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Pro Tools
AVoption|V10 and
Media Station|V10 Guide
Version 6.3 for HD Systems on Windows
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Warnings and Cautions
• Never install equipment if it appears damaged.
• Disconnect the power cord before servicing unit.
• Only perform the services explicitly described in this
document. For services or procedures not outlined in this
document, speak with authorized Avid service personnel.
CLASS 1 LED PRODUCT
• Follow all warnings and cautions in the procedures.
• Operate the device within its marked electrical ratings and
product usage instructions.
FCC Notice
This device complies with Part 15 of the FCC Rules. Operation
is subject to the following two conditions:
• This device may not cause harmful interference.
• This device must accept any interference received,
including interference that may cause undesired operation.
This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the
limits for a Class A digital device, pursuant to Part 15 of the
FCC Rules. These limits are designed to provide reasonable
protection against harmful interference when the equipment is
operated in a commercial environment. This equipment
generates, uses, and can radiate radio frequency energy and,
if not installed in accordance with the instruction manual, may
cause harmful interference to radio communications.
Operation of this equipment in a residential area is likely to
cause harmful interference in which case the user will be
required to correct the interference at his own expense.
Canadian ICES-003
This Class A digital apparatus meets all requirements of the
Canadian Interference Causing Equipment Regulations.
Cet appareil numérique de la classe A respecte toutes les
exigences du Règlement sur le matériel brouilleur du Canada.
European Union Notice
Australia and New Zealand EMC Regulations
N1709
John Kells, Australian Operations Manager
Avid Technology (Australia)
Unit B
5 Skyline Place
French Forest NSW 2086
Australia
Phone: 61-2-8977-4800
Taiwan EMC Regulations
Taiwan EMC Regulations BSMI Class A EMC Warning
Declaration of Conformity
(According to ISO/IEC Guide 22 and EN 45014)
Application of Council
Directives:
73/23/EEC, 89/336/EEC.
Standards to which
Conformity is
Declared:
EN60950:1999 Third Edition
CISPR 22:1997 / EN55022:1994 + A1:1995 + A2:1997 Class A
EN55024:1998/EN61000 — 3-2, 4-2, 4-3, 4-4, 4-5, 4-6, 4-8, 4-11
Manufacturer’s
Name:
Avid Technology, Inc.
1925 Andover Street
Tewksbury, MA 01876, USA
European Contact:
Nearest Avid Sales and Service Office or
Avid Technology International B.V.
Sandyford Business Center
Unit 3,
Dublin 18, Ireland
Type of Equipment:
Information Technology Equipment
Product Name:
Products for the Windows NT, Windows 2000, or Windows XP Operating System: Avid Adrenaline
DNA, Avid DS Nitris DNA, Avid Equinox Break-Out-Box, Avid|DS, Avid Xpress, Avid Xpress DV,
Film Composer, Media Composer, MediaDock 2+, MediaDock LVD, MediaDrive, MediaRAID,
MEDIArray, MEDIArray Drive, MEDIArray II, MEDIArray II Drive, Meridien I/O box, NewsCutter,
NewsCutter DV, NewsCutter XP, Pro Tools AVoption|V10, Symphony
Products for the Mac OS X Operating System: Avid Adrenaline DNA, Avid Xpress, Avid Xpress DV,
Film Composer, Media Composer, MediaDock 2+, MediaDock LVD, MediaDrive, MediaRAID,
MEDIArray, MEDIArray Drive, MEDIArray II, MEDIArray II Drive, Meridien I/O box,
Pro Tools AVoption|V10, Symphony
Products for the UNIX Operating System: AirPlay, VideoSPACE
Products for MediaNetwork and Workgroups: Avid ProEncode, Avid Unity MediaManager, Avid Unity
MediaNetwork, Avid Unity TransferManager, LANserver, LANserver EX, MEDIArray, MEDIArray Drive,
MEDIArray II, MEDIArray II Drive, Nearchive, PortServer, Xdeck
Base Model
Numbers:
None
Product Options:
All
(1) Products for the Windows NT, Windows 2000, or
Windows XP Operating System: products were tested in a
typical Avid Adrenaline DNA, Avid DS Nitris DNA, Avid Equinox
Break-Out-Box, Avid|DS, Avid Xpress, Avid Xpress DV,
Film Composer, Media Composer, MediaDock 2+, MediaDock
LVD, MediaDrive, MediaRAID, MEDIArray, MEDIArray Drive,
MEDIArray II, MEDIArray II Drive, Meridien I/O box,
NewsCutter, NewsCutter DV, NewsCutter XP,
Pro Tools AVoption|V10, or Symphony configuration.
(2) Products for the Mac OS X Operating System: products
were tested in a typical Avid Adrenaline DNA, Avid Xpress,
Avid Xpress DV, Film Composer, Media Composer,
MediaDock 2+, MediaDock LVD, MediaDrive, MediaRAID,
MEDIArray, MEDIArray Drive, MEDIArray II, MEDIArray II Drive,
Meridien I/O box, Pro Tools AVoption|V10, or Symphony
configuration.
(3) Products for the UNIX Operating System: products were
tested in an AirPlay or VideoSPACE configuration.
(4) Products for MediaNetwork and Workgroups: products were
tested in a typical Avid ProEncode, Avid Unity MediaManager,
Avid Unity MediaNetwork, Avid Unity TransferManager,
LANserver, LANserver EX, MEDIArray, MEDIArray Drive,
MEDIArray II, MEDIArray II Drive, Nearchive, PortServer, or
Xdeck configuration.
I, the undersigned, hereby declare that the equipment
specified above conforms to the above Directives and
Standards.
George R. Smith, Director of Hardware Engineering
contents
Chapter 1. Introduction to Pro Tools AVoption|V10 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1
AVoption|V10 Components . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1
DigiTranslator 2.0 Integrated Option . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2
MachineControl . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2
Avid Unity MediaNetwork . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2
Compatibility . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
Digidesign Registration . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
About the Pro Tools Guides . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
Chapter 2. AVoption|V10 Hardware Overview . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
AVoption|V10 Hardware Capabilities. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
AVoption|V10 Interface . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
Synchronization Hardware . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
Chapter 3. Installing AVoption|V10 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
Uninstalling Pro Tools Software . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
Installing Pro Tools Hardware . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12
Installing AVoption|V10 Hardware . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12
Installing Media Station|V10 Software . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15
Installing Pro Tools Software . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16
Installing AVoptionDNA Software Components . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17
Starting Up Your System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17
Authorizing Media Station|V10 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17
Authorizing DigiTranslator 2.0 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17
Updating Firmware on Application Launch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18
Using NTSC and PAL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18
Setting Up Local Storage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19
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Chapter 4. Media Station|V10 Software . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23
Avid Nomenclature . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24
Starting a New Project with Media Station|V10 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26
Capturing Audio and Video . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27
Importing Non-OMFI Media Files . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31
Preparing a Sequence for Export . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32
Exporting a Sequence . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34
Import from Pro Tools . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39
Recording Audio and Video to Tape . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42
Exporting a Digital Movie. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43
Deleting Clips, Sequences and Media . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44
Chapter 5. Pro Tools Movie Track. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45
Avid Movie Track in Pro Tools . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45
Movie Track Options . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45
Exporting Files from Avid Programs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46
Adding Video Clips . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47
Undo/Redo for Video Editing Commands . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47
Movie Online . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48
Movie Offline . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48
Viewing Video Playback . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48
Moving the Movie Track or Video Clips . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48
Copying Video Clips . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49
Clearing Selected Video Clips. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50
Locking the Movie Track . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50
QuickTime Movie Sync Offset . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50
Scrub Movie Window . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50
Appendix A. 24fps Workflows . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53
Appendix B. PCI Slot Configurations for AVoption|V10 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55
Appendix C. Video Buffer Underrun Errors. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59
Index . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 61
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Pro Tools AVoption|V10 and Media Station|V10 Guide
chapter 1
Introduction to Pro Tools AVoption|V10
Pro Tools with AVoption|V10 combines the
powerful audio post-production features of
Pro Tools|HD with integrated support for import
and playback of Avid video media. Avid
Media Station|V10 software is included with
AVoption|V10, providing video capture and reconform, AAF/OMF render and export of Avid
sequences, and professional audio and video
layback.
AVoption|V10 Components
AVoption|V10 includes the following:
• AVoption|V10 breakout box
• FireWire connector cable
• Two optical (ADAT lightpipe) cables
• AC Power cable
• Pro Tools Installer CD-ROM, including:
• Pro Tools TDM software
Pro Tools AVoption|V10
Capabilities
Pro Tools with AVoption|V10 lets you:
• Import and play back Avid video on the
Pro Tools Movie track with near sample-accurate precision against audio tracks.
• Spot individual video clips to new locations in
the Movie track.
• View video edits and clip definitions in the
Movie track.
• View the Movie track as a series of picture
frames.
• Play video on an external NTSC or PAL monitor.
• Import mixed video resolutions to the Movie
track.
• Import and play back true 24P and 25P (Progressive Scan) picture media created in Avid
video workstations.
• AVoption|V10 software components
• Avid Media Station|V10 Installer CD-ROM
• Avid Media Station|V10 application key
• DigiTranslator 2.0 iLok License Card
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Avid Media Station|V10
Capabilities
Avid Media Station|V10 software with AVoption|V10 lets you:
• Capture NTSC or PAL video.
• Import QuickTime clips as Avid video for easier handling.
• Import, batch digitize, and render Avid sequences, then export them as AAF sequences
to Pro Tools.
• Digitize audio and video from an EDL by creating an Avid sequence with Avid EDL Manager™.
• Lay back audio and video simultaneously
with Digital Cut.
• Export audio and video sequences as QuickTime or other format digital files.
Pro Tools with AVoption|V10 does not support 24 or 23.976 fps video output. Though
24 and 23.976 fps video clips are supported, the actual output of Pro Tools is
limited to NTSC (29.97 fps) and PAL (25
fps) standards. On playback, 24 fps clips
are converted in software to these standards. This conversion can produce visible
artifacts. Pro Tools video playback is intended for monitoring purposes only, and is
not suitable for professional layback or
broadcast, regardless of the resolution or
frame rate of the video clip. Video output
from Media Station|V10 software is professional quality.
Media Station|V10 is not compatible with
Windows XP Hotfix - KB824141. If you
use Microsoft Update, do not install this hofix. If it is already installed, remove it using
the Add/Remove Programs Control Panel.
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DigiTranslator 2.0 Integrated
Option
DigiTranslator 2.0 is included with AVoption|V10. Use DigiTranslator to convert AAF and
OMFI sequences into Pro Tools session files. You
can also use it to export audio material from
Pro Tools sessions to AAF sequences or OMFI sequences and files for import into other systems.
For more information, refer to the DigiTranslator 2.0 Integrated Option Guide .
MachineControl
You can use Digidesign’s MachineControl software to remotely control your external audio
and video decks from Pro Tools. MachineControl is a Pro Tools software option that can
be purchased separately.
For more information, see the MachineControl Guide.
Avid Unity MediaNetwork
Pro Tools with AVoption|V10 supports Avid
Unity™ MediaNetwork. Avid Unity MediaNetwork provides integrated high-speed network
storage systems for Avid and Pro Tools workstations.
For detailed information on configuring your
Pro Tools system with AVoption|V10 as an Avid
Unity MediaNetwork client, see the Pro Tools
Client Avid Unity™ MediaNetwork Guide. Also, refer to the Avid Unity compatibility pages of the
Digidesign Web site (www.digidesign.com/compato), as well as your Avid Unity MediaNetwork
documentation.
Compatibility
Digidesign can only assure compatibility and
provide support for hardware and software it
has tested and approved.
For a list of Digidesign hardware systems, Digidesign-qualified computers, operating systems,
and third-party devices and software, refer to
the latest compatibility information on our Web
site (www.digidesign.com/compato).
On Windows systems, AVoption|V10 is
only qualified with the Nvidia Quadro 4
980 XGL AGP monitor card, which requires Nvidia driver version 53.03. This
driver is available for download from:
http://www.nvidia.com/content/drivers/drivers.asp
Also, the NVIDIA Display Driver Service
should be disabled. To disable this service,
select START > MY COMPUTER > MANAGE > SERVICES. Right Click the NVidia
service. Choose properties and disable.
System Requirements
• A Digidesign-qualified Pro Tools|HD system.
• SYNC I/O.
• Digidesign-qualified storage:
• SCSI: Pro Tools with AVoption|V10 requires
separate SCSI drives for audio and video. A
Digidesign-qualified dual-channel SCSI
HBA (such as the Digidesign SCSI|128 or
ATTO UL3D) is required. If your computer
has built-in dual channel SCSI that has
been qualified by Digidesign (such as the
HP xw8000), a SCSI HBA is not required.
The audio drives and the video drives
should each be connected to separate SCSI
channels. For more information, see “Setting Up Local Storage” on page 19.
For local storage, audio and video record
and playback are supported with SCSI
drives only. FireWire drives are not currently supported with AVoption|V10. See
the Digidesign Web site (www.digidesign.com/compato) for the latest compatibility updates.
