Creative COW Blogs Creative COW Blogs, brought to you from media professionals world wide. Working in the effects, film, video, and broadcast industries around the globe. en-us Thu, 26 Nov 2015 23:00:00 GMT PHP Script SMPTE Color Bars and Media Composer v8.4.1 Importing SMPTE Color Bars with the proper Color Levels. Import Settings under "Color Levels" select "Do not modify, treat as legal range": In Media Composer v8.4.1 when the user installs the application, SMPTE color bars are installed Macintosh OS: Internal Storage > Applications > Avid Media Compo Thu, 26 Nov 2015 02:51:12 GMT MXF Sony PXW-FS7 test with workflow round-trip Avid & Resolve MXFs with Sony PXW-FS7 test with workflow round-trip I love putting this workflow through tests to hopefully help artist create their art. Testing out metadata linked to video essence round-trip reconform with some MXFs from So Wed, 25 Nov 2015 23:59:33 GMT red reconform Media Composer v8.4.1 and v6.5.4 Media Composer v8.4.1 and RED AMA Plug-in assigns the first 16 characters of the RED file name to the Master Clip. Media Composer v6.5.4 and RED AMA Plug-in assigns the spanned underscore part of the RED file name to the Master Clip. Spanned underscore if using AMA volume ingest path is appearing as Wed, 25 Nov 2015 17:51:15 GMT Relink command using populated metadata in the source file bin column I love testing Avid features and a big feature to test is different ingest tapeless video paths available for the Media Composer Artist. Looking for consistencies for following typical offline editorial sequences to typical online finishing creating deliverables. 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Video codec wrapper combo frame, absolute center of the video source file is held by the Avid Sat, 07 Nov 2015 22:33:38 GMT G-Tech 4TB G-DRIVE USB 3 Hard Drive Hi, I'm just wondering how suitable people find the G-Tech 4TB G-DRIVE USB 3 Hard Drive for using to access/store media on for editing purposes on either Avid and/or Premiere Pro CC? I usually need to access native files such as 1080p HD and on occasion 2k and 4K footage. Thanks in advance. David Tue, 27 Oct 2015 13:02:52 GMT file size, DNxHD, mxf Some file size questions using DNxHD codec and Avid Native MXF media files that I get asked. And a basic answer. A file has a file size and someone wants to know why? What is the estimate of storage space needed with a particular duration? Is DNxHD 175x a larger file than DNxHD 175? Step 1) In avid Sat, 10 Oct 2015 20:50:04 GMT switching over the Project > Format > Preset Type: from 1080i/59.94 to 1080p/29.97, what is Avid doi In a 59.94 interlaced project and curious what happens when I switch over the Project > Format > Preset Type from 1080i/59.94 to 1080p/29.97 as far as how Avid handles the video quality of Master Clips to playback as progressive. A lot of time these days, most of my sources are shot as progressive v Wed, 07 Oct 2015 23:07:02 GMT scott freeman's original art At 14 I decided that I should devote my time to creating art. I enrolled in life drawing classes and decided to apply what I learned drawing models to drawing models in my imagination. I wanted to create a person dancing in the rain. out of a color, used some stickers. people learning and educating Sun, 04 Oct 2015 01:57:11 GMT perfect pull list Making a source tape pull list for online tape batch-digitizing. I get asked to help when creating-a-list-is-crashing-the-avid. Parallel tape cart with what avid will ask for tape ingest. Step 1) Duplicate the "Master Online Sequence" into a new bin. Step 2) On the Macintosh, hold down the "control" Sun, 04 Oct 2015 00:04:35 GMT media management: media database links MXF If there is ever a question of what folder structure the Avid is using when creating the media databases for mxf links to master clips. Here is a quick way for an answer. In an HD or greater than HD Project (HD defaults to using mxf media files): 1) Go to the "Tools Menu", select "Audio Tool". "Audi Sat, 26 Sep 2015 21:13:41 GMT 29.97 fps play as 23.976 fps: cadence removal In Avid Media Composer: 29.97 fps Master Clip, the "Field Motion", and a 23.976 frames per second project. 2:2:2:4 cadence: In the Avid Bin, assign the Master Clip(s) "Progressive" by clicking under the "Field Motion" column. 2:3:3:2 cadence: In the Avid Bin, assign the Master Clip(s) "2:3 Film" by Thu, 17 Sep 2015 02:04:12 GMT quality vs time vs cost, when using a computer you can have all three!!! save time in the online quality vs time vs cost, when using a computer you can have all three!!! With computer automation save time in the online/finishing sessions!!! I have been saying this for 20 years, if we can have more computer automated tasks done, that saves precious time for creating the art, thus getting artistr Fri, 11 Sep 2015 23:05:40 GMT making a deliverable with blur effects: avid technical note workflow solution? In a time-crunch to make that televsion episode deliverable, and when using a computer, time is on our side. If ever given the choice to travel at light speed, that is when I will choose a computer to drive!!! A computer environment, all work should be saved, backed-up to three locations. Work shoul Fri, 11 Sep 2015 01:16:43 GMT Media Offline in Sequence, Find Now Step 01: Go to the Timeline Fast Menu > Clip Text > and activate Media File Names For any clip with media, the Avid displays the media file name. Any clip without media, the Avid displays Media Offline. Step 02: "Command+F (mac) / CTRL+F (windows)", the Avid "Find" window appears. In the "Find" wind Sun, 06 Sep 2015 06:59:53 GMT The Art of Predicting the Metadata Match of Three: one piece of the metadata puzzle for both externa The Media Composer works as the Metadata Media Manager for the round-trip. Offline Editorial Avid Sequence Metadata linked to Online Avid video MXF media files for round-trip arrives from the client on a storage device. People ask me how does the Avid embed a "Reel Name" into the mxf media files for Sun, 30 Aug 2015 23:40:39 GMT AMA "Link to Media..." and then transcode, create sequence with transcode, and then relink back to t Step 01: Go to the "File Menu" and choose the "Link To Media..." command. Select a source file on the storage device. A master clip is created in the Avid Bin. Step 02: In the Avid Bin, click on the column heading titled "Name". The metadata in the "Name" column becomes selected for the master clip. Thu, 27 Aug 2015 22:50:46 GMT Introducing Postgenie, an Innovative a La Carte Approach to Post-Production Outpost Pictures introduces Postgenie(, a new web-based post-production tool that provides editors with customized shot cleanup and color grading right on the web -- no office visit necessary. Decreasing costs of hardware and software in the film industry have m Thu, 13 Aug 2015 15:29:32 GMT Sharing Avid Media Composer Settings These days with Avid Media Composer v8.4, if someone would like to share settings, it is as easy as... Step 01) In the "Project Window", click on the "Settings Tab". Step 02) While the "Project Window" is selected go to the "File Menu" and select "New Setting File". An "Untitled Setting" window appe Wed, 05 Aug 2015 07:42:05 GMT