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Avid Media Composer - PC
Forum for advanced Media Composer PC users.
  • How to ingest old DV-tape-material into MC?

    I used to transfer DV-tape-material into an old MC version (4.05) with Avid Mojo via Firewire/IEEE 1394 from an old DV-camera.

    Is there any other way to ingest DV-tape into MC 8.x?

    Can I somehow connect an old analog Mojo to a newer MC version?


  • Is there a way to highlight clips with a specific resolution in the timeline?

    Let's say that I want to see what clips in the timeline is DNx36. (the timeline is mixed, lowres, hires)

    Is there any trick for that?

  • Relinking Footage that was moved

    I had some Canon MP4 files on a hard drive that I had AMA'd and transcoded - then cut a project with, relinked back to AMA for my final export and all went well. Project done.

    A year later, I need to reopen the project and do a little update, but the footage has moved locations - different drive, now in an archived project folder - so Avid didnt see it originally. No problem, Ill just relink the footage - I've had to do it before. Except - this time the RELINK TO FILE is greyed out in the file menu. Ok - Ill just AMA it again - it should relink that way, I've had to this before as well. 

    AMA'd some of the the footage again - made sure in the source browser that the codec was exactly the same (AVC Long-GOP High), same frame rate, same frame size, etc...and it still wont relink. 

    I must be missing something. How do I get this footage to relink? I know I could put it back onto the original drive, and in the original folder structure, and make sure that Windows gives the drive the same drive letter - but I really shouldn't have to do that...

  • UHD HDR Mastering Rec2020

    In an HD environment (REC.709), using a regular colour effect setup correctly is a useful way to "clamp" a programme for UK broadcast to ensure no illegal colour gamut or luminence peaks/sub-blacks etc. Regardless of a sloppy online editor - this will nearly always guarantee a pass in terms of AQC testing.

    When mastering a programme in a UHD HDR project, colour graded to 1000Nits (REC.2020), how can I guarantee a master export file will be effectively legalised in this much wider colour gamut and luminence profile WITHIN AVID?

    It supports UHD HDR projects so I'm assuming there is a simply solution.


  • Timeline view settings

    Maybe I'm just no used to Avid yet, but after several hundred hours of cutting om MC, I still find myself using a lot of time to get the timeline view to match my needs. I don't understand why when dropping an edit or starting to play, the timeline automatically chooses another zoom level and almost always places the cursor at the extreme right of the timeline. I would be more comfortable with the timeline positioned so that I can see well beyond the end of what I have cut, with the cursor line in roughly in the centre.

    My suite has 2 x 27" LCD monitors at 1920x1080 resolution, with the timeline usually on the right hand monitor - if Avid moves the salient portion omf my work to the extreme right, then this is always at the screen position farthest from where I am sitting.

    I can understand why Avid zooms the timeline if I add a long clip, but if I have already selected a view that shows for example 30 seconds after the current clip/in point, and I add a single 6 second clip, I don't udnerstand why Avid both zooms and moves the cursor position.

    I'm getting more used to the way Avid does this, but for new users it must be a complete and confusing pain to have their timeline zooming and shifting without their weanting it to do so.

    I'd love to hear how other editors manage their timeline views or cope with this...


  • How to deactivate software activation and activate on other system?

    How can you change MC software activation from one computer to another?

  • Buggy behaviour

    In the past few days I have experienced a few "sillies" - which may be bugs with MC, or may be due to my lack of understanding - so I'd welcome feedback on these...

    Missing bins - during an edit session, one of my bins (the one with the active timelines in it) simply disappeared - according to the project list it was there and open, but I simply couldn't find it - even by changing to another workspace in which i knew the bin should be open. I could only solve this by closing MC and restarting. Hopla! There was my bin again.

    I had something like this a few weeks ago, when the entire MC GUI shifted up to the left and could not be repositioned - again, a shut down solved the issue.

    I often experience that the quality setting for the HDMI output (which during editing is set in the DX output menu to HD) resets itself to SD, therefore I must check this every time I start up. Should my last setting remain on the enxt start-up unless I choose to alter it?

    Yesterday, when caturing from VTR, the active Bin simply went blank, eaving me with no view of the bin during caturing of 70+ clips. All OK when capture completed, but irritating (I have never understood why the bin veiw is locked during capture, it would be good, when capturing many clips, to be able to scroll the list simply to follow the progress of the capture process.

    The following is probably more of a feature request than a bug - I would like to see the capture progress text on the capture tool show how many clips are remaining all the time - even during preroll - after all, if one is riding a TBC or audio mixer during capture, it is actually during the preiod between captures (preroll) that one has time to read the progress text.

    Any words of wi9sdom out there?



