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Contents

Chapter 1. Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1
Avid ISIS Capabilities . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1
Avid Interplay. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1
Overview of an ISIS System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2
AAF, OMF, and MXF Basics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2
Embedded Media and Linked Media . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
Frame-Rate Accurate Video Editing and Sample-Rate Accurate Audio Editing . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
System Requirements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
About Avid ISIS Guides . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
Support for Avid ISIS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8
Conventions Used in This Guide . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8
About www.avid.com . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9

Chapter 2. Configuring a Workstation as an ISIS Client. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11


Installation Overview . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
Workstation Configuration Requirements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
Installing Pro Tools . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
Avid ISIS Client and Zone Descriptions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12
Mac ISIS Connection . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12
Installing the ISIS Client Hardware on a Windows CPU . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12
Configuring Windows 7 Network Profiles . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15
Client Software Installation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16

Chapter 3. Using a Client in an ISIS System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17


About Avid ISIS Client Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17
Connecting to the Avid ISIS System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17
Mounting and Unmounting Workspaces . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19
Using the Workspace Display . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22
Testing Your Avid ISIS Connection . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24
Setting Bandwidth Reservations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27

Contents iii
Performing Administrative Tasks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28
Configuring Pro Tools Session Settings for a New Session . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29
Performance Characteristics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30
Sharing Files . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31
Destructive Editing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32

Chapter 4. Avid ISIS Workflows for Pro Tools . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33


Exporting Audio and Video from Media Composer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33
Importing Audio and Video into Pro Tools . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38
Editing Audio in Pro Tools . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41
Exporting Audio from Pro Tools for Avid Editing Applications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42
Importing Pro Tools Audio Files Back into the Avid Video Editing Application . . . . . . . . . . . . 44

iv Pro Tools ISIS Guide


Chapter 1: Introduction

This guide explains how to connect and config-


ure a Mac- or Windows-based system with Avid ISIS Capabilities
Pro Tools ® HD software as an ISIS ® client within Avid ISIS 7000 and 5000 are Ethernet-based
an Avid ISIS 7000 or 5000 system. shared storage systems that lets users of
Pro Tools and Avid video editing applications
Systems running non-HD Pro Tools
share the same media as follows:
software can also act as ISIS clients, but
media streaming is not supported in this • Stream audio and video media in real time.
configuration. • Configure multiple streaming users on the
same ISIS system.
This guide also covers how to exchange audio
and video media sequences between Pro Tools • Share AAF and OMF sequences, and OMF and
and Avid video application clients (such as MXF audio and video media.
Media Composer and Symphony) attached to an • Share AAF sequences and MXF media, using
ISIS system. the Avid Interplay asset management system
(Avid Interplay system required).
This guide is written for ISIS administrators,
Pro Tools users, and Avid users.

Avid Interplay
Avid Interplay with the Pro Tools Avid Interplay
option lets users of Pro Tools and Avid video ap-
plications work within the same asset manage-
ment system.

For more information, refer to the Pro Tools


Avid Interplay Guide.

Chapter 1: Introduction 1
Overview of an ISIS System AAF, OMF, and MXF Basics
This guide describes how to configure and work AAF and OMF files are mechanisms for storing
with a Pro Tools client within an Avid ISIS sys- and retrieving media data and metadata so that
tem. The ISIS installations addressed in this projects can be freely exchanged between differ-
guide typically comprise the following compo- ent applications and platforms (such as between
nents: Pro Tools and Avid video editing applications).

