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  • Joe_Digital
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    Interesting: Here's another curious bit: if I import directly from the camera now, the A1 audio appears and I get my sample plot. This is opposed to copying the media from the HVX to the HD and then importing as MXF files via media tool. I still don't get why this is different because obviously the rest of my shoot had my offloading media to my laptop and burning MXF files to DVD which I then copy over to the MXF folder...

    Will try to keep intrepid minds updated.

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  • Joe_Digital
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    You shouldn't have to create the "1" folder -the recent versions of software generate this folder.

    What I will say is that I am still having this curious issue of missing A1 audio files even though they physically exist and I can play back from my HVX and the A1 audio is still on the P2. The transfer to the hard drive shows the file is there, and upon import via media tool, the clip shows up, plays back fine -except!- A1 is showing as online but there is no audio, and no sample plot can be generated, which means all I'm hearing is camera mic audio from Ch. 3 &4. And I'm using 5.7.

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  • dustinsleeping
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    Hello

    I am new here and I have just come across this thread.

    I am shooting a short film this weekend using an HVX200 w/ the P2 Store. I will be dumping the footage to am external hard drive on the set using a Dell laptop and a G-Raid 500gb Hard Drive. I will then bring the hard drive back to my Avid Xpress Pro HD system (PC) and edit.

    But...

    I am having the same problem as a lot of people...I cant get the Avid to see the MXF files. I shot some test footage and I did the whole Avid MediaFiles folder bit (as descibed in the 1st post on this thread) and nothing.

    The folder I made looks like this in my computer...

    E:\Avid MediaFiles\MXF\1

    Is it the direction of the slashes that is causing the problem? Should it look like this...

    E:/Avid MediaFiles/MXF/1

    ...and if so how do I cange them to look that way?

    Any help or advice would be totally appreciated
    .

    Thank You.

    Dustin Lane

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  • S.E. Hardy
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    So it looks like its an Avid thing... we took the same footage and put it into FCP and there were no artifacts.... weird.
    Thanks!

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  • DC
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    Originally posted by S.E. Hardy
    . . . I put each P2 card into the MXF file . . .
    Do you mean you put each P2 card into the MXF folder?


    Originally posted by S.E. Hardy
    1) We have been getting artifacts on the screen, usually at the bottom when there is fast camera motion. We have tried playing in Full screen mode and it is still there, on both the TV and the comp monitors. We have changes the resolution of the playback and it is still there when its on high (green). Does anybody have any ideas as to what is causing this? My editor (who also directed it) is worried that it might be on the original files, but to me it seems much more likely to be a playback, or Avid problem. Any ideas???
    Hmmm, at first I thought it might be a monitor problem. But you say it happens on both monitors. Perhaps a setting in Avid? Can you provide link to a short clip showing an example of this artifacting? This might help us better determine the problem.


    Originally posted by S.E. Hardy
    2) Is an offspring of the first: Today the editor asked if I had kept a log of the orig. P2 assigned names of the files and of what I changed them to (I didn't). He thinks that maybe the problem is from the hard drive that we copied the files to before we put them on the RAID of the editing computer, so if we have to re-import from the DVDs, we would want to know which files; does the Avid hold the original P2 assigned file names anywhere other than in the MXF file? Or is there a way to (easily) trace which file corresponds to which P2 MXF files?
    Avid creates database files in each MXF directory that keeps track of all that - Media Management. I would think if the MXF file names remained unchanged, Avid would be able to re-link once you re-imported. Did you rename the clips in the Media Tool window OR did you rename the actual MXF files? If you did the latter, you might be kinda screwed.

