Alternate import instructions for working without an xBPAVs folders in your projects
It can be confusing to work with a project containing both the BPAV files linked to via AMA and your transcoded clips.
If you would like a workflow where you don’t leave copies of your BPAVs in your project you need to follow a slightly different process when importing your files.
Note that there are a couple more steps during import, but none of them are difficult.
First change, when you link to your AMA volume, give it the name of the folder on your drive without BPAV at the end of it.
In this example, my folder would be 021311_card 1 so my bin would be 021311_card 1.
Once you’ve linked to your AMA volume, you’re going to need to create a column that will permanently associate your clip with its original file path, as well as permanently track its original file name.
To do this, follow these steps:
In the bin containing your AMA volume, click on the hamburger menu in the lower lefthand corner.
Click on the choose columns option.
In the box that comes up, click all/none twice to deselect all columns.
Now choose the “Drive” and “Source File” columns and click “ok”
Now you will make two custom columns.
One is called “Folder Name” the other is called “Original File”. (Custom columns can be created by clicking in the grey space to the right of column headers and starting to type).
Now highlight the contents of the “Drive” column by clicking on the word “Drive”.
Use the command “Command + D” to duplicate this column.
In the box that comes up, choose “Folder Name”.
Highlight the Source File column, duplicate it to the “Original File” column.
Now you will always be able to find the camera master for these files.
Proceed with transcoding as usual.
Once your clips are transcoded, you will now delete the AMA linked clips from your bin. Note I said clips, not media.
Sort and highlight all of the clips with the extension .old at the end. (They should be showing the AMA linked clip icon, and the file path in the drive column should be long)
Now press DELETE.
Scary. But not, because as we know clips are just pointing to files. You can delete a clip without deleting a media file.
In the dialogue box that comes up you should only be able to choose “delete master clip”. If there is an option to delete media, do not check that box.
If you ever lose your Avid Media Files or need to relink and transcode to a different resolution, the columns that you copied can help you find media files that don’t want to come back online.
In this workflow, you don’t need to have an xBPAVs folder, only a dailies folder.