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Chapter 14. Media Management > Consolidating and Transcoding

Consolidating and Transcoding

When working on Avid Xpress Pro there might be times when you need to copy master clips and media files from one drive to another. Perhaps you need to move from one system to another or you want to back up media files on a different drive. To make copies of media files, you’ll need to use the consolidate feature. Consolidating allows you to copy media files to a selected drive. To consolidate a master clip, follow these steps:

  1. Highlight the clips you want to consolidate.

  2. Choose Consolidate/Transcode from the Bin menu. The Consolidate/Transcode window will open (see Figure 14.19).

    Figure 14.19. This is the Consolidate/Transcode window.

  3. Select which drive you want the new media file to be saved to.

  4. If you’re consolidating to conserve space (which I’ll cover shortly), you can opt to delete the original media files when done and/or skip media files that are already on the target drive. If you choose to delete, Avid Xpress Pro will copy the files and delete the original. Choose to skip media files only if you’ve already consolidated once.

  5. If you’re consolidating audio along with video, you’ll have the option to convert the audio to a different sample rate conversion.

  6. Once you’ve selected your options, click Consolidate.

  7. Before any copying occurs, Avid Xpress Pro will need to know what you want to do with the original clip (see Figure 14.20).

    Figure 14.20. Before you consolidate a clip, Avid Xpress Pro needs to know where the original clip will be linked.

  8. If you choose the first option, the copied clips will be linked to the new media files and the new clip will have the word new appended to it (see Figure 14.21). Use this option for backing up master clips.

    Figure 14.21. The first option maintains the original link.

  9. If you choose to relink the clip to media on the targeted drive, the original clip is linked to the new media files and the consolidated clip is linked to the old media files. The consolidated clip will have the word old appended to it (see Figure 14.22). This is a great option when you’re having difficulties playing a certain clip because it breaks the link with a problem media files.

    Figure 14.22. The second option changes which media files are linked to which clips.

  10. After you’ve decided which media files you want the consolidated or copied clips to be linked to, click OK. The consolidating process will begin. This process can be lengthy; it depends on how many media files are actually being copied.



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