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Avid Media Composer Consolidate Media

This lesson focuses on consolidating media from a linked volume within Avid Media Composer.


When linking to a media volume, you can choose to consolidate the media that you would like to use.

The term consolidate means that you will be creating a new clip within a bin that will point to .mxf media inside an Avid MediaFiles folder structure.

Here’s a quick example of what I’m talking about.

Navigate to the file menu and choose Link to AMA volume.

Click on the root directory level of the volume, and press the open button.

The clips from the volume will automatically appear within the selected bin window.

Select the clips that you would like to keep, and right click on one of them.

Choose Consolidate / Transcode from the contextual menu.

Select the drive you would like to consolidate to.

Then press the consolidate button.

A dialogue will appear which affect how the new clips will be named.

Then press okay.

This will create new clips that no longer have a link icon.

Which means at this point you can eject or remove the volume and have access to your consolidated media.

However, notice the clips there were linked to the volume are now offline.

Now, it’s also possible to consolidate just a portion of a linked clip.

To do this, you need to first create a subclip.

It’s best to create a new bin called subclips.

Then, load a linked clip into the source window.

Mark in and out points for the area that you would like to keep.

Click in the source window area and drag the clip area into the sub-clip bin.

Notice that the icon has changed into a smaller sub-clip icon.

Right click on the sub-clip and choose consolidate / transcode.

Now, you’ll notice an option for handle length.

This value represents extra frames outside your original in-out points as a safety net in case you need some extra media.

Go ahead and press the consolidate button.

So now you have a new clip that has been ingested into the Avid MediaFiles folder on your hard-drive.

And what’s interesting is the Avid will also create a new sub-clip representing your original in-out points without handles.

So, it’s up to you, it’s safe to delete these extra sub-clips, and you’ll be safe with your newly consolidated media.

If you use this workflow, it will provide you with additional options for media managing your media later.

And I recommend this workflow if you plan on working with longer projects.

Otherwise, you will need to manage the media on your own by keeping track of the locations of all your volumes.

Okay, now you have the basics of consolidating media.

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Avid Media Composer Media Management was the previous entry in this blog.

Creating a Sequence Avid Media Composer is the next entry in this blog.

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