Avid Tips: Quickly Transitioning from Offline to Finishing

Working with Avid is a great way to make videos. However, sometimes exporting your videos from the offline applications to Pro and finishing the video can be very time consuming. There are, however, a few things that you can do to speed the process up. Converting the offline playout is normally done by playing out to tape and then importing or alternatively by exporting a QT. Creating a QT can take a very long time because the computer has to render it.

Everyone is in a rush and wants to save as much time as possible. This means that they will want to ensure that they can transition from offline to finishing as quickly as possible.

Step 1: Creating a Mix Down

The first thing that you need to do is create an Audio and Video mix down of the cut in the offline studio. This will check that the whole sequence is fully rendered. Create an audio mix down by clicking Special Menu and Selecting Audio mix down. Choose stereo and chose the target tracks.

Once you have made the audio mix down, you should put this in the mix downs bin. When you have finished this, do a video mix down by clicking Special Menu and selecting Video mix down. Try to select the resolution so that it's the same as the resolution of the clip. This doesn't really matter if it's different, however, it would take longer because transcoding would be very slow.

Remember to always save the bin once you have put the mix downs in it. This will prevent lots of problems if your computer decides to act up.

Step 2: Finding Files

In order to do the transition, you will need to find the real mxf file. To do this, right click on the video mix down clip and select "Reveal File". This will open the folder on your computer and highlight the file that you need to copy. Click OK to reveal the next one and copy both of these files to somewhere that you will remember.

Step 3: Online Transition

Now, open one of the Avid MXF folders on your computer. Copy all of the mix downs into a new folder. It's important to copy everything into a new folder because this will save time.

Create the online project as you normally would. Use the Explorer window to add the mix downs bin to your project. Hopefully by now you should be able to see all of the mix downs in the application. If not, you might need to do a re link.

This is by far the quickest way to do the transition between offline and online video editing with avid. A 50 minute video shouldn't take any longer than 10 minutes to be converted into the online suite.

Step 4: Pro Tools

If you're looking to do the same with HD video, then it is possible to load the MXF files into Pro Tools directly. This is very easy with Avid hardware. If you're only using software, then you will first need to make a Quick time video in order to import it.