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Avid Unity™ MediaNet for Pro Tools®
Release Notes
File Manager Release 1.2.1 PT and Pro Tools Macintosh Client Release 1.2.2
Important Information
Avid recommends that you read all the information in these release
notes thoroughly before installing or using any new software release.
For information about the Pro Tools Macintosh v5.1U software and
late changes to these release notes, see the ReadMe files included on
the Pro Tools Macintosh v5.1U CD-ROM.
MediaNet for Pro Tools Overview
Pro Tools Macintosh version 5.1U is designed to work with the Avid
Unity MediaNet Release 1.2.1 PT File Manager and the Pro Tools for
Macintosh Client Release 1.2.2. As a result, it is now possible to
connect Pro Tools v5.1U workstations to a MediaNet workgroup,
according to the configurations described later in these release notes.
Pro Tools is now capable of operating as part of either a Pro Tools only
MediaNet workgroup, or in a mixed MediaNet workgroup with Avid
Composer Products clients.
Incorporating Pro Tools into a MediaNet workgroup enables direct
sharing of audio and video files, allowing audio and video
professionals work together on a production without the need to
redigitize or “lay off” elements to tape.
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Contents
MediaNet for Pro Tools Overview . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1
Symbols and Conventions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
What’s New in MediaNet Release 1.2.1 PT . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
Supported Pro Tools Hardware and Software . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
Unsupported Pro Tools Hardware and Software . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
MediaNet Workgroup Requirements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8
Avid Workstation Requirements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10
Supported Configurations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
Cabling Illustrations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13
Installing MediaNet for Pro Tools Client Hardware . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18
Installing MediaNet for Pro Tools . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19
Updating the File Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19
Installing Pro Tools Version 5.1U . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20
Installing the MediaNet for Pro Tools Client . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21
Pro Tools Performance Guidelines. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23
File Open/Close. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25
Maximum Number of Open Files . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25
Pro Tools Usage Caveats . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26
Workflow Examples . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33
Known Issues. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36
Technical Support Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37
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Symbols and Conventions
These installation notes use the following special symbols and
conventions:
✔
✘
A check mark indicates a bug that has been fixed.
An X indicates a known bug or limitation. Where appropriate, a
workaround is provided.
n
A note provides important related information, reminders, recommendations,
and strong suggestions.
c
A caution means that a specific action you take could cause harm to
your computer or cause you to lose data.
What’s New in MediaNet Release 1.2.1 PT
MediaNet Release 1.2.1 PT contains the following:
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Pro Tools clients can playback only one stream of uncompressed video.
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Support for Pro Tools workstations as MediaNet clients
Optimization for digitizing uncompressed media to a protected
workspace
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Release Notes
Supported Pro Tools Hardware and Software
Digidesign offers a range of Pro Tools products for both Macintosh
operating system and the Windows NT operating system.
At present, only Digidesign’s Pro Tools|24 MIX workstations are
supported in a MediaNet workgroup. These workstations must be
Macintosh-based, and running the Pro Tools v5.1U software and the
MediaNet for Pro Tools Release 1.2.2 client software.
The following sections describe the Pro Tools hardware and software
required to connect a Pro Tools workstation to a MediaNet
workgroup.
Supported Digidesign Hardware
MediaNet for Pro Tools supports the following Digidesign hardware:
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Pro Tools|MIX hardware (required)
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Universal Slave Driver (required)
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Digidesign 888|24, 882|20, 888, 882, and ADAT Bridge audio
interfaces only (optional, qualified)
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AVoption|XL (optional, qualified)
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ProControl (optional, qualified)
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Digidesign SCSI-64 board for local storage (optional, qualified)
If you are using both local storage and MediaNet storage, you should keep all
of the files for your session in one location or the other. Splitting sessions
across both storage mediums is not recommended. See “32 Voice Playback
Engine” on page 26 for additional information.
Supported Pro Tools Hardware and Software
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Supported Pro Tools Platform
MediaNet for Pro Tools supports Pro Tools workstations using the
following Apple Macintosh platforms. Table 1 shows the layout of the
Digidesign boards in the Macintosh chassis.
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Power Macintosh G4 with AGP graphics
The multiprocessor Power Macintosh G4 is not currently supported for
Pro Tools.
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Mac OS 9.0.4 or 9.1
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256 MB RAM (minimum)
Table 1
Pro Tools CPU Slot Layout
Slot
Board
AGP Slot
AGP Graphics Board
Slot 1
PCI Expansion Chassis host bus adapter
Slot 2
Empty
Slot 3
Empty or the Digidesign SCSI-64 board
Supported Pro Tools PCI Expansion Chassis
MediaNet for Pro Tools supports Pro Tools workstations using either
the Pro Tools 13-slot Expansion Chassis or the 13-slot Magma PCI
Expansion System. The expansion chassis can only be a current model,
identified by a 68-pin connector on the back of the chassis (Magma
model PCI-13R or Digidesign-branded Magma OEM chassis with a
serial number higher than NB0600100C). Table 2 shows the Digidesign
board layout in the expansion chassis.
