Since I am exporting aaf right in to the avid media folder where original media resides. Is it still necessary to consolidate media into same folder, aren't we just duplicating the media. Not a big problem for 10 minutes sequence but we normally do hours long documentaries.
Mainly because when you work in Avid, it puts all of the media for all of your projects into one folder. When you want to send your project to another app, we've always been advised to do the AAF with the make media copy command so only the media for that one particular timeline is in one folder. Makes it very easy for the third party app to find the media quickly.
In the case of Resolve for example on our SAN, it could take the software hours to find the media through the tens of thousands of clips that reside on the SAN for all the projects going on in our shop. I would suspect it could be the same for Smoke though we have not tried this as of yet. I'm actually going to test out the AAF workflow today from Premiere Pro.
Walter Biscardi, Jr.
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I agree but when you are just doing a test with totally blank Avid media folder with only 2 or three clips. Why Smoke fails to link to media.
I have AJA kipro I copied some pro ress clips to a folder. Then I edit them with Avid MC throug AMA no import, just a link to media. Then I exported my seq. as aaf to same folder without media consolidation and it worked. So why it cannot do same thing with avid media files and folders.
One thing to note Kipro clips looked very nicely blended with proper color in Avid MC while same clips didn't look that good in Smoke may be that color space did not get converted properly from broadcast to RGB.
Re: Avid AAF by Joel Osis on Jul 3, 2012 at 1:36:27 pm
The color shift you mention is a preference, it's called include YUV headroom, this will take care of the gamma shift, not sure if it's in the beta version, in terms of taking a long time to scan for the AAF files this is also another preference that you can set , max directories to scan through again not sure if this is in the beta, from my experience drag and drop conforms from avid AAF have been pretty pleasant
Well I cannot find YUV option in any of the tabs on media hub. AAF I am not saying its not taking long time. I say it fail completely with an error message "cannot scan /VOLUMES not a directory". It somehow manages to link to quicklime clips but not avid media/MXF files.
Re: Avid AAF by Jason Agnew on Jul 28, 2012 at 4:31:36 am
Did you get anywhere with your test with AAFs out of Premiere? I recently edited a 6 minute piece that was finished in Smoke premium. Smoke had problems with AAFs, EDLs, and the only reason it saw XML was because I imported it into Final Cut from Premiere first, then resaved the XML.
My system was taking too long to consolidate in Premiere, so I have yet to try that. I am also an Avid guy, and I have never had to consolidate media in an Avid project prior to sending it to Smoke. If this is the new workflow, then okie dokie.