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  • Sun, Mar 5 2017 11:35 PM

    • James
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    How to maintain AMA links between Mac and PC

    Hi all,
    I am having trouble maintaining a workflow where AMA linked footage is being shared between Mac edit stations and the PC suite. The most basic problem I can see is that the PC has to designate a drive letter to network volume that is required. Could anyone help me maintain AMA links between Mac and PC?

    The AMA footage is not on ISIS storage. It is on our raw media synology storage.
    Mac OS X 10.11.6 El Capitan - Avid MC v8.6.5
    PC Windows 10 - Avid MC v8.6.5

    Thanks

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  • Mon, Mar 6 2017 3:12 AM In reply to

    • Mondo
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    Re: How to maintain AMA links between Mac and PC

    James:
    I am having trouble maintaining a workflow where AMA linked footage is being shared between Mac edit stations and the PC suite. The most basic problem I can see is that the PC has to designate a drive letter to network volume that is required. Could anyone help me maintain AMA links between Mac and PC?

    It's an issue because in this situation Avid expects you to consolidate or transcode your material first - then everything just works, because the database in the Avid MediaFiles directory presents all the media to Avid.

    Having said that you can get it to work - because Avid stores the AMA links separately on the client machines and not on the network. You need to link everything separately on each target machine first - for this to work successfully it is best to set up a local projecton the PC that accesses the same bins in a master project on a Mac share. So for example create your master project on the Mac and link all your media on mapped share on the Synology. Create a new project on the PC and open the linked media bin from the Mac (this may not be necessary, but it makes it easier to understand). Everything should be offline. Now simply go through the linking process again to the same media mapped to a drive letter on the PC. All your clips should come back online with a new drive designation. This won't break the links on the Mac. 

    For this to work you need to set up a persistent shared drive on the PC that reconnects at boot so the drive letter doesn't change.

    But remember - the first scenario (transcoding or consolidating) is way more bulletproof.

     

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    John

    Can we go back to the way audio nodes used to be selected? Please? ie if you have audio nodes at the same time on selected tracks; then selecting 1 audio node selects them all at that time. Having to shift select nodes or add an in and out is time consuming and counter productive. At least make it an option.

  • Mon, Mar 6 2017 3:46 PM In reply to

    • luca.mg
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    Re: How to maintain AMA links between Mac and PC

    Windows reads the file path as drive_letter:\footage_folder while the Mac as /Volumes/drive_name/footage_folder (or similiar), keeping in sync linked clips might require some relink work when moving bins between systems; a real shared storage solution with Avid MediaFiles should be easier to run, or You'll have to find a workaround to share linked footage on a network drive appearing with different paths on different platforms.

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    peace luca

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