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Table 2
Pro Tools Expansion Chassis Slot Layout
Slot
Board
Backplane Slot
Chassis Interface Board
Slot 4 (at the far right when
viewing the front of the
chassis)
MIX core board
Slots 5-9
Additional MIX farm boards (if needed)
Slots 4-7 (second PCI bridge)
Additional MIX farm boards or DSP 2 farm
boards (if needed)
Slot 8
Empty or the Digidesign SCSI-64 board
Slot 9 (second PCI bridge)
Meridien Digital Media Board
Slot 10 (second PCI bridge)
JNI A4 Fibre Channel adapter board
Supported Pro Tools Software
MediaNet for Pro Tools supports Pro Tools workstations running Pro
Tools v5.1U software. If you also need to use DigiTranslator, you can
get the latest version from Digidesign.
Unsupported Pro Tools Hardware and Software
The primary focus of testing for this initial release has been on basic
post production and broadcast applications, with an emphasis on
Meridien-based Avid video.
The following sections describe the Pro Tools hardware and software
that is not supported when you connect a Pro Tools workstation to a
MediaNet workgroup.
Unsupported Pro Tools Hardware and Software
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Unsupported Digidesign Hardware
MediaNet for Pro Tools does not support the following Digidesign
hardware:
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Pro Tools III and Pro Tools d24 hardware
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AVoption is not qualified
Unsupported Software and Features
MediaNet for Pro Tools does not support the following software or
features:
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ABVB video support using the AVoption
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QuickTime Video Playback, including floating window, the Miro
board, and the Fuse board
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Import Audio From Other Movie, except for CD ripping to
MediaNet workspaces
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TrackTransfer. This application is no longer needed with Pro Tools
v5.1 or later
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PostConform. This application can be run from local storage
Untested Software
MediaNet for Pro Tools was not tested with the following software:
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SampleCell
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DirectConnect
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MIDI
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Third party applications
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MediaNet Workgroup Requirements
The following sections describe the MediaNet hardware and software
required to connect a Pro Tools workstation to a MediaNet
workgroup.
File Manager Hardware
MediaNet for Pro Tools supports any of the following qualified File
Managers:
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Avid File Manager (desktop): 400 MHz PII, 500 MHz PIII, or 600
MHz PIII; 768-MB RAM; Windows NT Workstation 4.0 with
Service Pack 5
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IBM M Pro (minitower): 400 MHz PII; 768-MB RAM; Windows NT
Workstation 4.0 with Service Pack 5
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Avid File Manager (2U rack-mount): Dual 600 MHz PIII; 768-MB
RAM, Windows NT Workstation 4.0 with Service Pack 5
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Avid File Manager (2U rack-mount): Dual 800 MHz PIII; 768-MB
RAM, Windows NT Workstation 4.0 with Service Pack 5
Microsoft Windows NT Service Pack 6 is currently not supported on
the File Manager. Installing Service Pack 6 on the File Manager can
adversely effect performance or cause other unpredictable results.
MEDIArray Drive Enclosures
MediaNet for Pro Tools supports all models of the MEDIArray Drive
Enclosure.
MEDIASwitches
MediaNet for Pro Tools supports only the Vixel 8100, 7100, and 7200
MEDIASwitches.
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MEDIArray Drives
MediaNet for Pro Tools supports 9-GB, 18-GB, 50-GB, and 73-GB
MEDIArray drives. Table 3 shows the supported MEDIArray drives
and their availability for use with Composer products and Pro Tools
Table 3
Supported Fibre Channel MEDIArray Drives
Capacitya Speed
(GB)
(RPM)
Manufacturer and
Model
Firmware
(Data/Comm)
Composer
Product
Support
Pro Tools
Support
18 GB
10,000
Seagate ST118202FC
332F/FD83
Yes
Yes
18 GB
10,000
Seagate ST318203FC
3353a/FF57
Yes
Yes
18 GB
10,000
Seagate ST318304FCV
3391/AC91
Yes
Yes
73 GB
10,000
Seagate ST173404FCV
3391/AC91
Yes
Yes
a. The 9-GB MediaShare F/C drives and the 50-GB MEDIArray drives are not qualified
for use with MediaNet Pro Tools. If you have these drives in your MediaNet workgroup, they should not be used for storing Pro Tools audio files.
File Manager Software
MediaNet for Pro Tools supports the File Manager running MediaNet
Release 1.2.1 PT.
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Avid Workstation Requirements
MediaNet for Pro Tools currently supports some Macintosh-based
Avid Composer products and all Windows NT-based Avid Composer
products in a mixed workgroups with Pro Tools.