• Fibre Channel Host Bus Adapter (HBA) for
Avid Unity™ MediaNetwork.
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Digidesign Registration
Make sure to complete and return the registration card included with AVoption|V10. Registered users will receive periodic software update
and upgrade notices. Refer to the registration
card for information on technical support.
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 the Pro Tools Guides
In addition to the printed guides that came with
your system, PDF versions of the Pro Tools
guides are installed automatically with
Pro Tools in the following directory:
Program Files\Digidesign\Pro Tools\Documen
tation. To view or print the PDF guides, install
Acrobat Reader (included on the Pro Tools Installer CD-ROM).
Conventions Used in This Guide
Digidesign guides use the following conventions to indicate menu choices and key commands:
:
4
Convention
Action
File > Save Session
Choose Save Session 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 (Windows)
Click with the right mouse
button
Pro Tools AVoption|V10 and Media Station|V10 Guide
Shortcuts show you useful keyboard or
mouse shortcuts.
Cross References point to related sections in
other Digidesign guides.
chapter 2
AVoption|V10 Hardware Overview
AVoption|V10 Hardware
Capabilities
AVoption|V10 hardware:
• Receives composite, component, S-video, or
SDI video signal.
• Digitizes incoming video using
Media Station|V10 software.
• Outputs composite, component, S-video, and
SDI video signals.
• Plays back all ABVB, JFIF, and IMX resolutions, interlaced and progressive scan, uncompressed JFIF, and DV25.
The oldest class of ABVB files (ABVB
“MSM” files) are not supported in Pro Tools
or Media Station|V10. These files were created with versions of Media Composer earlier than 7.0, and do not have the .omf extension.
At the time of this writing, IMX video files
are supported in Media Station|V10, but
not Pro Tools. Use Media Station|V10 to
transcode these files to a format supported
by Pro Tools. Check the Digidesign Web
site (www.digidesign.com/compato) for updates on support for these formats.
Supported Video Resolutions
Pro Tools AVoption|V10 supports the following
video resolutions for import, export, and playback:
• All Avid OMF video files
While Media Station|V10 supports all Avid
OMF video files, Pro Tools does not support
MXF or IMX media files at the time of this
writing. Pro Tools also does not currently
support NTSC 23.976p frame rate. For software updates, check the Digidesign Web
site (www.digidesign.com/compato).
• DV Resolutions, DV 25 and DVC Pro 25, compressed with the Avid codec:
• DV25 411: DV25 interlaced scan at 4:1:1
sampling (for NTSC 30i and PAL 25i
projects)
• DV25 420: DV25 interlaced scan at 4:2:0
sampling (for PAL 25i projects)
• DV25p 411: DV25 progressive scan at 4:1:1
sampling (for NTSC 23.976p and NTSC 24p
projects)
• DV25p 420: DV25 progressive scan at 4:2:0
sampling (for PAL 25p and PAL 24p
projects)
In Media Station|V10, when capturing
from the AVoption|V10 DV input, resolution options for capture are limited to: 1:1,
15:1s, DV25 420, and DV25 411.
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Support for Mixed Video Resolutions
Pro Tools AVoption|V10 supports Avid video
clips of mixed resolutions in the Movie track.
For example, the Movie track can contain Avid
DV25 and 15:1s clips. However, all clips must be
Avid clips of the same frame rate. Mixed clips
with different frame rates are not supported.
Mixing Avid and QuickTime video clips is not
supported.
AVoption|V10 Interface
The following sections describe the of functions
of the AVoption|V10 breakout box.
DV (Yellow) Lights when DV input is selected in
Media Station|V10 software.
NTSC (Yellow) Lights when an NTSC project is
selected.
PAL (Green) Lights when a PAL project is selected.
Ref (Green) Lights when the AVoption|V10 is
locked to the incoming Reference signal.
Pull Down (Green) Lights when Pull Down is selected in Media Station|V10 software. For indication of any pull-downs applied by Pro Tools,
see the indicator light on the SYNC I/O.
LTC (Green) Lights when LTC IN is being input
to AVoption|V10.
AVoption|V10 Front Panel
The front panel of the AVoption|V10 (see
Figure 1) has eleven indicators and a power
switch. When the AVoption|V10 is powered on,
the indicators turn on and off as it goes through
a power-on self-test (POST).
The front panel of the AVoption|V10 breakout
box provides the following LED indicators:
HD (Yellow) Is currently non-functional.
SD (Green) Lights when Standard Definition
(SD) codec selected.
Power switch
Figure 1. AVoption|V10 breakout box front panel
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44.1 (Yellow) Lights when 44.1 kHz audio is selected.
48 (Green) Lights when 48 kHz audio is selected.
96 (Green) Is currently non-functional.
AVoption|V10 Back Panel
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
11
8
9
10 12
14
13
16
15 17
20
18
19
21
22 23
Figure 2. AVoption|V10 back panel
Table 1. Video I/O Identifiers
Number
Label
Function, Type of Connector, and Usage
1
Video Reference (REF)
Black burst or house synchronization input, BNC connector.
Synchronizes the system with the global clock source provided by the house sync or black burst generator.
2
COMPONENT Y IN
Video Y component input, BNC connector. Connects to analog video output of decks.
3
COMPONENT R-Y IN
Video R-Y component input, BNC connector. Connects to
analog video output of decks.
4
COMPONENT B-Y IN
Video B-Y component input, BNC connector. Connects to
analog video output of decks.
5
COMPOSITE IN
Composite video input, BNC connector. Connects to analog
video output of decks.
6
S-VIDEO IN
Super-video input, 4-pin connector. Connects to analog video
output of decks.
7
S-VIDEO OUT
Super-video output, 4-pin connector. Connects to analog
video input of decks.
8
COMPONENT Y OUT
Video Y component (Betacam) output, BNC connector. Connects to analog video input of decks.
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Table 1. Video I/O Identifiers
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Number
Label
Function, Type of Connector, and Usage
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COMPONENT R-Y OUT
Video R-Y component (Betacam) output, BNC connector.
Connects to analog video input of decks.
10
COMPONENT B-Y OUT
Video B-Y component (Betacam) output, BNC connector.
Connects to analog video input of decks.
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COMPOSITE OUT 1
Composite video output, BNC connector. Connects to analog
video input of decks or monitor.
12
COMPOSITE OUT 2
Composite video output, BNC connector. Connects to analog
video input of decks or monitor.
13
SDI IN
Serial digital input, BNC connector. Connects to a serial digital output from a digital video source.
14
SDI OUT 1
Serial digital output number 1, BNC connector. Connects to
VTR input, a video monitor, or other serial digital device.
15
SDI OUT 2
Serial digital output number 2, BNC connector. Connects to
VTR input, a video monitor, or other serial digital device.
16
SDTI IN
Not currently used.
17
SDTI OUT
Not currently used.
18
1394 Host
Connects to any available 1394 (FireWire) port on the CPU.
19
1394 DV
Connects to the DV source deck.
20
LTC IN
Receives LTC time code.
21
LTC OUT
Sends LTC time code out (not used).
22
OPTICAL IN
Connects to the Optical Out of the primary Pro Tools|HD
audio interface.
23
OPTICAL OUT
Connects to the Optical In of the primary Pro Tools|HD audio
interface.
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Video Connections
The following video input and output connections are available with the AVoption|V10:
• Inputs for composite, component (Y, R-Y,
B-Y), S-Video, DV (1394), and SDI.
• Outputs for composite, component (Y, R-Y,
B-Y), S-Video, DV (1394), and SDI.
• Video Ref input to allow the video to be
locked to an external source such as house
sync or a black burst generator.
All analog video outputs are active during capture and playback. A video monitor can be connected to any of the following video outputs on
the AVoption|V10:
• Component
Synchronization Hardware
Synchronization Peripheral
AVoption|V10 requires the Digidesign SYNC I/O
for use with Pro Tools|HD systems.
Synchronization Source
For accurate synchronization during capture
and playback, a common video reference is required:
• Black burst
• House Reference Synchronization source
• Local video source (such as the TBC video
output of the machine)
• Composite
• SDI
• S-Video
• DV
If you use the DV connection for a video
monitor, the DV device may not be synchronized with playback.
When digitizing from a DV25 source, the
video monitor will not display the output.
The output is displayed on the computer
monitor in Media Station|V10 instead. The
video monitor will display the output when
digitizing from any other source.
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chapter 3
Installing AVoption|V10
Pro Tools with AVoption|V10 and
Media Station|V10 must be installed in the following order:
1 Uninstall any previous version of Pro Tools
software, if present (any currently installed
Pro Tools hardware does not need to be removed): See “Uninstalling Pro Tools Software”
on page 11.
2 Install Pro Tools hardware (if necessary): See
“Installing Pro Tools Hardware” on page 12.
3 Install AVoption|V10 hardware: See “Install-
Uninstalling Pro Tools
Software
If you are upgrading your Pro Tools system with
AVoption|V10, you must first uninstall
Pro Tools software before installing
Media Station|V10 software. However, you do
not need to remove your Pro Tools hardware.
To uninstall Pro Tools software:
1 Choose Start > Control Panel.
ing AVoption|V10 Hardware” on page 12.
2 Launch Add or Remove Programs.
4 Install Media Station|V10 software: See “In-
3 From the Currently Installed Programs list, select Digidesign Pro Tools TDM.
stalling Media Station|V10 Software” on
page 15.
5 Install Pro Tools software: See “Installing
Pro Tools Software” on page 16.
4 Click the Change/Remove button.
5 Follow the onscreen instructions to remove
Pro Tools.
6 Install AVoptionDNA software components:
See “Installing AVoptionDNA Software Components” on page 17.
7 Setup local storage (if necessary): See “Setting
Up Local Storage” on page 19.
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Installing Pro Tools Hardware
If you do not already have a currently supported
Pro Tools system installed, you must install your
Pro Tools hardware. For detailed Pro Tools hardware installation information, see your Getting
Started Guide.
If you already have Pro Tools hardware installed, proceed by installing the AVoption|V10
hardware (see “Installing AVoption|V10 Hardware” on page 12).
Be sure to follow the correct PCI slot placement
of your Pro Tools cards according to the information in Appendix B, “PCI Slot Configurations
for AVoption|V10.”
For the latest information on supported
computers and PCI slot configuration, be
sure to check the AVoption|V10 compatibility pages on the Digidesign Web site
(www.digidesign.com/compato).
The Pro Tools and AVoption|V10 hardware must be installed before installing
Media Station|V10 software, Pro Tools
software, and the AVoption|V10 software
components.
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Installing AVoption|V10
Hardware
To install AVoption|V10 hardware:
1 Connect the power cable for the AVop-
tion|V10 breakout box.
2 Connect one end of the FireWire cable to the
Host port on the AVoption|V10 breakout box,
and connect the other end to any an internal
1394 (FireWire) port on your computer.
The AVoption|V10 should be the only device attached to the FireWire bus. No other
FireWire devices should be attached to the
FireWire bus.
The internal FireWire (1394) bus shares
one segment of the PCI bus. No other PCI
cards may be installed on the same PCI bus
segment as the AVoption|V10. The division
of PCI bus segments between PCI slots varies with different models of computers, so it
is critical to follow the card installation directions in Appendix B, “PCI Slot Configurations for AVoption|V10.”
Connecting Analog Video Input
and Output
To connect the output of an analog video deck to
the AVoption|V10:
Using a BNC cable, connect the component
output of the video deck to all of the following:
■ Using a 4-pin connector, connect S-VIDEO
OUT on the AVoption|V10 breakout box to SVideo in of the video deck.
All analog video outputs are active during
capture and playback.
■
• COMPONENT Y IN on the AVoption|V10
breakout box.
• COMPONENT R-Y IN on the AVoption|V10
breakout box.
• COMPONENT B-Y IN on the AVoption|V10
breakout box.
– or –
Using a BNC cable, connect the composite
output of the video deck to COMPOSITE IN on
the AVoption|V10 breakout box.
■
– or –
Using a 4-pin connector, connect the s-video
output of the video deck to S-VIDEO IN on the
AVoption|V10 breakout box.
■
To connect the analog video output from the
AVoption|V10 to an analog video deck:
Using a BNC cable, connect all of the following to the component input of the video deck:
■
• COMPONENT Y OUT on the AVoption|V10
breakout box.
• COMPONENT R-Y OUT on the AVoption|V10 breakout box.
• COMPONENT B-Y OUT on the AVoption|V10 breakout box.
– or –
Using a BNC cable, connect COMPOSITE
OUT 1 or 2 on the AVoption|V10 breakout box
to the composite in of the video deck.
Connecting Digital Video Input
and Output
To connect the output of a serial digital video
source to the AVoption|V10:
■ Using a BNC cable, connect the serial digital
output from a digital video source to SDI IN on
the AVoption|V10 breakout box.
To connect the serial digital video output from the
AVoption|V10 to a digital video deck:
■ Using a BNC cable, connect SDI OUT 1 or 2 on
the AVoption|V10 breakout box to the serial digital input of the video deck.
Connecting a DV Device
To connect a DV device to the AVoption|V10:
■ Connect one end of the FireWire (1394) cable
to the DV port on the AVoption|V10, and connect the other end to any available FireWire port
on the DV Device.
