View Full Version : Need Help! Importing MXF files into an Avid
01-11-2006, 06:34 PM
Anyone out there know how to import the raw files coming from the HVX into an Avid Adrenaline? I'm a DP/Cameraman trying to "sell" the Producers of a show I work on to switch to the HVX but we can't get the Avid to recognize the files.
I shot tests today on two 4gb cards, transfered them as MXF files directly through my laptop to a firewire drive. Then later, transfered the MXF files from my firewire drive to the Avid hard drive but couldn't get any farther. Since the HVX creates sub-folders of all the data, what should we be trying to open? I would assume the "clips" folder since it would probably associate all video & audio files together, but not sure. We tried opening just about everything with no luck- mainly getting a response from Avid that it doesn't recognize this form of MXF file format.
Maybe the answer is simply a driver update for the Avid, but it's only about 4 months old. I've searched the Avid & Panasonic website but have yet to find anything. Anyone out there using Avid instead of FCP to edit with the HVX?
Would love some help.
Thanks for any input!
I don't have an HVX200 but from what I understand you have to do the following:
1.) Copy the MXF files to drive:\Avid MediaFiles\MXF\1
Use the Copy function rather than Move. You can copy the contents of the video and audio folders from the P2 card to the MXF\1 folder - they can reside in the same directory.
2.) Once copied over, go to Tools, Media Tool. From the window that opens, select the appropriate drive path where you copied the MXF data files. This will create a Media Tool bin containing the MXF files.
3.) Finally, select and drag the MXF files into the project bin and then down to the timeline.
Thanks to Mr. Blonde and MichaelP for this. For the thread where I obtained this info, please look here (http://www.dvxuser.com/V3/showthread.php?t=42339). Direct further inquiries to them! :grin:
With Adrenaline, you have more options for capturing over Avid Xpress Pro. Did you check the Avid forums?
01-11-2006, 06:49 PM
What you do is take the audio and video folders of the P2 and copy (not drag n drop) but copy them into your Avid MediaFiles\MXF\1 folder.
After that you open up Avid, go to the tools bar. open the media tool. In the media tool select the drive that your avid mediafiles folder is on and click ok. This should show all the mxf files that are on that drive.
After that, drag n drop the mxf from the media tool bin into the project bin. Then drag the file from the project bin and onto your timeline. That's it. =)
01-11-2006, 06:50 PM
lol oz ya beat me to it. =)
I saved the info once you posted it on the other thread. Mahalo! :grin:
01-11-2006, 08:40 PM
Thanks Oz & Mr. Blonde! I will pass on this most valuable info to the powers that be.
I'll re-post if needed.
Once you have done this import over the course of a few P2 cards the MXF/1 folder really starts to fill up with random files. How on earth are you supposed to know what files you just brought in when you import with the Media Tool?
Won't you eventually have hundreds or thousands of files that span multiple projects, making it difficult to import a new MXF because you have to sift through so many files?
Is there a good organization method that I'm missing?
03-21-2006, 09:34 AM
I've been sorting by creation date for the time being.
03-21-2006, 10:21 AM
yes there is an organization thing you are missing - rename the clips and log your shots by timecode when shooting
02-09-2011, 11:58 PM
I thought this thread was very helpful to understand how to get MXF files onto your AVID system, however, I am still not successful after following all the steps. Can you tell me if I am doing something wrong?
ingested my P2 card content which then created a contents folder with all the various files (video and audio which included MXF)
created the Avid MediaFiles folder, then MXF, then 1
put the audio and video folders into 1
opened Avid 5.7, double checked media creation was set to the correct drive and MXF
went to tools à media tool
and…..nothing. I didn’t see anything files.
I repeated the steps and just grabed the MXF files from the video and audio folder as well to put into 1 and still nothing :undecided. I am able to see the drive, the folder is on the root of the drive but when I run media tool I don’t see any of the files.
Any guidance would be GREATLY appreciated.