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Pro Tools clients with the AVoption|XL currently only support JFIF video
resolutions generated by the Meridien I/O box. They do not support Avid’s
older AVR video resolutions.
MediaNet for Pro Tools can be used with Meridien-based video files
from the following Avid workstations:
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Windows NT Clients:
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Symphony – IBM M Pro 400PII, 500PIII, 600PIII, 320-MB
RAM, Windows NT Workstation 4.0 with Service Pack 5 or
later
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Media Composer – IBM M Pro 400PII, 500PIII, 600PIII, 256-MB
RAM, Windows NT Workstation 4.0 with Service Pack 5 or
later
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Avid Express – IBM M Pro 400PII, 500PIII, 600PIII, 192-MB
RAM, Windows NT Workstation 4.0 with Service Pack 5 or
later
MediaNet for Pro Tools currently does not support playing video from Avid
Express DV clients.
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Avid Workstation Requirements
Macintosh Clients:
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Power Macintosh 9600 with Mac OS 8.6 or later
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Power Macintosh G3 with Mac OS 8.6 or later
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Power Macintosh G4 350 MHz with Mac OS 8.6 or later,
450 MHz and 500 MHz with Mac OS 9.0 or later
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Make sure that your Avid workstation is running the latest release of the
Avid Composer Products software. Contact your Avid reseller or Avid
Customer Support to obtain information about the latest software releases.
Supported Configurations
MediaNet for Pro Tools enables collaboration between Pro Tools
workstations and Avid Composer workstations. The following
sections describe the requirements necessary to create a MediaNet for
Pro Tools workgroup.
Maximum Number of Clients
A MediaNet for Pro Tools workgroup can support the following
number of clients:
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Up to four Composer Products clients using dual-stream 1:1 video
with one Pro Tools client with AVoption|XL using single-stream
1:1 video
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Up to four Composer Products clients using dual-stream 1:1 video
with up to three Pro Tools clients with AVoption|XL using
single-stream 3:1 or higher video
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Up to nine Composer Products clients using single-stream 3:1
video with up to three Pro Tools clients with AVoption|XL using
single-stream 3:1 or higher video
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Up to six Composer Products clients using single-stream 10:1
video and up to two Composer Products clients using dual-stream
1:1 video with up to three Pro Tools clients with AVoption|XL
using single-stream 10:1 or higher video
Other configurations of MediaNet for Pro Tools will be made available as they
are tested. Consults your Avid salesperson or reseller, or your Digidesign
salesperson or reseller for more information.
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Sharing Media Between Clients Within Allocation Groups
You can share audio and video files among several MediaNet clients.
You must, however, remember the following restrictions when you are
sharing files:
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Each single-user video allocation group must connect directly to a
MEDIASwitch port.
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Audio files for Pro Tools clients should be in a separate audio
allocation group from the video files.
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Table 4 shows the number of drives needed in audio allocation
groups for Pro Tools clients to play 32 tracks.
Table 4
Allocation Group Sizes
Edit Density
Pro Tools Clients
1000 ms
500 ms
300 ms a
1
4
4
6E
2
6
8
10 E
3
8
10
14 E
a. E = Estimated
Supported Configurations
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Each client that is using dual-stream 1:1 video (Media Composer
or Symphony) must have dedicated access to the single-user
allocation group containing the video files. No other clients can
share the video files while these clients are using them.
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In an environment with at least one client running two streams at
1:1 video resolution, the maximum number of clients that can be
supported is seven. However, if protection is enabled and the
environment contains 18 GB HH or 50 GB HH drives, the
maximum number of clients is six.
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Only one Pro Tools client can access a single-user allocation group
containing 1:1 video files, provided the allocation group is not
being used by a video editing client and the Pro Tools client plays
only a single stream of video.
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Up to three Pro Tools clients can access an allocation group
containing 3:1 or higher compressed video files and share the files
in the allocation group while they are being used by a video
editing client.
For additional information on MediaNet workgroup configuration
requirements and restrictions, see the “Supported Configurations”
section in the Avid Unity MediaNet Release 1.2.1 Release Notes.
Cabling Illustrations
This section provides cabling information and diagrams for
nonfinishing, mixed, and finishing environments. The line work in the
diagrams should be interpreted as follows:
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Components with solid lines are necessary to create the MediaNet
environment with the minimum recommended storage
configuration.
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Components with dotted lines are optional additions that can be
made to the MediaNet environment up to the maximum
configuration. They also show where the component should be
attached to the MediaNet environment.
Table 5 contains detailed information about each supported
configuration. The information includes:
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The maximum number of MediaNet clients.
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The maximum video resolution that Pro Tools clients can use.
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The maximum number of audio tracks that each Pro Tools client
can use.
