Hi there everyone,
I have searched the entire Internet to get info on the exchange between Avid and Premiere, and although there are quite a few movies, threads, PDF and so on about this subject, they all keep pointing back to the "ease of use" and Halleluia and commercializing side of it without getting realistic.
Nevertheless, true realism holds that I have never succeeded to import an AAF in any way, going from Avid MC 3, 4 5 and 6 to Premiere 5 and/or 5.5
Somewhere experimenting along the road I found out that throwing away all of the audio tracks in Avid made it possible to transfer a sequence, be it that the video resolution was not right for Premiere (DV50 I believe). This brought me to conclude that Premiere must be very, very picky on the resolution of all the Avid video andf audio files the AAF is pointing to, thus causing endless trial and error.
I don't have endless time, however; and having serched the entire internet, as said, my amazement grew beyond control about the fact that there seem to be NO COMPATIBILITY LISTS AT ALL concerning the undoubtedly large number of Avid resolutions that WILL NEVER WORK in the bespoken exchange.
Does anyone know where to find this kind of list? Please do not come up with the obvious stuff, I know both the concerned editing programs by heart; the developers of Premiere should have the answer to this: which Avid video and audio RESOLUTIONS WILL work in Premiere???
Any help is much, much appreciated. I want to quit Avid forever and convert the lot of my old projects.
Which is technically not correct, of course. Sorry for that, I mean codecs (that represent SD or HD resolution). I mean OMF formats, MXF formats, you know there is like a vast list of codecs for both formats (DV25 420, DV25 411, DV 50, 15:1, 20:1, 10:1, 4:1, MPEG 30, 40 and 50 and so on and on and on). There are tons of different quality standards and datarates to import and ingest to and edit your footage in, but basically it ALWAYS needs to be MXF or OMF.
Now I heard that the DNxHD codec (which is some kind of long-gop MXF) Avid uses for HD is a codec that Premiere will definitely not understand, but I also heard that DV 25 420 MXF (for SD) should commonly work, which I tested but I cannot get any further than importing the AAF in Premiere, opening the imported sequence timeline and the Premiere crashes straight away.
I simply cannot believe so many Premiere users keep saying the exchange is flawless, while I keep getting an error on some part of the MXF SDK Premiere uses. Obviously the Avid ingesteed footage needs to meet very mysterious requirements and specs for Premiere to work with?
do you have the Avid Codecs installed?
i have no trouble with 1:1 MXF, DNxHD, Meridien Uncompressed, i have not worked with other Avid Codecs on a Premiere Machine yet.
But download and install the Avid codecs, you should then also have them as export options from Premiere and ME aswell...
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