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Re: telecine into AVID

>>Can anyone help us with info or practices for transferring directly from
telecine into AVID. How common is this practice?

At one time Avid made a product called the Media Recorder Telecine (MRT) that
was designed for just this purpose (they might still make them, my experience
is on one from circa 1994).  It is essentially a severely crippled Avid (no
editing at all). It can share a machine control port with another deck to
follow edits and uses an Evertz media reader to generate an ALE file with
keycode at the time of transfer.  The one that I used was configured for
composite video in.  It basically acts like a VTR except that it crashed
frequently, taking the current recording with it.  Support for the product
was meager (only 1 or 2 people at Avid seemed to know how it worked) and when
the manual finally came it was essentially useless ("keycode" could not be
found in the index, but there were a number of pages dedicated to explaining
how to open and close windows).  Most of the people that tried it found it to
be more trouble than it is worth (myself included) and decided to batch
digitize from a beta and flexfile.

However, the MRT really works well for projects that have a lot of footage
and tight deadlines (multi camera) and the editor can either supervise the
telecine or is otherwise familiar with the material.  The time saved by
digitizing in the telecine can be quite significant here, but you could
certainly bill a lot more per hour by having an assistant digitizing in
another room from a tape, and you could spend your hardware dollars toward
that fully functional Avid room instead.

Chris Adams
cjcadams at pipeline.com