Archive for July, 2009

“Carry On” Soundtracks – at Amazon

Monday, July 6th, 2009

Avid on Athlon – sometimes possible

Wednesday, July 1st, 2009

Un-advised by Avid but the people are doing it anyway…

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    • Avid® Xpress® DV 3.5 FAQ (2003)
      • Avid does not recommend Athlon systems. While some users are reporting good success with these systems, many more are having problems. If you are going to get an Athlon, make sure you or your dealer install all the latest BIOS upgrades and chipset patches prior to installing Xpress DV (2003)
  • [] (2009)
    • “New Nested Effects Technique in Media Composer 3.5” (article, May 2009))
      • MC 3.5.1, HP dv9605ea, Vista Home Premium, AMD Athlon 1.8 GHz, 2 GB RAM, nVidia GeForce 7150M, Conexant HD Audio, G-tech 500GB G-drive
  • [] (2006)
    • “I have two editing systems, the HP xw8200 with a Quadro FX card, and the d4100e Dual Core Athlon 64x, with a ATI x1600 video card, I had installed Avid Xpress Pro 5.6.2 with Mojo on both machines, for my surprise I do not get any errors on the System with the ATI video card and Athlon Processors. I am able to capture, edit, export and playback audio and video without any problem.” (2006)

Avid -> Vegas: File Transfer

Wednesday, July 1st, 2009

Avid -> Vegas File Transfer:

  • How can I use files that were made with AVID within Vegas?

Vegas does not support OMF, but Vegas 6.0 (and newer) now supports AAF (“Advanced Authoring Format”) which is a new format that builds substantially upon OMF.  With that being said, use the AAF format rather than OMF for Vegas.  If you are using an earlier version of Vegas, below is a solution that should work well for you:

  1. Export your audio tracks from AVID to .wavs or .aifs, along with a low-rez video proxy file.
  2. Export the AVID tracks dry (no EQ). You might consider doing only a synch/dialog (and maybe scratch music) track in AVID, then exporting only those tracks. Do all the FX, ambient, ADR, etc stuff in Vegas so you’ll have more control of your audio. It’ll also be worth it to re-layin the music, but your scratch music track will make it easy to synch this up. Edit/Mix in Vegas, using the proxy video in Vegas as your reference picture.
  3. When you are done with the mix, save out “Left” and “Right” .aif files, and open those back up as LeftMix/RightMix tracks in AVID.
  4. Synch them to (AVID) picture (should be easy if you saved out from “timeline start” in both apps). If you are lucky enough to have AVR77+ you could playback right off the timeline and record to tape and be done. If you are adding this media online, create a Video only edl, dump the mix to your deck (match the timecode) and auto assemble your video over the top.


Avid & FCP on Mac – Coexist?

Wednesday, July 1st, 2009

Reports and advice vary:

  • Some advise “No”.
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      • “What about installing other video applications such as Premiere Pro or Canopus Procoder?
        Installing other NLEs such as Premiere, Vegas or Edius is seriously not a good idea. You will definitely run into huge problems and this may even result in having to reformat your system in order to fix things. Transcoding applications such as Sorenson Squeeze, Canopus Procoder, CinemaCraft and Media Cleaner are fine. “
      • “There are many software programs which you can install safely on your system without affecting performance or stability. However, our view is that your Avid system should be used for video editing only. If you need Photoshop or After Effects, feel free to install them. However, the problem is that the more software you install, the more likely that something somewhere will have a negative effect on performance. Using your Avid system as an office PC is not a good idea. “
  •  Others say yes:
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      • “There was a problem where FCP would act up if the Avid codecs were installed (installing Avid installs them), so maybe that’ll be a problem.  Otherwise, install both and try it–if they don’t run, uninstall and pick your editing poison.  Ghost your drive before hand in case you run into problems.  It’ll be faster than waiting for “definitive” reply.” (2007-05)
      • “I’m running them both, w/no observable deficiencies.  At least on Avid.  I can’t say I’ve used FCP for more than 10 times or so.  I really air out the Avid 2.7, so I can say it’s solid w/the FCP install. ” (2007-05)
      • “I’ve got both on the same cpu and I haven’t noticed any difference. They both seem to work fine even if they are both running at the same time. That is if I’m doing a major export or render on the Avid I can still edit on FCP with Avid working in the background. I would suggest that you keep your media on separate drives though.” (2007-05)
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      • “I run both systems on one partition of my Adrenaline system. There really is no problem. The only thing to be aware of is the capture card. If you are using an Aja card, you’ll need to disable it when launching the AVID by holding down the SHIFT key.” (2006-06)