  • SNS storage


    We are considering buying a sns EVO storage sollution for an upcoming production. (see link below)

    I was wondering if anyone here has any first hand experience with it, and if they prefer it over the nexis storage.
    On paper the sns looks very promising, but once we’re at full production I’d like to avoid unwelcome suprises…



  • A solution to the infamous "NEMFileWriter has detected upstream pipe stall" error

    Hello fellow editors,


    This past weekend I've been trying to make a timelapse from three huge AVCHD spanned files.


    I've been plagued numerous time by the "NEMFileWriter has detected upstream pipe stall" error. whether I was trying to transcode AMA, import or render the timewrap effect.


    First task was to convert these huge files to DNxHD 36. I couldn't do it with Avid, and couldn't do it with Sorenson Squeeze 8 neither (Anyway, it would have taken at least 5 times longer).


    So I searched the forums for solutions. None of these worked:


    - Playing a HD youtube video at the same time

    - Stitch the spanned files into one

    - Lower the priority of Media Composer in the task manager

    - Only allow Media Composer to run on one core through the task manager

    - Try the whole process on a SSD (It went way faster, but crashed all the same. My Samsong EVO is set for high performance in Samsung Magician).


    After countless unsucessful attemps, ultimately, the only thing that work for me is:


    Check the "Run in the background" box for transcodes (from AMA) and Timewrap renders. I then open the background queue to monitor, and left the priority as normal. And everything finally worked. (I didn't even have to stitch the spanned files together, AMA took care of everything).


    Hope this helps, even though I think this feature is only available from version 7 onward.


    Here are my system specs:


    Media Composer 8.3.1

    System Information
         Time of this report: 1/21/2019, 15:34:17
         Operating System: Windows 10 Pro 64-bit (10.0, Build 17134) (17134.rs4_release.180410-1804)
                     Language: English (Regional Setting: English)
    System Manufacturer: Hewlett-Packard
               System Model: HP Z420 Workstation
                           BIOS: Default System BIOS (type: BIOS)
                     Processor: Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E5-2687W 0 @ 3.10GHz (16 CPUs), ~3.1GHz
                       Memory: 32768MB RAM
    Available OS Memory: 32692MB RAM

    Display Devices
    Operating System: Windows 10 Pro, 64-bit
    DirectX version: 11.0
    GPU processor:  Quadro 4000
    Driver version:  340.84
    Direct3D API version: 11.1
    Direct3D feature level: 11_0
    CUDA Cores:  256
    Core clock:  475 MHz
    Shader clock:  950 MHz
    Memory data rate: 2808 MHz
    Memory interface: 256-bit
    Memory bandwidth: 89.86 GB/s
    Total available graphics memory: 18393 MB
    Dedicated video memory: 2048 MB GDDR5
    System video memory: 0 MB
    Shared system memory: 16345 MB
    Video BIOS version: 70.00.5C.00.02
    IRQ:   Not used
    Bus:   PCI Express x16 Gen2
    Device Id:  10DE 06DD 078010DE
    Part Number:  1031 0500

    Sound Devices
                Description: Multichannel (M-Audio FW Audiophile)
     Default Sound Playback: Yes
     Default Voice Playback: No
                Hardware ID: 1394\M-Audio&FW_Audiophile
            Manufacturer ID: 239
                 Product ID: 65535
                       Type: WDM
                Driver Name: mafw.sys
             Driver Version: 5.10.0000.5058 (English)
          Driver Attributes: Final Retail

    Disk & DVD/CD-ROM Drives
          Drive: C:
     Free Space: 104.5 GB
    Total Space: 219.2 GB
    File System: NTFS
          Model: Samsung SSD 850 PRO 256GB

          Drive: D (This is the disk I used for my transcodes and renders):
     Free Space: 91.3 GB
    Total Space: 429.1 GB
    File System: NTFS
          Model: Samsung SSD 850 EVO 500GB

          Drive: F:
     Free Space: 806.3 GB
    Total Space: 3815.3 GB
    File System: NTFS
          Model: ST4000VN000-1H4168



  • Multicam using several clips

    I am trying to group clips so I can multicam using 2 different camera angles. The problem is that camera 1 has 2 different clips & camera 2 has 5 different clips. 

    I want to have 2 angles to cut between, with the 2 on cam 1 on the first angle & the 5 from camera 2 on the second angle. I am using timecode as a way to group. However, when I group them, camera 1 ends up on angle 1 & then jumps to camera 2 & then the other shorter clips appear either on angle 1 then angle 2 & sometimes even on a third angle! Is there a way to work with multiple clips?

    A perfect thing would be if I could take my aready synced sequence & multicam the video tracks as they are laid out.

    Any advice on this would be greatly appreciated.

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