Collaborative Features for Avid Media Composer Workflows

Enjoying easy, remote teamwork in Avid productions

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Filip Milovanovic
Post-production expert,
ELEMENTS
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Workflow

Video post-production has proven itself to be a complex process that involves a large number of people and tools working together, often on lengthy projects. In order to achieve great results, you will need the process to be well organised, the tools needed to do the job will have to provide top class collaboration capabilities and be available remotely. This is exactly what ELEMENTS specialises in and in this blog, we want to show you how our tools can take your Avid-based post-production workflows to another level.

Project management and sharing features

To achieve efficiency in the post-production process, it is essential to keep the work well organised. To help you with this task, every ELEMENTS system comes equipped with an advanced project management toolset. Structuring the content, setting precise access permissions and fine-tuning workspace mounting parameters can be done is an intuitive manner and allows you to easily decide which user gets to access footage and in which way.

Avid Bin Locking

Every ELEMENTS system supports the Avid Bin Locking feature which allows any number of users to work on the same project in Avid Media Composer without the fear of corrupted files or accidental overwrites. This feature allows you to centralise storage in your facility thereby increasing both the performance and the security, all while enhancing your Avid workflow through easy collaboration and teamwork.

Media Library collaboration features

Our Media Asset Management tool the Media Library offers a wide range of collaboration and communication tools. Users can preview footage, add comments, assign tasks and much more in an intuitive, browser-based platform. All comments from the Media Library can easily be imported into Avid. This feature can be used for footage logging by assistant editors or by the editorial staff to provide editors with the editing guidelines.

Integrated Rough-cut Editor

The Media Library allows users to create editing timelines in a feature-rich, yet easy to use Rough-cut Editor. Use it to sort the footage or outline the story for the editor. The AAF and EDL export features makes it easy to transfer your editing timeline into Avid Media Composer and continue your project there.

When using the Rough-cut Editor, the editing process takes place directly on your ELEMENTS system. This means that the users do not need the kind of a high-performance computer normally required for video editing and can work even with a modest internet connection, as no footage needs to be downloaded. To put it simply, users can use their laptops to edit from virtually any place and both the footage and the resulting editing project will never have to leave the company. The browser-based Rough-cut Editor comes with no per-user licensing, allowing your whole team to join the creative process with no extra cost!

Sharing

Let’s say the editor has finished the editing sequence in Avid Media Composer and needs feedback or wants to send it for approval, he can simply export the sequence onto the ELEMENTS system. When the export is done, the Media Library will detect the new clip and display it for all users that are granted access permissions.

If you want to share the clip with someone outside of your organisation, simply use the sharing function. You can decide how the clip will be displayed and which collaboration features the recipient will be allowed to see and use. This means that the recipient can not only preview the shared footage but also leave frame-accurate comments that leave no room for misunderstanding. If required, a watermark can be added to the shared clip to protect the copyright.

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