Importing Into Avid Media Composer

Getting the MOV media into AVID Media Composer

I am assuming you have copied the MOV files to a local drive.

  1. Open a new 25i PAL project.
  2. Copy the ‘Exercises Timelines bin into your project. This bin contains sequence timelines but as yet without any media.
  3. Create a new bin in your project and call it ‘Imported Clips (or something like that), and import all the MOV files into this bin using a suitable resolution. The media was imported into my Avid at 4:1s, so this will be a good resolution to choose as you wont lose any further quality (or not much). Importing the MOV files will also bring in the original clip timecode information of the clips as well. I know it’s strange but true. Check these clips ‘play’ okay.
  4. If you sort the clips alphabetically, (CTL+E on the file name heading) you’ll see there are several clips associated with each exercise. Some of these MOV imports are source clips which are you’re your raw material for the exercises, and some are ‘CUT’ clips, which are my finished versions of the exercises and these all start with 10 o’clock timecodes.
  5. Find the ‘Start’ column heading within this bin, and sort all the clips with respect to timecode, (again, CTL+E on ‘Start’). This will sort the clips with respect to hours, minutes and seconds.
  6. 01 timecodes come originally from tape ‘01’, and 02 timecodes from tape ‘02’, and so on, except for 10 o’clock timecodes, which are my cut and edited versions.
  7. Make the ‘Tape’ heading visible in your bin headings. As yet this column remains blank, because the original tape (or reel) numbers have not been imported when you imported the MOV files. For my timelines to work as sequences, you now have to reallocate tape numbers to all these imported clips. This is not as bad as it sounds. Keep with it!
  8. Let’s start with those clips that start with 01 timecodes. These will need a ‘Tape’ number of ‘01’. This is best done in Media Composer by highlighting all the 01 start timecodes, and selecting ‘Clip’ from the top menu, then to ‘Modify’ and ‘Set Source’. Click ‘New’ and enter 01 and click ‘OK’.
  9. Next, give the clips that start with 02 timecodes, a tape number of 02, and so on. Remember, to click ‘New’ in the ‘Set Source’ window each time you do this.
  10. Repeat this for all the clips except those that start with 10 hours timecode, as these are my cut sequences and not source clips.
  11. Once you have allocated a tape number to all the source clips, you are ready to relink them to my timelines.
  12. Keep the ‘Imported Clips bin open and re-open the bin you created earlier (called ‘Exercises Timelines’) which contains the timeline sequences as yet without media.
  13. Highlight all the sequences in this bin, then right-click and select ‘Relink’.
  14. Make sure the following is set in the ‘Relink window:
  • ‘Media on Drive’ is highlighted and the correct drive is selected and pointing to where your imported media is located.
  • ‘Relink Only To Media From Current Project’ is ticked.
  • ‘Start Timecode And Tape’ is selected as the relink method.
  • ‘Match Case When Comparing…’ is selected.
  • Video Format Of The Current Project Only’ is selected.
  • ‘Create New Sequence’ is ticked.
  1. Hit ‘OK’, turn around three times, say the magic word, and with any luck you’ll have created new sequence timelines, all alive with media.

With all this work done, remember these sequences are the ‘answers’ to the questions that the exercises pose, so don’t look at these sequences in detail yet, as you should really have a go at producing your own versions of the exercises before looking at my humble offerings.

The advantage of all this effort is that you will be able to adjust my sequence timelines and closely examine the moments which you like, and modify ones you don’t.


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