ISIS System Entire set of components within an Media data and metadata enable an application
individual ISIS installation. that receives AAF and OMF sequence files to
automatically and quickly reassemble the com-
ISS/Ethernet Switch Each ISIS crate has two
position. A simple metaphor for this approach is
built-in Ethernet connections known as ISS
that media data files are the pieces of a puzzle
switches. You can also add external switches
and metadata is the set of instructions for
that connect to the built-in switches.
assembling the puzzle.
System Director One or more servers (including
In the simplest case, only an AAF or OMF
a backup server) that functions as the heart of
sequence is exchanged. If this sequence points
the ISIS file system, by maintaining location in-
to existing media files, the size of the sequence
formation for media stored on drives.
file is relatively small and the export/import
ISIS Crate Chassis that contains the drives that process is relatively fast.
store the actual data.
AAF and OMF sequences can also have media
Avid Interplay Transcode and/or Avid DMS data embedded in them. This creates a single,
ProEncode (Optional) Engine that distributes larger file that is slower to export and import,
processor-intensive tasks to network servers in but which may be easier to manage than thou-
order to allow ISIS clients to proceed without sands of files stored on different volumes.
interruption.
Pro Tools supports AAF and OMF sequences
Avid Interplay Access/Assist (Optional) Media that contain embedded audio media.
asset management client application that en-
ables facility-wide searching, sorting, catalog- Pro Tools does not support AAF or OMF
ing, management, and retrieval of media. sequences containing embedded video media,
except if you are importing such sequences into
Avid Interplay Engine (Optional) Server that a video satellite track. In such cases, video meta-
manages the metadata stored on the System Di- data is imported into the track.
rector server.
For the purposes of this user guide, AAF
Clients One or more Avid or Pro Tools worksta- sequences are emphasized and referenced
tions configured to be able to exchange data over the older OMF sequence standard.
with other clients attached to the ISIS system.

For more information on the architecture


and administration of ISIS systems, see the
applicable Avid ISIS guides.

2 Pro Tools ISIS Guide


MXF AAF
MXF is a media file format. There are MXF video AAF sequences are Avid video editing applica-
files and MXF audio files, but there are no “MXF tions’ best way to exchange projects and main-
sequences.” An AAF sequence may refer to or in- tain valuable metadata. An AAF sequence can
clude MXF media files, but OMF sequences can- refer to OMF and/or MXF media files, or have
not refer to or include MXF files. OMF and MXF media files embedded within
them. There is no such thing as an AAF audio or
Avid Video Editing Application Support video media file.
for MXF Media
Avid Video Editing Application Support
Media Composer ® supports MXF media as fol-
for AAF Sequences
lows:
• Create MXF media when capturing, Media Composer supports AAF sequences as
transcoding, rendering, or using other follows:
methods to create media. • Import and export of AAF sequences with
• Import of MXF media files created in other embedded video files (MXF or OMF)
Avid video editing applications and/or audio files (MXF, WAV, or AIFF)
• Export of MXF audio and video files • Import and export of AAF sequences that
refer to external (linked) video files (MXF
Pro Tools Support for MXF Media or OMF) and/or audio files (MXF, WAV, or
AIFF)
Pro Tools supports MXF media as follows:
• Import of MXF video and audio media Pro Tools Support for AAF Sequences
• Export of MXF audio media Pro Tools supports AAF sequences as follows:
Pro Tools cannot export Avid video files of any • Import and export of AAF sequences that con-
type. tain embedded or refer to external (linked)
MXF, WAV, or AIFF audio files
Video files digitized in Pro Tools are technically
• Import of AAF sequences that refer to external
of the MXF format, but are intended only for use
(linked) MXF or OMF video files
in Pro Tools and are not tested for compatibility
with other applications. • Video satellite systems only: Import of AAF
sequences containing embedded video to a
satellite track, in which case Pro Tools im-
ports only the metadata (cuts and external clip
names) and not the video

Pro Tools does not export video files, tracks or


metadata as part of AAF sequences.

Chapter 1: Introduction 3
OMF Embedded Media

OMF is both a media file and sequence format. Exporting to OMF or AAF with embedded media
OMF media files can be audio or video. results in one large OMF or AAF file containing
both the metadata and all associated media files.
Avid Video Editing Application Support However, it is important to note that file size is
for OMF Media and Sequences limited to 2 GB when exporting to OMF.
Media Composer supports OMF media and se- Pro Tools can output AAFs larger than
quences as follows: 2 GB. In Media Composer, the AAF Edit
• Import and export of OMF sequences with Protocol setting must be checked during ex-
embedded OMF video files and WAV or port to allow AAF files larger than 2 GB.
AIFF audio files
• Import and export of OMF sequences that
refer to external (linked) OMF video files
and WAV or AIFF audio files

Pro Tools Support for OMF Media and


Sequences

Pro Tools supports OMF media and sequences


as follows:
• Import of OMF video files created by
Media Composer or other Avid video edit-
ing applications
• Export of OMF audio files
• Import and playback of OMF sequences
that refer to external (linked) audio files or
contain embedded audio files
• Import and playback of OMF sequences
that refer to external (linked) OMF video
files
• Export of OMF sequences that refer to ex-
ternal (linked) audio files or contain em-
bedded audio files
• Pro Tools does not export video files, tracks
or metadata as part of OMF sequences

