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Contents
Chapter 1. Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1
Avid ISIS Capabilities . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1
Avid Interplay. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1
Overview of an ISIS System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2
AAF, OMF, and MXF Basics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2
Embedded Media and Linked Media . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
Frame-Rate Accurate Video Editing and Sample-Rate Accurate Audio Editing . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
System Requirements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
About Avid ISIS Guides . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8
Support for Avid ISIS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8
Conventions Used in This Guide . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
About www.avid.com . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
Chapter 2. Configuring a Workstation as an ISIS Client. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
Installation Overview . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
Workstation Configuration Requirements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
Installing Pro Tools . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
Avid ISIS Client and Zone Descriptions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12
Mac ISIS Connection . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12
Installing the ISIS Client Hardware on a Windows CPU . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12
Configuring Windows 7 Network Profiles . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15
Client Software Installation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16
Chapter 3. Using a Client in an ISIS System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17
About Avid ISIS Client Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17
Connecting to the Avid ISIS System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17
Mounting and Unmounting Workspaces . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19
Using the Workspace Display . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22
Testing Your Avid ISIS Connection . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24
Setting Bandwidth Reservations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27
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Performing Administrative Tasks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28
Configuring Pro Tools Session Settings for a New Session . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29
Performance Characteristics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30
Sharing Files . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31
Destructive Editing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32
Chapter 4. Avid ISIS Workflows for Pro Tools . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33
Exporting Audio and Video from Media Composer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33
Importing Audio and Video into Pro Tools . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39
Editing Audio in Pro Tools . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41
Exporting Audio from Pro Tools for Avid Editing Applications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42
Importing Pro Tools Audio Files Back into the Avid Video Editing Application . . . . . . . . . . . . 44
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Chapter 1: Introduction
This guide explains how to connect and configure a Mac or Windows-based system with
Pro Tools ® HD software as an ISIS ® client within
an Avid ISIS 7000 or 5000 system.
Systems running non-HD Pro Tools software can also act as ISIS clients, but media
streaming is not supported in this configuration.
Avid Interplay
Avid Interplay with the Pro Tools Avid Interplay
option lets users of Pro Tools and Avid video applications work within the same asset management system.
For more information, refer to the Pro Tools
Avid Interplay Guide.
This guide also covers how to exchange audio
and video media sequences between Pro Tools
and Avid video application clients (such as
Media Composer and Symphony) attached to an
ISIS system.
This guide is written for ISIS administrators,
Pro Tools users, and Avid users.
Avid ISIS Capabilities
Avid ISIS 7000 and 5000 are Ethernet-based
shared storage systems that lets users of
Pro Tools and Avid video editing applications
share the same media as follows:
• Stream audio and video media in real time.
• Configure multiple streaming users on the
same ISIS system.
• Share AAF and OMF sequences, and OMF and
MXF audio and video media.
• Share AAF sequences and MXF media, using
the Avid Interplay asset management system
(Avid Interplay system required).
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Overview of an ISIS System
AAF, OMF, and MXF Basics
This guide describes how to configure and work
with a Pro Tools client within an Avid ISIS system. The ISIS installations addressed in this
guide typically comprise the following components:
AAF and OMF files are mechanisms for storing
and retrieving media data and metadata so that
projects can be freely exchanged between different applications and platforms (such as between
Pro Tools and Avid video editing applications).
ISIS System Entire set of components within an
individual ISIS installation.
Media data and metadata enable an application
that receives AAF and OMF sequence files to automatically and quickly reassemble the composition. A simple metaphor for this approach is
that media data files are the pieces of a puzzle
and metadata is the set of instructions for assembling the puzzle.
ISS/Ethernet Switch Each ISIS crate has two
built-in Ethernet connections known as ISS
switches. You can also add external switches
that connect to the built-in switches.
System Director One or more servers (including
a backup server) that functions as the heart of
the ISIS file system, by maintaining location information for media stored on drives.
ISIS Crate Chassis that contains the drives that
store the actual data.
Avid Interplay Transcode and/or Avid DMS ProEncode (Optional) Engine that distributes proces-
sor-intensive tasks to network servers in order
to allow ISIS clients (such as Avid and Pro Tools
workstations) to proceed without interruption.
Avid Interplay Access/Assist (Optional) Media
asset management client application that enables facility-wide searching, sorting, cataloging, management, and retrieval of media.
Avid Interplay Engine (Optional) Server that
manages the metadata stored on the System Director server.
Clients One or more Avid or Pro Tools worksta-
tions configured to be able to exchange data
with other clients attached to the ISIS system.
For more information on the architecture
and administration of ISIS systems, please
see the applicable Avid ISIS guides.
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In the simplest case, only an AAF or OMF sequence is exchanged. If this sequence points to
existing media files, the size of the sequence file
is relatively small and the export/import process
is relatively fast.
AAF and OMF sequences can also have media
data embedded in them. This creates a single,
larger file that is slower to export and import,
but which may be easier to manage than thousands of files stored on different volumes.
Pro Tools supports AAF and OMF sequences
that contain embedded audio media.
Pro Tools does not support AAF or OMF sequences containing embedded video media, except if you are importing such sequences into a
video satellite track. In such cases, video metadata is imported into the track.
For the purposes of this user guide, AAF sequences are emphasized and referenced over
the older OMF sequence standard.
MXF
MXF is a media file format. There are MXF video
files and MXF audio files, but there are no “MXF
sequences.” An AAF sequence may refer to or include MXF media files, but OMF sequences cannot refer to or include MXF files.
Avid Video Editing Application Support
for MXF Media
Media Composer ® supports MXF media as follows:
Avid Video Editing Application Support
for AAF Sequences
Media Composer supports AAF sequences as
follows:
• Import and export of AAF sequences with
embedded video files (MXF or OMF)
and/or audio files (MXF, WAV, or AIFF)
• Import and export of AAF sequences that
refer to external (linked) video files (MXF
or OMF) and/or audio files (MXF, WAV, or
AIFF)
• Create MXF media when capturing,
transcoding, rendering, or using other
methods to create media.
Pro Tools Support for AAF Sequences
• Import of MXF media files created in other
Avid video editing applications
• Import and export of AAF sequences that contain embedded or refer to external (linked)
MXF, WAV, or AIFF audio files
• Export of MXF audio and video files
Pro Tools supports AAF sequences as follows:
Pro Tools Support for MXF Media
• Import of AAF sequences that refer to external
(linked) MXF or OMF video files
Pro Tools supports MXF media as follows:
• Video satellite systems only: Import of AAF
sequences containing embedded video to a
satellite track, in which case Pro Tools imports only the metadata (cuts and external clip
names) and not the video
• Import of MXF video and audio media
• Export of MXF audio media
Pro Tools cannot export Avid video files of any
type.
Video files digitized in Pro Tools are technically
of the MXF format, but are intended only for use
in Pro Tools and are not tested for compatibility
with other applications.
AAF
AAF sequences are Avid video editing applications’ best way to exchange projects and maintain valuable metadata. An AAF sequence can
refer to OMF and/or MXF media files, or have
OMF and MXF media files embedded within
them. There is no such thing as an AAF audio or
video media file.
Pro Tools does not export video files, tracks or
metadata as part of AAF sequences.
OMF
OMF is both a media file and sequence format.
OMF media files can be audio or video.
Avid Video Editing Application Support
for OMF Media and Sequences
Media Composer supports OMF media and sequences as follows:
• Import and export of OMF sequences with
embedded OMF video files and WAV or
AIFF audio files
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• Import and export of OMF sequences that
refer to external (linked) OMF video files
and WAV or AIFF audio files
Pro Tools Support for OMF Media and
Sequences
Pro Tools supports OMF media and sequences
as follows:
• Import of OMF video files created by
Media Composer or other Avid video editing applications
• Export of OMF audio files
• Import and playback of OMF sequences
that refer to external (linked) audio files or
contain embedded audio files
• Import and playback of OMF sequences
that refer to external (linked) OMF video
files
• Export of OMF sequences that refer to external (linked) audio files or contain embedded audio files
• Pro Tools does not export video files, tracks
or metadata as part of OMF sequences
Embedded Media
Exporting to OMF or AAF with embedded media
results in one large OMF or AAF file containing
both the metadata and all associated media files.
However, it is important to note that file size is
limited to 2 GB when exporting to OMF.
Pro Tools can output AAFs larger than
2 GB. In Media Composer, the AAF Edit
Protocol setting must be checked during export to allow AAF files larger than 2 GB.
Media Data (Media Files)
Media data represents raw audio or video material and is stored in individual media files. Every
time you record a piece of video or audio material into an application, you are creating a media
file containing media data. Audio media data is
stored as samples (such as 44,100 or 48,000 samples per second of recording) while video media
is typically stored as frames (24, 25, or 30 frames
per second of recording).
The size of each media file depends on how
much audio or video material it contains. For
example, if you record ten minutes of continuous video material at a high resolution, you
might end up with a video media file that is
1.8 GB in size, whereas a one minute recording
at the same resolution might result in a 180 MB
file. Media files tend to be large, since high quality audio and video signals are data intensive.
Video data generally requires considerably
more storage than audio data.
MXF Media Data Locations On the volumes you
have designated for media storage,
Media Composer stores all MXF media:
• When stored locally, MXF media is placed
in the Avid MediaFiles/MXF/1 folder.
Media Composer can also read MXF media
located at Avid MediaFiles/MXF/2, Avid
MediaFiles/MXF/3, and so on.
• When stored in a shared environment, MXF
media is placed in a folder called
Avid MediaFiles/MXF/client.1 (where client
represents the name of the client computer).
This guide refers to the root folder name (Avid
MediaFiles) whenever referencing this folder.
OMF Media Data Locations On the volumes you
have designated, Media Composer stores all
OMF media in the OMFI MediaFiles folder.
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Metadata
Metadata is used to describe:
• Information about each media file. This
may include sample rate, bit depth, external
names, the name of the videotape from
which the media file was captured, and
even timecode values that specify where a
file was used in a Pro Tools session.
• Information about Pro Tools sessions or
other sequences, including what files are
used, where they appear in a Timeline, and
automation.
• For AAF or OMF sequences, metadata also
includes information about unrendered
AudioSuite effects (such as real-time EQ)
on Avid workstations. Pro Tools skips unrendered effects on import. Rendered effects are media files, that can be imported
or skipped on import into Pro Tools.