All Firewire decks and cameras that are
connected to AVoption|V10 must be powered on after powering on the AVoption|V10.
Connecting Optical for Audio
■
– or –
To be able to capture and play back audio with
Media Station|V10 software, you will need to
connect the OPTICAL In and Out of the AVoption|V10 to the Optical In and Out of the primary Pro Tools|HD audio interface.
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To connect the AVoption|V10 to the primary
Pro Tools|HD audio interface:
1 Using an optical cable, connect the OPTICAL
Out of the AVoption|V10 to the Optical In of the
primary Pro Tools|HD audio interface.
2 Using an optical cable, connect the OPTICAL
In of the AVoption|V10 to the Optical Out of the
primary Pro Tools|HD audio interface.
Be sure to use the ports marked “Optical”
on your Pro Tools|HD audio interface. Do
not connect to the ADAT In and Out on the
audio interface.
Loop Sync In/Out
Loop Sync is the clock signal used to synchronize Pro Tools|HD-series audio interfaces. Connect Loop Sync In on the SYNC I/O to Loop
Sync Out on the primary Pro Tools|HD audio interface. Connect Loop Sync Out on the SYNC
I/O to Loop Sync In on the primary
Pro Tools|HD audio interface. If you have multiple Pro Tools audio interfaces, connect Loop In
on the SYNC I/O to Loop Out on the last
Pro Tools interface.
from Loop Sync Out
(audio interface)
Connecting a SYNC I/O
AC 100-240V, 50-60HZ, .5A 30W
The SYNC I/O is required for Pro Tools with
AVoption|V10. Connect the house video reference to the Video Ref In port on the SYNC I/O,
and connect the Loop Sync on the SYNC I/O to
the corresponding Loop Sync on the primary
Pro Tools|HD audio interface. For more information on configuring and using the SYNC I/O,
see the SYNC I/O Guide.
Connect a BNC cable to the Video Ref In port on
the SYNC I/O and to a black burst (house video
reference) generator or a standard video signal,
for clock reference and window burn purposes.
The Video Ref Out port must be terminated (using the 75-ohm terminator included with the
SYNC I/O) or connected to another terminated
video device (such as the AVoption|V10).
House Video
Reference
INTERNALLY
TERMINATED
IN
OUT
HOST SERIAL
VIDEO
MTC OUT
SYNC I/O video connections
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9-PIN OUT 1
OUT
x)
9-PIN OUT 2
LOOP SYNC
to Loop Sync In
(audio interface)
SYNC I/O connection to a Pro Tools|HD audio interface
Connecting House Video
Reference or Black Burst
Video Reference In
VIDEO REF
IN
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In most AVoption|V10 setups, three black burst
or house video reference (house sync) connections are required:
• To VIDEO REF IN on the SYNC I/O
• To a video input on your VTR (a video reference input if available)
• To the VIDEO REF connector on the AVoption|V10 (this connection can come from the
Video Ref Out on the SYNC I/O)
Be sure to read the documentation for your
black burst generator for more information.
Connecting a VTR
A VTR can be used to provide video input to and
record video output from AVoption|V10. In
most situations, there are three connections you
need to make:
1 Connect a black burst or house sync output to
a video input on your VTR (preferably a reference video input).
Installing Media Station|V10
Software
You must install Media Station|V10 software before installing Pro Tools software. If a current installation of Pro Tools software is present, you
must uninstall it before installing
Media Station|V10 software.
2 Connect the AVoption|V10 Composite IN,
To install Media Station|V10 software:
Component IN, S-Video IN, or SDI IN connectors to the corresponding output or outputs on
your VTR.
1 Be sure that the AVoption|V10 breakout box is
powered off or disconnected.
3 Connect the AVoption|V10 Composite OUT,
Component OUT, S-Video OUT, or SDI OUT
connectors to the corresponding inputs on your
VTR.
– or –
Connect the AVoption|V10 Composite OUT or
Component OUT connectors to the corresponding input on an NTSC or PAL video monitor,
then connect the outputs from this monitor to
the corresponding inputs on your VTR.
Connecting an External Video
Monitor
Connect an external NTSC or PAL video monitor to any of the Composite, Component, SVideo, or SDI outputs (see “Video Connections”
on page 9).
Using Centralized Video Switching
and Routing
Many professional facilities have centralized
video switching and routing systems. These systems can be used to route AVoption|V10 inputs
and outputs to flexible input sources and output
destinations.
2 Start your computer and log on to Windows
with Administrator privileges.
3 When the Found New Hardware Wizard dia-
log appears (for your Pro Tools hardware and
AVoption|V10 hardware), leave it open.
4 Insert the Avid Media Station|V10 Installer
CD-ROM in your computer’s CD-ROM drive.
5 Locate and launch the Media Station|V10
Setup.exe file.
6 Follow the onscreen instructions.
7 Wait for the installer to finish installing all
software components. When installation is
complete, click Finish to restart your computer.
8 Power on the AVoption|V10 breakout box.
The New Hardware Wizard will appear. In the
New Hardware Wizard, you will need to manually select the required files.
9 Click the Have Disk button, and browse to
C:\Program Files\Avid\MediaStationV10\Supporting Files\WindowsXPDrivers\flamethrower.inf.
10 Click Finish to complete the installation.
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Media Station|V10 software will only run if:
• A compatible version of Pro Tools is installed
• A Pro Tools|HD card is installed
• The AVoption|V10 hardware is installed
Media Station|V10 is not compatible with
Windows XP Hotfix - KB824141. If you
use Microsoft Update, do not install this hofix. If it is already installed, remove it using
the Add/Remove Programs Control Panel.
Installing Pro Tools Software
To install Pro Tools TDM software:
1 Start Windows, logging in with Administrator
privileges. For details on Administrator privileges, refer to your Windows documentation.
2 Wait for the Found New Hardware Wizard dialog to appear and leave it open.
3 Insert the Pro Tools Installer CD-ROM for
Windows in your CD-ROM drive. Locate and
open the Pro Tools Installer folder, and doubleclick the Setup icon.
4 Click Next to begin installation.
5 Select the install location. For maximum reliability, install Product Name on your startup
drive. Click Next.
6 Select Custom Install and enable the DigiTranslator 2.0 Option. When choosing Custom
Install, you can select from a list of components
to install along with Pro Tools. Click the name
of each component for a description of its contents.
7 Click Next.
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8 Select your work environment. This loads an
initial set of Pro Tools Preferences that include
some of the more popular settings for post production, audio, or audio with MIDI.
9 Click Next.
10 Select whether to install the Surround Mixer
plug-in. This plug-in is required for mixing,
mastering, and monitoring in surround.
• Select “Yes – Monitor in Pro Tools Film Format” if your monitoring is configured for
Film Format surround.
• Select “Yes – Monitor in ProControl (DTS
Format)” if you are using a ProControl dedicated controller.
• Select “No – Stereo mixing only” if your
monitoring is configured for Stereo.
11 After making a selection, click Next.
Wait for the installer to finish installing all software components, drivers, and PACE System
files before proceeding to the next step.
12 If QuickTime is not already installed, you
will be prompted to install the Recommended
QuickTime installer option. Follow the onscreen
instructions to complete the QuickTime installation process.
13 When installation is complete, click Finish to
restart your computer.
Installing AVoptionDNA
Software Components
Authorizing
Media Station|V10
To install AVoptionDNA software components:
Use the included Avid Application key (USB
dongle) to authorize Avid Media Station|V10.
1 Start your computer and log on to Windows
with Administrator privileges.
2 Insert the Pro Tools TDM Installer CD-ROM in
your computer’s CD-ROM drive.
To authorize Media Station|V10 software:
■ Insert the Avid Application Key (USB dongle)
into an available USB port on your computer.
3 Locate and launch the AVoptionDNA
Setup.exe file.
4 Follow the onscreen instructions.
5 Wait for the installer to finish installing all
software components. When installation is
complete, click Finish to restart your computer.
Starting Up Your System
To ensure that the components of your
Pro Tools AVoption|V10 system communicate
properly with each other, you need to start up
your system in the correct order.
Start up your Pro Tools AVoption|V10 system in
the following order:
1 Turn on the expansion chassis, if any.
If you have an expansion chassis and it is
not powered on, your computer will not
boot.
2 Turn on any external hard drives.
3 Turn on the SYNC I/O.
Authorizing DigiTranslator 2.0
DigiTranslator 2.0 is authorized using the iLok
USB Smart Key (iLok) and License Card from
PACE Anti-Piracy.
The iLok is similar to a dongle, but unlike a dongle, it is designed to securely authorize multiple
software applications from a variety of software
developers. This key can hold over 100 authorizations for all of your iLok-enabled software.
Once an iLok is authorized for a given piece of
software, you can use the iLok to authorize that
software on any computer.
The iLok USB Smart Key is not supplied
with AVoption|V10. One iLok is included
with your Pro Tools|HD Core system.
License Cards are specific to each Pro Tools option or plug-in. You will receive the appropriate
License Cards for the software options or plugins that you purchase. One DigiTranslator 2.0
iLok License Card is included with your AVoption|V10. License Cards have a small punch-out
plastic chip called a GSM cutout.
4 Turn on the Pro Tools|HD audio interfaces.
5 Turn on the AVoption|V10.
6 Turn on the DV camcorder or digital video
deck, if any.
7 Start up your computer.
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To authorize the DigiTranslator 2.0 option with
iLok:
1 Insert the iLok into an available USB port on
your computer.
2 Launch Pro Tools. You will be prompted to authorize any installed unauthorized software options or plug-ins.
If you are already using a demo version of
the software option or plug-in, launch
Pro Tools before you insert the iLok, then
insert the iLok into any available USB port
when prompted by Pro Tools.
3 Follow the onscreen instructions until you are
prompted to insert the License Card into the
iLok.
4 Separate the GSM cutout from the larger protective card by pulling it up and out with your
thumb. Do not force the cutout down with your
finger.
5 Insert the GSM cutout into the iLok. Visually
verify that the metal portion of the cutout
makes contact with the iLok’s metal card reader.
7 After the authorization has completed, re-
move the GSM cutout from the iLok. (If you
have to remove the iLok from the computer to
remove the cutout, be sure to re-insert the iLok
in any available USB port on your computer
when you are finished.)
Updating Firmware on
Application Launch
On launch, Pro Tools checks that appropriate
version of the firmware is installed on the AVoption|V10 breakout box. If the correct version of
the firmware is not installed, Pro Tools automatically installs the correct version of the firmware. Once the update is complete, you will be
prompted to quit Pro Tools and power-cycle the
AVoption|V10 breakout box before the upgrade
will take effect.
Media Station|V10 software also makes any necessary firmware updates to the AVoption|V10
breakout box on launch. If this occurs, you must
quit Media Station|V10 and power-cycle the
AVoption|V10 breakout box for any firmware
updates to take effect.
Using NTSC and PAL
iLok with License Card
When switching between NTSC and PAL formats, settings must be changed in the Pro Tools
Session Setup window:
6 Follow the onscreen instructions to complete
the authorization process for the DigiTranslator
2.0 option.
• Select the correct frame rate from the Frame
Rate pop-up menu (for example 25 fps or
29.97 fps).
• Set the SYNC I/O to the correct format (PAL or
NTSC).
When a video clip is imported to the Movie
track, Pro Tools sets the correct format (PAL
or NTSC) on the SYNC I/O automatically.
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If you import an existing video file to the Movie
track, Pro Tools will warn you if the frame rate
of the imported clip does not match the session’s current frame rate setting (NTSC or PAL).
You will need to manually change the frame
rate setting in the Pro Tools Session Setup window to match the frame rate of the imported
video clip.
Installing the SCSI Host Bus
Adapter (HBA)
To install a SCSI HBA:
1 Unplug and open your computer according to
the manufacturer’s instructions.
2 Release any static electricity by touching the
power supply, or another grounded item.
3 Remove the SCSI accelerator card from the
Setting Up Local Storage
For local storage, Pro Tools|HD with AVoption|V10 requires a Digidesign-qualified dualchannel SCSI HBA (host bus adapter) and Avid
or Digidesign-qualified SCSI hard drives. Dedicate one SCSI channel to audio drives and one
SCSI channel to video drives.
If you have a Digidesign-qualified computer
with built-in SCSI (such as the HP xw8000), an
additional SCSI HBA is not required.
For the most current storage requirements
and compatibility information, see the
Digidesign Web site at (www.digidesign.com/compato).
anti-static bag, being careful to handle it only by
the edges.
4 Line up the SCSI accelerator card with the in-
stallation slot, and slide the card into place gently so the PCI connector is aligned with the PCI
slot.
5 Press down firmly on the card with even pres-
sure. The connector should click into place in
the PCI slot.
6 Fasten the card in place using the included
screw to attach the card bracket to the computer
mounting bracket.
If you are using Avid Unity MediaNetwork
rather than local storage, local storage is not required.
For information on configuring Pro Tools
Client Avid Unity MediaNetwork, see the
Pro Tools MediaNetwork Guide.
