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  • Tue, Nov 11 2014 2:15 AM

    • Martin V
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    Using AMA files on a portable drive.

    Hi, 

    I need to edit a project and I want to use the AMA file link to prevent from duplicating everything in avid language files.

    I want to edit from a portable drive so I can work from my laptop or from my desktop. How can I back up the project to another drive once I finished editing? Every time I transfer files from one drive to another media gets offline.

    In FCP and Premiere is very easy but I am an Avid guy and want to edit my projects in Avid.

    Any suggestions? I hope is isn't too complicated to understand.

    Thank you!!

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  • Tue, Nov 11 2014 10:10 AM In reply to

    • mjolnarn
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    Re: Using AMA files on a portable drive.

    If your profile is correct and you still are on MC 5 I can see problems with doing this, much depends on your source files so please clarify

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  • Wed, Nov 12 2014 7:43 PM In reply to

    • Martin V
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    Re: Using AMA files on a portable drive.

    Hi Tomas,

    Thank you for responding my question. I apologize, my profile wasn't updated. I have MC 6.5.2 right now.

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  • Wed, Nov 12 2014 8:22 PM In reply to

    Re: Using AMA files on a portable drive.

    There shouldn't be any issues at all if the drives are named the same and you don't change the file paths.  Just copy the files from one drive to another, but add some characters at the end of the backup's name (like _BU).

    When you mount the _BU drive, if you delete the "_BU" the files will automatically relink.

    Even if you have to relink files, things improved greatly in 6.5.x and it usually isn't a big deal.

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  • Thu, Nov 13 2014 2:06 AM In reply to

    • Martin V
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    Re: Using AMA files on a portable drive.

    Hi Kevin,

    Thank you for your answer! Well my portable drive and my backup drive (also external) don't have the same name. Should I name them the same. It would be really confusing.

    I'll run a couple of tests again but in the past, even with MC 6.5 the AMA files were offline once I tried to open the project from the back up drive.

    Thanks, I'll let you know about the progress.

    Martín

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  • Thu, Nov 13 2014 12:56 PM In reply to

    • mjolnarn
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    Re: Using AMA files on a portable drive.

    I´m even going between Mac and PC and back again without to much hassle, Mac Drive Pro installed on my PC to be able to read the Mac formatted external drive and project files copied to a thumb drive .

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    Tomas 

     

  • Thu, Nov 13 2014 4:55 PM In reply to

    Re: Using AMA files on a portable drive.

    Martin V:
    Should I name them the same. It would be really confusing.

    Avid uses the folder path (including the drive name) to establish the link.  Your options are to keep the drive names the same (they don't have to be when both are online, like when you are copying to the backup; but when you are using the copy it's easiest to change the drive name to be the same) or to relink files to the new paths on the copy. 

    But if you relink to a drive with a new name, when you switch back to drive 1you have to do it again.  IMHO, it's much better to just rename the drive and put a physical label on it saying which is an original and which is a backup.

     

     

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