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The maximum video resolution that MediaNet clients can use.
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The maximum number of audio tracks that each MediaNet client
can use.
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The minimum number of MEDIArray enclosures.
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The number of MEDIASwitches and the MEDIASwitch sizes in
the configuration.
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The host file name that should be used to configure the
MEDIASwitches.
MediaNet for Pro Tools environments require the File Manager to have
768 MB of memory.
MEDIASwitch
Host File
Number of
MEDIASwitches
Minimum
MEDIArray
Enclosures
Qualification
Status a
Supported MediaNet for Pro Tools Configurations
Maximum Audio
Tracks Per Client
Composer Products
Clients
Maximum Audio
Tracks Per Client
Maximum Video
Resolution
Per Client
Pro Tools Clients
Configuration
Maximum Clients
Table 5
Maximum Video
Resolution
Per Client
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1
4
1
3
1 to 1
3 to 1
32
0
N/A
N/A 2
Q
1 (8-port)
7100_6h_2j
2b
5
1
1 to 1
32
4
1 to 1
4
6c
Q
1 (16-port) 7200_10h_6j
3
11
3
10 to 1
32
2
6
1 to 1
10 to 1
4
4d
Q
1 (16-port) 7200_12h_4j
4
12
3
3 to 1
32
9
3 to 1e
4
4
Q
1 (16-port) 7200_13h_3j
a. Q = Qualified; E = Estimated
b. This configuration requires an isolated drive enclosure for the administration drive. This
enclosure holds only the administration drive and a spare drive; the other six enclosures
hold the data drives in individual allocation groups.
c. This configuration requires an individual drive enclosure for each 1:1 Composer Products
client and a separate drive enclosure for the Pro Tools audio.
d. This configuration requires an individual drive enclosure for each 1:1 Composer Products
client.
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e. Single-streams of 3:1 video.
MEDIArray
enclosures
MEDIASwitch
Cables
To 1 MediaNet client
(Pro Tools system using
single-stream 1:1 video)
To File Manager
Figure 1
Configuration 1a
MEDIASwitch
MEDIArray
enclosures
Cables
To 3 MediaNet clients
(Pro Tools system using
single-stream 3:1 video)
To File Manager
Figure 2
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Administration
MEDIArray
enclosures
To 1 MediaNet client
(Pro Tools system using
single-stream 1:1 video)
MEDIASwitch
Cables
To 4 Composer Products clients
(Avid systems using
dual-stream 1:1 video)
To File Manager
Figure 3
Cabling Illustrations
Configuration 2
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Administration
MEDIArray
enclosures To 6 Composer Products clients
(Avid systems using
dual-stream 10:1 video)
To 3 Pro Tools clients
(Pro Tools system using
single-stream 10:1 video)
MEDIASwitch 2
MEDIASwitch 1
To 2 Composer Products
(Avid systems using
dual-stream 1:1 video)
To File Manager
Figure 4
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Administration
To 3 Pro Tools clients
(Pro Tools system using
single-stream 3:1 video)
MEDIArray
enclosures
To 5 Composer Products c
(Avid systems using
dual-stream 3:1 video)
MEDIASwitch 2
MEDIASwitch 1
To 4 Composer Products clients
(Avid systems using
dual-stream 3:1 video)
Cables
To File Manager
Figure 5
Configuration 4
Installing MediaNet for Pro Tools Client Hardware
To install the Fibre Channel adapter board in a Pro Tools workstation,
follow the Macintosh hardware installation instructions supplied in
the Avid Unity MediaNet Setup Guide. You’ll need to locate the adapter
board in the expansion chassis in the slot designated in Table 2.
To install the MediaNet software and make any configuration changes
to the Pro Tools workstation, follow the Macintosh software
installation instructions in the Avid Unity MediaNet Setup Guide.
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Installing MediaNet for Pro Tools
The MediaNet for Pro Tools kit contains two installation CD-ROMs.
The CD-ROMs are:
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MediaNet for Pro Tools CD – updates the MediaNet File Manager
(Windows NT) and installs the MediaNet for Pro Tools client
software onto the Pro Tools system (Macintosh only).
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Pro Tools v5.1U Update CD – installs the Pro Tools v5.1U software
Updating the File Manager
MediaNet for Pro Tools requires that you update the File Manager to
support the Pro Tools clients.
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You must have MediaNet Release 1.2.1 and MediaNet Release 1.2.1 Service
Pack 3 installed on the File Manager before you install the MediaNet for Pro
Tools update. If the File Manager already has this software installed, you can
skip to step 4.
To install the MediaNet for Pro Tools File Manager update:
1. Install Windows NT Workstation 4.0 & Service Pack 5 (refer to
Microsoft documentation)
2. Install MediaNet Release 1.2.1. Follow the installation instructions
provided in the MediaNet Release 1.2.1 Release Notes.