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Updating the SCSI BIOS
If you are using an ATTO SCSI HBA card, you
may need to update its SCSI BIOS. When starting your computer, you will see what version of
the ATTO SCSI BIOS is installed on the SCSI
card. If it is not version 1.68 or higher, you will
need to flash the SCSI BIOS with 1.68 or higher
ATTO SCSI BIOS (flash.bat).
To update the BIOS on the ATTO SCSI card:
1 Insert a High Density PC formatted floppy
disk in your floppy drive (this needs to be a DOS
boot disk).
2 Copy the DOS folder from the ATTO folder on
the Pro Tools Installer CD-ROM to the floppy
disk.
3 Shut down your computer.
4 Disconnect all hard drives from the SCSI HBA
card.
5 Start your computer with the floppy disk in
the floppy drive.
If you are using an ATTO SCSI HBA card, you
will need to install its Windows device driver.
To install the ATTO Windows device driver:
1 Disconnect all hard drives from the SCSI HBA
card.
2 Start your computer. Note the version of the
ATTO SCSI BIOS when booting. If it is version
1.68, proceed to the next step. If it is not version
1.68, you will need to flash the ATTO SCSI BIOS
(see “Updating the SCSI BIOS” on page 20).
3 Insert the Pro Tools Installer CD-ROM in your
CD-ROM drive.
4 Locate and unzip the epci168 file (in the ATTO
folder).
5 Run the Setup.exe file from the unzipped
folder and follow the onscreen instructions. The
Windows device drivers are automatically for
both channels of the SCSI HBA.
6 From within DOS, CD to the DOS\UTILITY
folder and run flash.bat.
6 When the installation is complete, reboot
7 When prompted, press Control+Z.
In the Windows Device Manager, both channels
of the SCSI HBA will appear under SCSI and
RAID controllers as “ExpressPCI Adapter - UL3D
(Ultra3 Dual Channel).”
The SCSI BIOS will be updated. This may take a
few minutes.
Do not interrupt this process or your system
may be damaged.
8 Select Configure Adapter Channels.
9 Set Host Adapter BIOS to Scan Only.
10 Press the Esc key twice.
11 Select Save Parameters and Exit, and press
Enter.
For more information, see the flash.txt in
the DOS\UTILITY.
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your computer.
Once you have installed the SCSI HBA, its Windows device drivers, and restarted you computer, you can connect your SCSI hard drives.
Formatting Hard Drives
Format your hard drives as NTFS using Windows
Disk Administrator. Striped drives are supported
for video, but not for audio.
On Windows systems, audio drives must be formatted as “Basic” or Pro Tools won't recognize
them as valid audio drives.
Video drives to be included in video stripe sets
must be formatted as “Dynamic.” 1:1 video requires a 2-drive striped set.
For the latest information on supported
storage configurations, be sure to check the
AVoption|V10 compatibility pages on the
Digidesign Web site (www.digidesign.com/compato).
Using Two Hard Drives
For scenarios that do not require a high audio
track count or a very long video segment, you
may use two hard drives.
In this scenario, one drive is used to record, import, and play back audio data, and the other is
used to do the same for video.
Using More Than Two Hard Drives
To get the best possible performance from your
Pro Tools|HD system with AVoption|V10, you
should use more than two hard drives. In this
scenario, you should use striped hard drives for
video data. Striped volumes appear to Pro Tools
as a single volume.
Audio Both Pro Tools and Media Station|V10
software can store audio data to multiple hard
drives. You should allocate audio tracks to different hard drives manually. “Round robin” disk
allocation is not recommended in a system that
includes video drives. For more information, see
the Pro Tools Reference Guide.
Video Media Station|V10 software can capture
contiguous video to multiple hard disks. This is
useful if the length of your video session exceeds
the storage space available on a single drive. For
example, 26 minutes of video material, using
3:1 compression, requires approximately
11.1 GB of storage space.
Complete storage requirements for different
video resolutions are available on the Avid
Web site (www.avid.com).
Striped Drive Requirements
(Video Storage Only)
Striped drives are configured so that multiple
hard drives behave as if they are one hard drive.
This makes higher data throughput possible. Requirements will vary depending on the drives.
For example, the 5th-Generation DigiDrives™
(released November 2001) require 2-way striped
drive sets when capturing or playing uncompressed (1:1) video. For earlier generations of
drives, 4- way striped drives or greater (4 or more
drives acting as one) are required when capturing or playing uncompressed (1:1) video; and 2way striped drives (2 drives acting as one) are required when capturing or playing 2:1 and 3:1
compressed video.
Striped drives are supported for video only.
Striped drives are not supported for audio
record and playback.
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Formatting and Striping Media Drives
For the latest Drive Striping Configuration, go to
the Knowledge Center on the Avid Web site,
click the Documentation tab, and then click
Drive Striping Tables.
Disk drives must be configured as Dynamic
if you are striping drives.
To create a format and stripe drives for video
media:
1 Start your system, and log in to an account
with administrative privileges.
2 Right-click the My Computer icon, and select
Manage. The Computer Management window
opens.
3 Click the Disk Management folder.
For more information on the Computer
Management window, click the Help icon in
the toolbar of the Computer Management
window.
4 Format hard drives intended for audio record
and playback as NTFS.
5 To stripe drives for video record and playback,
make the first drive a Dynamic drive by rightclicking the disk ID section of the disk in the
Computer Management window and selecting
Upgrade to, or Create Dynamic disk, depending
upon the status of your disk.
When you select a disk in the Computer Management window, the white section of the disk
changes to stripes, showing that the section has
been selected.
6 Repeat the preceding step for the each drive
you want to stripe.
7 Right-click one of the Dynamic drives and select Action > Create Volume.
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8 Follow the instructions in the Create Volume
Wizard to finish striping the drives using NTFS
format.
chapter 4
Media Station|V10 Software
This chapter documents basic
Media Station|V10 workflows for Pro Tools with
AVoption|V10. For more information about specific features and functions of Media Station|V10, search for the desired function in the
Media Composer Adrenaline online help file by
launching Media Station|V10 and selecting Help
> Online Help, or by selecting Program Files >
Avid > MediaStationV10 Help from the Windows Start menu. For more information about
Avid media capture, layback, import, and export, see the Avid Media Composer Adrenaline Input and Output Guide available from the Avid
Web site (www.avid.com).
Avid Media Station|V10 software is designed especially for Pro Tools post-production workflows with AVoption|V10:
Media Station|V10 software and Pro Tools
cannot run simultaneously. Quit Pro Tools
before launching Media Station|V10, and
quit Media Station|V10 before launching
Pro Tools.
Media Station|V10 provides the same digitizing and batch digitizing methods as all
Avid video editing systems.
Media Station|V10 software can output all
frame rates of NTSC and PAL, but cannot
output an NTSC master from a PAL source,
or output a PAL master from an NTSC
source.
• Record audio and video directly from tape
• Import an EDL and batch digitize from tape
• Open and re-digitize an existing sequence
from an Avid editing system (such as Media
Composer Adrenaline)
• Render all effects
• Export an AAF sequence for import to
Pro Tools
• Import an AAF exported from Pro Tools
• Lay back audio and video to tape
• Export audio and video sequences in digital
format
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Avid Nomenclature
The following provides a brief glossary of Avid
terms and, where applicable, their Pro Tools
counterparts.
Media Files Media files contain data representing raw audio or video material. Every time you
record a piece of video or audio material into an
application, you are creating a media file containing media data. Media Station|V10 stores all
media files in the OMFI MediaFiles folders on
the volumes you designate.
Clip A Clip references one or more media files
which play in synchronization, for instance a
video file and its two audio tracks. Clips are
stored in Bins.
SubClip A SubClip in Media Station|V10 is like a
region in Pro Tools: It is a shorter version of the
clip it was created from. Subclips are stored in
Bins.
Sequence A Sequence is equivalent to a
Pro Tools session: It is a collection of clips and
sub-clips organized in a Timeline. Sequences are
stored in Bins.
Bins Bins are like folders where you organize
clips and sequences. Bins are stored in the individual project folders.
Projects Projects are where you organize a number of Bins. Bins can also be shared between
projects.
In one project, you could create a new Bin to
hold all of your video clips and a Bin to hold
your sound effects, and a Bin for sequences. You
could close that project, open a new project and
open the audio Bin from the first project to use
the same audio in a different sequence. Projects
are stored in the Avid Projects folder in the
MediaStationV10 folder.
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Timeline The Media Station|V10 Timeline shows
the assorted audio and video elements arranged
in a linear sequence, like in Pro Tools.
Source Monitor The Source Monitor is the Video
window above the Timeline (on the left). Use
the Source Monitor to select what will be added
to the sequence in the Timeline
Record Monitor The Record Monitor is the Video
window above the Timeline (on the right). Playback of the sequence in the Timeline is viewed
in the Record Monitor.
Client Monitor The Client Monitor is the external video monitor connected to an analog video
output of the AVoption|V10.
Figure 3. Media Station|V10 Timeline (bottom), Source Monitor (top left), and Record Monitor (top right)
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Starting a New Project with
Media Station|V10
Before launching Media Station|V10 software, verify that Pro Tools is not running.
Pro Tools and Media Station|V10 must not
be running at the same time: you must exit
Pro Tools before launching
Media Station|V10, and you must exit
Media Station|V10 before launching
Pro Tools.
To start a new project, or select an existing
project:
1 Launch the Avid Media Station|V10 software.
3 Select or create a new user profile. Each user
can configure Media Station|V10 to suit their
needs while allowing multiple users to use the
same workstation.
4 Select the Shared option to open or create
projects which are accessible to any other users.
– or –
Select the Private option to open or create a session which only the current user can access.
5 To create a new project, click the New Project
button.
In the New Project dialog, name the project, select the format appropriate for your video monitor and desired frame rate, and click OK.
2 You will be prompted to create a new project
or select an existing project.
In Media Station|V10, 29.97fps is referred
to as 30i. The “I” stands for interlaced,
which is the standard format. “P” stands
for progressive scan.
6 Select the desired Project and click OK.
The selected project will open with the Project
window. The name of the project appears in the
upper left-hand corner of the Project window.
To the right of the Project window is the first
Bin for the Project.
To view the Bins in a Project:
■ Click the Bins tab in the Project window. Double-click any listed Bin to view its contents
Select Project dialog
To view and edit Project Settings:
In the Select Project dialog, make sure the
Folder selected is \Program Files\
AvidMediaStationV10\Avid Projects. This
is where your projects, bins, and sequences
will be stored. Media files are stored separately.
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■ Click the Settings tab to view the Project settings, including Audio and Export settings.
Configuring Audio Settings
Capturing Audio and Video
To configure the audio settings for a project:
1 Click the Settings tab in the Project window.
2 Double-click Audio Project in the Settings list.
3 Click the Main tab in the Audio Project Set-
tings window.
Manual Capture of Audio and
Video
To capture audio and video from tape, verify
that the following connections are made:
• Connect your video source to the appropriate
inputs of your AVoption|V10. For more information about the video connections on the
AVoption|V10 breakout box, see “Connecting
Analog Video Input and Output” on page 13.
• Connect the audio source to the first eight analog or any digital inputs of your primary
Pro Tools audio interface. For more information on making audio connections, see your
Getting Started guide and the guide for your
Pro Tools audio interface.
Audio Project Settings dialog, Main tab
4 Set the desired Sample Rate, Audio File For-
mat, and Sample Bit Depth. OMF WAVE (BWF)
is the recommended Audio File Format because
it provides the best interchange between systems.
5 Verify other settings as desired. For most
projects, the default settings are recommended.
6 After configuring the Audio Project Settings,
• Connect the Optical In and Out of the primary audio interface to the Optical In and
Out of the AVoption|V10. For more information about making audio connections between the AVoption|V10 breakout box and
your Pro Tools audio interface, see “Connecting Optical for Audio” on page 13).
Do not connect the Optical In and Out of
the AVoption|V10 to the ADAT In and Out
of the audio interface.
close the window.
Audio Project Settings are saved with the
project. You will need to configure the Audio
Project Settings for each new project.
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To capture audio and video:
1 Select Tools > Capture to open the Capture
Tool.
8 Select the resolution (RES) you would like to
capture. 1:1 is uncompressed and offers the best
quality, but takes up the most storage space.
20:1 takes up the least amount of storage space,
but is the lowest quality picture. Select the level
of compression which is appropriate for your
project. DV25 offers a good quality picture with
a moderate level of compression. 10:1m and
4:1m are multi-cam resolutions and should not
be used for Pro Tools.
When capturing from the AVoption|V10
DV input, resolution options for the capture
are limited to: 1:1, 15:1s, DV25 420 and
DV25 411.
9 Select the drives where you would like the au-
Avid Capture Tool
2 Make sure that all the reveal triangles on the
left side of the Capture Tool window are pointing down so that all of the controls are visible.
3 If necessary, click the Capture/Log Mode button (to the right of the Trash icon) in the Capture tool to select Capture mode (CAP).
4 Verify that the Toggle Source button (to the
right of the Capture/Log Mode button) does not
have a circle/slash over it.
5 Below the Record button is a row of record enable buttons. V is for video, A1–A8 are for audio.
Select the desired source tracks. TC is the timecode channel and should also be enabled.
