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Re: Avid Media Composer and sharing media on a SAN

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Eugeny Korkhin
Re: Avid Media Composer and sharing media on a SAN
on Nov 21, 2011 at 2:02:51 pm

[Bob Zelin] "AVID writes a .msm and a .mdb file whenever you launch Media Composer, and if you are on one common volume or partition with two or more systems, the second (or third) Media Composer will overwrite the first guys .msm and .mdb file, and you will see MEDIA OFFLINE on your AVID on your edit 1 system."

False. Not gonna happen.
Avid updates .pmr file when you quit, and both .pmr and .mdb if you add or delete media files. (There's no .msm file at all) But that doesn't matter. Updating and overwriting doesn't result Media Offline. If .mdb file changes, another system starts scanning (which I must say may last forever depending on how much media you have in Avid MediaFiles folder). But after the scan is complete, that newly ingested or imporetd media becomes online for the second editing station. But .mdb changes also if you render(which means creating media) to the volume it resides on. And that makes collaborative work an endless scanning.
That's what gonna happen.
Or you need to render to the separate volume and avoid ingesting (or importing) during the editing session.

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