4 Pro Tools ISIS Guide


Media Data (Media Files) Metadata
Media data represents raw audio or video mate- Metadata is used to describe:
rial and is stored in individual media files. Every • Information about each media file. This
time you record a piece of video or audio mate- may include sample rate, bit depth, external
rial into an application, you are creating a media names, the name of the videotape from
file containing media data. Audio media data is which the media file was captured, and
stored as samples (such as 44,100 or 48,000 sam- even timecode values that specify where a
ples per second of recording) while video media file was used in a Pro Tools session.
is typically stored as frames (24, 25, or 30 frames
• Information about Pro Tools sessions or
per second of recording).
other sequences, including what files are
The size of each media file depends on how used, where they appear in a Timeline, and
much audio or video material it contains. For automation.
example, if you record ten minutes of continu- • For AAF or OMF sequences, metadata also
ous video material at a high resolution, you includes information about unrendered
might end up with a video media file that is AudioSuite effects (such as real-time EQ)
1.8 GB in size, whereas a one minute recording on Avid workstations. Pro Tools skips un-
at the same resolution might result in a 180 MB rendered effects on import. Rendered ef-
file. Media files tend to be large, since high qual- fects are media files, that can be imported
ity audio and video signals are data intensive. or skipped on import into Pro Tools.
Video data generally requires considerably • For AAF or OMF sequences, information
more storage than audio data. about automation (clip-based gain or vol-
MXF Media Data Locations On the volumes you ume automation data).
have designated for media storage,
Media Composer stores all MXF media:
• When stored locally, MXF media is placed Embedded Media and Linked
in the Avid MediaFiles/MXF/1 folder. Media
Media Composer can also read MXF media There are two ways to handle media files when
located at Avid MediaFiles/MXF/2, Avid exporting AAF or OMF files:
MediaFiles/MXF/3, and so on.
• Embedded media (in which the media files
• When stored in a shared environment, MXF are embedded in an AAF or OMF sequence)
media is placed in a folder called
• Linked media (in which media files are ref-
Avid MediaFiles/MXF/client.1 (where client
erenced by an AAF or OMF sequence)
represents the name of the client com-
puter). Pro Tools lets you import AAF or OMF se-
quences containing embedded audio files. You
This guide refers to the root folder name (Avid
can also import AAF or OMF sequences contain-
MediaFiles) whenever referencing this folder.
ing embedded video files, but only if you are im-
OMF Media Data Locations On the volumes you porting them to a video satellite track. In such a
have designated, Media Composer stores all case, only the video metadata is imported.
OMF media in the OMFI MediaFiles folder.

Chapter 1: Introduction 5
example, the following illustration shows a 5-
Frame-Rate Accurate Video frame video clip and a corresponding audio clip.
Editing and Sample-Rate In Pro Tools, the audio clips might not line up
Accurate Audio Editing on video frame boundaries.
Avid video editing applications edit with frame
In order to export frame accurate audio clips,
accuracy. This means that in a 30-fps project,
Pro Tools splits the audio media on frame
you can edit at 30 different locations for every
boundaries and fills any gaps with silence. The
one second of video. Pro Tools edits with sample
following illustration shows the resulting audio
rate accuracy. In a 48-kHz session, there are po-
clips that are exported to Avid.
tentially 48,000 locations to edit for every sec-
ond of audio. When you use Export Selected Tracks as
OMF/AFF to export tracks from Pro Tools with
When Pro Tools exports an AAF composition
Enforce Avid Compatibility enabled, a number
destined for an Avid video editing application, it
of additional media files labeled Sample Accu-
must ensure that the audio files line up on frame
rate Edit appear in the Avid bins. These are the
boundaries. To do this, it might have to split an
additional media files that Pro Tools creates to
existing audio clip into three separate clips. For
ensure that the Avid editing application receives
frame-accurate audio. You also see the sample-
accurate edit media files if you zoom in on the
imported audio in the Timeline.