6 Select the correct video and audio input
sources.
7 Select the Bin in which you would like the
captured clips to appear.
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dio and video to be stored. The button on the
left toggles between 1 and 2 drives. Since
Pro Tools requires audio and video to be on separate drives, toggle this button so that 2 drives
are showing and select the appropriate drives for
audio and video. The available recording time
for each drive is shown in the window on the
right. The digitized files will be stored in a folder
called “OMFI MediaFiles” on each of those
drives.
10 Ensure that Delay Audio is set to 0 frames.
11 Insert the desired tape into the tape deck.
Media Station|V10 will present a list of tapes already associated with this project and ask you
what tape you have inserted. Either select a tape
name or create a new one and click OK.
12 To check your inputs, press play on the trans-
port controls. Video should appear in the
Record monitor, as well as in your client monitor. Select Tools > Audio Tool to meter audio input levels. Adjust the output levels of your tape
deck if necessary.
13 To Record, do one of the following:
• Queue the tape to where you would like to
start and press the record button in the
Capture Tool. Media Station|V10 will begin
recording as soon as the tape comes up to
speed.
• Or Play the tape and press the Record button when ready.
• Or Enter an in point in the top window to
the right of the transport controls, then
press the Record button. You can enter an
in point either by typing directly in the
window (you do not need to type colons or
semi-colons), or by clicking the button to
the left of the window at the desired location. The out point, duration, and markers
can also be entered in these windows.
The flashing red light indicates recording is in
progress.
Re-digitizing an Existing
Sequence
Media Station|V10 can open sequences created
on other Avid editing systems (such as Media
Composer Adrenaline). However, you may want
to re-digitize some or all of the media files, either because some were missing, were the wrong
resolution, or were corrupted.
To re-digitize either a sequence or individual clips:
1 Select Tools > Capture and verify the settings
as you would for manual capture (see “Manual
Capture of Audio and Video” on page 27).
2 In the Bin, select the sequence or clips to re-
digitize.
3 Select Clip > Batch Capture.
4 The Batch Capture dialog will open.
During recording, video will appear out of
synchronization with audio. However, audio and video will be synchronized during
playback.
14 Press the Record button again to stop.
15 Enter a clip name and comments. These can
be entered before recording is started, while recording, or by clicking on the clip’s name or
comment field in the Bin after recording has
completed.
Batch Capture dialog
16 To view the captured clip, double-click it in
the Bin and it will open in a pop-up window.
Click in the pop-up window so that it appears in
the Client monitor then press the Space bar to
play or pause, press the Home key to return to
the start, or click above the pop-up window’s
navigation controls to skip to a particular location.
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5 Select or deselect the Offline Media Only option as desired. The result of the batch capture
differs depending this setting, as well as any difference in resolution:
• If the Offline Media Only option is selected, only those files which are offline
will be re-digitized.
• If the Offline Media Only option is not selected and the resolution settings in the
capture tool are the same as the original
files, the original files will be discarded and
replaced by the new files.
• If the Offline Media Only option is not selected and the resolution is different from
the original files, new media will be recorded at the new setting and the original
files will be left intact. The new files will be
substituted for the old files in the sequence.
6 Set the Handle Length. Handle length is the
amount of extra material recorded at the beginning and end of each clip. Setting an adequate
handle length is especially useful if you need to
trim an edit past the end of the defined clip
boundaries. If you add handles, new clips will be
created in the Bin, even if using the same resolution as the original clips being re-digitized.
Digitizing from an EDL
Media Station|V10 includes Avid EDL Manager
software, which lets you open and create an
EDL, create a sequence from an EDL, and digitize the sequence.
To create a sequence from an EDL, and digitize the
sequence:
1 While Media Station|V10 is still running,
launch EDL Manager from the Windows Start
Menu (Start > All Programs > Avid > EDL Manager).
2 Open the EDL to be digitized:
• If the EDL resides on a standard disk, select
File > Open in EDL Manager, and navigate
to the desired EDL.
• If the EDL is saved on an RT-11 disk in a
CMX, GVG, or high-density GVG
(HDGVG) edit controller format, insert the
RT-11 disk and select File > Read from RT11
Disk.
3 Click the left-pointing arrow in the EDL Man-
ger window. Media Station|V10 will become the
active application.
7 Click OK.
Media Station|V10 will prompt you to insert the
required tapes as needed and notify you when
the capture is complete.
EDL Manager window
4 In Media Station|V10, select the Bin where
you would like to store the new sequence and
click OK.
5 In Media Station|V10, select Tools > Capture
to open the Capture Tool. Verify the settings (input, resolution, and drive settings) for the clips
to be digitized.
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6 Select the sequence by clicking it in the Bin (it
will highlight).
7 Select Clip > Batch Capture.
2 Select File > Import. The Select files to Import
dialog opens. Locate and select the files to import (one or more files can be selected for import).
Media Station|V10 will prompt you to insert the
first tape for the batch capture.
For more information, select Help > EDL
Manager Help. Also, see the Avid® EDL
Manager User’s Guide available from the
Avid Web site (www.avid.com).
Importing Non-OMFI Media
Files
Media Station|V10 can import many different
types of audio, video, and graphics files. On import, new OMFI media files are created and
stored on the specified drives. You can select the
desired video resolution in the Import dialog.
Audio resolution is determined by the Audio
Settings for the current project (see “Configuring Audio Settings” on page 27).
To import non-OMFI media files into
Media Station|V10:
1 Select the Bin for the files to be imported.
Select Files to Import dialog
3 Select the desired video resolution for selected
video files.
When importing QuickTime DV25, you
can save time by importing it as DV25.
Since both Media Station|V10 and
Pro Tools with AVoption|V10 support
mixed video resolutions in the Timeline, it
doesn’t matter if the other video clips in
your project are different formats (as long as
they are the same frame rate).
4 Select the desired Audio Import Options.
Media Station|V10 supports audio files with
mixed bit-depth and sample rates in the Timeline, but Pro Tools does not. If you are importing
audio files which do not match the sample rate
and bit-depth of the other audio files in your sequence, you can either convert them on import,
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or wait to convert them on export to Pro Tools.
It is recommended that you convert on import
to Media Station|V10 to avoid making a third
copy on export.
Preparing a Sequence for
Export
To convert audio on import:
Adding Captured Media Files to a
Sequence
• Click the Options button in the Select Files
to Import dialog.
• Click the Audio tab in the Import Settings–Current dialog.
• Select Convert source sample rate to
project sample rate on import.
• Select Convert source sample bit-depth to
project sample bit-depth on import.
• Select convert source sample rates with audio pull-up or pull-down to project sample
rate on import. If you do not select this option, the imported audio will retain the
original sample rate of the source file, but it
will be marked in the Bin as a 48/44.1 khz
file (depending on the Project sample rate)
regardless of the actual sample rate of the
file. If the sample rate of a file differs from
the Project sample rate, the file will play
back at a different speed and pitch.
• Click OK to close the Import Settings–Current dialog.
5 Select the drives to store the new media files.
Audio and video media must be stored on separate drives. Click the button to the left of the
drive selector until there are separate selectors
for audio and video.
Before exporting captured audio and video from
Media Station|V10 for import into Pro Tools,
you must add them to a new or existing sequence. To do this you will need to:
• Set the default start time and timecode format for the sequence.
• Create a new sequence
– or –
• Open an existing sequence
• Add clips to the sequence
To set the default start time and timecode format
for a sequence:
1 In the Project window, click the Settings tab.
2 Double-click General from the Settings list.
The General Settings dialog opens.
3 In the Default Starting Timecode field, enter
the default start time for your sequences, in
hh:mm:ss:ff. Enter colons as separators for nondrop frame timecode. Enter semi-colons as separators for drop-frame timecode. All new sequences in the project will use this setting.
To create a new sequence:
6 Click Open.
1 Select the Bin to store the sequence.
The selected files are imported into the selected
Bin.
2 Select Clip > New Sequence.
3 Select the sequence in the Bin and type a
name for the sequence.
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To open an existing sequence:
1 If necessary, Select File > Open Bin to open the
Bin where the sequence is stored.
2 Double-click the desired sequence.
4 Verify that the Source Track Enable buttons
are properly aligned with the Timeline Track Enable buttons. To align the Source and Timeline
tracks, click on Source track button and drag to
the Timeline track button.
To add clips to a sequence:
1 Drag the desired sequence from the Bin and
drop onto the Record monitor. The sequence appears in the Timeline below the Source and
Record Monitors. If the Timeline does not appear, select Tools > Timeline.
2 Drag the first clip to the Source Monitor.
3 Select what to include in the sequence (this is
equivalent to creating a region in Pro Tools):
• Press the Spacebar to play or pause the clip.
Track Enable buttons
5 Click the Overwrite button (the red arrow), to
add the selected part of the clip to the sequence.
• Press the Home key to go to the top.
• Press the End key to go to the end.
• Click and drag beneath the window to
scrub.
Overwrite button
• Press the Left and Right Arrow keys to
nudge.
the preceding steps. Click in the Timeline and
either press the End key to place the cursor at
the end of the sequence, or place the cursor
where you would like the new clip to start, then
click the Overwrite or Splice-In button (the yellow arrow).
• Enable Caps Lock to hear audio while
scrubbing.
• Click the Mark In button to set an in point.
6 To add another clip to the sequence, repeat
Mark In button
• Click the Mark Out button to set an out
point.
Splice-In button
Deleting Clips from a Sequence
To delete clips from a sequence:
Mark Out button
1 In the Timeline, click the clip you want to de-
If there is no in point or out point, the sequence
will include everything after the cursor.
lete so that the cursor appears between its
boundaries.
To include the whole clip in the sequence, press
the Home key, which will place the cursor at the
start of the clip.
2 Click the Track Enable buttons on the left side
of the Timeline so that all audio and video
tracks in the Timeline are selected (purple).
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3 Above the Timeline, click the Mark In and
Mark Out buttons to set in and out points, or
click the Mark Clip button to automatically
highlight the clip.
To export a sequence using Avid Links:
1 Select the sequence to be exported in the Bin
(it will highlight and make the Bin the active
window).
2 Select File > Avid Links > Digidesign Pro Tools
Mark Clip button
4 Click the Extract button (Scissors) to remove
the clip and slip the following clips to an earlier
timecode location.
– or –
Click the Lift button to remove the clip and
leave the following clips at their current timecode location.
5 Press Ctrl+Z or select Edit > Undo to undo
your last action.
3 Select the folder where you would like the exported sequence to be stored.
4 Enter a name for the sequence.
5 Click Save. Media Station|V10 automatically
exports the complete sequence as an AAF file,
which can be imported into Pro Tools. All video
effects are rendered on export and copies will be
created for any audio files that require file format, sample rate, or bit depth conversion.
6 Once the export is complete, quit
Media Station|V10.
7 Launch Pro Tools and open the exported AAF
Exporting a Sequence
From Media Station|V10, export the sequence as
an AAF sequence for import into Pro Tools.
There are two methods of exporting sequences
for Pro Tools:
• Avid Links
• Export
Avid Links
Media Station|V10 sequences support multiple
streams of video, real-time video effects, and
mixed format audio. However, Pro Tools does
not. Consequently, the sequence exported to
Pro Tools must have only a single video stream,
all video and audio effects must be rendered,
and all audio files must be of the same sample
rate and bit depth. The Avid Links method assures Pro Tools compatibility automatically.
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sequence.
8 When prompted, create a new Pro Tools ses-
sion with the same sample rate, bit-depth, and
audio file format as the exported sequence.
9 The Import Session Data dialog will open.
Click OK and the AAF sequence will open as a
new Pro Tools session.
For more information on opening and importing AAF sequences in Pro Tools, see the
DigiTranslator 2.0 Integrated Option Guide .
For more information on the Import Session
dialog, see the Pro Tools Reference Guide.
Manual Export
Manual export of an AAF sequence from
Media Station|V10 is more involved than using
Avid Links, but it provides more flexibility. You
will need to render all video effects before exporting the sequence.
Render All Effects
Though it is not possible to add or edit video or
audio effects in Media Station|V10, you may
need to create an export from a sequence that
was created on another Avid editing system. Before you can play or export the sequence, you
must render all effects. Media Station|V10 can
only render those effects which are currently installed. Media Station|V10 contains all of the
standard Avid video effects. All third party effects must be rendered by the video editor before opening or importing into
Media Station|V10.
8 Select Clip > Render In/Out (if the command
appears grayed out, click in the Timeline again).
9 In the Render Effects dialog, select Effect
Source Drive. This will write the rendered effect
to the same drive as the original files.
Render Effects dialog
For more information on rendering effects
in Avid products, see the Avid Effects
Guide.
To render all effects in Media Station|V10:
1 Drag the sequence to the Record Monitor. All
elements of the sequence can be viewed in the
Timeline. Unrendered effects appear in the
Timeline as small squares with blue or green
dots. Rendered effects appear in the Timeline as
a square with no colored dot.
2 If there are any audio effects to render, select
Tools > AudioSuite.
3 Click the Track Enable buttons on the left side
of the Timeline so that all audio and video
tracks in the Timeline are selected (purple).