• For AAF or OMF sequences, information
about automation (clip-based gain or volume automation data).
Embedded Media and Linked
Media
There are two ways to handle media files when
exporting AAF or OMF files:
• Embedded media (in which the media files
are embedded in an AAF or OMF sequence)
• Linked media (in which media files are referenced by an AAF or OMF sequence)
Pro Tools lets you import AAF or OMF sequences containing embedded audio files. You
can also import AAF or OMF sequences containing embedded video files, but only if you are importing them to a video satellite track. In such a
case, only the video metadata is imported.
Frame-Rate Accurate Video
Editing and Sample-Rate
Accurate Audio Editing
Avid video editing applications edit with frame
accuracy. This means that in a 30-fps project,
you can edit at 30 different locations for every
one second of video. Pro Tools edits with sample
rate accuracy. In a 48-kHz session, there are potentially 48,000 locations to edit for every second of audio.
When Pro Tools exports an AAF composition
destined for an Avid video editing application, it
must ensure that the audio files line up on frame
boundaries. To do this, it might have to split an
existing audio clip into three separate clips. For
example, the following illustration shows a 5frame video clip and a corresponding audio clip.
In Pro Tools, the audio clips might not line up
on video frame boundaries.
In order to export frame accurate audio clips,
Pro Tools splits the audio media on frame
boundaries and fills any gaps with silence. The
following illustration shows the resulting audio
clips that are exported to Avid.
When you use Export Selected Tracks as
OMF/AFF to export tracks from Pro Tools with
Enforce Avid Compatibility enabled, a number
of additional media files labeled Sample Accurate Edit appear in the Avid bins. These are the
additional media files that Pro Tools creates to
ensure that the Avid editing application receives
frame-accurate audio. You also see the sampleaccurate edit media files if you zoom in on the
imported audio in the Timeline.
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One Pro Tools audio clip
5 frame video clip
The original audio clip does not line up on video frame boundaries
Figure 1. Original audio clip
New audio clip with
padded silence
New audio clip with
padded silence
Three exported audio clips
5 frame video clip
Exported audio clips line up on video frame boundaries
Figure 2. Exported audio clip
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System Requirements
Using Pro Tools within an ISIS system requires
the following:
ISIS 7000
• ISIS client installation software
For information on using ISIS with lower
versions of Pro Tools software, please see an
earlier version of this guide.
Compatibility Information
• Windows 7
• Mac OS X
• Pro Tools HD software
• An available expansion slot for a Gigabit
Ethernet (Gig-E) based host bus adapter
(HBA), and Gig-E Ethernet-based connectivity to the Avid ISIS server
Some configurations can use a computer’s
built-in Ethernet port. For more information,
see “Avid ISIS 7000 Requirements with Pro
Tools” in the Pro Tools Knowledge Base. You
can reach the Knowledge Base by clicking
Help > Pro Tools Knowledge Base in Pro
Tools, or at www.avid.com/support.
Avid can only assure compatibility and provide
support for hardware and software it has tested
and approved.
For complete system requirements, configuration details, and a list of qualified computers,
operating systems, hard drives, and third-party
devices, visit:
www.avid.com/compatibility
• ISIS client installation software
ISIS 5000
• Windows 7
• Mac OS X
• Pro Tools HD software
• An available expansion slot for a Gigabit
Ethernet (Gig-E) based host bus adapter
(HBA), and Gig-E Ethernet-based connectivity to the Avid ISIS server
Some configurations can use a computer’s
built-in Ethernet port. For more information,
see “Avid ISIS 5000 Requirements with Pro
Tools” in the Pro Tools Knowledge Base. You
can reach the Knowledge Base by clicking
Help > Pro Tools Knowledge Base in Pro
Tools, or at www.avid.com/support.
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About Avid ISIS Guides
About the Pro Tools Avid
Interplay Guide
PDF versions of Avid Read Mes are installed automatically with Avid ISIS software. Also,
searchable online help files containing the same
information are accessible from the Help menus
in the Interplay Access and Interplay Administrator applications.
The Pro Tools Avid Interplay Guide describes
how to set up Pro Tools as a client within an
Avid Interplay system, as well as use Pro Tools
and Interplay to exchange sequences between
Avid and Pro Tools users.
You can use any of the following guides as supplementary information for this guide:
Support for Avid ISIS
• The Avid ISIS 7000 System Setup Guide and
Avid ISIS 5000 System Setup Guide describe
how to connect cables between components
that create a basic system and then how to
connect more than one basic system together
to create a larger, redundant system.
For support on Avid ISIS, visit Avid’s Knowledge Base. You can reach the Knowledge Base by
clicking Help > Pro Tools Knowledge Base in
Pro Tools, or at www.avid.com/support. Online
services are available 24 hours per day, 7 days
per week.
• The Avid ISIS 7000 Client Manager User’s
Guide and Avid ISIS 5000 Client Manager
User’s Guide provide information for the setup
and installation of the ISIS Client Manager
software and related hardware components.
Search this online Knowledge Base to find answers, to view error messages, to access troubleshooting tips, to download updates, and to read
or join online message-board discussions.
• The Avid Site Preparation Guide contains information that helps you prepare your site for
installing ISIS system hardware.
For support on Pro Tools HD, see “About
www.avid.com” on page 9.
• The Avid ISIS 7000 Administration Guide and
Avid ISIS 5000 Administration Guide are intended for system administrators responsible
for the setup and day-to-day management of
an Avid ISIS media network, as well as for users who need to access workspaces on the network.
These guides and other ISIS guides are available
on the Avid ISIS Online Library DVD and on the
Avid Knowledge Base. You can reach the Knowledge Base by clicking Help > Pro Tools Knowledge Base in Pro Tools, or at
www.avid.com/support. To view or print PDF
guides, you can use Adobe Reader.
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Conventions Used in This
Guide
Pro Tools guides use the following conventions
to indicate menu choices and key commands:
:
Convention
Action
File > Save
Choose Save from the
File menu
Control+N
Hold down the Control key
and press the N key
Control-click
Hold down the Control key
and click the mouse button
Right-click
Click with the right
mouse button
The names of Commands, Options, and Settings
that appear on-screen are in a different font.
The following symbols are used to highlight
important information:
User Tips are helpful hints for getting the
most from your system.
Important Notices include information that
could affect your data or the performance of
your system.
About www.avid.com
The Avid website (www.avid.com) is your best
online source for information to help you get the
most out of your Pro Tools system. The following are just a few of the services and features
available.
Product Registration Register your purchase
online.
Support and Downloads Contact Avid Customer
Success (technical support); download software
updates and the latest online manuals; browse
the Compatibility documents for system requirements; search the online Knowledge Base
or join the worldwide Pro Tools community on
the User Conference.
Training and Education Study on your own using
courses available online or find out how you can
learn in a classroom setting at a certified
Pro Tools training center.
Products and Developers Learn about Avid
products; download demo software or learn
about our Development Partners and their
plug-ins, applications, and hardware.
News and Events Get the latest news from Avid
or sign up for a product demo.
Shortcuts show you useful keyboard or
mouse shortcuts.
Cross References point to related sections in
this guide and other Avid guides.
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Chapter 2: Configuring a Workstation as an
ISIS Client
This chapter describes how to install and configure an individual Pro Tools workstation as a client of an Avid ISIS system.
Workstation Configuration
Requirements
Installation Overview
Before configuring a workstation as a client of
an ISIS system, obtain from your ISIS administrator (and make a note of) the following parameters for the ISIS system to which you are connecting your clients:
Installing the hardware and software involves
the following process:
Make sure the Pro Tools software is installed
on the workstation.
1
If your computer requires an added Ethernet
card, install the ISIS client hardware.
2
3
Do one of the following:
• If using ISIS 7000, install the ISIS client
software for Zone 1 or Zone 2 clients.
– or –
• If using ISIS 5000, install the ISIS client
software for Zone 1, Zone 2, Zone 3, or
Zone 4 clients.
• IP address
• Subnet Mask
• Default Gateway
Installing Pro Tools
If you are configuring a Pro Tools workstation
as an ISIS client, ensure that Pro Tools hardware
and software are properly installed. For detailed
information, see the Pro Tools Installation
Guide.
Chapter 2: Configuring a Workstation as an ISIS Client
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Avid ISIS Client and Zone
Descriptions
Installing the ISIS Client
Hardware on a Windows CPU
All clients in the system are classified by zones,
depending on how they connect to the network.
The following list defines the clients in each network layer by its zone classification:
On some Windows CPUs, an Ethernet card is required for connection to Avid ISIS. For more information, see Avid ISIS 7000 Requirements with
Pro Tools or Avid ISIS 5000 Requirements with
Pro Tools at the Avid Knowledge Base. You can
reach the Knowledge Base by clicking Help > Pro
Tools Knowledge Base in Pro Tools, or at
www.avid.com/support.
Zone 1 Client Connected to ISIS VLANs via an
ISS 1 Gb port (direct connection)
Zone 2 Client Connected to ISIS VLANs via a
1 Gb port on an Avid qualified layer-3 switch
(non-routed)
Zone 3 Client (ISIS 5000 only) Connected to an
To install the Intel PRO/1000 MT or Intel PRO/1000
PT card:
Avid qualified Layer-3 Switch (Router) with
known QoS (normally 1Gbps)
1 Insert the Intel PRO/1000 MT or PRO/1000 PT
card into your workstation and connect it to an
ISS switch.
Zone 4 Client (ISIS 5000 only) Connected to a
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non-Avid qualified switch with unknown QoS
Clients can run in any lower-numbered
zone. For example, a Zone 2 client can also
run as a Zone 1 client.
Mac ISIS Connection
Avid ISIS supports Mac clients on the media network with Zone 1 through Zone 4 connections.
You can use any of the onboard Ethernet ports
on the Mac system to connect to the media network.
Some firewall settings on Mac clients prevent
you from connecting to the Avid ISIS environment when enabled. You might receive an error
message informing you that no System Directors were found and that the problem might be
the firewall settings. If you encounter problems,
contact your network admin.
Install the Intel PRO/1000 MT or PRO/1000
PT driver.
