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Michael Lansdell
Using an audio EDL to recover a timeline
on Feb 2, 2011 at 11:23:10 am

Hi, it's been awhile since I've had to post a question up here, but I'm pulling my hair out and you guys always come through :o)

I have a bunch of audio only EDLs for a series made by the company I work at back in 2000. Over 5 years before I started, so I have know idea why the only record kept of the series was the edl used for the dub (and the masters)... I now need to do some work on this series, and so I was hoping I could use the edls to help me find the video. I've done something like this before where I had a timeline that only had video references on and I went through clip by clip pressing f to match frame and f10 to drop the video back into the sequence with the audio tracks. I can't seem to work out how to do this the other way around though. Any ideas for how to get video track references that I can then go through and capture?

Hope that's clear, any thoughts at all greatly appreciated!

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Jerry Hofmann
Re: Using an audio EDL to recover a timeline
on Feb 2, 2011 at 12:54:29 pm

Maybe go through the EDL in a text editor, and add the video to the list? It's been a long time since I manipulated an EDL, but seems to me it's just a matter of adding a V to each edit... right? or something just as easy... 2 v's? LOL? I just can't remember exactly but it's not that hard to do I'll wager.

Then import that new EDL and batch capture it.

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Michael Gissing
Re: Using an audio EDL to recover a timeline
on Feb 3, 2011 at 2:05:09 am

The best EDL manipulation software I ever used was Shotlister by Digiteyes, an Australian company. It ran on a Win machine (everything from Win3.1 to the latest and also under WINE in Linux) It converted an EDL into a column based graphica interface. You could copy an audio track to a video track and then create a new EDL which had audio edits mapped to video.

The company is no more but I know the principal and just a few weeks ago I suggested he post a free version of the software up for just this sort of thing. An alternative would be to contact me directly and I could run your EDLs through and map the video track to make a new EDL.


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Michael Lansdell
Re: Using an audio EDL to recover a timeline
on Feb 3, 2011 at 11:04:15 am

Thanks for your help guys! I actually kept fiddling after posting this, and remembered that you can turn off "use clip settings" when capturing, so I used that to pull in all the clip data and then went through pressing 'f' and then 'f10'.

Michael Lansdell

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My system:

2 x 3 GHz Quad-Core Intel Xeon
5GB DDR2 RAM
512MB ATI Radeon X1900 XT
OS X 10.4.11
Final Cut Pro 6.0.4
After Effects CS4
Blackmagic Design DeckLink HD Extreme (6.6.2)

Take a gander at my personal blog:

http://www.monstersareart.co.uk


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