3. Install MediaNet Release 1.2.1 Service Pack 3. Follow the
installation instructions provided in the MediaNet Release 1.2.1
Service Pack 3 Release Notes.
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4. Insert the MediaNet for Pro Tools CD-ROM into the File Manager
CD-ROM drive. The CD-ROM is set to auto-start and open the
Avid Unity V1.2.1 PT window. This takes approximately 1 minute.
If the CD-ROM does not auto-start, start the installation manually
as follows:
a.
Double-click My Computer on the desktop. The My
Computer window opens.
b.
Right-click the MN121pt CD-ROM icon and click Open. The
CD-ROM window opens.
c.
Navigate to the \Unity\NT40 folder.
d. Double-click the Setup or Setup.exe icon. The Avid Unity
V1.2.1 PT window opens.
5. Accept the default values presented by the Install Wizard.
6. In the Setup Type list box, click Avid Unity MediaNet 1.2.1 PT.
7. Continue by accepting the default values presented by the Install
Wizard. A Question dialog box appears.
8. In response to the message “Installation complete. Would you like
to launch the MediaNet Configuration tool?”, click OK. The
MediaNet 1.2.1 Configuration Tool dialog box appears.
9. If Current Value is less than 15500, choose 15500 from the New
Value pull-down menu.
10. Click OK. A MediaNet 1.2.1 Configuration dialog box appears.
11. Click OK.
12. Reboot the File Manager.
Installing Pro Tools Version 5.1U
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If you uninstall Pro Tools v5.1U, either manually or using the
Pro Tools uninstaller, you must reinstall both Pro Tools v5.1U and
MediaNet for Pro Tools software to regain a functional MediaNet
for Pro Tools client.
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To install Pro Tools v5.1U:
1. Install Mac OS 9.0 on the Pro Tools client. Follow the installation
instructions supplied with the operating system.
2. Install the Mac OS 9.0.4 Update on the Pro Tools client. Follow the
installation instructions supplied with the operating system
update.
3. If desired, install the Mac OS 9.1 Update on the Pro Tools client.
Follow the installation instructions supplied with the operating
system update.
4. Install Pro Tools v5.1U on the Pro Tools client. Follow the
installation instructions supplied in the Pro Tools installation
guide.
Installing the MediaNet for Pro Tools Client
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You must have Mac OS 9.0.4 or Mac OS 9.1, and Pro Tools v5.1U installed
on the Pro Tools Macintosh client before you install the MediaNet for Pro
Tools client software. If the client already has this software installed, you can
skip to step 1.
The MediaNet for Pro Tools client software should only be loaded
onto Pro Tools v5.1U clients. The MediaNet for Pro Tools client
software is not qualified to run on Avid Composer products clients
and, if installed on these clients, it can cause unpredictable results.
To install the MediaNet for Pro Tools client:
1. Insert the MediaNet for Pro Tools CD-ROM into the Pro Tools for
Macintosh client CD-ROM drive.
2. Double-click the MN122pt CD-ROM icon. The MN122pt window
opens.
3. Double-click the Avid Unity for Pro Tools Install icon. The Avid
Unity for Pro Tools splash screen appears.
4. Click Continue.
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5. Read the license agreement and click Accept. The Avid Unity for
Pro Tools Install window opens. If you click Decline, you will end
the installation.
6. Select the Easy Install option to install all of the necessary software
on the Macintosh HD drive.
7. Click Install. The MediaNet for Pro Tools client software is
installed in the Avid Unity folder on the Macintosh HD drive.
8. After the software is installed, a dialog box appears asking if you
would like to Continue, Quit, or Restart the Macintosh client.
Click Restart.
9. After the Macintosh client reboots, open the Avid Unity folder,
select the Administration Tool, and press k-I (Command-I). The
version should be Version: 1.2.2.
After installing the Pro Tools v5.1U software and the MediaNet for Pro
Tools client software, the following files will appear on the Pro Tools
workstation:
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Macintosh HD
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Avid Unity Installer Log File
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Avid Unity folder
Macintosh HD > Avid Unity
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AdministrationTool
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Avid Unity Utilities folder
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Help folder
Macintosh HD > Avid Unity > Avid Unity Utilities
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Volinfo
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UnityStatistics
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UnityDebugLogger
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PTSessionLocker
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Digidesign folder > Pro Tools
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Pro Tools 5.1U
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Release Note (PDF file in the MediaNet folder)
System Folder > Extensions
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Avid Unity extension
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AvidFibreDriver
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JNI Compatibility
System Folder > DAE folder
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UnityAsynchStreamsLib
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DAE
Pro Tools Performance Guidelines
Normally, users should experience no appreciable difference between
working with Pro Tools attached to a MediaNet workgroup or
working with Pro Tools attached to local storage. Due to the
architectural differences between MediaNet and local storage, some
differences are noticeable.
