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  • Thu, Aug 11 2011 4:31 PM

    Keeping track of clips used in a sequence

    Is there a method/feature in Avid to let you know if you have already used a clip in a sequence?   I normally edit scripted material, so I generally know if I've already used a clip in the sequence.   But my current project is an hour-long documentary with thousands of source clips.    Now that I'm halfway into the show, I find myself scanning though the sequence to see if I've already used a shot.

    It would be great if a little icon appeared next to each clip in the bin if that clip has already been used.  (Maybe there is already a way to do this, but I just don't know how to do it.)

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  • Thu, Aug 11 2011 4:50 PM In reply to

    • Pixel Monkey
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    Re: Keeping track of clips used in a sequence

    Man, I remember Adobe Premiere back in the mid-nineties doing that.  Awesome and useful little feature.  A little circle in the bin next to the clip, and the number in the circle was how mant times the clip was used in a sequence - anywhere.

    I've been asking for this one for years but to no avail - which probably doesn't mean I need to yell it louder, but that with all the last decade's focus on media management over Unity, Interplay, AMA, etc, that it would slow-down the system every time you opened a bin.  Dunno.  Just a guess.  But yes, I'd LOVE to eliminate my manual-labor workarounds -- processes which I always forget to maintain in the heat of the edit.

    I do know there ARE third-party ancillary programs that can monitor clip usage... but not off the top of my head.  Do a search in the Feature Requests forum, you'll probably find a bunch.

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  • Thu, Aug 11 2011 4:54 PM In reply to

    Re: Keeping track of clips used in a sequence

    Pixel Monkey:
    I'd LOVE to eliminate my manual-labor workarounds -- processes which I always forget to maintain in the heat of the edit.

    If there is no way for Avid to do this automatically, I'd love to hear what manual workarounds or techniques editors are using? 

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  • Thu, Aug 11 2011 5:56 PM In reply to

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    Re: Keeping track of clips used in a sequence

    There are a bunch.  My current fav is this:

    Open Media Tool.  Only select Master Clips; Current Project.  Go to your bin.  Highlight the sequence.  In the Fast Menu, Select Media Relatives.  Edit / Select Clip Color / Green.

    Now every clip used in the sequence is green.

    Go to your timeline.  Fast Menu.  Turn the timeline's view setting to "Source".  Now all the clips in the sequence are green.  If you ever change a clip, it WON'T be green, and will stick out like a sore thumb.

    Not the best, but it works.  Repeat the steps at the end of every day and you'll have a relatively reliable process.

     

    Other manual-labor options:

    - creative use of Locators

    - creative use of Comments heading - or even create your own heading which you can sort by.

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  • Thu, Aug 11 2011 6:10 PM In reply to

    Re: Keeping track of clips used in a sequence

    Great tip.   Thanks!

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  • Thu, Aug 11 2011 6:54 PM In reply to

    Re: Keeping track of clips used in a sequence

    Pixel Monkey:

    I remember Adobe Premiere back in the mid-nineties doing that.  Awesome and useful little feature.  A little circle in the bin next to the clip, and the number in the circle was how mant times the clip was used in a sequence - anywhere.

    I've been asking for this one for years but to no avail - which probably doesn't mean I need to yell it louder,

    I can see one drawback with having that feature.  Say you have an hour long clip that is continuous and you pull different shots from different sections of it to use in your sequence.  Any method that you use to annotate whether the clip has been used or not will be pointless as every clip in the sequence will have come from that one Master Clip.  

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  • Thu, Aug 11 2011 7:03 PM In reply to

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    Re: Keeping track of clips used in a sequence

    If you are just worried about using a clip more than once in a given sequence, why not just turn on Dupe Detection in the Timeline fast menu?

     

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  • Thu, Aug 11 2011 9:21 PM In reply to

    Re: Keeping track of clips used in a sequence

    That's pretty cool !   Based on frames of clips and not just clip names.    But only applies to clips on Track 1.

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  • Fri, Aug 12 2011 7:04 AM In reply to

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    Re: Keeping track of clips used in a sequence

    Dave Messinger:
    only applies to clips on Track 1
    It now works with multiple tracks, as of MC 5 or 5.5, one of the very welcome recently introduced little improvements to the software.

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  • Sat, Aug 13 2011 9:24 PM In reply to

    Re: Keeping track of clips used in a sequence

    That's good to know.  Thanks.

    I looked in the 5.5 user guide pdf, what's new in 5.5 pdf, and the help menu - and it never mentioned that - only said track one. 

    Oh well.

     

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  • Sun, Aug 14 2011 6:40 PM In reply to

    • DFW Hokie
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    Re: Keeping track of clips used in a sequence

    Bin
    >Select Unreferenced Clips

    Basically, it highlights unused clips.
    You can find more info in the HELP file.

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