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Hanqin Lin
Media Composer Linking to wrong files after doing a consolidation on a drive
on Nov 22, 2016 at 10:32:09 am

Here is kind of a weird problem I encountered today. I was working on a low budget project with a couple other editors. Since it's low budget we don't have the luxury to be able to sit in an office and use a shared storage solution. So I decided to just give everyone an exact copy of all the MXF files on a drive to bring home and we work through sending bin files to each other via email and such.

And everything's been working perfectly at first. I know for a fact that Avid handles the media and metadata pretty well so a modified bin will directly relink to whatever media files was on my local drive.

And usually I just copied the numbered folder under AvidMediaFiles/MXF, like 1, 2 and such, until one day I needed to copy several selected clips over and used the consolidate/transcode function inside Media Composer. (While kind of using it in the wrong way though) While having both drives plugged in and both bins opened. I first did a consolidate command on some selected audio master clips in my original bin but targeted the other drive, thus copying the mxf over and creating some .new01 clips in my original bin. I then just ignored and deleted the new master clips. And then I copied over my original .avb file to the other drive thinking that I will be able to relink to the newly created mxf files on there.

Moved over to the other editor's station, pulled up the project and opened said bin, all clips offline, did a relink command, and boom everything is brought back online without a single warning or failure, feeling like a pro.

But the happy moment quickly faded away as I randomly go over the clips and check. And for some reason... 3-4 out of the 50 something clips were actually liked to completely wrong media files. For example I have a clip that's labeled 44A-3 in my bin but avid links it with the audio file of 131C-2 or something. Using the reveal file command I was able to see that avid indeed linked those master clips to a wrong mxf file. I then proceed to manually making sure that the 44A-3.new01.wave01.(random number).mxf file was present in the media folder. And could never figure out what Avid ignores this file and think that the 131C-2.new01.wave01 file is to be linked with a master clip that clearly has a different name, length, and tape ID.

Tried several methods of relinking, none worked. It appears that the only way I can force avid to relink to the correct file is to manually delete the wrong file from the media directory, and force avid to look for a "second best candidate".

This only happened to a few clips which is not a huge deal to fix. But it did start to make me wonder a bit about how bullet proof is Avid's media management. Or did I do something wrong to cause this to happen? Looking for suggestions and theories. Thanks guys!

TL;DR: Consolidated some audio clips to a new drive, copied bin file over, bring to new workstation, open said bin file in a different project, everything offline at first, proceed with relink, bring everything back, and a few clips appears to be linking to the wrong media files.

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