on December 10, 2014 Workflows

An Avid-to-Avid Review and Approval Workflow Using MediaSilo

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As an account manager at MediaSilo, I work directly with creative professionals to reveal the ways in which MediaSilo can make their workflows more efficient. One such workflow I’ve demonstrated to many MediaSilo customers is an Avid-to-Avid review and approval lifecycle.

The workflow takes the following form:

1. Export from Avid

Export your clip from Avid Media Composer as either an .mov, .avi., .wmv, or an .mxf (OP-1a). MediaSilo’s format support is incredibly broad, and allows full-length previews for many of Avid’s containers and codecs natively.


2. Upload to MediaSilo

Drag and drop the files into the browser-based uploader. It routes the files through a network of secure servers, reducing the number of points from you to our ingest server.


3. Send a QuickLink

Create a QuickLink with the assets that your clients need to review. QuickLinks offer a web-optimized video preview together with your own branding, and enable capabilities like link expiration or source file download. Make sure that commenting is enabled for this particular workflow.


4. Client Comments on QuickLink

Your client opens the QuickLink in their browser, watches the video, and uses the text box on the side to type in comments that automatically pin to the timecode at which the video was paused. This even accounts for timecode offset.


5. Export Avid TXT File

After the client has placed their comments, go to the QuickLink, or the clip in your MediaSilo account, and select “Export Comments,” then the Avid TXT option. 


6. Import TXT into Avid

Within Avid Media Composer, open the Markers panel. Right-click in the Markers panel and select “Import Comment Markers.”


Select the TXT file, and voila! The comments created on your clip now populate as markers along your Avid timeline, and selecting the marker will reveal this in the Sequence Monitor.


At MediaSilo, we believe in empowering creative professionals to focus on creativity, not technology. This cycle unburdens editors from the process of compiling and organizing feedback, and frees them to do what they do best: bring their unique vision to visual storytelling. 

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