relink on master clips as described in my blog here: