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Ben Northenor
Doc in Avid working off 4TB hard drives
on Jun 29, 2015 at 11:20:17 pm

I just got brought on to a Doc as an AE. I found out that their 4K media is on about 12 - 4TB hard drives. Does anyone have any advice on staying organized in this kind of working environment? I want this to be as easy as possible for my Editor and for the workflow to be as seamless as possible. Thanks in advance

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Andrew Kimery
Re: Doc in Avid working off 4TB hard drives
on Jun 30, 2015 at 6:13:48 am

IMO, the #1 priority should be to get it all onto some form of fast, reliable shared storage (even if that means going the offline/online route) so that all the footage is in a single location that both you and the editor can access. I worked on a doc a few years ago that was spread out over a ton of external drives (24 maybe?) and it was a royal pain to keep everything organized and mirrored (a copy of everything for me and a copy of everything for the editor). Granted, shooting and editing were going on concurrently so that really complicated things, but even if everything was already in the can you always run into the problem of the footage you need being on a drive you don't have and you can't retrieve it until someone else is done using it.

At one point I did the math and realized we spent on average 8-10hrs a week 'sneaker netting' footage from point A to point B. Complete waste of time but we had no other options.


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Pat Horridge
Re: Doc in Avid working off 4TB hard drives
on Jun 30, 2015 at 8:27:17 am

Madness to try and work direct online with that much media.
Sounds like no post production plan exists.
Thats like making a car journey with no map!

There needs to be a plan. How is the finishing beibg done? Is it 4K output (unlikely if sources are 4K)

Almost inevitable an offline workflow needed. So transcoding of media needed.
Once at offline quality you can dupe media easily if shared storage isn't viable.

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Ben Northenor
Re: Doc in Avid working off 4TB hard drives
on Aug 7, 2015 at 4:19:59 pm

I got everything transcoded and brought into Avid. We're rolling now. I am having a new issue though. I Synced and Grouped all my A/B Cam and then I color coded each person. I took the media and the bins over to my Editors harddrive and the colors don't come through. If I open a sequence that he's working on and clip on the original clip, then it turns that color on the timeline. Any advice?

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Andrew Kimery
Re: Doc in Avid working off 4TB hard drives
on Aug 7, 2015 at 5:04:45 pm

When you say you took the bins I assume you took the entire project folder? I think color coding is a user setting in Avid so your editor would have to enable the clip colors to show up on his system (I don't remember exactly where this option is though).


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Ben Northenor
Re: Doc in Avid working off 4TB hard drives
on Aug 7, 2015 at 5:11:20 pm

Correct. We're working off of 2 4TB hard drives. Not ideal, but that is the way it's set up. We have the same media/bins on our hard drives. I went to his hamburger > Clip Color > and checked SOURCE. That should have fixed the problem. We're on AVID MC 8.4. Not sure if it's a bug or??? They eventually turn to the color I made on my editors timeline, but I have to open the clip used on the timeline to get it to change. Pretty annoying. Thanks for the feedback.

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Andrew Kimery
Re: Doc in Avid working off 4TB hard drives
on Aug 7, 2015 at 6:08:58 pm

Yeah, that should work. It might be a bug (I haven't used 8.4 yet).


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