Inserting the
Intel PRO/1000 MT or PRO/1000
PT Ethernet Card into a
Workstation
The Avid ISIS client hardware consists of one
Ethernet cable (rated CAT 5e or higher) and a
single qualified Ethernet HBA (Host Bus
Adapter), such as the Gig-E Intel PRO/1000 MT
or PRO/1000 PT. You must purchase Ethernet
cables separately.
For a complete list of qualified host bus
adapters please consult Avid support.
To insert the HBA Ethernet card into a Pro Tools
workstation:
Shut down and power off your computer and
expansion chassis (if one is present).
1
Open your computer according to the instructions included with it.
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Release any static electricity by touching the
power supply, or another grounded item.
3
Remove the Ethernet card from the antistatic
bag, being careful to handle it only by the edges.
4
Determine the correct card slot order: See Avid
ISIS 7000 Requirements with Pro Tools or Avid
ISIS 5000 Requirements with Pro Tools at the
Avid Knowledge Base. You can reach the Knowledge Base by clicking Help > Pro Tools Knowledge Base in Pro Tools, or at
www.avid.com/support.
Line up the Ethernet card with the installation
slot, and slide the card into place gently so the
PCIe connector is aligned with the correct PCIe
slot.
5
Press down firmly on the card with even pressure. The connector should click into place in
the PCIe slot.
6
To attach the card bracket to the computer
mounting bracket, fasten the card in place using
a screw or latch down the securing bracket if one
is built in.
7
To connect an installed Intel PRO/1000 PT or
PRO/1000 PF card to the ISS (ISIS switch):
Plug one end of an Ethernet cable into the
Intel PRO/1000 PT or PRO/1000 PF card’s
Ethernet port.
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Connect the other end of the Ethernet cable to
the ISS (ISIS Switch).
If your system has a DVD drive, you can install it
directly from the Avid ISIS DVD. If you do not
have a DVD drive, you need to use another
means (such as a network connection) to transfer the necessary driver from the Avid ISIS DVD
to your system.
To install the Intel Ethernet card driver:
If you did not restart the system after installing Intel PRO/1000 MT or PRO/1000 PT Ethernet card, do so now.
1
After you restart your system, the following
message appears: “Looking for the Intel
PRO/1000 MT (or PT) driver.”
2
Cancel the message.
3
Insert the DVD into the DVD drive.
On the DVD, navigate to the following folder:
Tools_and_Thirdparty_Software/
Drivers_and_Firmware.
4
In the Drivers_and_Firmware folder, copy the
Intel_MT_Server_NIC or Intel_PT_Server_NIC
folder to the desktop of your system.
5
Navigate to the Intel_MT_Server_NIC or
Intel_PT_Server_NIC folder on your desktop,
and go to Driver/Intel NIC 10.0 Avid.
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7
Double click the Auto-run.exe file.
An Installer window opens.
2
For more information, see the Avid ISIS Client Setup and Installation Guide.
Installing the
Intel PRO/1000 MT or PRO/1000
PT Driver
Once the Intel Ethernet card is physically installed in your computer, you must install the
appropriate driver.
8
Click Install Drivers.
A message window appears stating that the
drivers and other files that are needed are being
installed. This may take some time to complete.
When the message window closes, the installation is complete.
9
10 Set the IP address of the board to allow you to
communicate with the Avid ISIS system.
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Connecting an Intel PRO/1000
MP or PT Ethernet Card to an
Avid ISIS System
The Intel PRO/1000 MT or PT Ethernet card is a
dual port card that allows you to use dual-attached redundancy for the client. (You can also
configure your network as a single-connect sys-
tem.) Figure 3 shows a sample system connected
in Zone 1 and Zone 2 configurations and the onboard Ethernet connection that is physically
connected to the corporate network.
Pro Tools clients connected to an ISIS 7000
network are not supported in a Zone 3 environment.
Figure 3. Connecting an Intel PRO/1000 Ethernet card to an Avid ISIS system
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Configuring Windows 7
Network Profiles
The preferences window opens, and the General section is displayed by default.
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(Windows 7 Only)
Network profiles are used by Windows 7 to distinguish between Public, Private, and Domain
network connections. Because each network
profile uses its own security settings, you must
configure the Client Manager settings so that
the appropriate ports are opened for each applicable network profile on your system.
You only need to configure Client Manager
settings for the network profiles that are
connected to your ISIS system. If you are unsure which network connections are used
with your ISIS system, see your network administrator.
To configure the Client Manager settings for
Windows 7 network profiles:
Client Manager Preferences window
4 In the Profiles section, click the checkbox next
to each applicable network profile type to enable
firewall configuration.
You only need to enable firewall configuration for the network profiles that are connected to your ISIS system.
Verify which network connection profile(s)
are used to connect to your ISIS system by doing
the following:
1
• Click Start > Network. The Network window
opens.
– or –
• Click Network and Sharing Center. The Network and Sharing Center window opens.
5
Click Apply.
6
C lick Close.
Restart your Windows 7 system for the firewall
configuration to take effect.
7
The Network and Sharing Center window lists
the network connections present on your system
and which network profile has been applied to
them.
Once you have determined which network profile has been applied to the connection(s) to
your ISIS system, you can go to the next step.
Start Client Manager software and open the
Preferences window.
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Client Software Installation
When working with an Avid ISIS system, it’s
necessary to have the correct ISIS client software installed on your Pro Tools system. For information on installing, uninstalling, and upgrading ISIS client software, see the
Avid ISIS 7000 Client Guide or the
Avid ISIS 5000 Client Guide.
Additional Installation Details
The following sections contain additional information about installing the client software on
your system.
Client Licensing
Any client that connects to an Avid ISIS 7000 or
5000 system must be included in the System Director dongle count for your media network.
There is no need to order special licenses for
each client. If you are not certain about your license status, see your Avid ISIS administrator.
Saving User Client Manager Settings
If you have preferences set (such as Client Type
set to High Resolution or a Remote Host setting)
and you want them to be automatically preserved in the upgrade, then you must run this
utility prior to upgrading to the latest version. If
you do not run the utility, you must manually
reenter any preference settings after the update
completes.
To run the utility:
1 Insert the Avid ISIS installer DVD in the Avid
ISIS client’s DVD drive and double-click SaveISISPreferences.exe located in the following location.
DVD drive:\AvidISISClient
You can also copy this utility to the client and
run it from there (for example from the desktop). If your client’s computer uses a 64-bit operating system, use the utility in the following
location:
DVD drive:\AvidISISClient64 folder.
After the utility is finished, close all open applications.
2
Uninstall the previous version of the Avid ISIS
software.
3
The Avid ISIS installer DVD includes a utility
that saves your Avid ISIS Preferences settings
when upgrading from an earlier version or when
reinstalling your client application. This utility
is run on the Avid ISIS clients and saves the settings file on the client’s C:\ drive in the location
used by Client Manager software. Depending on
the version of your Avid ISIS application, you
might have to run this utility to save your client
preferences when upgrading software. See the
Avid ISIS 7000 ReadMe or Avid ISIS 5000 ReadMe for information on which software versions require you to run the utility.
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Install the new Avid ISIS software as described
the Avid ISIS 7000 Setup Guide or Avid ISIS 5000
Setup Guide.
4
Your new Preferences settings are set as they
were in the previous version.
Chapter 3: Using a Client in an ISIS System
This chapter describes setup instructions and
configuration parameters for each workstation
you add as an ISIS client.
Opening the Client Manager
To connect to the Avid ISIS network via the Client
Manager:
1
About Avid ISIS Client
Manager
Avid ISIS Client Manager allows your client to
connect to the Avid ISIS system. Once installed,
the Client Manager runs in the background so
you can mount and access your workspaces at
any time, as well as manage your workspaces
and bandwidth reservations.
On Windows, do one of the following:
• If the Client Manager icon is not available
in the Windows taskbar, select Start > All
Programs > AvidISIS > ClientManager.
• Click the Client Manager icon in the Windows taskbar.
• Right-click the Client Manager icon and select ISIS Client Manager.
2
On Mac, do one of the following:
Client Manager displays an icon in the Windows
Taskbar. When logged in, the Client Manager
displays all available System Directors and all
available workspaces.
• Double-click the Client Manager alias icon
on the desktop, or double-click the Client
Manager alias icon in the dock.
The Client Manager allows users with the necessary account privileges to resize workspaces, to
protect and unprotect workspaces, and to specify client bandwidth reservations, if any.
• If the Client Manager alias icon is not available, select Go > Applications, and then double-click the AvidISIS folder. In this folder,
double-click the ClientManager file.
– or –
Connecting to the Avid ISIS
System
The Client Manager automatically checks for all
System Directors available in the Avid ISIS system. You can use the Client Manager to connect
to the network and optionally reconnect automatically when you reboot your system.
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In the Avid ISIS Client Manager, click
Connections.
(Option — Windows only) If you used the OS
Login option, and you want to connect to the
network automatically every time you start your
system, select the Auto-Connect option.
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For more information on connecting to the
media network, see your ISIS Client Guide.
Changing Your Password
You can use the Client Manager to change the
password you use to log on to your Avid ISIS
user account.
Client Manager window
If your username and password are different for your client system and your Avid
ISIS account, your system cannot automatically reconnect to the ISIS system when you
restart your system.
The Connections list displays all available System Directors.
Select the System Director you want to connect
to from the Connections list.
4
5
On Windows, do one on the following:
To change your Avid ISIS account password:
• Type your account name in the Username
text box, and type your password in the
Password text box.
1
– or –
• If your ISIS system is configured to use the
Windows user name and password for your
local system, select OS Login. By default,
the Username and Password text boxes are
inactive when you select this option.
Open the Client Manager (see “Connecting to
the Avid ISIS System” on page 17).
2 Log into the ISIS system for which you want to
change your password, if you are not already.
Click the Change Password icon. The Changing
Password dialog opens.
3
In the Changing Password dialog, do the following:
4
• Type your existing password in the Old
Password field.
On Mac, type your Avid ISIS account name in
the Username text box, and type your password
in the Password text box.
6
• Type your new password in the New Password field.
4. Click the Connect button. When the connection is successful, the following occurs:
• The Connect button changes to Disconnect
when the connection is complete.
• The Change Password and Launch Management Console buttons become active.
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• Type the new password a second time in the
Confirm New Password field.
5
Click OK.
Accessing Client Manager Help
The Client Manager Help provides background
information for tasks, windows, and dialogs.
The Help system is HTML-based and operates in
your default Web browser.
To mount an Avid ISIS workspace on your system:
Open the Client Manager. The Workspaces list
opens. The Online field displays a green ball for
workspaces that are already mounted. You can
filter the Workspaces list by Workspace name.
1
2
To open the Client Manager help:

• Click (mount) in the Online column for the
selected workspace.
In the Menu panel, click Help.
• Click to select a workspace, then rightclick, and select Mount.
Mounting and Unmounting
Workspaces
• (Option) Right-click, and select “Mount to
drive” from the menu.
Your Avid ISIS user account must have access to
at least one workspace. For information on
workspace access, see your Avid ISIS Administration Guide.
When you have one or more workspaces
mounted and the connection to the System Director is subsequently lost, a message in the
taskbar (for Windows systems) or the dock (for
Mac systems) indicates the workspace is unavailable.
The Client Manager then automatically attempts
to reestablish the connection with the System
Director. When the connection is successfully
reestablished, a message in the taskbar or dock
informs you of the connection state.
For information on opening the Client Manager,
see “Connecting to the Avid ISIS System” on
page 17.
Do one of the following:
Selecting this option will override the current drive mapping option settings for the
selected workspace. For more information
on drive letter assignments, see “Configuring Workspace Drive Letter Assignments ”
on page 21.
The Client Manager mounts the selected workspace on your client and the Online icon for the
mounted workspace changes to green. The
Workspaces list displays the drive the workspace is mounted to. If you use letterless drive
mappings, the Workspaces list displays “UNC
path” next to the Online icon.
(Option) If you want the selected workspace
remounted the next time you log in, do one of
the following:
3
• Click (enable) in the Auto column for the
mounted workspace.
– or –
• Right-click, and select Enable auto mount.
The next time you log in to your client system,
the Client Manager automatically mounts the
selected workspace.
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To mount multiple Avid ISIS workspaces on your
system:
1
Open the Client Manager.
The Workspaces list opens. The Online field displays a green ball for workspaces that are already mounted. You can filter the Workspaces
list by Workspace name.
2
Do one of the following:
• Select multiple non-contiguous workspaces
with Control+click.
• Select a range of contiguous workspaces by
clicking on the first workspace row in the
range, then Shift+clicking on the last.
• Select all workspaces by right-clicking in
the Workspaces list and selecting Select all.
• Select all workspaces by pressing Control+A.
3
Right-click, and select Mount.
The Client Manager mounts the selected workspaces on your client and the Online icons for
the mounted workspaces change to green. The
Workspaces list displays the drives the workspaces are mounted to. If you use letterless drive
mappings, the Workspaces list displays “UNC
path” next to the Online icons.
(Option) If you want the selected workspace
remounted the next time you log in, right-click,
and select Enable auto mount.
4
The next time you log in to your client system,
the Client Manager automatically mounts the
selected workspace.
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To unmount an Avid ISIS workspace on your
system:
Make sure your Avid video editing application
is not running.
1
2
Open the Client Manager.
The Workspaces list opens. The Online field displays a green ball for workspaces that are already mounted. You can filter the Workspaces
list by Workspace name.
3
Do one of the following:
• Click the green icon in the Workspaces list
to unmount the selected workspace.
– or –
• Click to select a workspace, then rightclick, and select Unmount.
The Client Manager unmounts the workspace
from your client, and the green icon is removed
from the Online field for this workspace.
To unmount multiple Avid ISIS workspaces on
your system:
Make sure your Avid video editing application
is not running.
1
2
Open the Client Manager.
The Workspaces list opens. The Online field displays a green ball for workspaces that are already mounted. You can filter the Workspaces
list by Workspace name.
3
Do one of the following:
• Select multiple non-contiguous workspaces
with Control+click.
• Select a range of contiguous workspaces by
clicking on the first workspace row in the
range, then Shift+clicking on the last.
• Select all workspaces by right-clicking in
the Workspaces list and selecting Select all.
• Select all workspaces by pressing Control+A.
4. Right-click, and select Unmount.
The Client Manager unmounts the workspaces
from your client, and the green icons are removed from the Online field for those workspaces.
For more information on mounting workspaces,
see your ISIS Client User Guide:
Configuring Workspace Drive
Letter Assignments
The Client Manager allows you to configure the
drive letter used when mounting Avid ISIS
workspaces. This allows you to prevent workspaces from being assigned drive letters you
want reserved for other uses.
The Client Manager skips fixed drives and
drive letters that are already in use.
If your system requires using Universal Naming
Convention (UNC) paths for all mounted workspaces rather than drive letters, you can use Client Manager to set this as the default mapping
for workspaces.
To configure the drive letter for mounting
workspaces:
1
Open the Client Manager.
2
Select a workspace from the Workspace list.
3
Right-click the selected workspace, and select
Mount to drive from the menu. The Mount To di-
alog opens.
Click the Choose drive letter menu, and select
the drive letter you want to use for mounting
workspaces.
4
UNC (Letterless) Uses a Universal Naming Convention (UNC) path for the mounted workspace
instead of a drive letter.
Any drive Mounts the workspace to the next
available drive letter, working backward from
drive Z:
Specific drive Mounts the workspace to the se-
lected available drive letter.
5. Click OK.
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Using the Workspace Display
• Connection status (connected, unconnected, or automounted)
The Workspaces list provides basic information
about each mounted workspace, including the
following:
• Used space (as a percentage of available capacity)
• All available workspaces
• User privileges for the workspace (read,
read/write)
• System Director name
• Free space (in gigabytes)
• Workspace name
• Protection status
• Drive letter for the mounted workspace
• Workspace capacity (in gigabytes)
• System capacity (in terabytes)
Workspaces
list
Workspaces
filtering area
Retrieve
Details
toolbar
Messages
area
Tool Bar
Figure 4. Client Manager (Workspace display)
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Retrieving Workspace Details
Sorting the Display
When you connect to an ISIS system, only the
workspace names are displayed; you need to retrieve additional workspace details manually.
You do not have to mount a workspace to retrieve its details.
If the Workspaces list contains a large number
of workspaces, you might want to sort the items
in the list.
To retrieve details for one or more selected
workspaces:
1
Do one of the following:
• Select a single workspace by clicking on a
workspace row.
• Select multiple non-contiguous workspaces
with Control+click.
• Select a range of contiguous workspaces by
clicking on the first workspace row in the
range, then Shift+clicking on the last.
Right-click in the Workspace list, and select
Retrieve details. Additional details are retrieved
for the selected workspaces.
2
To sort the Workspaces list:
1 Click on a field heading that you want to sort.
A blue arrow appears next to the field heading.
Click the field heading again to reverse the
sort order.
2
Filtering the Display
If the Workspaces list contains a large number
of workspaces, you might want to filter the
items in the list.
To filter the Workspaces list:
1
2
To retrieve details for all mounted workspaces, do
one of the following:


In the Retrieve Details area, click Mounted.
Click the Filter button.
The Workspaces list updates to display the
workspace names that match the text entered.
– or –
To display all Workspaces:
Right-click in the Workspace list, and select

Retrieve mounted details.
Additional details are retrieved for all mounted
workspaces.
To retrieve details for all workspaces, do one of the
following:

Type part or all of a workspace name in the
Workspace Name field.
Delete the text in the Workspace Name field.
The Workspaces list updates to display all available Workspaces.
After you clear the Workspace name filter,
you have to manually retrieve details from
the selected workspaces.
In the Retrieve Details area, click All.
– or –

Right-click in the Workspace list, and select
Retrieve all details.
Additional details are retrieved for all workspaces.
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Configuring Workspace Drive
Letter Assignments
The Client Manager allows you to configure the
drive letter used when mounting Avid ISIS
workspaces. This allows you to prevent workspaces from being assigned drive letters you
want reserved for other uses.
The Client Manager skips fixed drives and
drive letters that are already in use.
If your system requires using Universal Naming
Convention (UNC) paths for all mounted workspaces rather than drive letters, you can use Client Manager to set this as the default mapping
for workspaces.
To configure the drive letter for mounting
workspaces:
Open the Client Manager (see “Connecting to
the Avid ISIS System” on page 17).
1
2
In the Menu panel, click Workspaces.
3
Click the Fast menu, and select Mount To.
In the Mount To dialog, click the Choose drive
letter menu, and select the drive letter you want
to use for mounting workspaces.
Testing Your Avid ISIS
Connection
(Windows Systems Only)
Before you begin using the Avid ISIS system,
you should test the connection to your workspace to make sure communication between
your client system and the ISIS system is sufficient for the functionality needed by your system. You can use the Avid PathDiag tool, which
installs with your client software, to test the
read/write throughput (the rate that read and
write operations are conducted between your
client system and a mounted workspace).
Starting the Avid PathDiag Tool
The Avid PathDiag tool is a diagnostic utility
that allows you to validate your Avid ISIS connection by quantifying the throughput of Windows editing applications accessing Avid ISIS
workspaces.
For detailed information on the PathDiag
tool, see the Avid ISIS Client Manager
User’s Guide.
4
5
Click OK.
To start Avid PathDiag tool:

Choose Start > All Programs > Avid ISIS > Path-
Diag.
PathDiag tool
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Setting Up a Test
Duration (Minutes) Select 2.
To test the general status of your connection to
the ISIS system, you need to configure a custom
test.
Loop Select this option if you want the test to repeat the test indefinitely after its duration is
complete.
To access the custom test settings options:
File Access Method Select Automatically select.
Start the PathDiag tool (see “Starting the Avid
PathDiag Tool” on page 24).
Reads vs. Writes Select Writes, then Reads (Se-
1
2
Click the Setup button.
3
In the PathDiag tool Settings dialog, click Cus-
tom Test.
quential).
Transfer Size (KB) Select 4096 for an Avid editing application (such as Avid Media Composer
or Media Composer) or Pro Tools using video.
Select 1024 for other Avid applications or
Pro Tools using audio only.
Transfer Rate (KB/S) Select Unlimited.
Max File Size (MB) Select 100.
5
Click OK.
PathDiag tool Settings dialog
The dialog expands to display the Custom Test
Settings area.
PathDiag tool Settings dialog (Custom Area)
In the Custom Test Settings area, adjust the
custom test parameters as follows:
4
Path to Test Select a drive with a mapped Avid
ISIS workspace
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Running the Test
You can start and stop the currently configured
test using the Start and Stop buttons.
