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Sony PMW EX1/EX3 and Final Cut Pro workflow

sony_pmw_ex.pngWorking with a Sony PMW EX camera, & Final Cut Pro brings about decisions that are based primarily on time and hard drive space. Depending on how much storage you have on your SxS cards, as well as your hard drive space will play into your decision on what way to take your media off of your SxS cards. The amount of time you have will also play a factor. 

Take for example the situation that you have filled one SxS card, you have started filling the second, and you will need the first one cleared to start recording to it again soon. If your Mac is close by, you can eject the full card from the camera, and transfer the BPAV folder from the SxS card to a folder on a hard drive. There are various ways to go about this transfer, but the quickest will be to use a PCI slot on a laptop. By placing the BPAV folder into a folder on your hard drive, you will be able to reformat the card, and use it again. When it comes time to ingest the media, you will be able to point either Log and Transfer (be sure to have the XDCAM EX plugin for Log and Transfer installed), or the Sony XDCAM Transfer at the folder you moved the BPAV folder into. Each BPAV folder should be put into it's own separate folder that is named so you will know the contents.

Another scenario is that you have plenty of SxS cards, and are able to record your entire shoot without having to reformat any SxS cards. In this solution, you can simply point the Log and Transfer, or XDCAM Transfer directly at the SxS card, and ingest from there. Again if you use the PCI slot on a laptop, you will have the fastest results.

Whether you are ingesting from the hard drive or directly off of the SxS card, you have another decision to make. If you bring in all usable material, and spend the time to name each clip, you will be able to duplicate the Quicktime files to use as the backup vs saving the BPAV folder. However if you only ingest your current needs, you will want to use the BPAV folder as the back up. Having a backup of Quicktime files with the same file names as the originals is a very efficient way to operate. 

If you anticipate using the media in another NLE, you may want to keep the raw media, so you can ingest for the specific needs of the system you are using. It is worth pointing out that Avid Media Composer 5.0 would allow you to use the ingested Quicktime media, but previous versions would need either the BPAV folder, or at a minimum the Quicktime media ingested for Final Cut Pro would need to be transcoded.


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