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A more and more popular way to input your media into Media Composer is the AMA workflow, which is Avid Media Access. Now, this allows you to quickly and easily link to files without importing, transcoding, or copying. You just get instant access to your files and you can start editing. Now, Avid natively supports many, many popular codecs, which if we go to their web page, are listed down here at the bottom. You're going to install the plug-ins that you want to work with separately from when you install Avid Media Composer.
This enables Avid and the third-party camera manufacturers to update the plug-ins outside of the Media Composer release. So as you can see as of this recording here, are all of the camera manufacturers that Avid is working closely with, and I should mention that the QuickTime codecs are automatically included with an installation of Media Composer. So if you're just linking to QuickTime, no need to install separate plug-ins, but if you are going to work with any of these plug-ins, you just need to download it and install it and you're ready to go.
So to get started with AMA, you can just open a bin and I'm going to right-click, and I'm going to choose Link to AMA file or files. If I click on this and head on into the Exercise Files/Additional Files/Import, here is a movie file. And it is a QuickTime, so I'm good to go. I don't need to install a separate plug-in. I'm going to click Open and it's brought in automatically. Now, note the icon type.
It looks kind of like a master clip, but there is a little bit of a difference. And I'm just going to load this into the Source and press play. (Female speaker: Swing dancing brings you together. It brings you to a simple time.) Okay. So there's our interview, and it's automatically brought in and we can get started editing with it right away. I don't have to just bring in one file though; I can bring in as many as I want. If I right-click and link to AMA, and I have a whole folder full of AMA files on my Data drive, and AMA Media, and my Broll, and here is the complicated camera hierarchy.
I just need to get through it. And I'm just going to highlight all of them and press Open. So that very, very quickly brought in dozens of media files, all of which I can load into the Source monitor, play through, and get started editing with. Now, if I come into Choose Columns and I choose Source Path and choose OK, you can see that it's simply pointing to all of these media files.
So they're automatically brought into my bin. I'm just pointing to them. So this brings up another point. As you can see with AMA, the weight has been eliminated, and you can get started editing faster, easier, and more efficiently. The one downside to editing with AMA is that because the files aren't stored in the managed-media location, the Avid Media Files folder, you have to perform good media management at the operating system level yourself. So to help yourself out, I recommend setting up a folder on the root directory of your media drive, right beside your Avid Media Files folder, and just call it the AMA Media folder.
Then inside of that folder, you can put all of your AMA files.
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