To start the currently configured test:

Click Start in the PathDiag tool main window.
The test runs for the specified duration and then
stops automatically. The elapsed time a test has
been running and the remaining time are displayed in the Control area.
The following list indicate the results that reflect an optimal connection for a Pro Tools client on the ISIS system:
• Average Read: 60–70 MB/seconds
• Average Write: 70–80 MB/seconds
• Peak Read: less than 5 MS/100
• Peak Write: less than 5 MS/100
In addition, results should plot along a smooth,
stable line in the Test Results graph, and they
should not have peaks or spikes that indicate
variable performance within the ISIS system.
Figure 5. PathDiag tool Settings dialog (Healthy
read/write test)
In Figure 6, which shows problems in the connection to the workspace, the average Read level
and Recent Read level display fluctuations. The
Peak Read should be lower and plot along a flat
line in the graph. Also, the average Read level is
higher than the average Write level, which
might indicate that the workspace is unmirrored
(that is, it is not a protected workspace).
In Figure 5, which shows a healthy read/write
test, the test loops so that the Read results and
Write results fall to zero as the test alternates
between Reads and Writes. However, Reads and
Writes plot consistently in the Test Results
graph and appear level over the course of the
test.
Figure 6. PathDiag tool Settings dialog (Healthy
read/write test)
These results represent guidelines for Avidqualified systems; performance on your system
might vary. If your Read/Write results differ
from those listed here by more than 5–10 MB/s,
see your Avid ISIS administrator.
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Setting Bandwidth
Reservations
You can use the Client Manager to obtain a default bandwidth reservation; however, the reservation cannot exceed your system’s device limit
or your client bandwidth limit, whichever is
lower. The Avid ISIS system enforces an effective bandwidth limit based on either the client
type specified by the Client Manager or the reserved bandwidth value set in the Administration tool. Your Avid ISIS administrator sets the
bandwidth limits, and the bandwidth limit is
listed in the Workspaces list.
Setting a bandwidth limit on editing clients
can adversely affect playback performance.
Avid recommends that you do not set bandwidth limits for Media Composer users
(other than Avid AirSpeed ® clients). However, your administrator might need to set a
bandwidth limit for other devices, such as
an Avid TransferManager, in the event the
device is consuming more bandwidth than
expected.
Click the Bandwidth icon. The Bandwidth dialog opens.
2
Figure 7. Bandwidth dialog
Use the up/down buttons to select the number
of streams you will need.
3
Select the type of stream from the list. There
are several presets for various formats, as well as
numeric bandwidth values.
4
If the selected bandwidth value exceeds the
limits imposed either by the client type specified by the Client Manager or the reserved
bandwidth value set in the Management
Console, a warning symbol will appear next
to the Total Rate value. You will be able to
save these values, but not to create or modify an existing reservation.
5
• If you want to restore previously saved values, click Restore.
The Bandwidth tab must be enabled in order to
manage bandwidth reservations.
– or –
• If you want to save the selected values without creating a reservation, click Save.
To enable the Bandwidth dialog:
Open the Client Manager (see “Connecting to
the Avid ISIS System” on page 17).
6
2 Click the Preferences button. The Preferences
window opens.
7
1
3
In the General section, select Enable Band-
Optionally, do one of the following:
Click the Reserve button. The reservation is
created on the ISIS server.
If you want to reserve bandwidth automatically each time you log on to the ISIS system,
click Auto Reserve On.
width Dialog.
4
Click Apply.
5
Click Close.
To Create or modify a bandwidth reservation:
1
Open the Client Manager.
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Performing Administrative
Tasks
You can use the Preferences dialog and the Messages dialog to manage the following administrative tasks:
• Set display properties
• Clear cached information
• View, save, and clear logged error messages
Display Bandwidth in Bits Per Second Select this
option to display bandwidth in bits per second.
Deselect this option to display bandwidth in
bytes per second.
Measure Free Space In You can choose to dis-
play the amount of available space in your workspace either in gigabytes (GB) or in the total
length of stored media (hours:minutes:seconds)
at a selected resolution.
5
Setting Display Properties in the
Client Manager
Display properties in the Client Manager control
how the application displays information on
your local system.
To set Client Manager display properties:
Open the Client Manager (see “Connecting to
the Avid ISIS System” on page 17).
1
Clearing Cached Data
The Client Manager maintains information on
site settings in cache files, and the tool appends
data each time you open the Client Manager.
You can clear the cached information—for example, to remove settings for users no longer
working on a specific system—by deleting the
cache files.
2
Click Preferences.
To clear cached data:
3
In the Preferences dialog, click General.
1
In the General area, select the appropriate options:
4
Start Client Manager Hidden Select this option to
allow the Client Manager to run hidden and accessible from the Client Manager icon in the
Taskbar. Deselect this option to open the Client
Manager each time you start your system.
Open the Client Manager (see “Connecting to
the Avid ISIS System” on page 17).
2
Click Preferences.
3
In the Preferences dialog, click Advanced.
4
Do one of the following:
• Click the Clear button for each cache file
you want to clear.
– or –
Use UNC (Letterless) Drive Mappings Select this
• Click the Clear All button to clear all cached
data.
option to use UNC paths to map workspaces instead of drive letters.
Pro Tools does not support UNC paths for
access to media files.
Enable Bandwidth Dialog Select this option to
enable the “Display Bandwidth in Bits Per Second” option as well as the bandwidth displays in
Client Manager tool.
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Click Apply and close the application .
Using Logs and Messages
The Client Manager keeps an log of events, information, and error messages. You can view the
current log in the Messages dialog. You can also
save a copy of the log, and you can clear the log
maintained for the current work session.
The Client Manager clears all logs when you
exit the application.
To view Client Manager event logs:
Open the Client Manager (see “Connecting to
the Avid ISIS System” on page 17).

The Messages area is the bottom section of the
Client Manager window. You can sort the Messages list by clicking the Level, Time, or Message
field heading and clicking on the blue arrow to
sort in ascending or descending order.
To save a copy of the event log:
Configuring Pro Tools
Session Settings for a New
Session
The following describes the recommended session settings for creating a new Pro Tools session when working in an ISIS system.
To create a new Pro Tools session for Avid ISIS:
1
In Pro Tools, choose File > New Session.
2 In the New Session dialog, select an Audio File
Type for the session that is compatible across all
workstations.
Select a Sample Rate for the session that is
compatible across all workstations.
3
Select a Bit Depth for the session that is compatible across all workstations.
4
5
Click OK.
Name the session and save it to an Avid ISIS
workspace.
Right-click in the list, and select Export. The
Export dialog opens.
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2
Navigate to the folder where you want to save
your log.
Audio File Type
Type a name for the log in the File Name text
box.
Pro Tools supports AIFF and BWF (.WAV) audio files natively. The BWF sub-formats RF64
and WAVE Extended are also supported.
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3
4
Click Save.
The Client Manager saves the event messages as
a log file (filename.log).
Avid video editing applications do not support RF64 audio files. Standard.WAV format is recommended when working in a
shared media environment with video.
To clear all event logs:

Click the Fast menu, and select Clear.
All Sound Designer II files must be converted to a Windows-compatible format for
use in an ISIS system.
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For the best media compatibility between
Pro Tools workstations and Avid workstations,
you should choose to work with Broadcast WAV
media files. Make sure the Audio File Type popup menu in the New Session dialog is set to WAV
when you are creating a new session.
The WAV file format is required when working with audio files containing field recorder metadata.
Sample Rate
Pro Tools HD supports sample rates up to
192 kHz, but other Pro Tools and Avid workstations only support lower sample rates. Therefore, when working on an Avid ISIS network, it
is vital to use sample rates for shared media that
are supported on all workstations.
It is preferable for all participants in the system
to agree on a standard, universal sample rate for
the sake of compatibility and to avoid media
conversion. Many facilities choose 48 kHz,
which is the industry standard for post production and broadcast applications.
Bit Depth
It is preferable for all participants in the system
to agree on a standard, universal bit depth for
the sake of compatibility and to avoid media
conversion. Many facilities standardize on 24bit audio, which offers higher audio quality than
16-bit, and is more universally supported than
32-bit floating point audio.
For the most current compatibility information on supported Pro Tools systems and
Avid ISIS, visit www.avid.com.
Performance Characteristics
You should experience no functional difference
between working with Pro Tools attached to an
ISIS system or working with Pro Tools attached
to local storage. However, due to the architectural differences between ISIS and local storage,
some subtle differences may be noticeable.
Disk Cache Performance
Enhancements
Pro Tools HD software version 10 adds a new
RAM-based Disk Cache system. With it, audio is
loaded into RAM for instant playback, increasing performance significantly, especially with
networked storage (such as an ISIS system).
The Disk Cache system also lets you use
Elastic Audio on ISIS tracks.
Disk Cache works with audio files only.
Allocating a generous amount of RAM to Disk
Cache allows for higher track counts over ISIS,
closer to standard Pro Tools system maximums.
When playing back large or complex sessions
(especially from networked storage), performance is significantly improved by caching all
audio in the timeline to RAM, so it can be useful
to know how much of the audio has been cached.
To check Disk Cache status:
1
Open the System Usage dialog by clicking
Windows > System Usage.
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2 The Timeline Cached gauge displays the percentage of audio in the timeline that has been
cached to RAM. If the Timeline Cached gauge is
at 100%, all audio in the Pro Tools timeline has
been cached to RAM.
The amount of audio that can be cached to
RAM is dependent on the amount of RAM
allocated to Disk Cache in the Playback
Engine dialog in Pro Tools. In cases where
the total size of all audio on the timeline
exceeds the amount of allocated RAM, the
Timeline Cached gauge will not reach
100%.
For more information on Disk Cache and how to
configure it, see the Pro Tools Reference Guide.
Opening Files
Pro Tools periodically opens and closes files (for
example, to buffer them for playback). When using ISIS storage, the file open process is somewhat slower than with local storage. This is most
noticeable when first opening an existing session. Pro Tools software version 10 and higher
calculates fades in real time, rather than prerendering them. This speeds up the file open
process significantly.
Sharing Files
Sharing Session Files
To avoid machine conflicts among multiple users and avoid general performance problems, no
two Pro Tools clients should open the same session at the same time. Only one Pro Tools client
should have a particular session open at any
given time.
