In the AMA Master Guide it says, "AMA is a powerful extension of the Media Composer family. For fast access, immediate editing, full metadata..."
What does "full metadata" mean? All MXF spec metadata supported?
We have Canon XF 305 cameras and have tried a few workflows into Avid and our CatDV asset management server. Our primary workflow is to import to Avid MXF media first and drop the Op-Atom into CatDV where it "metaclips" new clips, presumably with all the metadata inherent in those clips. For comparison, If I use the Canon XF Utility to "EXPORT TO MXF" then I get an XF media MXF file with the associated metadata embedded (it was previously in an XML or some database within the Canon folder structure). That new file can be loaded into CatDV with the camera metadata intact, including the record date and time when the footage was shot, not when the footage was processed with XF Utiiity.
The process of importing to Avid seems to ignore all metadata originally associated with the camera. The clip created from the Avid MXF in CatDV has the date of import under "Record Date." If Record Date and Time are "the new timecode" for many workflows, and a preferred way to sort or search by producers, how can this metadata be preserved in Avid? Is the process any better in Avid Interplay?
Most of what I was considering to be metadata can be inferred by file analysis (duration, frame rate, codec profile, etc.). The only thing that I've found in an Avid MXF that looks like real metadata is when I open it in Calibrated MXF QuickStat. Under the "General Metadata" tab it reads: Clip Name: Company: Avid Technology, Inc., Product: Avid Media Composer 18.104.22.16865, Version: 22.214.171.124, Creation: 2013-01-24 21:01:25.000 (the import date), Global ID:. (We have since upgraded to Symphony 6 but I can't imagine much changing.)
Now, "General Metadata" may not include everything -- where's timecode kept? I'm guessing that since Calibrated MXF lets me open the Avid video in Quicktime and shows timecode as a Quicktime track, Avid handles timecode as a track rather than "start timecode" metadata.
Can I get the accurate Record Date to appear in an Avid bin?