Tricks for Editing AVI files in Avid Media Composer

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Tricks for Editing AVI files in Avid Media Composer

Postby lydia622520 » Fri Jul 19, 2013 7:47 am

[size="4"]The article shows you the easiest way to import AVI files to Avid Media Composer for editing without problems.[/size]

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Media Composer, frequently referred to as "The Avid", is the most widely used NLE for professional film and video editing. And recently, Avid has unveiled Media Composer 7, featuring accelerated and simplified file-based workflows including optimized HD delivery from high-res source material and automated media operations. Although Avid offcial website claimed that Media Composer supports most commonly-used video codecs, including QuickTime movie files, .DV, .TNF, .AVI, .MP2 + .WAV, and sequential .TGA or .TIF files. However, due to the wide range of media types, and the different ways manufacturers store video on these media types, not all AVI files are compatible with Avid Media Composer. And lots of folks have met the problems when they import AVI files into Media Composer like this:

"When I try importing .avi files, it says that the file type is not supported. I've tried all kinds of codecs, compressed, and uncompressed, but nothing works."

"Pretty much anyone have any suggestions on how I might be able to import an AVI file into Avid Media Composer Thanks!"

In fact, the reason you cannot ingest and open AVI files in Avid MC is pretty simple: AVI format, unlike other formats like MP3 or JPEG, is a container format, meaning it can contain video audio compressed using many different combinations of codecs. Some codecs are not compatible with Avid, so you will encounter problems when get AVI files into Avid Media Composer. If you are still attempting to edit AVI files with Avid Media Composer, what's the available workaround?
Source:How to upload AVI files into Avid Media Composer

On Avid official website, it recommends DNxHD or XDCAM codec for editing, and DNxHD codec is the first choice. So if want to get Avid Media Composer work prefectly with AVI videos, the easy workaround is to convert AVI to DNxHD MOV. Below is how.

First you need to download Brorsoft Video Converter for Mac, a powerful highly quality video converter, player and editor which can be used as an Avid DNxHD Converter under OS X Leopard (10.5), Snow Leopard (10.6), Lion (10.7), Mountain Lion (10.8). It is free, clean and safe to install and use.

So, what does the workflow look like?

1) Run the Mac AVI to Avid Converter, load AVI clips into it.

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2) Click “Format” bar to select Avid Media Composer->Avid DNxHD(*.mov) as output format.

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Tip: Before conversion, you can click "Settings" button right besides “Format”and enter "Profile Settings" panel to adjust video size, bit rate, frame rate, sample rate and audio channels.

Finally, click "Convert" button and you files will be converted into DNxHD .MOV files ready to be imported into Avid MC. Now you can edit the encoded AVI video files in Avid Media Composer without problems.

P.S. Brorsoft Video Converter for Mac is an all-in-one video conversion app which offers the easiest way to transcode video/audio among AVI, WMV, MKV, MP4, MXF, MTS, TiVo, MOV, FLV, 3GP, VOB to fit various multimedia devices or to edit with iMovie (Apple Intermediate Codec), Final Cut Pro (ProRes), Avid (DNxHD), Premiere (MPEG-2/WMV), FCE and more on Mac (Mountain Lion).

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