4 Click anywhere in the Timeline, then press
the Home key. The cursor moves to the beginning of the Timeline.
5 Click the Mark In button to mark an in point
This selection keeps audio files on audio
drives and video files on video drives. If you
select a particular drive, both the rendered
audio and video files will be stored on the selected drive, which could cause playback errors.
10 Click OK.
11 To play the sequence with the rendered effects, press the Home key to move the cursor to
the beginning of the sequence, then press the
Spacebar to play.
If you open a sequence that has a third-party
video or audio effect that you cannot render,
you can remove the effect by clicking on the
effect in the Timeline so that the cursor is
placed over the small effect box. Click the
Track Enable button to the left of the Timeline so that the appropriate tracks are purple.
Then click the Remove Effect button.
at the beginning of the sequence.
6 Press the End key to move the cursor to the
end of the sequence.
7 Click Mark Out button to set an out point at
Remove Effect button
the end of the sequence. The entire sequence
should now be selected.
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Exporting a 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.
3 Type a name and select a location for the ex-
ported sequence.
4 Select Export to Pro Tools from the Export Set-
tings menu at the bottom of the Export As dialog.
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. All of the video tracks will
be “flattened” so that the exported sequence shows all video elements with only
a single video stream.
• Deselect the Include All Audio Tracks in Sequence option if you do not want to export
any audio.
6 Under the Video Details tab, select one of the
following from the Export Method pop-up
menu:
Link to Current Media The Pro Tools session will
link to the same video files as the current
Media Station|V10 sequence. Use this setting if
the video files are currently stored on a drive
which is suitable for Pro Tools video playback.
Copy Media and Link to Copied Media New complete video files will be created on the designated drive.
Consolidate and Link to Consolidated Media Similar to Copy 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 drive which is suitable for
Pro Tools video playback.
Export Settings – Export To Pro Tools dialog, Video
Details tab
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Do not use either Embed Media or Consolidate and Embed Media. Pro Tools does not
support embedded video in either AAF or
OMF sequences.
The following settings may also appear under
the Video Details tab, depending on the selected
export method:
Destination Folder Choose where to store copied
video files.
Target Drive for Consolidate Choose the target
drive for consolidated video. The new video files
will be stored in the OMFI MediaFiles folder on
that drive. You cannot save these export settings
until you have highlighted a target drive.
Striped drives appear in bold type.
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 Media Station|V10 (Pro Tools does not support
trimming video regions, so you can save space
and time by setting this to 0).
If your Pro Tools system is running on a
slower computer, you may be able to reduce
some of the processing overhead by
transcoding the video to 1:1. 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.
Transcoding video during export may cause
some rendered and unrendered video effects
to not be included in the export. If transcoding video with effects is required, first
transcode the files within the existing sequence, then render all of the effects, then
perform the export, and finally, open the exported sequence to be sure that all required
video effects appear correctly in the exported
video.
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
(see “Render All Effects” on page 35).
Transcode Video To Use this only if you need to
change the video resolution. Pro Tools supports
most resolutions supported by
Media Station|V10, and even supports mixed
resolutions in the Pro Tools Timeline, so in most
cases there is no 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.
Export Settings dialog, Audio Details tab
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7 Under the Audio Details tab, select one of the
following from the Export Method pop-up
menu:
Link to Current Media The Pro Tools session will
link to the same audio files as the current
Media Station|V10 sequence. Use this setting if
the audio files are currently stored on a drive
which is suitable for Pro Tools audio playback.
Copy Media and Link to Copied Media New complete audio files will be created on the designated drive.
Consolidate and Link to Consolidated Media Similar to Copy Media, but only the parts of the audio files which are actually used in the Timeline
are copied. Use this setting to copy the audio
files to a drive which is suitable for Pro Tools
playback.
Do not use either Embed Media or Consolidate and Embed Media. Pro Tools does not
support embedded audio in AAF sequences.
The following settings may also appear under
the Audio Details tab, depending on the selected
export method:
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 manually before exporting the sequence (see “Render All Effects” on
page 35).
Include Rendered Audio Effects Select the Include 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.
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Convert Audio Sample Rate/Bit Depth/File Format Select Project for any of these, and the current Audio Project Setting will be used (see
“Configuring Audio Settings” on page 27).
8 Click Save or Save As in the Export Settings di-
alog:
• 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 selecting Avid
Links > Digidesign Pro Tools.
• 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 highlighted a target drive for both audio and video.)
10 Once the export is complete, quit
Media Station|V10.
11 Launch Pro Tools and open the exported AAF
sequence.
12 When prompted, create a new Pro Tools session with the same sample rate, bit-depth, and
audio file format as the exported sequence.
13 The Import Session dialog will open. Click
OK and the AAF sequence will open as a new
Pro Tools session.
For more information on opening and importing AAF sequences in Pro Tools, see the
DigiTranslator 2.0 Integrated Option Guide .
For more information on the Import Session
dialog, see the Pro Tools Reference Guide.
To export only part of a sequence:
1 Create a new sequence and drag it to the
Record monitor.
2 Drag your original sequence to the Source
monitor.
Media Station|V10 only recognizes OMFI media
files which are stored in the OMFI MediaFiles
folder. Once you have mixed audio in Pro Tools,
either save or copy the files to the OMFI MediaFiles folder being used for Media Station|V10 audio.
3 Mark the in and out points for the original se-
quence.
4 Click the Overwrite button.
5 Follow the preceding steps for exporting the
new sequence (see “Exporting a Sequence” on
page 36).
To import a mix into Media Station|V10 and
synchronize to the video sequence:
1 In Pro Tools, if you have mixed your audio to
new tracks, do the following:
• Select the mixed audio files in the Regions
List and select Audio > Export Selected As
Files.
Import from Pro Tools
Once you have finished working in Pro Tools,
you may want to import mixed audio files or
unmixed audio tracks into Media Station|V10.
This will allow you to check that the AAF export
is synchronized with the original picture, lay audio and video back to tape using Digital Cut, or
export your sequence as a QuickTime, MPEG, or
other format digital movie.
Importing and Synchronizing a Mix
AAF and OMF sequences only maintain basic
data about a session—what files are used at what
time in what tracks, as well as some volume automation data. If you want to be sure that what
you get in Media Station|V10 is what you heard
in Pro Tools, you should either route and record
your mix to new tracks in Pro Tools for export,
or use Bounce to Disk.
For more information about exporting audio from Pro Tools as an AAF sequence or
OMF media, see the DigiTranslator 2.0 Integrated Option Guide.
Export Selected as Files dialog
• In the Export Selected as Files dialog, enable the Publish as OMFI and Enforce Avid
Compatibility options.
• Click the Choose button to select the OMFI
MediaFiles folder you are using for
Media Station|V10 audio as the Destination Directory.
• Clicking Export will open the Publishing
Options window.
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• In the Publishing Options dialog, enter the
Pro Tools Comment and Clip Name, and
select the Target Project Time Code Format.
If you selected more than one region for export, the Clip Name field will not be available and the names of the regions will be
used for the exported files.
• Click OK to complete the export.
2 In Pro Tools, if you have prepared the session
for bouncing to disk, make the desired selection
to bounce to disk, and do the following:
• Choose File > Bounce to Disk.
• Click OK to complete the export. Be sure to
save the bounce in the OMFI MediaFiles
folder that you are using for
Media Station|V10 audio.
All audible audio in the selection will be exported to multi-mono OMF files.
3 Quit Pro Tools.
4 Launch Media Station|V10.
5 Select the Bin to import the files from
Pro Tools.
6 Choose Tools > Media Tool.
Bounce dialog
• Select the Publish as OMFI and Enforce
Avid Compatibility options.
• Click Bounce to open the Publishing Options window.
• In the Publishing Options dialog, enter the
Pro Tools Comment and Clip Name.
Media Tool Display window
7 Select Master Clip.
8 Select All Projects, unless you know the spe-
cific project you want to use.
9 Click OK.
10 From the Media Tool window, select the Stereo (or multi-mono) Master Clip.
11 Drag the Master Clip to the Bin.
12 Close the Media Tool.
Publishing Options dialog
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13 Drag the desired sequence to the Record
Monitor to see all elements in the Timeline.
14 Select Clip > New Audio Track to add audio
tracks to the sequence. This will leave the original audio tracks in place to compare synchronization. Add a new track for each channel of
audio you want to add.
20 Click in the Timeline to place the cursor
where you would like the clip to start in the sequence, or press the Home key to move the cursor to the beginning of the sequence.
15 To the left of the Timeline, turn off the orig-
in and out points if present.
inal tracks by clicking the yellow speakers in the
Track Enable button. The speaker icons for the
new tracks will turn on (yellow).
21 Click the Clear Both Marks button to remove
Clear Both Marks button
22 Click the Overwrite button to lay the audio
into the Timeline.
23 Select the Fast Menu from the lower left
hand corner of the Timeline and select Audio
Data > Energy Plot to display audio waveforms
in the Timeline. Verify that the new audio tracks
appear synchronized with the originals.
Track Enable buttons
16 Disable the original audio tracks (gray) and
enable the new tracks (purple), by clicking the
correct audio track buttons (A1–A24).
24 Press the Home key to move the cursor to the
beginning of the sequence and press the Spacebar to play the sequence. The new audio should
be synchronized with the video.
17 Drag the mix audio clip from the Bin to the
Source Monitor. New Track buttons for the
source appear to the left of the Track buttons for
the Timeline.
18 Click and drag from the first Source Track
button to the track button for the first new audio track. The Source Track button will move
next to the Timeline track button indicating
that the track is the destination for the track of
the source material. Repeat this step for all
source tracks.
19 Click in the Source Monitor and press the
Home key to move the cursor to the beginning
of the clip, or place the cursor beneath the
Source Monitor on the frame where you want
the clip to start. Enable Caps Lock to hear audio
as you scrub or nudge.
Importing and Synchronizing an
AAF Audio Sequence
To deliver an un-mixed AAF sequence, use
Media Station|V10 to verify that the exported
sequence is synchronized with the original picture.
When exporting the AAF sequence from
Pro Tools, consolidate audio files to the OMFI
MediaFiles folder on the drive you are using to
store audio for Media Station|V10.
To import an AAF sequence exported from
Pro Tools into Media Station|V10:
1 Select the Bin where you would like to import
the sequence.
2 Select File > Import, and select AAF Files in the
Files of Type pull-down menu.
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3 Navigate to the sequence to import.
4 Verify the correct drive is selected for audio.
5 Click Open. The new audio sequence appears
in the selected Bin, along with all related audio
clips.
6 To check the contents of the imported audio
sequence and mark an In or Out Point, doubleclick the audio sequence in the Bin. The audio
sequence will open in a pop-up monitor. Enable
the Caps Lock key to be able to hear the audio.
Place the cursor where you want the sequence to
start or end and click the Mark In and Mark Out
buttons to set In and Out Points.
7 Drag the original video sequence into the
Record Monitor, and select Clip > New Audio
Track to add enough tracks for the imported audio sequence. If possible, leave the existing
tracks in place to compare synchronization with
the imported audio sequence. Click the Speaker
icons in the track buttons to select which tracks
will be monitored (yellow speakers) and click
A1–A24 to deselect the original tracks.
8 Drag the imported audio sequence from the
Recording Audio and Video to
Tape
Pro Tools video playback is intended for monitoring purposes only, and is not suitable for professional layback or broadcast, regardless of the
resolution or frame rate of the video. However,
video output from Media Station|V10 is professional quality. Use Media Station|V10 when you
need to output both audio and video to tape. To
avoid dropped frames, it is always recommended that all effects be rendered before recording.
To record audio and video to tape from
Media Station|V10:
1 Insert a video tape into your VTR.
2 Drag the desired sequence from the Bin to the
Record Monitor.
3 Mark In and Out points in the Timeline as desired.
4 Select Output > Digital Cut. The Digital Cut
Tool opens.
Bin to the Source Monitor. Track buttons will appear for each audio track.
9 Click and drag each source track button to the
Timeline track button where you want that
track routed.
10 Click in the Source Monitor and type Home
so that the cursor is at the top of the sequence
11 Click in the Timeline to place the cursor
where you want the imported sequence to start,
or press the Home key to place the cursor at the
beginning of the sequence.
12 Click the Overwrite button to lay the imported sequence into the Timeline
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Digital Cut Tool
5 In the Track button on the far left, select the
top video track. Only the selected tracks and the
video tracks below it will be recorded.
6 Select the audio tracks. Only the selected
tracks will play.
7 Use the track buttons on the right to select
which tracks to record on the tape, audio and
video.
8 Select the Entire Sequence option, unless you
only want to record from the In Point to the Out
Point.
9 Select the Video Effect Safe Mode option. This
will warn you if any effects remain un-rendered.
10 If desired, select Digital Cut Native (DV25
only) to output a DV25-only sequence directly
to a DV25 device without any loss due to compression and decompression.
11 Select Stop on Dropped Frames to stop the
tape if the audio and video did not record correctly.
12 Select the Add Black At Tail option.
• Specify the Mark In Time to start recording
at the address entered in the top window to
the right of the transport controls.
