There are a few ways of importing RED media into the Avid depending on your workflow and if the DIT is providing transcoded media.
RED source files contain a lot of metadata which is useful during certain phases of post production. Because AAF and MXF media don’t retain this information once transcoded, an Avid Log Exchange (ALE) file is created during the transcode process.
Importing the ALE in addition to AAF and MXF files will provide all of the camera metadata.
The following instructions were created based on Avid Media Composer 5.5 and media transcoded with REDCINE-X.
- Create a new bin.
- Drag the AAF files from Finder into this bin.
- Copy the corresponding MXF media into the MediaFiles folder.
- In the bin, select the clips you dragged in from the AAFs.
- Click File > Import…
- Click Options > Shot Log > Merge evenets with known master clips > OK.
- Confirm the other import options such as DNxHD and media drive.
- Choose the ALE file > Open.
This will merge metadata from the ALE with the existing clips to provide all of the source camera data otherwise missing with AAF alone. If multiple clips were encoded they will be grouped together in the ALE so import all of them before bringing in the ALE.