Are you positive he used DNxHD? What does the codec display as in either QuickTime player Info panel or using something like MediaInfo? DNxHD is cross-platform, so a file encoded on one platform should open on another without issue.
Thank you for your reply, I currently can't get it to play in quicktime player as it says that the file is not a movie file?
I put a file in media info just now and it just says that the format is MXF - my understanding is this just a wrapper?
Here is the info from media info:
Complete name : /Volumes/My Book/Avid MediaFiles/MXF/1/Roll3299V01.4C17A2DD.2A0190.mxf
Format : MXF
File size : 41.1 GiB
Duration : 48mn 33s
Overall bit rate : 121 Mbps
Encoded date : 2010-06-15 16:45:52.00
I don't know if this makes it clearer to you what the problem is- I'm at a complete loss...
Ah, I see what he did. He captured the HDCAM tapes into the Avid, which captures footage into an MXF file wrapper. It doesn't really matter the codec; all Avid captures are MXF files. What he did was give you the captured files, which you can tell by the mish-mash filename and the MXF extension. He probably captured right to your external drive.
Unfortunately, even though the codec is DNxHD (probably), Premiere won't work with the MXF-wrapped DNxHD. Premiere does work with MXFs, but only if they are camera generated like those from a P2 or XDCAM camcorder. Had he exported DNxHD-encoded QuickTime MOVs, that would be a different story; Premiere would crack those open without a problem.
About the only way you'll get into these files is to open them back up with an Avid, and export the necessary QuickTime files. You might also try After Effects, if you have access to it; I've had it do strange and unexpected things like this before. If that works, you can set up comps for each clip and render them out to a workable file in Premiere; QuickTime with DNxHD is still probably your best choice.
Thanks, thats very clear - I thought it was a little unusual that nothing was recognising them. I tried with after effects but it came back that it was 'damaged or unsupported'.
Thank you for the advice - at least now I can step away from the computer and get on with something else rather than flogging a dead horse trying to find a solution all evening!
Glad to help, even if it's not the solution you were looking for!
You know, I had a thought about how you could semi-quickly fix this: download the new Media Composer 5 trial. You can sign up here. That'll give you 30 days to get your files opened up and converted or exported to something you can use in Premiere. Who knows? You might like Media Composer, too!
That is a good plan - got to be worth giving it a go. Its downloading as I type!
VLC doesn't like the files either though
Thanks again for your help - good deed done for the day I reckon!