I've been using Avid for a couple of months now, so that's my skill level.
Here's what happened:
1. Started a project and linked all my footage in.
2. Transcoded those linked files and created the "new" files.
4. Bought a new portable drive and copied all the original footage onto it.
4.5. Edited more
5. Selected the all the original media and clicked 're-link' as per instructions on forums for relinking footage after moving footage to a new drive.
6. Thought it was working great because it created a new sequence and the clips in the new sequence didn't have the 'new' suffix.
7. Realized that the original media (with the little chain-link symbol) had now turned in to the transcoded DNxHD LB files (and now no chain link symbol).
8. Tried to recover the old bin before the original media had linked to the transcoded footage but that bin contains half linked original files, but the other half is the transcoded footage.
I've also tried bringing in the linked original files again because that was a suggestion in a forum, but it actually brings in the transcoded DNxHD files (!) absolutely shocking behavior. I'm so annoyed.
It was hard to articulate exactly what happened so apologies. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
My goal is to relink to original media so I can export an aaf to Davinci Resolve and also export the original media from Avid rather than the low bit-rate transcoded footage. Basically, I want the original media back in the timeline.
So the best way to go about relinking your clips will be to have your sequence with all the .new files that you transcoded (the proxies). You would then open a bin and AMA all your masters from your new drive that you moved them to. Select all the AMA Masters in your AMA bin, Select the sequence with the proxies and right click > relink. Under relink options choose to relink from selected media in all bins. This way you don't have to relink through scanning drives.
If you have the "create new sequence" check box ticked you will have a new sequence with all your clips relinked to the masters.
I'm almost back to normal. And now for some reason Match Frame doesn't work, which is a huge bummer. It's like my timeline footage is still having a hard time linking to the original media. I deleted all the Avid MediaFiles including the database file so maybe it's that.
Match Frame will match back to the source of what is in your sequence. If you made you edits from a group it, it will match back to the group. Same thing if you made your edits with a master clip, it will match back to the masters.
If you deleted your MXF files and are matching back to your reference clips they will be offline. If you delete the database but leave the mxfs your computer will index your volumes and should relink offline mxfs.
If you just want your masters I would again AMA link them and relink your sequence to those AMA since it sounds like you deleted your MXF proxie files.