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In Avid Media Composer 5 Essential Training, author Ashley Kennedy demonstrates basic and intermediate editing techniques in Media Composer, one of the most widely used nonlinear, video editing systems. This course covers how to build sequences, mix audio, color correct footage, apply effects, and troubleshoot common post-production issues in Media Composer. Exercise files accompany the course.
Sometimes even when you check your Avid Media Files folder hierarchy and delete your databases, your media is still offline. In this case, you may need to relink your media, which is what we'll explore in this movie. So we still have some media here that is offline even after verifying the integrity of the Avid Media Files folder hierarchy and deleting the database. Therefore, let's try relinking it. I'll right-click on my clip and choose Relink. It brings up my Relink window.
Now most of the choices in here are for you to select where and what your media is linking to. In this way, you can have multiple resolution copies of your media, both high res and low res, and relink your master clips to each set with just a click of the button. As we notice, we have the ability to set any HD format and SD, so you can have both HD and SD copies. You can also relink between the highest res and lowest res, and you can also link to a Specific resolution. So you get a lot of power in here.
You can also relink between various drives. So if you have copies of media on two drives and you want to relink it from one to the other, you can do it right here. However, when you're simply trying to link offline media, I often recommend making all of these choices as absolutely lenient as possible. After all, you just want Media Composer to find your media. You don't have multiple copies of your media files. So I'm going to go through here, leaving most of these options unchecked, and making sure that I have as lenient a selection as possible.
So I'm going to select All Available Drives. I'm going to leave Relink only to media from current project unchecked. We still want to link by Start Timecode and Tape, but we'll leave these unchecked. We'll relink to any Video format. Let's see if this works. We've got a very lenient set of relink qualifiers. So we'll hit OK. It came back online. Terrific! Keep in mind you can also relink sequences and sub-clips in the same way. The need to relink media is somewhat common, especially when you move media from one system to another.
So as long as you're sure the media is where it supposed to be and that you've troubleshot the Avid MediaFiles folder and media databases relinking usually gets the job done.
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