Track Count and Edit Density
Each MediaNet for Pro Tools client supports up to 32 tracks of either
24-bit or 16-bit, 48 kHz audio with one stream of up to 1:1
(uncompressed) or higher video in any combination of record and
playback. Edit density is comparable to that of local storage.
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User Interface and Graphics
The Pro Tools workstation is tasked in a completely different manner
when Pro Tools is recording or playing from MediaNet storage. For
this reason, the update speed of the display and the responsiveness of
the Pro Tools user interface might differ somewhat when compared to
using local storage.
When using MediaNet storage, the Pro Tools workstation might
periodically be interrupted by bursts of communication with the File
Manager. This might cause the display not to refresh smoothly. These
periodic, brief interruptions in display updating are most prevalent
during long recording sessions or while playing back large sessions.
These interruptions do not necessarily indicate that a problem exists
and do not affect audio playback.
Except for these interruptions, display and user interface performance
should be comparable to using local storage. For example:
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Counters, meters, scrolling, and other animated user interface
elements are visually smooth in operation.
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Faders and panners move smoothly when automated.
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Mouse control of faders and panners is immediate and responsive.
This includes TDM Plug-ins. RTAS and AudioSuite, because of
their host-based implementation, might provide less-than-smooth
operation under certain circumstances.
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Scrubbing and auditioning (in the Regions List and Import Audio
dialog) is immediate when you press the mouse button.
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Editing during playback is smooth. Mouse control of editing tools
is immediate and responsive.
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File Open/Close
Pro Tools periodically opens and closes files (to buffer them for
playback, for example). When using MediaNet storage, the file
open/close process is somewhat slower than with local storage. This is
most noticeable when first opening an existing session. It can also
cause sluggish Pro Tools performance with very large sessions.
Maximum Number of Open Files
The File Manager can support having up to 15500 files open at one
time. This number is configurable using the MediaNet Configuration
Tool that is part of the MediaNet for Pro Tools File Manager update
software. You can set the open file count to one of the default values
(5000, 9000, or 15500) or type in a value between 5000 and 15500.
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Do not set the number of open files outside the specified range of
5000 to 15500 files. Values outside this range can cause performance
problems or inhibit the File Manager’s ability to start.
Each Pro Tools client can have up to 8000 files open at one time. The
maximum number of open files for all (up to three) Pro Tools clients is
15500. The open file count does not include some fade files. Fade files
are handled in the following manner:
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Fade files smaller than 5 K are cached in memory, up to a total of
20 MB. When the cache becomes full, fade files smaller than 5 K
are opened as regular files.
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Fade files larger than 5 K are always opened as regular files.
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Pro Tools Usage Caveats
The following sections describe differences when using Pro Tools in a
MediaNet workgroup.
32 Voice Playback Engine
Pro Tools TDM workstations have two playback modes: 64-voice and
32-voice. For optimum performance in a MediaNet workgroup, you
must use the 32-voice engine. To activate the 32-voice engine, choose
Playback Engine from the Setups menu. Select the 32-voice engine and
click OK. Pro Tools will now use the 32-voice engine unless the setting
is changed at a later time.
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You can use the 64-voice playback engine if your session is on local storage.
Avid Compatibility Mode
Pro Tools v5.1 introduces a new preference called Avid Compatibility
Mode. When enabled, this preference causes Pro Tools to treat all OMF
media files as read-only files. This prevents destructive modification to
shared files on MediaNet storage. You must enable this preference
when working with shared files in a MediaNet workgroup.
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Avid Compatibility Mode also enables OMF "wrapping" after bounce
or internal record via bus paths. When enabled, Avid Compatibility
Mode causes any media files created using Bounce to Disk (or any
recorded files where the signal source was an internal Pro Tools bus) to
be OMF media files, directly usable as time-stamped master clips in an
Avid sequence.
Mac/PC Compatibility Mode
Pro Tools v5.1 introduces a session property called Mac/PC
Compatibility Mode. This mode is selectable when you create a new
session. When enabled, Mac/PC Compatibility Mode restricts the
ASCII characters you can use to create object names within Pro Tools.
Only a subset of characters that is valid for both the Macintosh and
Windows operating systems is allowed. You should choose this
session property whenever you are working with a Pro Tools client in
a MediaNet workgroup.
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Audio File Type
Pro Tools v5.1 supports AIFF, WAV, or Sound Designer II audio files
natively. Macintosh-based Avid workstations normally work with
Sound Designer II or AIFF files. Windows-based Avid workstations
normally work with WAV or AIFF files. Table 6 shows the MediaNet
clients and the types of audio files that they typically use.