Sharing Video Files
Pro Tools clients with Avid video peripherals
(such as Avid Mojo, Avid Mojo SDI, and AVoption|V10) can share JFIF and MXF video files
with other ISIS clients. Pro Tools cannot destructively modify video files.
Sharing Audio Files
Pro Tools clients can share audio files in an allocation group with other ISIS clients. When
working with shared audio files, it is recommended that you use the Duplicate command to
make a copies before applying any destructive
edits.
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Destructive Editing
The following Pro Tools features can destructively modify audio files:
• Pencil Tool
• AudioSuite in Overwrite Files mode
Rendering an AudioSuite effect in Overwrite
Files mode will destructively modify the affected clips, however, fades and metadata
are preserved.
• Destructive Record
• Compact Selected
• DestructivePunch Record
• DigiBase metadata entry/editing
When working with shared audio files, it is recommended that you use the Duplicate command
to substitute copies before applying any destructive edits. This avoids the problem of modifying a file referenced by another session.
To substitute a copy of a shared file:
In Pro Tools, select the clip you want to copy in
the Edit window.
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MXF and OMF Files
Pro Tools treats all MXF and OMF media that
are both created by Avid and stored on shared
storage as read-only. Consequently, destructive
editing tools cannot be used to modify MXF and
OMF media files. However, you can delete or
overwrite MXF and OMF files.
Because Pro Tools creates both MXF/OMF and
non-MXF/OMF media files, these destructive
editing tools can be used on non-MXF/OMF media created by Pro Tools. When you are working
in an ISIS system, you should always create a
copy of an audio file before applying a destructive change.
Use the Duplicate or Consolidate commands
in Pro Tools to make non-OMF or non-MXF
copies of audio files for destructive editing.
Chapter 4: Avid ISIS Workflows for Pro Tools
This chapter covers workflows for using an Avid
editing application (such as Media Composer)
and Pro Tools to exchange AAF sequences using
ISIS shared storage, as follows:
• Exporting audio and video from
Media Composer and other Avid video editing applications
Exporting Audio and Video
from Media Composer
To export sequences from Avid video editing applications for import into Pro Tools, you can
choose from the following methods:
• Importing audio and video into Pro Tools
• Using the Send To templates to export an
AAF or OMF sequence
• Exporting audio from Pro Tools for Avid
video editing applications
• Manually exporting an AAF or OMF sequence
• Importing audio into an Avid video editing
application from Pro Tools
• Checking a sequence into Avid Interplay for
Pro Tools (Avid Interplay system required)
• Synchronizing audio with an Avid sequence
For more information on exporting Avid sequences, see the documentation that came
with your Avid editing application.
For information on working with Interplay,
see the Pro Tools Avid Interplay Guide.
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Using the Send To Templates to
Export an AAF Sequence from
Media Composer
Choose this option for any scenario in which
Pro Tools will link to the same media files as the
current Avid sequence.
The Send To Templates option lets you create
one AAF sequence that references audio and
video files used in the sequence, and save it to
the volume selected in your Avid Preferences.
To use the Send To Pro Tools templates:
1
Select a sequence in a bin.
Choose File > Send To > Pro Tools on Unity,
then choose one of the following options:
2
Link to Audio and Video Creates an AAF se-
quence that links to existing audio and video
wherever possible and only creates new media
files for effects that have not been rendered.
This is the fastest and most storage-efficient
way to export a sequence.
Choose this option for a scenario in which
Pro Tools will link to the same media files as the
current Avid sequence. Use this setting if the
media files are currently stored on volumes that
are suitable for Pro Tools media playback.
Send To dialog (LInk to Audio and Video options
shown)
3 If you want to view or change export settings,
click the Options button, and then make any
changes. If you make any changes, you can use
the Save As Template button to create a new template.
This workflow assumes that you use the
default values. This means that you are
exporting using the Project sample rate,
audio file format, and sample bit depth.
QuickTime–Link to Audio Creates an AAF se-
quence that links to existing audio, and creates a
new QuickTime movie.
Choose this option when exporting a sequence
for a Pro Tools system that does not have an
Avid video peripheral attached.
VIdeo Mixdown–Link to Audio Creates an AAF
sequence that links to existing audio and includes editing metadata as well as a video mixdown in the video format defined by Media Creation settings. When imported into Pro Tools,
the video mixdown and metadata are displayed
in two separate video tracks on the Timeline.
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Click Set.
Navigate to the location where you want the
AAF sequence to reside.
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Click OK.
The Avid video editing application exports the
files to the destination volume. If the application has to transcode video files to a new resolution, render effects or perform audio file conversions, a new sequence appears in the bin with
the name filename.Export.01, and a new master
clip appears in the bin with the name filename.new.01.
Manually Exporting an AAF
Sequence from Media Composer
Manually exporting an AAF sequence from an
Avid editing application involves more steps
than using the Send To templates, but it provides more flexibility.
You will need to render all video effects
before manually exporting the sequence.
Once all effects have been rendered, export the
sequence as an AAF sequence.
To manually export an AAF sequence:
1
Select the sequence in the bin.
2
Select File > Export.
Type a name and select a location for the exported sequence.
3
Select Export to Pro Tools from the Export Settings menu at the bottom of the Export As dialog.
4
5 Click the Options button to open the Export to
Pro Tools Settings dialog. Verify the settings:
• For Export As, select AAF.
• Select the Include All Video Tracks in Sequence option. When the sequence is imported into Pro Tools. All of the video
tracks will be “flattened” so that the imported sequence shows only a single video
stream.
Export Settings – Export To Pro Tools dialog,
Video/Data Details tab
6 In the Video/Data Details tab, select one of the
following from the Export Method pop-up
menu:
Link to (Don’t Export) Media The Pro Tools session will link to the same video files as the current Avid sequence. Use this setting if the video
files are currently stored on a volume suitable
for Pro Tools video playback.
Copy All Media New complete video files will be
created on the designated volume.
Consolidate Media Similar to Copy All Media,
but only the parts of the video clips which are
actually used in the Timeline are copied. Use
this setting to copy the video files to a volume
suitable for Pro Tools video playback.
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Video Mixdown The exported AAF sequence will
reference a video mixdown. This setting lets you
have a choice of whether to export the video
mixdown alone or the video mixdown along with
additional video track edits. The choice depends
largely on the version of Pro Tools to which you
are exporting. Pro Tools 7.2 and higher can
show the video mixdown alongside video edits;
in this case, you should select both the video
mixdown and the video edits. For versions of
Pro Tools prior to 7.2, you should export the
video mixdown by itself.
The following settings may also appear under
the Video Details tab, depending on the selected
export method:
Media Destinations Choose where to store cop-
ied video files.
Handle Length Extends the beginning and end of
the consolidated file by the specified number of
frames. This lets you trim edits later, though the
sequence would need to be re-edited in the Avid
video editing application.
Render Video Effects Always select Render
Video Effects. If you already manually rendered
effects, selecting this option will not create new
files. It is highly recommended that all effects be
rendered manually before exporting the sequence.
Transcode Video To Use this only if you need to
change the video resolution. Pro Tools supports
most SD resolutions supported by Avid, and
even supports mixed resolutions in the
Pro Tools Timeline, so in most cases there is no
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need to spend extra time transcoding the video.
However, if you have video of a resolution which
is not currently supported by Pro Tools, use this
setting to transcode it to a supported resolution.
If your Pro Tools system is running on a
slower computer, you may be able to reduce
some of the CPU load in Pro Tools by
transcoding the video to 1:1 on export. 1:1
video is uncompressed, and consequently it
does not need to be decompressed before
playing back. However, 1:1 video requires
significant amounts of storage space.
While new video files are typically stored in the
OMFI MediaFiles folder (for OMF media) or the
Avid MediaFiles folder (for MXF media), some
workflows let you choose a different target destination for video in the Media Destination section of the Video Details tab, as follows:
Media Drive This option exports media to the
OMFI MediaFiles folder or Avid MediaFiles
folder on a connected storage drive. Select the
Use Media Creation Settings option to use the
default settings, or deselect that option to
choose a media drive from the pop-up menu.
Folder This option exports video media to a spe-
cific folder. Select the Use Same Folder as AAF
File option to export the video media into the
same folder you designated for exporting the
AAF sequence, or deselect this option to select a
specific folder location for the media.
Embedded in AAF This option embeds the video
media in the AAF sequence that is exported
from the Avid video editing application.
Pro Tools cannot play video that is embedded in an AAF sequence, but it can read the
video editing metadata when imported into
a satellite track. Do not use this option if
you want to import the video itself into
Pro Tools.
Render All Audio Effects Select the Render All
Audio Effects option so that all audio effects are
rendered before export. If you already manually
rendered effects, selecting this option will not
create new files. It is highly recommended that
all effects be rendered before exporting the sequence.
Include Rendered Audio Effects Select the In-
clude Rendered Audio Effects option. Otherwise, the exported sequence will include the
original audio files without any AudioSuite effects from the original sequence—even if those
effects were previously rendered.
Convert Audio Sample Rate/Bit Depth/File Format Select Project for any of these, and the cur-
Media Destination section of the Video Details tab
rent Audio Project Setting will be used.
Click the Audio Details tab, and select one of
the following from the Export Method pop-up
menu:
While new audio files are typically stored in the
OMFI MediaFiles folder (for OMF media) or the
Avid MediaFiles folder (for MXF media), some
workflows let you choose a different target destination for audio in the Media Destination section of the Audio Details tab, as follows:
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Link to (Don’t Export) Media The Pro Tools session will link to the same audio files as the current Avid sequence. Use this setting if the audio
files are currently stored on a volume suitable
for Pro Tools audio playback.
Copy Media New complete audio files will be
created on the designated volume.
Consolidate Media Similar to Copy All Media,
but only the parts of the audio which are actually
used in the Timeline are copied. Use this setting
to copy the audio files to a volume suitable for
Pro Tools audio playback.
The following settings may also appear under
the Audio Details tab, depending on the selected
export method:
Media Drive This option exports audio media to
the OMFI or Avid MediaFiles folder on connected storage. Select the Use Media Creation
Settings option to use the default settings, or deselect that option to choose a media drive from
the pop-up menu.
Folder This option exports audio media to a spe-
cific folder. Select the Use Same Folder as AAF
File option to export the media into the same
folder you designated for exporting the AAF sequence, or deselect this option to select a specific folder location for the media.