14 Click the yellow Preview button to check
that all of the desired tracks are playing and that
the insert points on the tape are correct.
15 To record using Local mode, press play on
the deck. When ready, click the record button in
the Digital Cut window.
– or –
To record using Remote mode, press Record in
the Digital Cut window. Media Station|V10 will
queue the tape, play, then drop in at the appropriate location.
Be sure to record at least a few seconds of
black to the tape before performing a digital
cut. This will guarantee that the video tape
is correctly formatted when your digital cut
starts
Exporting a Digital Movie
13 Configure Deck Control as follows:
• Use Local mode to manually initiate
record. This is useful if you are recording to
a tape which does not have timecode.
To export a sequence as a QuickTime, QuickTime
Reference, or other type of digital movie:
• Use Remote mode to record to a tape that
already has timecode. Media Station|V10
will start the deck and drop into record at
the specified timecode.
drag it to the Record Monitor.
• Specify the Sequence Time to start recording. For example, if the sequence starts at
1:00:00 in the Timeline, Media Station|V10
will start recording when the tape reaches
1:00:00.
• Specify the Record Deck Time to start recording wherever the deck is currently
parked.
1 Select the desired sequence in the Bin and
2 Render all effects in the Timeline.
3 Select the Track Enable buttons for the video
and audio tracks to export.
4 Select File > Export.
5 Type a name and select the destination for the
export.
6 Select Fast-Export QuickTime from the Export
Settings pull-down menu.
7 Click Options and configure the settings as de-
sired.
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8 Click Save or Save As.
9 In the Export As dialog, click Save.
Deleting Clips, Sequences
and Media
To delete a clip, sequence, or media file from
Media Station|V10:
1 Selecting the item to delete in the Bin.
2 Press the Delete key.
Use the Select Unreferenced Clips command
in the menu at the bottom of the Bin to select all unreferenced clips in the Bin.
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chapter 5
Pro Tools Movie Track
Pro Tools with AVoption|V10 can import files
created in a compatible Avid video application
(such as Media Station|V10) into the Pro Tools
Movie track.
To name the Movie track:
1 Double-click the Track Name button to open
the Name and Comments dialog.
2 Type a name (and any optional comments),
Media Station|V10 software and Pro Tools
cannot run simultaneously. Quit Pro Tools
before launching Media Station|V10, and
quit Media Station|V10 before launching
Pro Tools.
then click OK.
To delete the Movie track:
1 Select the track by clicking the Track Name
button in the Edit window.
2 Choose File > Delete Selected Tracks.
Avid Movie Track in Pro Tools
To clear all video from the Movie track:
The Movie track holds the video clips you add
into Pro Tools. A Pro Tools session can only contain one Movie track.
To create a new Movie track:
■
Choose Movie > New Avid Movie Track.
The new, empty Movie track appears in the Edit
window.
Track Name
View
Options
■
Choose Movie > Clear Movie Track.
You cannot change names of clips after they
have been added to the Movie track. When
added, clips retain the name they were given by
the original Avid application.
Movie Track Options
The Movie track can be viewed in frames or in
blocks. Frames view lets you see an overview of
the actual video content in a session. Blocks
view lets you see where clips begin and end, and
the names of clips.
Track
Height
Movie track controls
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To set the view for the Movie track:
■ On the Movie track, select Frames or Blocks
from the View Options pop-up menu.
When switching from Blocks mode to
Frames mode during playback, the movie
track will not update to displaying frames
until playback is stopped.
Frames
In Frames view, video data is displayed as pictures in the Movie track. These pictures are computed based on the video image, and scale according to your track zoom and height settings.
They do not provide a frame-accurate reference,
but allow you to easily find a scene or sequence
in the Movie track.
Movie track in Frames mode
Frames do not display properly if you change
zoom settings during playback. Black frames are
drawn until playback is stopped. You should
stop playback before changing zoom settings if
you want to view frames.
If video pull-up or pull-down is enabled,
frames do not change position.
Blocks
Blocks view displays the Movie track as blocks of
compositional data. Blocks are outlined wherever clip boundaries exist.
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In Blocks mode, you can place the cursor on the
Movie track, then press Tab to move to the next
video edit in the track.
With the Selector Tool, you can also doubleclick any segment to create a selection. This
is helpful if you want to add an audio effect
for the exact duration of a scene.
Exporting Files from Avid
Programs
Projects created on an Avid video authoring system, such as Media Station|V10, can be exported as AAF or OMFI 2.0 sequences and imported into Pro Tools with AVoption|V10. This
exchange of data between applications is significantly faster and easier than other methods,
such as laying off to tape and re-digitizing.
When an AAF or OMF sequence exported from
an Avid workstation is imported into Pro Tools,
the video track displays each of the video files as
regions in the Edit window. Generally, these regions reflect the regions on the Avid timeline,
unless you have an effect which spans more
than one video clip.
All video effects, including fades, titles and
multi-stream effects, must be rendered before
they can be exported in an AAF sequence for import into Pro Tools. Rendering means that a media file called a “precompute” is created. This
precompute is what is exported and what appears in the Pro Tools Edit window. For example, if there are three video clips in the Avid
timeline and a title effect is laid across all three,
the title would have to be rendered before export, creating a single precompute file. Then, instead of seeing the three original video clips in
the Pro Tools Edit window, only the one precompute clip will be displayed.
AVoption|V10 does not require the entire sequence to be rendered into one continuous clip
(often referred to as a “video mixdown”). AVoption|V10 can import and play sequences containing multiple single-stream clips.
Avid Multi-Cam Resolution Files
Pro Tools with AVoption|V10 supports all Avid
Multi-Cam Resolution files for import and playback. Pro Tools will play the clip of an Avid
Multi-Cam Resolution file that was being used
as the active camera angle when the file was exported to AAF or OMF.
To add OMFI video to the Avid Movie track:
1 If the Pro Tools session does not already have
an Avid Movie Track, add one by choosing
Movie > New Avid Movie Track.
2 Choose Movie > Add Movie, select the desired
Avid video file, and click OK.
3 In the Spot dialog that appears, specify the
SMPTE frame number for the start of the video
clip.
4 Click OK when you are done.
Using the Import Movie command to import
OMF video is not recommended because it
clears the Movie track of its contents, replacing it with the imported video clip.
Adding Video Clips
Using the Add Avid Movie command, you can
add several Avid video clips to a single Movie
track in Pro Tools.
If there are already clips on the Movie track and
you add over them, the overwritten material
will be removed from the Movie track. You can
undo and restore the original clips. For more information, refer to “Undo/Redo for Video Editing Commands” on page 47.
Individual OMFI video and audio files can be
added to your Pro Tools session just like other
files. To open or export an OMF or AAF sequence, you must have the DigiTranslator 2.0
option installed. DigiTranslator 2.0 is included
with AVoption|V10.
For more information, see the DigiTranslator 2.0 Integrated Option Guide.
Undo/Redo for Video Editing
Commands
You can undo or redo the single most recent
video editing command, including Add Movie,
Clear Selection, Copy Clip, Separate Video, and
Move Video Clip. If there are already video clips
on the Movie track, and you edit over them, the
overwritten material is removed from the Movie
track. You can undo the video editing command
and restore the original clips.
Undo/Redo works only for the single most
recent video editing command.
To undo the most recent video editing command:
■
Choose Movie > Undo.
– or –
To redo the command, choose Movie > Redo.
If you added or moved a clip over a pre-existing
clip and consequently truncated it, Undo will
also restore the trimmed clip to its original
length.
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Movie Online
Viewing Video Playback
When the movie is online, the Movie track plays
along with the audio session. The movie’s frame
location is updated every time you place your
cursor in a new location, and the Movie track
scrubs along with the audio tracks. The movie is
online by default.
AVoption|V10 includes video outputs to connect an NTSC or PAL video reference monitor.
You can connect a client monitor that has Component, Composite, S-Video, SDI, or DV video
inputs. Full-screen video is displayed on the
video reference monitor. For more information
on connecting a video reference monitor, see
“Connecting an External Video Monitor” on
page 15.
Online Edit and Selection Behavior
When Pro Tools is in Grid mode or set for Loop
Playback, and the movie is online, Pro Tools will
always place your cursor or Edit selection on legal frame boundaries. If you make a selection
that is outside of frame boundaries, or you place
your cursor outside a frame boundary, Pro Tools
will move your cursor to the nearest frame
boundary and play.
Movie Offline
If you temporarily do not want to view the
movie or have the movie frame location updated, you can take the movie offline.
This is useful if you are working with audio and
do not need to see the video.
To take the movie offline:
■
Deselect Movie > Movie Online.
To put the movie back online:
■
Select Movie > Movie Online.
The keyboard shortcut for Movie Online
and Movie Offline is Shift+Ctrl+J.
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Moving the Movie Track or
Video Clips
In Pro Tools with AVoption|V10, you can spot
the entire Movie track, or just a selected video
clip, to a new SMPTE frame location. When you
move the Movie track, the whole track or sequence is moved to the new frame location you
specify. When you move a single video clip, it is
moved to the new specified location within the
Movie track.
If there are already clips on the Movie track,
and you edit over them, the overwritten material will be removed from the Movie track.
You can undo Move Clip and restore the original clips. For more information, see
“Undo/Redo for Video Editing Commands”
on page 47.
To spot the entire Movie track to a new frame
location:
1 Select Display > Time Code.
To spot a single video clip to a new frame location:
1 Select Display > Time Code.
– or –
– or –
Select Time Code from the Main Location Indicator pop-up menu.
Select Time Code from the Main Location Indicator pop-up menu.
2 Enable Spot mode by clicking the Spot button.
3 Select the clip you want to move on the Movie
track with the Grabber tool.
2 Enable Spot mode by clicking the Spot button.
3 Shift-click the Movie track with the Grabber
4 In the Spot dialog, specify a new SMPTE frame
number for the start of the clip. In this dialog,
you can press Plus (+) or Minus (–) on the numeric keypad, enter a number, and press the Enter key to add or subtract that number of frames
from the currently selected time field.
5 Click OK when you are done.
tool.
4 In the Spot dialog that appears, specify a new
SMPTE frame number for the start of the Movie
track. In this dialog, you can press Plus (+) or Minus (–) on the numeric keypad, enter a number,
and press the Enter key to add or subtract that
number of frames from the currently selected
time field.
Copying Video Clips
You can copy video clips to a new SMPTE frame
location within the Movie track.
To copy a video clip to a new frame location:
1 Select Display > Time Code.
– or –
Select Time Code from the Main Location Indicator pop-up menu.
2 Enable Spot mode by clicking the Spot button.
3 Alt-click the clip on the Movie track with the
Grabber tool.
Spot dialog
5 Click OK when you are done.
4 In the Spot dialog, specify a new SMPTE frame
number for the start of the clip. In this dialog,
you can press Plus (+) or Minus (–) on the numeric keypad, enter a number, and press the Enter key to add or subtract that number of frames
from the currently selected time field.
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5 Click OK when you are done.
Clearing Selected Video Clips
You can clear material from the Movie track.
To clear a selection:
1 Using the Selector, click and drag in the Movie
track to select the material you want to clear.
You can also double-click to select an entire existing video clip.
2 Choose Movie > Clear Selection.
Locking the Movie Track
If you want to permanently associate your video
clips with a certain location on your Movie
track, you can lock it in place so that it cannot
be moved accidentally.
To lock or unlock the Movie track:
1 Using the Grabber, select the Movie track.
2 Choose Edit > Lock Region/Unlock Region.
You can also lock the Movie track by tripleclicking in the Movie track (to select all
clips), and then pressing Ctrl+L.
When the Movie track is locked, a small lock
icon appears in the track, indicating that the
Movie track has been locked and cannot be
moved. If you attempt to move a locked region,
you will receive an error message.
Once a Movie track is locked, you cannot Add
video clips to it without first unlocking it.
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QuickTime Movie Sync Offset
There is a certain amount of latency inherent in
the decompression process for video. Consequently, the video output needs to be advanced
by a certain number of frames to give the video
transcoder time to decompress each frame before it needs to be displayed. This offset is determined in the QuickTime Movie Sync Offset dialog. This only affects QuickTime Movie tracks.
How much offset is required appears to depend
on the decompression hardware, not the CPU,
session load or source material.
Pro Tools with AVoption|V10 automatically
compensates for the latency in playing back
Avid video with the AVoption|V10.
Scrub Movie Window
Due to the latency inherent in the decompression process for video, it is not possible to accurately scrub the Movie track with an external
reference monitor. When playing back,
Pro Tools automatically compensates for this latency because play speed is predictable and consistent. However, the play speed when scrubbing is neither predictable nor consistent. The
result is that as you scrub, the video display is
not in sync with the cursor while scrubbing.
When you stop on a particular frame, the display jumps to the cursor location.
Pro Tools with AVoption|V10 provides a Scrub
window, which displays the video at quarterresolution, but accurately scrubs the
video.When the Scrub window is open, video
output alternates automatically between the
Scrub window and the video reference monitor,
depending on whether or not you are scrubbing.
