Join Maxim Jago for an in-depth discussion in this video Round-tripping with Avid Media Composer, part of Premiere Pro CS5 for Avid Editors.
One of the major announcements for Premiere Pro CS5 was the introduction of round tripping for Final Cut Pro project files and Avid Media Composer project files. And this is a really brilliant feature, which is very, very easy to use and very well implemented. Essentially, if you're working in Final Cut Pro, you just need to export an XML version of your project. And you can import that, like anything else, into Premiere Pro, and all of your edits will turn up. If you're working in Avid Media Composer, you export in AAF, without embedding the media. You can just point to the original media even DNxHD media.
It's fine and it'll come into Premiere Pro with all of your original edits. Now you need to be aware when doing this that just like exporting AAF for another application, that you will not be able to include all of your effects work. Because there are going to be some effects which are unique to Avid and won't translate. Some will come through, some won't but you can be pretty certain that straight cuts will be fine. So if I want to import a file, I just double-click to import into my project panel. Here's an AAF from Avid, and click Open, and that really is the whole workflow.
Premiere Pro is going to come up asking me where the clips are that are associated with this AAF file. And I have to admit, I don't have them on this machine, but effectively I can offline all of these. And you'll see what happens is that Avid_BTS_roughcut which is the name of that AAF file has appeared as a folder name, as a bin name in Premiere Pro, and here are all of the clips associated with the sequence. I also get the sequence itself, of course everything's offline because I haven't linked to the media. But here you go, here is the sequence that was originally created inside of Avid.
So, it's very straight forward to do and if I want to send this back again to Avid, it's very, very easy. I simply go up to the File menu, choose Export and choose AAF. You'll notice there's a Final Cut Pro X mail option there as well. Under the AAF options I just choose to Save. Yes, that's fine, and then I can choose where its going to go. Well I'll just put this on my desktop, and then I can choose whether I'm going to have a legacy AAF or embedded audio. Now generally speaking you don't need either of these.
The embedded audio is unnecessary, because the AAF can link to the original media quite happily. And the legacy AAF isn't necessary, because the new versions of Avid Media Composer have full support for the latest version. But that's pretty much it. That's the entire process for round-tripping. Oh, I've got a note there saying it couldn't convert, because, of course, I don't have any media. (LAUGH) The support for AAF inside of Premiere Pro is very much a case of just importing a file, make your changes, and export them again. And notice here, in the version that I did import, the crossfades, the cross dissolves are there.
So there are some effects that you can translate between one application and another.
- How Premiere Pro works
- Getting set up
- Creating sequences
- Applying effects, color correction, and opacity
- Titles and metadata
- Integrating Premiere Pro with other applications
- Working with audio
- Outputting video