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  • Wed, Jun 14 2017 9:03 PM In reply to

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    Re: Export headaches!

    Wow, you guys are very helpful!  While I'm getting lessons, maybe I can squeeze in one more? I don't use AMA because I don't really understand it and when I tried using it, it seemed to cause more problems than it is worth. I have it turned off in my system. So...I was wondering what the advantage is to even using AMA? Can you enlighten me here, 'cause I've not had good luck with it in the past.  Thanks again!

  • Wed, Jun 14 2017 9:16 PM In reply to

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    Re: Export headaches!

    After downloading MediaInfo, I discovered that the material I digitized into Avid was a long MP4 clip, probably a copy from the original footage. To quickly explain, this is some concert footage, shot by a third-party and given to the main guy in the band, so he could use it for other purposes. So I'm guessing it was input into some editing software, where they added a slate, then it was output to an MP4 file, which is what the musician brought me to edit. So I am not working with original footage, only an MP4 copy of it. That's why I don't know what format was used in the original production, only that it is 16X9. I created my project as "30fps,NTSC" in order to be safe with it. Should I have used a different setting for this material? To sum up, a music concert, switched live, recorded on something and then input into some editing software, then output as a single slightly over one hour MP4 clip, to which I am adding titles, credits, etc. in order to use it as a stand-alone program. Make sense? I hope so :)  Thanks again for all your help...I truly appreciate it.

  • Wed, Jun 14 2017 11:09 PM In reply to

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    Re: Export headaches!

    MediaInfo give you a lot of information, including resolution and CODEC used. This tells you what project settings to use. What does MediaInfo report for the clip in question?

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  • Thu, Jun 15 2017 2:35 PM In reply to

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    Re: Export headaches!

    MediaInfo reports clip as: 720p at 30fps, MP4, then AVC. I'm guessing that last item is the CODEC used. In my earlier post, you'll see that I didn't get the original footage but, most likely, an export from some editing software.

    Thanks!

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    Re: Export headaches!

    OK, so what you want is an HD 720p/29.97 project. The media is stored as an MP4 using the H.264 CODEC and is 1280x720 (a 16x9 format). You should use Link rather than import.

    Linking (formerly AMA) to a file really just means that you're going to use the original media. When you import, MC will create new media. There are reasons for importing, particularly if you want to edit using a CODEC that doesn't play well on your system. This is not one of those cases.

    The reason you may have had problems in the past with linking might be due to not setting up your projects correctly.

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  • Thu, Jun 15 2017 3:11 PM In reply to

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    Re: Export headaches!

    Thanks, Mr. Stone! Ok, this is my last question, really. I've not used AMA (linking) in the past, how do I turn it on so as to not have to import and create new media? This sounds like it would be very helpful. At the end of the project, what do I need to do to be able to export the material to a Quicktime movie file?

    Again, you've been VERY helpful! Thanks so much.

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    Re: Export headaches!

    Right-click in the bin and choose Source Browser (or use File->Input->Source Browser). Find the media you want to use. At the bottom of the source browser is a pair of radio buttons, one for Link and the other for Import. Select Link.

    For export, select the master sequence in the bin and use File->Output->Export to File. In the dropdown box, choose Send to QT movie. Click on the Options tab and choose Same as Source and 16:9 display ratio.

    If you have Sorenson Squeeze or other encoder, you could also export as a QT Reference file and use one of those to create the final QT movie (they have more media creation options).

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  • Thu, Jun 15 2017 3:50 PM In reply to

    Re: Export headaches!

    For my final outputs I often do an Audio and Video mixdown in whatever flavour Avid codec I need (to be above or equal to the qality I need to output) I then build that as a final output sequence. A SAS export gives me a self contained file of a known codec quickly. A QT ref would also work and be sure to have no odd media in it. But I prefer an actual output I can save, archive re-AMA back in later.

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  • Thu, Jun 15 2017 3:52 PM In reply to

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    Re: Export headaches!

    Thanks, David. So just to be certain, I should create a bin for my raw clips, then follow your instructions; right click in bin, select media, click Link, and then Im ready to edit? Sounds too simple, but I'll take it.

    Again, thanks so much for your help, and i have a feeling you'll be hearing from me again! Have a great weekend and don't hurt yourself in those Karate classes!

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    Re: Export headaches!

    Just wondering if anyone knows where I could find a tutorial that takes a few clips, and then walks us through the process of editing, mix downs (where necessary) and final export to a variety of formats? I know there are many ways to do this, and I should probably experiment on my own, but there are so many combinations, I thougt I might cut to chase, as they say, and get some help from experts. Thanks!

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    Re: Export headaches!

    try this maybe

     

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    Re: Export headaches!

    Working so far, will keep you posted...thanks.

  • Fri, Jun 16 2017 5:31 PM In reply to

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    Re: Export headaches!

    When I clicked on it, got a "bad request" message. Can you check on it? Thanks!

  • Mon, Jun 19 2017 6:09 PM In reply to

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    Re: Export headaches!

    Hi Dave,

     

    When I tried to export as a Quicktime Ref, I got a message "unable to...AMA linked footage". Apparently, MC will not allow for a QT Ref movie export if the footage is AMA Linked. Do you know of a way around this; probably something simple, I just am not acquainted with? I am trying to avoid the time-consuming process of exporting a full QT movie, which I then have to encode to something smaller and more useful. Thanks!

  • Tue, Jun 20 2017 12:58 AM In reply to

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    Re: Export headaches!

    Linked material need to be transcoded before you can create a QT Ref., which kind of defeats the purpose in this case. Try exporting as a QT Movie using the option Same as Source. This dumps the timeline in the project format as a QT movie (e.g. a 720P h.264 encode). If you've already rendered the timeline, it's reasonably fast.

     

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