Importing Footage with AMA and Transcoding it to a DNx HD resolution

In this tutorial, we’ll go over how to import filebased footage into Avid using AMA, how to transcode it to your project’s resolution, and how to stay organized while doing it all.

Before beginning, make sure that your project settings match the format you shot. (For most of you most of the time this will be 1080p/23.976.)

The first step in this process is to create two folders - one for the bins of clips you link to via AMA, and one for the bins of clips created when you transcode.

Next, look on your hard drive for the folder you’re going to link to via AMA. In this step, you should choose the folder directly outside the “card 1” folder. For example, on my hard drive I have a folder for “Running Film”. Inside this folder, I have a folder called “021311_day 1”, and inside of that there is a folder called “card 1” and a folder called “card 2”. I should choose the “021311_day1” folder in this step.

Note the name of this folder. You will be creating a bin in Avid with the same name. (You can copy the text if you like).

Now go back to Avid.

Choose File-->Link to AMA Volume and navigate to the folder on your hard drive you were just looking at.

Highlight and click “Open”

In the dialogue box that comes up, choose the option “Single Bin Named:” and paste or retype the name of the folder you just selected, and add BPAV at the end of it. In this case, I would type “021311_day1_BPAV”. (Note the use of underscores here - you can’t use spaces or special characters in your bin names, and they’re limited to 27 characters or less).

A bin will be created now, and will fill up with clips.

Now you are ready to transcode.

Select all clips in the bin by using the shortcut command + A.

Go to the clip menu and click “consolidate/transcode”.

In the next box, choose “Transcode”.
Check the box “Audio and Video on same drives”
Highlight the name of the drive where you want to create your Avid MediaFiles.
Choose your target video resolution. (Generally it should be DNx HD 115).
Click on “Convert Audio Sample Rate” to 48k
Click on “Convert Audio Bit Depth” to 16 Bit.

Doublecheck your settings.

Click Transcode at the bottom of the box.

In the box that comes up, choose “Relink Master clips to media on target drive” and click ok.

When all clips have transcoded, you’re ready to separate them into AMA linked clips and transcoded clips.

In your project window, make a new bin. Give it the same name as the bin containing BPAVs, but leave off the “BPAV” at the end. Move it into the Dailies folder.

Now go back to the bin with your clips.

Highlight the column with the drive name shown. The clips that link to the AMA volume will have a long file path here. The clips that you’ve created by transcoding will just have the name of your media drive.

Use the shortcut “command + E” to sort.

Now highlight all of the clips you created by transcoding (the ones with just the name of your drive in the drive column.)

You can do this by clicking on the first clip to highlight it, scrolling to the bottom of the bin, holding down shift and clicking on the last clip.

Drag these clips into the bin in the dailies folder.

Now you have transcoded your footage. Remember to only cut with the clips in the dailies folder (with this icon and the name of your drive in the drive column.)

Loading more stuff…

Hmm…it looks like things are taking a while to load. Try again?

Loading videos…