How to Use Avid Interplay Assist

To review media and to add information or comments, you can use Avid Interplay Assist. Producers can use this application no matter where they are in the network.

Step 1: Opening Interplay Assist

When you first open Interplay Assist, you are only going to see the previewer. To display the full application, click on Preferences in the menu, then select Show Avid Interplay Assist. When you open Interplay Assist, you will see the video monitor which allows you to view videos and mark them. You will also see the logging panel where source locators are displayed, the directory panel and finally the research panel where you can see video assets.

Step 2: Selecting Metadata and Adding Comments

Select a clip and then double-click on the head frame then open the Source Metadata tab. There will be three fields titled Name, Created By and Comments. This is where you add your comments. You also have to option to create more fields by opening Metadata and selecting Modify Metadata Fields.

To add locators, simply click on the Source Locators tab, and while the video is playing, click the Add Locator button and type in your comment. Any person using Avid can open any clip and see the comments or locators added to the video.

Step 3: Marking a Clip as Restricted

If you have a portion of the clip that for whatever reason cannot be used or is time sensitive, you can mark it as restricted. Using the in and out feature, mark the unusable section and right-click the Add Locator button, then choose Add Restriction. Now, you add your comment about the restriction.

Step 4: Performing Searches

To search for text in the Logging Panel, you can use the Find feature. To do this, click on Edit on the menu bar and select Find. Then, you can fill in the information you are looking for in the dialog box, then click on Find.

To search for Assets in the Avid Interplay data base, you can use the search function select Media from the menu bar and go to Search Media. Then, enter the information you are searching for in the dialog box and click Search.

Step 5: Preparing Shotlists

Clips that are assembled in a certain order are called shotlists. First, select the Shotlist Locators tab; put a clip in the video monitor area, then mouse over the top right corner and click on Source. When the dialog box opens, indicate where you want the list to be saved and what you want to name the list and then hit Save.

To build the list, just find and drag clips from the video monitor. All information associated with the clip is then moved right into the shotlist. You can create locators in the shotlist, but those will not be copied over to the main database.

When you are finished with your shotlist, you can send it to a proper playback device or you can save it in an archive file by selecting File, then Send to Archive, then Media Service Settings and fill in the dialog box. Then click OK.

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