Table 6
Supported Audio File Formats
Client and Operating
System
AIFF
WAV
Sound Designer II
Pro Tools v5.1 / Mac OS Yes
Yes
Yes
Avid / Mac OS
Yes
No
Yes
Avid / Windows
Yes
Yes
No
For media compatibility between Pro Tools workstations and Avid
workstations, you should choose to work with AIFF media files. Make
sure the Audio File Type popup menu in the New Session dialog box
is set to AIFF when you are creating a new session.
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Sample Rate
Both Pro Tools workstations and Avid workstations can use either
48 kHz or 44.1 kHz audio files. Either sample rate is acceptable in a
MediaNet workgroup, but it is preferable for all participants in the
workgroup to agree on a standard, universal sample rate to avoid
media conversion. Many facilities choose 48 kHz, the industry
standard for post production and broadcast applications. Select the
Session Sample Rate in the New Session dialog box.
Bit Depth
Avid workstations currently supports both 24-bit and 16-bit audio.
When using Pro Tools workstation in a MediaNet workgroup, set the
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Bit depth to 16-bit in the New Session dialog box when you are
creating new session files.
Session Settings and Preferences are “Sticky”
Pro Tools stores all the changes made in the New Session dialog box,
the Playback Engine dialog box, and the Preferences dialog box and
uses them as the defaults for future sessions. Therefore, if you change
the Pro Tools settings to those recommended previously, you do not
need to constantly check and change these settings for each new
session, providing your Pro Tools 5.1 preferences file is not deleted or
replaced.
Destructive Editing Tools
The following Pro Tools features can destructively modify audio files:
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Pencil Tool
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“Destructive” AudioSuite
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Delete Files
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Destructive Record
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Compact Selected
Avid Compatibility Mode forces Pro Tools to treat all OMF media as
read-only, so that these destructive editing tools cannot be used to
modify shared media files that were created by an Avid workstation.
Because Pro Tools does not currently create OMF media files natively,
these destructive editing tools can be used on media created by Pro
Tools. When you are working in a MediaNet workgroup, you should
always create a copy of an audio file before applying a destructive
change. Pro Tools cannot destructively modifies video files.
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MediaManager
Pro Tools v5.1 does not include automatic check-in or check-out of
assets controlled by MediaManager. Only manual check-in and
check-out are supported.
Sharing Session Files
To avoid conflicts among multiple users and avoid general
performance problems, no two Pro Tools clients should open the same
session file at the same time. Only one Pro Tools client should have a
particular session file open at any given time.
To have more than one client work with the same session, each client
must have its own copy of the session file. This allows several clients to
work with the same session at the same time.
Pro Tools Session Locker
PTSessionLocker is a drag and drop application. It works only with
Pro Tools 5.1 session files (earlier formats can be saved in the newer 5.1
format from Pro Tools). Any file, other than a PT 5.1 session file,
displays an invalid session file alert and the application terminates.
PTSessionLocker has one function, to lock or unlock all of the audio
files referenced by a Pro Tools 5.1 session file. When you drop the Pro
Tools 5.1 session file that you are interested in locking or unlocking
onto the PTSessionLocker icon, you are prompted to lock, unlock, or
cancel the operation. Lock and Unlock process the files in the session,
progress is indicated in the progress bar. After all of the files are
processed, you see the final status dialog box. After acknowledging
the dialog box, the PTSessionLocker quits.
You need to lock audio files in a Pro Tools session file that accesses a
MediaNet workgroup because Pro Tools does not understand
MediaNet shared files. When Pro Tools encounters files with the lock
attribute set, it does not allow destructive modification to be made to
the audio file. The file is considered as play back only mode.
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PTSessionLocker only needs to be used when multiple editors are
working with the same set of audio files and you want to make sure
you don't accidently edit another user’s files.
Sharing Video Files
Pro Tools clients can share 3:1 or lower resolution video files in an
allocation group with other MediaNet clients. It is currently only
possible to share JFIF video files.
Sharing Audio Files
Pro Tools clients can share audio files in an allocation group with other
MediaNet clients. All the restrictions on destructive file modifications
apply to the shared allocation group.
Sharing Fade Files
When more than one client is working with the same session, only one
client can edit the fade files in the session. Other clients can play the
files, but make no modifications. For information on making files read
only, see “Pro Tools Session Locker” on page 31.
Read Only Media Files
When more than one client is working with the same session, only one
client can edit the files in the session. Other clients can play the files,
but make no modifications. For information on making files read only,
see “Pro Tools Session Locker” on page 31.
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Workflow Examples
Workflow 1: Composer Sequence to Pro Tools Session
In this workflow, a Pro Tools client and a Composer Products client are
sharing a workspace and allocation group.
1. On the Composer Products client, when you export a video
sequence for use with Pro Tools, make sure that you render all the
effects and the transitions before exporting the sequence.