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Embedded in AAF This option embeds the audio
media in the AAF sequence that is exported
from the Avid video editing application. Unlike
embedded video, Pro Tools can import and play
audio which is embedded in an AAF sequence.
Embedding audio within the AAF sequence
makes file management much simpler because
there is only one file to move—the sequence.
Pro Tools cannot play video that is embedded in an AAF sequence, but it can read the
video editing metadata when imported into
a satellite track. Do not use this option if
you want to import the video itself into
Pro Tools.
8 Click Save or Save As in the Export Settings
dialog:
• Click Save to use the specified settings
whenever Export to Pro Tools is selected
from the Export Settings menu. These settings will also be used when choosing any
of the options located at File > Send To >
Pro Tools to Unity.
• Click Save As to save these settings as a preset with a different name. These settings
can then be recalled in the Export dialog. If
you click Save As instead of Save, the Export to Pro Tools settings will not be
changed.
9 Click Save in the Export As dialog. (The Export Settings cannot be saved until you have selected a target drive for both audio and video.)
When the export is complete, you are ready to
import the file into Pro Tools.
For more information on opening and importing AAF sequences in Pro Tools, see
“Importing Audio and Video into
Pro Tools” on page 39. For more information on the Import Session dialog, see the
Pro Tools Reference Guide .
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Checking In Sequences to
Interplay for Pro Tools Clients
The Avid Interplay media management system
can be used in tandem with an ISIS network to
manage media sharing between Pro Tools and
Avid video editing application clients. For more
information on checking in sequences to Interplay for Pro Tools users, see the
Pro Tools Avid Interplay Guide.
Importing Audio and Video
into Pro Tools
To import sequences exported from Avid video
editing applications into Pro Tools, you can
choose from the following methods:
• Importing an AAF or OMF sequence as a
Pro Tools session
• Importing an AAF or OMF sequence into an
existing Pro Tools session
• Importing a video mixdown into Pro Tools
• Importing an AAF or OMF sequence into
Pro Tools from Interplay (Pro Tools Avid
Interplay Option and an Avid Interplay system
required)
Importing an AAF or OMF
Sequence as a Pro Tools
Session
The easiest way of using Pro Tools to edit a sequence exported from an Avid video editing application is to open it as a new session.
To open an AAF sequence as a Pro Tools session:
1
Launch Pro Tools.
2
Choose File > Open Session.
In the Open Session dialog, navigate to the
AAF sequence you want to import.
3
Click Open.The New Session From dialog appears.
4
Select the I/O Settings to use for the session.
Several pre-configured I/O Settings are included
with your system, or you can select a custom I/O
Setting that you have created.
5
6
Click OK.
7
Name your session in the subsequent dialog.
8 Click Save. The Import Session Data dialog
appears.
Pro Tools lets you open and import AAF sequences that reference audio files with
mixed sample rates and/or bit depths. Files
with sample rates other the than the sample
rate set in the New Session dialog will be
converted to the correct rate.
9 From the Audio Media Options pop-up menu,
choose how you want to import audio files into
Pro Tools:
• If the audio files reside on a volume from
which Pro Tools can play back audio, select
Link to Source Media (Where Possible).
• If the audio files reside on a volume from
which Pro Tools cannot play back audio, select Copy from Source Media to copy all audio to the Pro Tools audio storage or
Consolidate from Source Media to copy
only the portions of the audio used in the
Pro Tools Timeline to the Pro Tools audio
storage.
10 From the Video Media Options pop-up menu,
choose how you want to import video files into
Pro Tools:
• If the video files reside on a volume from
which Pro Tools can play back video, select
Link to Source Media.
• If the video files reside on a volume from
which Pro Tools cannot play back video, select Copy from Source Media to copy all
video to the Pro Tools video storage.
Pro Tools New Session From dialog
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Set other parameters as desired.
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Click OK.
3 From the Audio Media Options pop-up menu,
choose how you want to import audio files into
Pro Tools:
Pro Tools creates a new Audio Files folder, a
Video Files folder, a cache.wfm file, and a session file at the designated locations.
• If the audio files reside on a volume from
which Pro Tools can play back audio, select
Link to Source Media (Where Possible).
• If the audio files reside on a volume from
which Pro Tools cannot play back audio, select Copy from Source Media to copy all audio to the Pro Tools audio storage or
Consolidate from Source Media to copy
only the audio used in the session to the
Pro Tools audio storage.
Importing an AAF Sequence into
an Existing Session
You can import an AAF sequence containing audio and video media into an existing Pro Tools
session.
Any video imported into Pro Tools must be
the same frame rate as video already placed
in the Timeline.
From the Video Media Options pop-up menu,
choose how you want to import video files into
Pro Tools:
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• If the video files reside on a volume from
which Pro Tools can play back video, select
Link to Source Media.
To open and import audio and/or video tracks from
an AAF sequence:
1
Open an existing Pro Tools session.
• If the video files reside on a volume from
which Pro Tools cannot play back video, select Copy from Source Media to copy all
video to the Pro Tools video storage.
Choose File > Import > Session Data, and
choose the AAF sequence that you wish to import.
2
Pro Tools cannot play video that is embedded in an AAF sequence, but it can read the
video editing metadata when imported into
a satellite track. Do not use this option if
you want to import the video itself into
Pro Tools.
You can also open an AAF sequence by dragging it from any location on your computer
or the DigiBase browser to the Pro Tools
Timeline.
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In the Import Session Data dialog, deselect any
source tracks that you do not want to be imported. (If you are importing Session Data from
AAF sequences, all tracks are selected by default. If you are importing tracks from a
Pro Tools session, no tracks are selected by default.)
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6
Click OK.
If there are any errors or clip name truncations, a dialog will appear asking you if you
want a detailed report of the changes. Click
Yes and choose where you want to save the
log.
7 If your audio or video source media is on a volume that is not suitable for playback (shown as a
Transfer volume in the Workspace browser) or if
your ISIS workspace privileges are read-only,
Pro Tools displays a dialog that guides you to
copy the media to a volume designated for Playback or Record. (Click Yes.)
Pro Tools imports the audio and video media to
the Timeline. Audio tracks with mixed sample
rates and/or bit depth are automatically converted to the same sample rate and bit depth as
the session.
Now you are ready to edit the audio files in
Pro Tools.
Drive Selection When Importing
Session Data
When using the Import Session Data dialog to
import audio files with Copy or Consolidate
Source selected in the Audio Media Options
pop-up menu, all new audio files are stored on
the volumes designated for their respective target tracks in the Disk Allocation dialog.
Selecting a Networked Workspace
When Importing Session Data
When using the Import Session Data dialog to
import audio files with Copy or Consolidate
Source selected in the Audio Media Options
pop-up menu, all new audio files are stored on
the volumes designated for their respective target tracks in the Disk Allocation dialog.
the volume, create a folder with the session
name on the desired network workspace, then
create a folder within that session folder named
Video Files.
Importing Sequences into
Pro Tools from Interplay
The Avid Interplay media management system
can be used in tandem with an ISIS network to
manage media sharing between Pro Tools and
Avid video editing application clients. For more
information on importing a sequence into
Pro Tools from Interplay, see the
Pro Tools Avid Interplay Guide.
Editing Audio in Pro Tools
Audio files created in the Avid video editing application are either OMF or MXF files, which
Pro Tools cannot edit destructively.
When you use Pro Tools to perform a destructive edit (such as using the Pencil tool to edit a
waveform), it creates a new copy of the file and
leaves the original untouched.
See the Pro Tools Reference Guide for detailed information on editing audio files in
Pro Tools.
When importing video files (such as from a CD),
the video files are copied by default to the same
volume that holds the session file. To have the
files copied to another volume, open the Workspace browser, and select T in the volume designation column for all volumes except the volume
where you want the video to be stored. To ensure
that the files are not copied to the root level of
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Exporting Audio from
Pro Tools for Avid Editing
Applications
In Pro Tools, you can export audio tracks for use
in the Avid video editing application using any
of the following commands:
• Exporting selected tracks as an AAF sequence
• Bouncing to disk
• Exporting selected clips as files
• Exporting edited audio tracks to Interplay
from Pro Tools (Avid Interplay system required)
For other export methods, see the Pro Tools Reference Guide.
To export selected audio tracks from Pro Tools as
an AAF sequence:
In Pro Tools, select the tracks you want to export in the Pro Tools session by Shift-clicking
the names of each track.
1
2 Choose File > Export > Selected Tracks as
OMF/AAF.
Under OMF/AAF Options, choose AAF (or
OMF) from the Export As pop-up menu.
3
4
Select Enforce Avid Compatibility.
Enforce Avid Compatibility creates frame-accurate edits, wraps the files as OMFI (unless you
choose MXF), and limits the sample rate options
to 44.1 or 48 kHz. Dithering without noise shaping will be applied to files being exported from
24-bit to 16-bit.
Exporting Tracks as AAF
Sequences
An OMF sequence cannot reference MXF
media files. In the Export Selected Tracks as
OMF/AAF dialog, MXF is only available
when AAF is selected in the Export As popup menu
Use Export Selected Tracks as OMF/AAF to export individual tracks or an entire Pro Tools
session in AAF format.
Ensure that the Target Project Timecode Format pop-up menu displays the correct frame rate
for the Avid project.
5
Tracks are exported in their entirety and
time selections are ignored.
6
Volume and pan automation is not retained
on export if Quantize Edits to Frame Boundaries is enabled (Avid Compatibility Mode).
Click OK.
In the Publishing Options dialog, type the
Pro Tools Comment and Sequence Name.
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The Movie track cannot be exported to AAF
or OMF from Pro Tools.
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Click OK.
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Do one of the following:
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• If you are using the Avid video editing application on the same computer as
Pro Tools and are ready to use it to import
the files you just exported from the Avid
video editing application, exit Pro Tools.
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• If you were unable to save the audio portion
of the AAF sequence directly to storage that
is accessible from the Avid video editing
application, copy the audio files from their
saved location to the OMFI MediaFiles
folder (for AIFF or WAV media) or Avid
MediaFiles folder (for MXF media) on a
drive connected to your Avid system.
Pro Tools will create a sequence with the name
you supply. (The Pro Tools comment appears in
the Avid bin in a Pro Tools Comment column.)