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  • S.E. Hardy
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    Hello -
    I'm asst. editing a feature. I don't know how much info is needed for someone to answer my questions, but I'll give you as much as I know.
    We shot onto P2 cards, transferred onto a external hard drive and backed up onto 2 dual layer DVD's. We are on an Avid Media Composer (Educational Edition, but I don't know exactly what version, I can check when I go back in on Wednesday). I put each P2 card into the MXF file, with each P2 cards audio and video files pulled into its own folder. Then I imported them using the Media Tool (I made the mistake of re-naming all of the shots and saving without having binned the files, therefore losing all my file names) So I renamed them all and binned them. We have 2 monitors, but right now one of the monitors is being routed to a wide screen HD TV so that the editor can watch all of the dailies and make his notes. And that's about where I am.
    I have 2 problems:
    1) We have been getting artifacts on the screen, usually at the bottom when there is fast camera motion. We have tried playing in Full screen mode and it is still there, on both the TV and the comp monitors. We have changes the resolution of the playback and it is still there when its on high (green). Does anybody have any ideas as to what is causing this? My editor (who also directed it) is worried that it might be on the original files, but to me it seems much more likely to be a playback, or Avid problem. Any ideas???
    2) Is an offspring of the first: Today the editor asked if I had kept a log of the orig. P2 assigned names of the files and of what I changed them to (I didn't). He thinks that maybe the problem is from the hard drive that we copied the files to before we put them on the RAID of the editing computer, so if we have to re-import from the DVDs, we would want to know which files; does the Avid hold the original P2 assigned file names anywhere other than in the MXF file? Or is there a way to (easily) trace which file corresponds to which P2 MXF files?
    This is my first project on an Avid and my first HD project, so I have a double learning curve, any help on any of this would be very (very, very) much appreciated.
    Thank you in advance.
    ~s.e.

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  • DC
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    Originally posted by Tom_Borg
    I have 4.6 . May i have dongle or updating problem if i instal the CPR of 5.6.6 ?
    Yes, you'll need to purchase a dongle update going from Avid Xpress Pro v4.6 to v5.6.6. The rule of thumb is that every .5 (halves and/or wholes) version release, you'll need to pay an upgrade fee. Obviously, the further you are behind, the more you'll end up paying.

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  • Tom_Borg
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    I wonder how it works with CPR. it says its oriented to a specific issue. I have 4.6 . May i have dongle or updating problem if i instal the CPR of 5.6.6 ?

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  • Brandon Rice
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    I downloaded 5.6.6 and it's working great!

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  • bherr
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    Thanks, cbrougham!

    Navigating Avid's product family is a lot like navigating its editing application. Maybe I'll get the hang of Avid-ese eventually.

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  • cbrougham
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    The CPR is available from http://www.avid.com/onlinesupport/downloadcpr.asp

    Go to "Editor DNA SOFT", and at the bottom is "XpressPro_5.6.6_PC_Mac". You can select either the PC or Mac version from there.

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  • bherr
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    Thanks for the link, but it looks like Avid has yanked 5.6.6 offline -- it's not on the FTP server anymore. Perhaps the treatment was worse than the illness. The A1 problem is sporadic, but it's been mentioned in this forum and in the Avid user forums. I wonder if they'll charge for "the next big release."

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  • DC
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    Originally posted by bherr
    If anyone is wondering whether Avid Xpress Pro 5.6.4 has any better P2 media handling than the 5.4.x versions, my experience says "no."
    You're right. The situation is that it is a manual process and a bit of a hassle, though not much. It kinda makes you long for Avid to create a "wizard" interface to do this sort of thing.

    However, Avid Xpress Pro HD v5.7.x and above is supposed to make some welcome improvements to the P2 workflow. For now, we have to wait and see . . .


    Originally posted by bherr
    It still loses the A1 track and I still have to delete the database files in the mxf/1/ folder to get Avid to see and use all four audio tracks (with Avid XP not running.) Hello, Canopus?
    Hmm, I don't have that problem of losing the A1 audio track with MXF files. Have you tried installing v5.6.6 (it's available as a CPR download from Avid)?

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  • bherr
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    If anyone is wondering whether Avid Xpress Pro 5.6.4 has any better P2 media handling than the 5.4.x versions, my experience says "no." It still loses the A1 track and I still have to delete the database files in the mxf/1/ folder to get Avid to see and use all four audio tracks (with Avid XP not running.)
    Hello, Canopus?

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  • DC
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    Hmmm, maybe I'm misunderstanding you. I'm assuming you first edit a sequence in a 720P 23.976 project. Then you can import that same footage within an NTSC 23.976 project via Media Tool? But my real question is how do you rebuild the original sequence (from the 720P, 23.976) in the new project (NTSC, 23.976)?

    After that, it is a simple Digital Cut with Mojo. That part I get.

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