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Casey Rae
Archiving in Avid
on Jan 24, 2020 at 10:24:39 pm

Very confused and lost.

My boss wants me to archive footage from past shows.

So I took the footage and put it in a sequence. Transcoded it down to prores files and sequences. From there consolidated the sequences to an external hard drive and transferred the bins to the corresponding footage on the external hard drive. When I try to open up the sequences all the media is offline.

I followed this tutorial -

I need help to make sure all the footage is online and whoever opens the bins they can open them up accordingly.

Thank you for your time.

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Glenn Sakatch
Re: Archiving in Avid
on Jan 26, 2020 at 4:39:42 pm

you have to ensure your transcoded/consolidated media is in the proper avid structure on that hard drive.
Since it is avid media, it has to maintain the Avid MediaFiles/MFX/yourmedia structure. (spelling and capitalization is important on those first 2 folders.) This structure has to be in the root of your new drive....not inside another folder.

I would assume the yourmedia folder already has a database in it from when you transcoded the footage. If that has become corrupt, you would have to change the folder name to a number, to allow Avid to re-index it. Once the indexing is done, you can rename it back to whatever you want.

I would also suggest you determine a method of hiding your other avid media from the system while you check this archive. I usually temporarily rename my normal Avid MediaFiles folders to XAvid MediaFiles. This will prevent Avid from looking in there.
(you could also rename the /MXF folder to /MXXF and once again Avid will ignore it.


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