One Pro Tools audio clip

5 frame video clip

The original audio clip does not line up on video frame boundaries

Figure 1. Original audio clip

New audio clip with New audio clip with


padded silence padded silence

Three exported audio clips

5 frame video clip

Exported audio clips line up on video frame boundaries

Figure 2. Exported audio clip

6 Pro Tools ISIS Guide


Compatibility Information
System Requirements
Avid can only assure compatibility and provide
Using Pro Tools within an ISIS system requires support for hardware and software it has tested
the following: and approved.
ISIS 7000 For complete system requirements, configura-
• Windows 7 tion details, and a list of qualified computers,
• Mac OS X operating systems, hard drives, and third-party
devices, visit:
• Pro Tools HD software
www.avid.com/compatibility
• An available expansion slot for a Gigabit
Ethernet (Gig-E) based host bus adapter
(HBA), and Gig-E Ethernet-based connec-
tivity to the Avid ISIS server About Avid ISIS Guides
PDF versions of Avid Read Mes are installed au-
Some configurations can use a computer’s
tomatically with Avid ISIS software. Also,
built-in Ethernet port. For more information,
searchable online help files containing the same
see “Avid ISIS 7000 Requirements with Pro
information are accessible from the Help menus
Tools” in the Pro Tools Knowledge Base. You
in the Interplay Access and Interplay Adminis-
can reach the Knowledge Base by clicking
trator applications.
Help > Pro Tools Knowledge Base in Pro
Tools, or at www.avid.com/support. You can use any of the following guides as sup-
plementary information for this guide:
• ISIS client installation software
• The Avid ISIS 7000 System Setup Guide and
ISIS 5000 Avid ISIS 5000 System Setup Guide describe
• Windows 7 how to connect cables between components
that create a basic system and then how to
• Mac OS X
connect more than one basic system together
• Pro Tools HD software to create a larger, redundant system.
• An available expansion slot for a Gigabit
• The Avid ISIS 7000 Client Manager User’s
Ethernet (Gig-E) based host bus adapter
Guide and Avid ISIS 5000 Client Manager
(HBA), and Gig-E Ethernet-based connec-
User’s Guide provide information for the setup
tivity to the Avid ISIS server
and installation of the ISIS Client Manager
Some configurations can use a computer’s software and related hardware components.
built-in Ethernet port. For more information, • The Avid Site Preparation Guide contains in-
see “Avid ISIS 5000 Requirements with Pro formation that helps you prepare your site for
Tools” in the Pro Tools Knowledge Base. You installing ISIS system hardware.
can reach the Knowledge Base by clicking
Help > Pro Tools Knowledge Base in Pro
Tools, or at www.avid.com/support.

• ISIS client installation software

Chapter 1: Introduction 7
• The Avid ISIS 7000 Administration Guide and
Avid ISIS 5000 Administration Guide are in- Conventions Used in This
tended for system administrators responsible Guide
for the setup and day-to-day management of Pro Tools guides use the following conventions
an Avid ISIS media network, as well as for us- to indicate menu choices and key commands:
ers who need to access workspaces on the net- :

work. Convention Action

These guides and other ISIS guides are available File > Save Choose Save from the
on the Avid ISIS Online Library DVD and on the File menu
Avid Knowledge Base. You can reach the Knowl- Control+N Hold down the Control key
edge Base by clicking Help > Pro Tools Knowl- and press the N key
edge Base in Pro Tools, or at
Control-click Hold down the Control key
www.avid.com/support. To view or print PDF
and click the mouse button
guides, you can use Adobe Reader.
Right-click Click with the right
mouse button
About the Pro Tools Avid
Interplay Guide The names of Commands, Options, and Settings
The Pro Tools Avid Interplay Guide describes that appear on-screen are in a different font.
how to set up Pro Tools as a client within an
The following symbols are used to highlight
Avid Interplay system, as well as use Pro Tools
important information:
and Interplay to exchange sequences between
Avid and Pro Tools users. User Tips are helpful hints for getting the
most from your system.

Support for Avid ISIS


Important Notices include information that
For support on Avid ISIS, visit Avid’s Knowl- could affect your data or the performance of
edge Base. You can reach the Knowledge Base by your system.
clicking Help > Pro Tools Knowledge Base in
Pro Tools, or at www.avid.com/support. Online
Shortcuts show you useful keyboard or
services are available 24 hours per day, 7 days
mouse shortcuts.
per week.

