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Shane Ross
Re: Switching from Premiere - how different is Avid Media Composer?
on Aug 26, 2016 at 12:09:07 am

[stan welks] "is there some dedicated folder for working with media in Avid that everything has to go into?"

When you AMA link...or just LINK, or whatever Avid calls it now...source browser. You have your media on your archive drive, and Avid can see that and link to it. Just like in premiere. BUT...editing with just linked footage is not something Avid does well. It really wants it to be Avid media, like DnxHD or DNxHR. So you have to transcode it. So you can link to it on your archive drive, but then TRANSCODE that to your media drive. When you do, it goes into a very specific folder structure, Avid MediaFiles>MXF>1 (and when the 1 folder gets close to 5000 files, it makes a 2 folder). Numbered folders. You cannot rename or re-arrange that or Avid breaks the link. Well, YOU CAN name the numbered folder to any number you want, and if you add a name after the number, Avid will still see it, but it won't update the library if you do that (add more media, it won't update...but this is a VERY advanced tip).

So basically you can't separate media by project...Avid always renders or transcodes to the '1" folder. I mean, you can, by making new numbers, but any time you render or bring in more media, it goes to 1. Again, advanced media management tip that might confuse a beginner.

[stan welks] "How does this affect the quality of a zoom or pan if you are working in a 1080 sequence and you are zooming in on a 1080 photo?"

You can zoom a LITTLE. I mean, like maybe 10-15%. But any more and it'll really break up. Like zooming in on Video. You won't have the freedom to really zoom in, unless you AMA link/bring it in at 4K and use Frame Flex...or use the Pan & Zoom plugin (that then links to the raw photo) or Moving Picture (that also links to raw photo).

[stan welks] "Does it pixelate? "


[stan welks] "OR does the photo still somehow retain the 4000x3000 quality?"

It doesn't. That's how it works in Premeire Pro. Avid makes it 1080 (or whatever your project settings are). The only way to retain quality is to use PAN & ZOOM or MOVING PICTURE.

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