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  • Sun, Jun 16 2013 3:03 AM

    Avid-to-Premiere Difficulties

    I'm currently trying to send a project sequence via Dropbox to a client who is using Adobe Premiere (and using a PC). I've tried multiple methods of both creating a compatible AAF and creating an MOV, and he encounters an error in importing them every time (though with the AAF, the problem is only reconnecting the media files; the sequence works). For the MOV, I told him to download the Avid Codecs LE package, since the media files for the project were DNxHD 145, but the codecs are either not working or not affecting the process. The only other codecs I see that I can use to convert the media files/sequence for Adobe compatibility are AVC Intra 100 and XDCAM, but from what I understand, they should not be used for all types of footage or w/o a plug-in. 

    The project type is 1080p. HD 1920X1080 16:9. With the AAF exports, I believe I've been using "Link to (Don't Export) Media." With the MOV export, I've been doing H.264 (would using "Avid MPEG2" or "MPEG-4" make it more compatible?) and AAC-formatted sound. The file size is huge, obviously, but I don't think that would affect anything. I'm going to try converting the MOV I already have to AVI using Wondershare Video Converter, but since my client already tried that on his end, my hopes aren't high.

    If I were to transcode the media files to an Apple ProRes format, and my client used the Apple ProRes QT Decoder or a similar program on them, would he then be able to see the MOV/reconnect the AAF media? Or does the problem lie with something else? Anybody have any hints as to how to get this cross-NLE transfer to work?


  • Sun, Jun 16 2013 4:41 AM In reply to

    Re: Avid-to-Premiere Difficulties

    I tried to do that one year ago without any success to relink the files. I remember that I import the timeline in final cut with Automatic Duck Pro Import (free plugin). When I have my sequence online in final cut, I export an XML that I finally import in Premiere without problem.

    I read that aaf import should work much better in Premiere CS7, which should be release this month.

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  • Sun, Jun 16 2013 1:19 PM In reply to

    Re: Avid-to-Premiere Difficulties

    I beleive that when choosing the Link To (Don't Export) option, the media it's linking to would be the .mxf files in your Avid MediaFiles folder.  Premiere and other NLEs can't read the media in those folders and especially if you send the AAF off to someone else because the media is on your system. 


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  • Tue, Jun 18 2013 12:33 PM In reply to

    Re: Avid-to-Premiere Difficulties

    It's working very well now with Premiere CC. You just have to export a aaf of the sequence (link to Audio and Video), import it in Premiere and it'll link automaticly with the DnxHD footages of Avid.

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  • Tue, Jun 18 2013 2:12 PM In reply to

    • Ben Wilson
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    Re: Avid-to-Premiere Difficulties

    If I were going to do an AAF export to send to someone, I would choose "Consolidate Media" to a folder for both audio and video.  That way, you can keep the AAF and the media together in one folder.

    Also, for MOV, we have exported to DNxHD into MOV files before without much trouble.  As long as the other system ahd the latest AVID Codecs LE installed.

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    Re: Avid-to-Premiere Difficulties


    I have a Avid to Premiere workflow guide you might like to read.

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  • Tue, Jun 18 2013 10:36 PM In reply to

    Re: Avid-to-Premiere Difficulties

    Thank you for the tips, everyone! I think we found a way to make this work by using a video converter after exporting the .mov. I need to send off this sequence as soon as possible, but after he has it, I will experiment with the methods mentioned here for future reference. 

    One question: Kenton, I did "Link to (Don't Export)," but I also sent him copies of the actual mxfs as well (or at least some of them, before we realized it wasn't working). Was that equivalent to doing "Consolidate Media," or is using that option still worth a try?

  • Tue, Sep 23 2014 4:48 PM In reply to

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    Re: Avid-to-Premiere Difficulties

    I know this is an old thread but I am trying to bring an HD video from AMC 3.5 on a PC to Premiere Pro CC on a Mac via Sorenson Squeeze 5. Is this even possible? I've tried multiple encodes/formats/codecs without success.

    Marianna you mentioned you had a workflow guide available. I'd like to review it if you still have it. Thanks.

  • Tue, Jan 13 2015 2:04 AM In reply to

    Re: Avid-to-Premiere Difficulties

    Well , you can try to transcode your original files by MPEG then reload them to PP.

  • Thu, Mar 15 2018 10:42 PM In reply to

    Re: Avid-to-Premiere Difficulties

    Hello, the company that I work for are thinking of switching to Adobe Premier (don't want to but our NAS if forcing us too) how can I send you my email, or if I give you a dropbox link could you upload it? I need to start doing my best research to make it easy on us going doing the switch.

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