Search this online Knowledge Base to find an-


Cross References point to related sections in
swers, to view error messages, to access trouble-
this guide and other Avid guides.
shooting tips, to download updates, and to read
or join online message-board discussions.

For support on Pro Tools HD, see “About


www.avid.com” on page 9.

8 Pro Tools ISIS Guide


About www.avid.com
The Avid website (www.avid.com) is your best
online source for information to help you get the
most out of your Pro Tools system. The follow-
ing are just a few of the services and features
available.

Product Registration Register your purchase


online.

Support and Downloads Contact Avid Customer


Success (technical support); download software
updates and the latest online manuals; browse
the Compatibility documents for system re-
quirements; search the online Knowledge Base
or join the worldwide Pro Tools community on
the User Conference.

Training and Education Study on your own using


courses available online or find out how you can
learn in a classroom setting at a certified
Pro Tools training center.

Products and Developers Learn about Avid


products; download demo software or learn
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Chapter 1: Introduction 9
10 Pro Tools ISIS Guide
Chapter 2: Configuring a Workstation as an
ISIS Client

This chapter describes how to install and config-


ure an individual Pro Tools workstation as a Workstation Configuration
client of an Avid ISIS system. Requirements
Before configuring a workstation as a client of
an ISIS system, obtain from your ISIS adminis-
Installation Overview trator (and make a note of) the following infor-
mation for the ISIS system to which you are con-
Installing the hardware and software involves
necting your clients:
the following process:
• IP address
1 Make sure the Pro Tools software is installed
on the workstation. • Subnet Mask
• Default Gateway
2 If your computer requires an added Ethernet
card, install the ISIS client hardware.
3 Do one of the following: Installing Pro Tools
• If using ISIS 7000, install the ISIS client
If you are configuring a Pro Tools workstation
software for Zone 1 or Zone 2 clients.
as an ISIS client, ensure that Pro Tools hardware
– or – and software are properly installed. For detailed
• If using ISIS 5000, install the ISIS client information, see the Pro Tools Installation
software for Zone 1, Zone 2, Zone 3, or Guide.
Zone 4 clients.

Chapter 2: Configuring a Workstation as an ISIS Client 11


Avid ISIS Client and Zone Installing the ISIS Client
Descriptions Hardware on a Windows CPU
All clients in the system are classified by zones, On some Windows CPUs, an Ethernet card is re-
depending on how they connect to the network. quired for connection to Avid ISIS. For more in-
The following list defines the clients in each net- formation, see Avid ISIS 7000 Requirements with
work layer by its zone classification: Pro Tools or Avid ISIS 5000 Requirements with
Pro Tools at the Avid Knowledge Base. You can
Zone 1 Client Connected to ISIS VLANs via an
reach the Knowledge Base by clicking Help > Pro
ISS 1 Gb port (direct connection) Tools Knowledge Base in Pro Tools, or at
Zone 2 Client Connected to ISIS VLANs via a www.avid.com/support.
1 Gb port on an Avid qualified layer-3 switch
To install the Intel PRO/1000 MT or Intel PRO/1000
(non-routed)
PT card:
Zone 3 Client (ISIS 5000 only) Connected to an 1 Insert the Intel PRO/1000 MT or PRO/1000 PT
Avid qualified Layer-3 Switch (Router) with card into your workstation and connect it to an
known QoS (normally 1Gbps) ISS switch.
Zone 4 Client (ISIS 5000 only) Connected to a 2 Install the Intel PRO/1000 MT or PRO/1000
non-Avid qualified switch with unknown QoS PT driver.

Clients can run in any lower-numbered


zone. For example, a Zone 2 client can also Inserting the
Intel PRO/1000 MT or PRO/1000
PT Ethernet Card into a
run as a Zone 1 client.
Workstation
Mac ISIS Connection The Avid ISIS client hardware consists of one
Ethernet cable (rated CAT 5e or higher) and a
Avid ISIS supports Mac clients on the media net- single qualified Ethernet HBA (Host Bus
work with Zone 1 through Zone 4 connections. Adapter), such as the Gig-E Intel PRO/1000 MT
You can use any of the onboard Ethernet ports or PRO/1000 PT. You must purchase Ethernet
on the Mac system to connect to the media net- cables separately.
work.
For a complete list of qualified host bus
Some firewall settings on Mac clients prevent
adapters, consult Avid support.
you from connecting to the Avid ISIS environ-
ment when enabled. You might receive an error To insert the HBA Ethernet card into a Pro Tools
message informing you that no System Direc- workstation:
tors were found and that the problem might be 1 Shut down and power off your computer and
the firewall settings. If you encounter problems, expansion chassis (if one is present).
contact your network admin.
2 Open your computer according to the instruc-
tions included with it.

