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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.
Media management is a crucial part of successful editing. As we saw in a previous chapter, when you delete media the master clip recognizes that its co- relating media is offline. Well, there are other reasons that a clip can go offline too. Sometimes some or all of your media will be offline simply because the master clip in your bin can't find the media, which is suppose to be linked. In this movie, we'll take a look at how this happens and later we'll explore how to solve these issues. Usually, the reason that media shows up as offline is simply, because the media is not on your drive in the first place.
Often, you may accidentally capture media to a different drive and then when you move systems, it'll show up as offline. So before beginning to troubleshoot, make sure that this is not the case. If it is the case, you'll need to find the system that you originally captured the media to and transfer the media accordingly. If you can't find it, you'll just need to re-batch capture at the offline media. If you're using an external drive, you'll also need to make sure that it's mounting correctly and if it's not, go ahead and try troubleshooting steps like swapping FireWire cables, changing ports, changing drives that sort of thing.
If everything looks like it's mounted correctly and you're sure the media should be on the drive, there is a couple of more things you can do. First, exit Media Composer. You want to take a look at your Avid Media Files folder that lives on your Mmedia drive. So, my media lives on my D drive and my Avid Media Files folder is right here. Avid Media Files should be spelled Avid MediaFiles with a capital A, M and F with no space in between Media and Files.
There is a space here, so that could be what's causing my offline media. So this is the correct way that Avid MediaFiles should be displayed. And then inside that folder, should be an MXF folder, and then inside there should be a numbered folder. It doesn't necessarily have to be 1, but it should be a number. And then inside there are my MXF files. Keep in mind. this is only for MXF media. If you're accessing your media via AMA, and it's living on a different folder on your system, this strategy won't work. Okay, so we have a lot of MXF files in here.
As I progress down, you'll notice that there are two files that are not MXF files. One is called msmFMID and the other is called msmMMOB. These are your database files. They tell Media Composer where and what your media is. So go ahead and just delete both of those files. Again, make sure Avid is closed. And then when Media Composer re- launches, it's going to notice that its database files are gone. It will rescan and re-index all the media and create new databases.
In fact, I'd recommend you delete your databases every couple of weeks for good media management. Okay, so we are all set. We have only MXF files in here. We also have ensured that our Avid MediaFiles folder is spelled correctly. And one more thing, the MediaFiles folder can't be inside any other folders. It has to be at the root directory of your media drive. A lot of people put it inside another folder for housekeeping purposes, but if you do that, Avid won't be able to find it.
So leave it here at the root directory. All right, let's go ahead and launch Media Composer. Now, because it can't find those databases, it's rescanning and re-indexing all of the media. Now it's created new ones and it's ready to go. Let's go ahead and hit OK. Okay, great, our media is back online. That worked well. Offline media can be a semi-common issue in editing, but it doesn't have to be a problem. As long as you know a few things about where your media should live, as well as how it interacts via folder structures in your operating system, you'll be able to bring that at most media by performing the steps in this movie.
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