In the Name the AAF/OMF File to Export dialog, navigate to a folder where you can easily locate the Pro Tools composition when it is time to
import it into the Avid video editing application.
Do not save the sequence to either the OMFI
Media Files folder or the Avid Media Files
folder.
Click Save.
11 In the Please Choose a Folder for Converted
Audio Files dialog, do one of the following:
• If you are exporting to the same storage
that the Avid video editing application will
be accessing, navigate to the OMFI MediaFiles folder (AIFF or WAV files) or the Avid
MediaFiles folder (MXF files).
– or –
• If you are exporting to a location that is not
directly accessible to the Avid video editing
application, navigate to a location where
you can easily find the audio files when you
need to copy them over to the Avid computer.
Click Use Current Folder (Windows) or
Choose (Mac).
12
Pro Tools exports the following files:
• The AAF sequence is saved to the folder you
designated.
Exporting Audio Files Using
Bounce to Disk
Use the Bounce to Disk command to create premixed files of the current Pro Tools session.
This does not export all of the individual files on
the Timeline, but it does guarantee that the mix
you hear in the Avid video editing application
will be identical to the mix you hear in
Pro Tools, including all panning, effects and automation.
To export audio files using Bounce to Disk:
1
In Pro Tools, finalize the mix.
Select the time range of the session that you
want to export. (All audible tracks in that time
range will be included in the bounce, whether
they are selected or not.)
2
3
Choose File > Bounce to > Disk.
• If you exported audio files directly to the
Avid video editing application’s video storage, related media is saved to the appropriate volume and folder (OMFI MediaFiles or
Avid MediaFiles) accessible to the application.
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4
In the Bounce to Disk dialog, select the Enforce
Avid Compatibility option.
8
Choose the Target Project Timecode Format.
9
Click OK.
10 In the Save Bounce As dialog, navigate to the
volume you will use for audio playback in the
Avid video editing application.
• For MXF audio files, ensure the file is saved
to the Avid MediaFiles folder.
• For all other audio files, ensure the file is
saved to the OMFI MediaFiles folder.
11
Click Save.
All audible audio in the selection will be exported to two multi-mono audio files.
Bounce to Disk dialog
Enforce Avid Compatibility creates frame-accurate edits, wraps the files as OMFI (unless you
choose MXF), and limits the sample rate options
to 44.1 or 48 kHz. Dithering without noise shaping will be applied to files being bounced from
24-bit to 16-bit.
Choose a file type from the File Type pop-up
menu.
5
6
Click Bounce.
In the Publishing Options dialog, type the
Pro Tools Comment and Clip Name.
7
If you selected more than one clip for export, the
Clip Name field will not be available and the
names of the clips will be used for the exported
files.
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Importing Pro Tools Audio
Files Back into the Avid
Video Editing Application
After you have checked out the completed audio
stems to the Pro Tools sequence on the Interplay
server, you may want to import the sequence
back into the Avid video editing application.
For more information on importing Pro Tools
audio into an Avid application with Interplay,
see the Pro Tools Avid Interplay Guide.
Index
A
AAF sequences
exporting from Avid (manually)
from Media Composer 35
exporting from Avid (via Send to Templates)
from Media Composer 34
exporting from Pro Tools
from audio tracks 42
importing
as a new session 39
into an existing session 40
Pro Tools support for 3
about this guide 1
accuracy
frame rate 5
sample rate 5
Adobe Reader 8
AIFF audio files 29
audience of this guide 1
audio file type 29
audio files
compatibility between Pro Tools and Avid 29
editing in Pro Tools 41
exporting with Bounce to Disk 43
importing into Avid from Interplay 44
sharing 31
audio stems
importing into Avid from Interplay 44
audio streaming 1
Avid
customer success 9
Avid DMS ProEncode 2
Avid Interplay Access 2
Avid Interplay Assist 2
Avid Interplay Engine 2
Avid Interplay Transcode 2
Avid ISIS Administration Guide 8
Avid ISIS Client Manager (see Client Manager)
Avid ISIS Client Manager User’s Guide 8
Avid ISIS System Setup Guide 8
Avid MediaFiles folder
location of 4
Avid PathDiag tool (see PathDiag tool)
Avid Site Preparation Guide 8
Avid video editing applications
AAF support for 3
and frame-rate accuracy 5
OMF support for 3
B
bandwidth
reserving 27
Bounce to Disk
exporting audio tracks with 43
Bounce to Disk dialog 44
BWF (.WAV) audio files 29
C
cache files
clearing from Client Manager 28
capabilities
of ISIS 1
changing
password 18
Client Manager
bandwidth reservation 27
changing your password 18
clearing cache files 28
configuring drive letter assignments 24
connecting to an ISIS system 17
definition of 17
display properties 28, 29
Help system 19
logging 28
messages 28
opening 17
preferences 28, 29
clients
changing your Client Manager password 18
configuring with ISIS system 2
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45
ISIS installation software 7
opening Client Manager 17
system requirements 7
compatibility
between Pro Tools and Avid video editing
applications 29
configuring
drive letters 24
Zone 1 clients 14
Zone 2 clients 14
crate, ISIS 2
exporting
AAF sequences from Avid (manually)
from Media Composer 35
AAF sequences from Avid (Send To
Templates)
from Media Composer 34
AAF sequences from Pro Tools
from audio tracks 42
audio tracks in Pro Tools
as an AAF sequence 42
using Bounce to Disk 43
external media (see linked media)
D
definition
Avid DMS ProEncode 2
Client Manager 17
Ethernet switch 2
Interplay Access 2
Interplay Assist 2
Interplay Engine 2
Interplay Transcode 2
ISIS clients 2
ISIS crate 2
ISIS system 2
ISS 2
media data 4
metadata 5
OMF media and sequences 3
System Director 2
destructive editing 32
Diagnostic tools
Avid PathDiag tool 24
diagrams
Intel PRO/1000 MT or PT Ethernet HBA to
ISIS 14
Disk Cache 30
documentation 8
drive selection, when importing session data 41
drivers
installing for Intel PRO/1000 MT or PT HBA 13
E
embedded media
definition of 4
vs. linked media 5
Ethernet HBA 12
Ethernet switch 2
Export Settings dialog 35
Exported Selected Tracks as OMF/AAF 42
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F
frame-rate accuracy (Avid video editing
applications) 5
G
guide conventions 9
guides
audience of this guide 1
Avid ISIS guides 8
H
Help system
Client Manager 19
I
importing
AAF sequences
as a new Pro Tools session 39
into an existing Pro Tools session 40
into Avid from Interplay 44
audio and video
as a new Pro Tools session 39
into an existing Pro Tools session 40
into Avid from Interplay 44
installing
Intel PRO/1000 MT or PT Ethernet card driver
13
Intel PRO/1000 MT or PT Ethernet card
connecting to an Avid ISIS system 14
installing driver for 13
Interplay
documentation 8
importing
audio stems into Avid video editing application from 44
ISIS capabilities 1
Interplay Access 2
Interplay Assist 2
Interplay Engine 2
Interplay Transcode 2
ISIS
additional documentation 8
and Avid Interplay 1
and media streaming 1
client installation software 7
clients 2
crate 2
diagrams
Intel Ethernet card connections 14
installation overview 11
number of configurable users 1
opening Client Manager 17
system 2
system requirements for clients 7
testing 24
ISS
definition 2
L
letterless drive mapping 24
linked media
vs. embedded media 5
locations
of MXF media 4
of OMF media 4
M
Mac OS X
system requirements 7
manually exporting sequences
from Media Composer 35
media
Avid default locations for 4
media compatibility
between Pro Tools and Avid video editing
applications 30
Media Compose
exporting AAF sequences
manually 35
Media Composer
exporting AAF sequences
via Send To Templates 34
Media Composer clients
and ISIS capabilities 1
configuring with ISIS system 2
installing the Intel Ethernet card on 12
number of configurable users 1
system requirements 7
media data
definition of 4
media files 4
and metadata 5
metadata
definition of 5
MXF media
editing 32
folder locations 4
N
New 39
O
OMF media
Avid video editing application support for 3
definition of 3
editing 32
folder locations 4
Pro Tools support for 4
OMF sequences (see AAF sequences)
OMFI MediaFiles folder
location of 4
overview
documentation 1
guide 1
installing ISIS client hardware and software 11
ISIS system 2
P
password
changing 18
PathDiag tool
custom tests 25
definition 24
PDF documentation 8
performance characteristics, with ISIS 30
Please Choose a Folder for Converted Audio Files
dialog 43
preferences
Client Manager 28
Pro Tools
AAF support for 3
and sample-rate accuracy 5
editing audio files 41
Index
47
exporting audio tracks
as AAF sequences 42
using Bounce to Disk 43
importing
AAF sequence as a new session 39
AAF sequence into an existing session 40
ISIS capabilities 1
New Session dialog 39
OMF support for 4
system requirements 7
Pro Tools clients
configuring with ISIS system 2
installing the Intel Ethernet card on 12
number of configurable users 1
sharing files 31
Publishing Options dialog 42, 44
AAF sequences 3
MXF media 3
OMF sequences and media 3
supported audio file types 29
supported bit-depths 30
supported sample rates 30
System Director
connecting to using Client Manager 17
definition of 2
system requirements 7
T
technical support 9
testing
ISIS connection 24
timecode
and metadata 5
R
Reader (see Adobe Reader)
real time audio or video streaming 1
S
sample rates 30
for use with Pro Tools and Avid video editing
applications together 30
sample-rate accuracy 5
Send To dialog 34
Send To Templates
in Media Composer 34
sequences
exporting from Avid (manually)
from Media Composer 35
exporting from Avid (via Send To Templates)
from Media Composer 34
session data
drive selection 41
selecting a networked workspace when
importing 41
sessions
importing AAF sequence
as a new session 39
into an existing session 40
sharing session files 31
sharing
audio files 31
session files 31
video files 31
Sound Designer II files 29
support
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U
UNC paths (Client Manager) 24
Universal Naming Convention (see UNC paths)
users
possible number with ISIS 1
V
video files
sharing 31
video satellite system
and support for embedded video AAF 3
video streaming 1
W
Windows 7
system requirements 7
workspaces
configuring drive letter assignments 24
letterless drive mapping 24
selecting when importing session data 41
UNC paths 24
Z
Zone 1
configuration 14
Zone 2
configuration 14
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