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Aynsley Baldwin
Re: Relinking to AMA for colour correction in Media Composer - preferred workflow?
on Aug 14, 2015 at 12:23:03 am

Thanks for the insights, Shane and Pat!

In the end, our needs changed a bit for the grading and we didn't do it in Avid, or send the project to Premier. Partly because onlining itself, regardless of any consideration of colour, proved to be the biggest headache and time suck. This was due to a perfect storm of factors, some of which were user error during the system setup and original AMA linking process, but the big one that was out of our control was the fact that MC 8.3 doesn't seem to like Canon XF footage. I found this out from a few editors after we were already underway, and proved it the hard way for myself.

We ended up having to move the project to another system with OS 10.8.5 and downgrade MC to 7.0.4. Then everything ceased being quite so terribly hellish. The workflow that we ended up using was the one that you suggested, Pat. I really preferred relinking only the referenced clips to relinking our entire library of dailies, as is recommended on so many of the online tutorials I came across.

After that, we did migrate the project in a very crude manner to FCP 7 to do the grading there. I tried using a Boris/Axle Transfer software to convert the Avid AAF to XML, and had insufficient success getting the media to relink in FCP 7 (I think again possibly due to some project setup issues). But it did provide us with a correctly constructed offline sequence in FCP at least.

So in addition to that, I exported a single ProRes HQ QT from our transcoded Avid sequence, lined it up to the offline sequence in FCP, and then relatively painlessly was able to insert cut points for all the shots, cut in our titles graphics etc, and have it ready to go for grading. Definitely not an elegant workflow, but it got the job done.

I would still like to find a "real" way to migrate a project from Avid into FCP 7 and or Premier. Partly because I am now a little distrustful of AMA relinking and am interested in finding a way to online outside of Avid altogether. Perhaps the subject for another thread :)


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