Linking an Imported EDL to Existing Media

By Steve Bayes, Avid Senior Instructor

Use the following procedure to avoid redigitizing source material after importing an EDL. In order for this process to work properly, it's important that you know the name of the project that your existing media is linked to and that the media is online. You can find the project name by looking at the Project column in your bins or in the Media tool.

  1. Make the "B reels" reflect the name of the original reel.

    You can not link clips to media if the source names are not correct. The first problem is that some of the source names have been changed from the original project because they were turned into "B" reels for dissolves (dupes) in the linear suite. So reel 001 became 001B. After opening the EDL in EDL Manager the system really doesn't know that the "B" is a B reel and will not make that assumption. Maybe there really is a reel 001B because it was the first reel you shot in Bosnia or Biloxi or Beantown.

    So really to remove all the "B"s you need to open the list in Vantage and carefully search and replace all the "B"s with a blank space.

    This assumes that the dupe material was created using the "multiple dupe" option. If you created your dupes using the "one dupe reel, new timecode" option, this method will not work for shots on your dupe reel, as the timecode will not refer back to your original source material.

  2. Import the EDL into EDL Manager version 1.7.3 or higher.

    Make sure the format of your list matches the format selected in EDL Manager. For example, if you are importing a PAL CMX 3600 list, make sure that EDL Manager is set to accept this type of list. Otherwise, you'll receive errors while trying to import. For version 1.9 of EDL Manager, you only need to indicate whether the list is NTSC or PAL.

    If you don't know the format of the list, guess until you're able to import without errors.

    Steps 3 and 4 are not necessary when working with EDL Manager versions 1.9 and greater. Use the arrow icon to move the EDL into Media Composer.

  3. Save the EDL as an OMFI file.

  4. Import the OMFI file into an empty bin.
    The OMFI file will import into your bin as a sequence and master clips.

  5. Highlight the first master clip.
    Note that it will be almost 24 hours long.

  6. Choose Modify from the Clip menu.

  7. Choose Set Source from the Modify submenu.

  8. Deselect "Only show this project's tapes."

  9. Select the tape name that corresponds to the original project name and tape name. It will be in the format Project Name:Tape Name.

    [ Tape Name Dialog Box ]

    You may see several projects associated with a tape name. If you don't select the correct one, the media will not link up. It's also possible you'll see more than one entry for a particular project/tape name combination. If this occurs, you'll have to try each choice in turn.

  10. Highlight the sequence and choose Relink from the Clip menu. Do not select any of the options in the Relink dialog box. Click OK.

  11. Repeat steps 5-10 for each master clip.
    The sequence should now be linked to your existing media.

  12. Delete the new master clips (the ones created from the EDL).

    The new master clips will never relink -- they're used as intermediaries. You have actually relinked the sequence to the original master clips. You can now use Match Frame and Find Bin to refer back to your original source material.

  13. Highlight the sequence and choose Decompose from the Clip menu. This is a way of checking if any of the sequence didn't link. In the Decompose window, select the "Decompose only those clips for which media is unavailable" option. Master clips will be created for those parts of the sequence that didn't relink. You can batch digitize them. If no master clips are created then your entire sequence relinked properly.

    One possible reason that some decomposed shots may not appear is that the EDL was altered in online such that a shot was made longer than its original master clip. You will need to redigitize these changed shots to reflect the changes in the sequence.

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