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AAF metadata export for Avid

Last Updated: Feb 18, 2015 01:14PM GMT

In order to integrate our system with Avid, we've made use of the AMA (Avid Media Access) plug­in architecture. This enables users to import source footage in its native format into Media Composer, ready for transcode to offline resolution or even native format editing for lightning fast turnaround.


AMA supports native editing for media in the following formats:

Panasonic P2
Canon XF300/5
Sony XDCAM/EX
Quicktime (inc Apple ProRes, H264)
MXF/DNxHD
AVCHD



Each format supported by the AMA architecture requires the user to download and install its respective plug­in. The links to download these can be found here.
 

To export clip metadata from a project in Aframe for use in Media Composer, select a single asset or group of assets in the usual way. You can make your selection from one or more individual clip(s), whole collections or entire projects. With your clips selected, click on ‘Export metadata’  and then ‘AVID Media Composer (AAF)’.





A new window will open, giving you a brief description of your selection and a link to download the file manually should the automatic download not commence. If any of your selected files are incompatible with an AMA workflow, you will be notified on this page. Any such clips will not be included in your AAF download.





You can now import this AAF into your copy of Avid Media Composer. To do this, open up Media Composer, select your project and create a new bin. Drag the Aframe-produced AAF into the bin, and you should see something like this:





Here you can see that a bunch of information has ported over from Aframe into the Avid. Any edited clip titles have been retained, as well as any Aframe-authored subclips, clip summaries and collection information.

All that remains for us to do is to relink these clips back to the media they reference on our local machine. There's a couple of different ways to do this, but the easiest way is probably as follows:

Import all referenced media separately via 'File' > 'Link to AMA Volume...'

With all referenced media imported, select the clips in your Aframe imports bin and right click to bring up clip menu. Select the Relink tool. Use the following settings:




*For some filetypes, you may need to select "ignore extension" 


Click OK, and your clips should come up and online, including any Aframe-generated comments as markers on the timeline:


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