When the Scrub Window is open, the video reference monitor is black. The Scrub window only
opens when Pro Tools is in Scrub mode. When
not in Scrub mode, the Scrub window disappears and video is routed to the video reference
monitor.
To open the Scrub window:
■
Choose Movie > Scrub window.
The Scrub window is only available in
Pro Tools with AVoption|V10 when there is
Avid video in the Movie track. There is no
Scrub window for QuickTime video.
To place and resize the Scrub window:
1 Stop playback.
2 Choose Movie > Set Scrub Window Size/Loca-
tion. The Scrub Movie window opens.
3 Place and resize the Scrub Movie window as
desired.
4 Close the Scrub Movie window.
Window placement and size are saved for the
next time the window is opened. The window
closes automatically if you start playback.
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appendix a
24fps Workflows
Audio Layback to Video
Although you cannot output 24P video to a
video recorder with Pro Tools, you can “Punch
Down” by adding audio that has been posted to
a 24P video clip in Pro Tools to videotape that
was created on another video system.
Pro Tools with AVoption|V10 does not support 24 or 23.976 fps video output. Though
24 and 23.976 fps video clips are supported, the actual output of Pro Tools is
limited to NTSC (29.97 fps) and PAL (25
fps) standards. On playback, the 24 fps
clips are converted in software to these standards. The conversion can produce visible
artifacts. Therefore, Pro Tools video playback is intended for monitoring purposes
only, and is not suitable for professional
layback or broadcast, regardless of the resolution or frame rate of the video clip. Output from Media Station|V10 is professional
quality.
Playing in Sync with 24 fps Video Tapes
To playback synchronized to a video transport
playing at 24 fps:
1 In Pro Tools, open the Session Setup window
(Windows > Session Setup)
3 Slave Pro Tools to the video transport.
– or –
If the MachineControl option is installed, select
the appropriate profile to control the video
transport.
Playing in Sync with 29.97 fps (NTSC)
Video Tapes
To play in sync with a 29.97 fps video created from
a 24 fps source:
1 Slave Pro Tools to the VTR.
For more information on slaving Pro Tools
to the VTR, see the Synchronization chapters of the Pro Tools Reference Guide.
2 Choose Windows > Show Session Setup.
3 From the Frame Rate pop-up menu, select
29.97 FPS.
4 In Pro Tools, from the Audio Rate Pull
Up/Down pop-up menu, select 0.1% Down.
Audio pull-down is required when you are
posting to a 29.97 fps video clip made from
a 24 fps source. This is because the 24 fps
source is also “pulled down” by the telecine
process which produces the 29.97 fps tape.
2 Set the Frame Rate to 24 fps.
Appendix A: 24fps Workflows
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24P Clips and Pull Down When the SYNC I/O is
set to pull down, the playback of the 24P clip is
pulled down along with the audio. This way,
when laying back audio to an NTSC video tape
running at 29.97 fps, the Pro Tools video display
and the output of the video deck will remain in
sync.
Playing in Sync with 25 fps (PAL) Video
Tapes
To lay back a 24P session directly to a 25 fps
(PAL) tape:
1 Select the Video Output from the Movie
track’s Track Options pop-up menu.
2 Choose Windows > Show Session Setup.
3 From the Frame Rate pop-up menu, select
25 FPS.
4 From the Audio Rate Pull Up/Down pop-up
menu, select 4.0% Up.
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appendix b
PCI Slot Configurations for AVoption|V10
This appendix documents supported PCI slot configurations for Pro Tools|HD systems with AVoption|V10, with and without an expansion chassis.
Slot orders are labeled from top (starting with the monitor card) to bottom.
HP xw8000
Slot
Card
CPU Slot 1 (AGP)
Monitor card
CPU Slot 2
Do not use
CPU Slot 3
Do not use
CPU Slot 4 (133MHz 64-bit)
HD Core card
CPU Slot 5 (100MHz 64-bit)
HD Process/Accel card (if any)
CPU Slot 6 (100MHz 64-bit)
HD Process/Accel card (if any)
or ATTO 3300 FibreChannel HBA card (if any)
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HP xw8000 with Magma 64-bit 7-Slot Expansion Chassis
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Slot
Card
CPU Slot 1 (AGP)
Monitor card
CPU Slot 2
Do not use
CPU Slot 3
Do not use
CPU Slot 4 (133MHz 64-bit)
Magma 64-bit HBA
CPU Slot 5 (100MHz 64-bit)
Do not use
CPU Slot 6 (100MHz 64-bit)
ATTO 3300FC or unused
Backplane Chassis Slot
Chassis Controller card
Chassis Slot 1
HD Core card
Chassis Slots 2–7
HD Process/Accel cards (6 maximum)
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Dell Precision 650
Slot
Card
CPU Slot 1 (AGP)
Monitor card
CPU Slot 2 (32-bit)
Do not use
CPU Slot 3 (32-bit)
Do not use
CPU Slot 4 (64-bit)
HD Process/Accel card (if any)
CPU Slot 5 (64-bit)
HD Core card
CPU Slot 6 (64-bit)
UL3D SCSI HBA
Dell Precision 650 with Magma 64-bit 7-Slot Expansion Chassis
Slot
Card
CPU Slot 1 (AGP)
Monitor card
CPU Slot 2 (32-bit)
Do not use
CPU Slot 3 (32-bit)
Do not use
CPU Slot 4 (64-bit)
Do not use
CPU Slot 5 (64-bit)
Magma 64-bit HBA
CPU Slot 6 (64-bit)
UL3D SCSI HBA
Backplane Chassis Slot
Chassis Controller card
Chassis Slot 1
HD Core card
Chassis Slots 2–7
HD Process/Accel cards (6 maximum)
Appendix B: PCI Slot Configurations for AVoption|V10
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appendix c
Video Buffer Underrun Errors
This appendix documents known video buffer
underrun errors in Pro Tools with AVoption|V10.
The Video Engine (“DIO Video Engine”) can encounter three different types of buffer underrun
errors.
“Video playback stopped due to a disk fifo
buffer underrun.”
Indicates a disk buffer underrun in which data
could not be read from the hard drive fast
enough to play video.
“Video playback stopped due to a software
decompression buffer underrun.”
Indicates a software decompression buffer underrun in which there weren’t enough CPU cycles to decompress video fast enough to maintain play back.
“Video playback stopped due to a hardware or
driver buffer underrun.”
Indicates a DIO buffer underrun in which the
hardware or low level software could not keep
up with the system load and needed to duplicate
frames at the video output.
Appendix C: Video Buffer Underrun Errors
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index
A
AAF sequence
exporting from Media Station|V10 36
Add Movie 47
analog video outputs 9
application key (USB dongle) 17
audio connections 14
audio interface
connecting to AVoption|V10 14
Australia EMC regulations iii
authorization
DigiTranslator 2.0 17
Avid Links 34
Avid Media Station|V10
capabilities with AVoption|V10 2
Avid Multi-Cam Resolution files 47
Avid terms (glossary) 24
Avid Unity™ MediaNetwork 2
AVoption|V10 15
back panel 7
capabilities 1
capabilities with Pro Tools 1
components 1
connecting a DV device 13
connecting a SYNC I/O 14
connecting a VTR 15
connecting analog video 13
connecting audio (optical) 14
connecting black burst 14
connecting digital video 13
connecting house video reference 14
Declaration of Conformity iv
front panel 6
hardware capabilities 5
installing a new system 12
PAL monitor 15
PCI slot configurations 55
post-production workflows 23
rear panel 7
reference video 15
starting up 17
striped drive requirements 21
system requirements 3
updating firmware 18
video connections 9
AVoptionDNA
installing software components 17
B
Bins 24
black burst 9, 14
connecting to AVoption|V10 14
Blocks view 46
buffer underrun errors 59
Index
61
C
H
centralized video
switching and routing for AVoption|V10 15
Client Monitor 24
Clip 24
compatibility 3
connecting
AVoption|V10
a VTR 15
house sync 14
hard drives
formatting audio drives 21
formatting NTFS 21
formatting video drives 21
striped drives 21
using more than two 21
using two 21
house reference synchronization 9
house sync
connecting to AVoption|V10 14
house video reference 14
D
Digidesign-qualified storage 3
Digital Cut 42
DigiTranslator 2.0
authorizing 17
installing 16
DigiTranslator 2.0 Integrated Option 2
disk allocation 21
dongle 17
E
Export to Pro Tools 36
exporting
overview 46
F
formatting hard drives 21
frame boundaries, adjusting to 48
Frames View 46
Frames view for Movie track 46
I
illegal frame boundaries 48
iLok 18
iLok USB Smart Key 17
Importing files
preparing 46
installation 11
AVoption|V10 hardware 12
AVoptionDNA software components 17
DigiTranslator 2.0 16
Media Station|V10 software 15
Pro Tools TDM software 16
Pro Tools 12
installing
AVoption|V10
new system 12
SCSI HBA 19
L
Layback 42
License Card 17
local storage 19
Loop Sync 14
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M
MachineControl Option 2
media files 24
Media Station|V10
adding clips to a sequence 33
application key (USB dongle) 17
audio and video layback 42
audio settings 27
Avid Links 34
Bins 24
capturing audio and video from tape 27
Clip 24
configuring audio settings for a project 27
creating a new sequence 32
creating a sequence from an EDL 30
deleting a clip, sequence, or media file 44
deleting clips from a sequence 33
Digital Cut Tool 42
editing Project Settings 26
effects
rending 35
export an AAF sequence 36
Export to Pro Tools 36
Consolidate and Link to Consolidated Media (audio) 38
Consolidate and Link to Consolidated Media (video) 36
Convert Audio 38
Copy Media and Link to Copied Media (audio) 38
Copy Media and Link to Copied Media (video) 36
Handle Length (video) 37
Include Rendered Audio Effects 38
Link to Current Media (audio) 38
Link to Current Media (video) 36
Render all audio effects 38
Render Video Effects 37
Transcode Video To 37
Video Details tab 36
exporting a sequence 34
Avid Links 34
manual 34
exporting a sequence as a digital movie 43
exporting part of a sequence 39
importing an AAF sequence from Pro Tools 41
importing from Pro Tools 39
importing non-OMFI media files 31
installing software 15
opening a sequence 33
Projects 24
Record Monitor 24
recording audio and video to tape 42
re-digitizing a sequence 29
render effects 35
rending all effects 35
Sequence 24
sequence
adding clips 33
creating 32
deleting 44
deleting clips 33
export as AAF 36
exporting 34
exporting as a digital movie 43
exporting manually 34
exporting partial 39
exporting using Avid Links 34
opening 33
setting the default start time and timecode format 32
setting the default start time and timecode
format 32
Source Monitor 24
starting a new project 26
SubClip 24
Timeline 24
viewing Bins in a Project 26
viewing Project Settings 26
workflows 23
monitors
connecting NTSC 15
connecting PAL 15
Movie Offline, working with 48
Movie Online, working with 48
Movie track 45
Frames view 46
viewing as blocks 46
N
New Zealand EMC regulations iii
NTSC 15, 18
switching between NTSC and PAL 18
NTSC monitor 15
Index
63
64
O
Q
Offline Movie 48
OMFI MediaFiles folder 24
Online Movie 48
QuickTime
exporting from Media Station|V10 43
QuickTime Movie Sync Offset 50
P
R
PACE Anti-Piracy 17
PAL 15, 18
switching between NTSC and PAL 18
PCI slot configurations 55
post-production workflows with AVoption|V10 23
Preferences 16
Preparing to Import Files 46
Pro Tools
Add Movie 47
clearing a video selection 50
clearing the Movie track 45
connecting a SYNC I/O 14
copying video to a new frame location 49
creating a Movie track 45
deleting the Movie track 45
installing 12
installing software 16
locking the Movie track 50
Loop Sync 14
Movie track 45
Blocks view 46
clearing a selection 50
clearing track 45
creating 45
deleting 45
Frames View 46
locking 50
moving 48
naming 45
setting the view 46
spotting to a new frame location 49
spotting video to a new frame location 49
moving the Movie track 48
naming the Movie track 45
QuickTime Movie Sync Offset 50
Scrub window 50
spotting the entire Movie track to a new frame
location 49
spotting video to a new frame location 49
video editing undo or redo 47
video playback 48
video scrubbing 50
Record Monitor 24
registration 4
Round Robin 21
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S
SCSI HBA
installing for AVoption|V10 19
Sequence 24
Source Monitor 24
storage
using more than two hard drives 21
using two hard drives 21
storage requirements 19
striped drives 21
SubClip 24
switching and routing
centralized video for AVoption|V10 15
SYNC I/O 9, 14
Loop Sync 14
required for AVoption|V10 9
Video Reference In 14
synchronization 9
connecting black burst or house video
reference 14
T
Taiwan EMC regulations iii
U
Undo/Redo for Video Editing Commands 47
V
video
centralized video switching and routing 15
switching between NTSC and PAL 18
video clips
clearing selection 50
copying 49
video connections 13
video playback
from Pro Tools with AVoption|V10 48
Video Reference In 14
video resolutions
mixed resolutions 6
supported with Pro Tools 5
viewing blocks in the Movie track 46
VTR 15
connecting to AVoption|V10 15
Index
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