2. Export the video sequence as an OMF2 composition that refers to
the existing media files.
3. On the Pro Tools client, use DigiTranslator to convert the OMF2
composition into a Pro Tools session file that refers to the original
media files.
4. Open the new Pro Tools session file and perform your audio
editing work. You can play the video files while sharing them with
the Composer Products client.
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This workflow is only possible with video resolutions with a 2:1 or
higher compression ratio. It is not possible for a Pro Tools client
and a Composer Products client to share files in the same
allocation group when using a 1:1 video resolution.
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This workflow requires DigiTranslator for use in a MediaNet
workgroup.
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Workflow 2: Pro Tools Rendered Mix to Composer Clip
In this workflow, a flattened Pro Tools session is returned to the
Composer Products client as an OMF media file, properly wrapped to
include Master Clip metadata.
1. On Pro Tools client, perform a Bounce To Disk. Select the
OMFIMediaFiles folder of the Composer Products client as the file
destination.
2. On the Composer Products client, choose Refresh Media
Directories from the File menu.
3. The new Master Clip should be available in the Media Tool and
can be dragged into a Bin for use in a sequence.
Caveats
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You must enable Avid Compatibility Mode preference in Pro
Tools.
•
Use 1 Frame Grid Mode in Pro Tools during Bounce to Disk to
ensure that a frame-accurate media file and clip are produced.
Workflow 3: Pro Tools Session to Composer Sequence
In this workflow, a Pro Tools session is exported as a composition
(with external media files) for import as a sequence on the Composer
Products client. You can use this workflow for performing audio
prelay functions and voice-over recordings.
1. On the Pro Tools client, use DigiTranslator to convert a Pro Tools
session into a frame-accurate OMF sequence with external media
files.
2. On the Composer Products client, import the sequence and play it
back.
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This workflow requires the latest Composer Products software
(Composer Release 10.1 or later, Symphony Release 3.1 or later, or
Avid Express Release 4.1 or later).
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This workflow requires DigiTranslator for use in a MediaNet
workgroup.
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This is an audio-only workflow because DigiTranslator does not
represent the video track in its OMF output.
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This is a composition and media only workflow because most
types of Pro Tools metadata (time stamps, mix automation,
plug-ins, etc.) are not exported by DigiTranslator.
Workflow 4: Composer Sequence and Media to a Pro Tools
Session
This workflow is similar to Workflow 1 except that the Pro Tools client
and the Composer Products client access separate allocation groups,
which is necessary when using 1:1 video resolution.
1. On the Composer Products client, when you are export a video
sequence for use with Pro Tools, make sure that you render all the
effects and the transitions before exporting the sequence.
2. Duplicate and consolidate the sequence to a workspace in a
different allocation group that allows Pro Tools clients access to
the files.
3. Export the sequence as an OMF2 composition that refers to the
consolidated media files.
4. On the Pro Tools client, use DigiTranslator to convert the OMF2
composition into a Pro Tools session file that refers to the
consolidated media files.
5. Open the new Pro Tools session file and perform your audio
editing work. You can play the video files from a different
allocation group than the Composer Products client.
Caveats
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Known Issues
This section describes known issues in the MediaNet for Pro Tools
software. When a workaround exists, it appears in the paragraph
directly following the bug description.
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If you encounter a problem with the MediaNet workgroup, consult these
release notes to see if a known issue or workaround associated with your
problem exists before contacting Avid Customer Support.
When digitizing 1:1 video to a single-user allocation group, no other
client should be using that same allocation group. If other clients try to
play from the allocation group, it can take Pro Tools a significant
amount of time (up to 2 minutes) for Record Arm to occur.
Workaround: While digitizing 1:1 video, have all other clients work
from allocation groups other than the one where you are digitizing
video.
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You might notice some user interface hesitation or pausing while
digitizing is in progress. It occurs as hesitation when you move the
cursor over the display or a slowness in the counter as you digitize.
This is most noticeable every 4 minutes while digitizing. You should
see no noticeable user interface pausing while playing your sessions.
✘
Optimizing workspaces from a Macintosh client (Pro Tools or
Composer Products) requires that a workspace be mounted on the
client. This causes the optimize operation to not complete successfully
and in some cases, might cause the client to hang or crash. The
unsuccessful optimize operation does not cause any data corruption.
Workaround: Perform all optimize operations from the File Manager.
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Technical Support Information
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support services, contact your local Avid reseller. Support offerings
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In North America, Avid FlexSupport options are also available. Avid
On-Call per-event support is available by calling 800-800-AVID (2843)
or 900-555-AVID (2843) (United States only). Avid CallPaks (available
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As an Avid customer, you are entitled to access technical support
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If you need help locating the reseller or Avid office nearest you, please
visit our Web site at www.avid.com/cgi/locator/index.html or call
800-949-AVID (2843).
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