Linking to Media within Avid Media Composer

Avid Media Composer provides a method of linking
to media directly. Avid uses the term AMA Link, which stands
for Avid Media Access. You can use this functionality to link individual
quicktime movie files, or an entire folder of Quicktime files. You can also use this function to link to
a Volume. A Volume refers to the content that is packaged
into a folder. A volume can be as simple as a thumb drive
with self contained QuickTime files or, a volume can represent a media card from a camera
manufacturer, such as a Panasonic P2 card, or a Sony SxS card. Each camera manufacturer has a different way
of packaging their content. And it’s very important to keep the entire
directory structure of a volume intact in order for the Avid to link to it. It’s important that you download the current
manufacturer’s driver for each volume type you plan to use. Fortunately, Avid makes these drivers easy
to find by providing direct links to each manufacturers on website. Go to After you’ve downloaded the appropriate drivers,
you’re ready to link directly to content within a volume. To do this, navigate to the file menu and
choose AMA Link. When linking to a volume choose the root directory
of the volume to in order to link to the media. And bam, you’re now ready to edit. When you link to a volume, or a movie file,
the clip icons in a bin will have a link next to them. The advantage to linking directly to a volume
is you will have immediate access to the media and you do not have to wait for the files
to be imported. Note, in using this method, if the location
of the volume changes or it is disconnected, the media will become offline. If that’s the case, you will need to link
back to the same volume again, and you’re clips will automatically re-link to the media. With all this being said, if your computer
already sees a volume before you launch Avid Media Composer, the Avid will automatically
link to any volumes connected to your system and place clip links into a new bin. If you would like to change this automated
behavior, navigate to the project window and click on the settings tab. Double click on the AMA settings. Under the bin tab click Use Active Bin. Then click on the Volume Mounting Tab. Uncheck Automatically AMA-link to volumes. Now, the Avid also provides for a method of
linking to self-contained movie files that live outside of a volume. To do this, navigate to the file menu and
choose Link to AMA Files. In this example, I’ll link to these movie
files that are located on my thumb drive. Select the files that you want to link to,
and press the open button. Now you can see the clip links that reference
the location of your movie files on the thumb drive. And finally, if you are linking to movie files
that change to a different directory path, you will need to re-link to them. So for example, if I disconnect, or rename
my thumb-drive here, the media will go offline. So, to re-link the files, highlight them within
a bin, and right click on them. Choose Relink to AMA Files. Within the dialogue box, choose one of the
files in the list that the Avid is looking for and press the open button. Then the Avid will automatically re-link all
the other files as long as they are in the same directory path. Okay, now you have the basics of linking to
media. And don’t forget, GeniusDV also offers classroom
and flat rate onsite Avid Media Composer training.