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3 Release any static electricity by touching the If your system has a DVD drive, you can install it
power supply, or another grounded item. directly from the Avid ISIS DVD. If you do not
have a DVD drive, you need to use another
4 Remove the Ethernet card from the antistatic
means (such as a network connection) to trans-
bag, being careful to handle it only by the edges.
fer the necessary driver from the Avid ISIS DVD
Determine the correct card slot order: See Avid to your system.
ISIS 7000 Requirements with Pro Tools or Avid
ISIS 5000 Requirements with Pro Tools at the To install the Intel Ethernet card driver:

Avid Knowledge Base. You can reach the Knowl- 1 If you did not restart the system after install-
edge Base by clicking Help > Pro Tools Knowl- ing Intel PRO/1000 MT or PRO/1000 PT Ether-
edge Base in Pro Tools, or at net card, do so now.
www.avid.com/support.
After you restart your system, the following
5 Line up the Ethernet card with the installation message appears: “Looking for the Intel
slot, and slide the card into place gently so the PRO/1000 MT (or PT) driver.”
PCIe connector is aligned with the correct PCIe
slot. 2 Cancel the message.

6 Press down firmly on the card with even pres- 3 Insert the DVD into the DVD drive.
sure. The connector should click into place in 4 On the DVD, navigate to the following folder:
the PCIe slot. Tools_and_Thirdparty_Software/
7 To attach the card bracket to the computer Drivers_and_Firmware.
mounting bracket, fasten the card in place using 5 In the Drivers_and_Firmware folder, copy the
a screw or latch down the securing bracket if one Intel_MT_Server_NIC or Intel_PT_Server_NIC
is built in. folder to the desktop of your system.

To connect an installed Intel PRO/1000 PT or 6 Navigate to the Intel_MT_Server_NIC or


PRO/1000 PF card to the ISS (ISIS switch): Intel_PT_Server_NIC folder on your desktop,
1 Plug one end of an Ethernet cable into the and go to Driver/Intel NIC 10.0 Avid.
Intel PRO/1000 PT or PRO/1000 PF card’s 7 Double click the Auto-run.exe file.
Ethernet port.
An Installer window opens.
2 Connect the other end of the Ethernet cable to
the ISS (ISIS Switch). 8 Click Install Drivers.
9 A message window appears stating that the
For more information, see the Avid ISIS
Client Setup and Installation Guide.
drivers and other files that are needed are being
installed. This may take some time to complete.
When the message window closes, the installa-
Installing the
Intel PRO/1000 MT or PRO/1000 tion is complete.
PT Driver 10 Set the IP address of the board to allow you to

Once the Intel Ethernet card is physically in- communicate with the Avid ISIS system.
stalled in your computer, you must install the
appropriate driver.

Chapter 2: Configuring a Workstation as an ISIS Client 13


Connecting an Intel PRO/1000 tem.) Figure 3 shows a sample system connected
MP or PT Ethernet Card to an in Zone 1 and Zone 2 configurations and the on-
Avid ISIS System board Ethernet connection that is physically
connected to the corporate network.
The Intel PRO/1000 MT or PT Ethernet card is a
dual port card that allows you to use dual-at- Pro Tools clients connected to an ISIS 7000
tached redundancy for the client. (You can also network are not supported in a Zone 3 envi-
configure your network as a single-connect sys- ronment.

Figure 3. Connecting an Intel PRO/1000 Ethernet card to an Avid ISIS system

14 Pro Tools ISIS Guide


3The preferences window opens, and the
Configuring Windows 7 General section is displayed by default.
Network Profiles
(Windows 7 Only)

Network profiles are used by Windows 7 to dis-


tinguish between Public, Private, and Domain
network connections. Because each network
profile uses its own security settings, you must
configure the Client Manager settings so that
the appropriate ports are opened for each appli-
cable network profile on your system.

You only need to configure Client Manager


settings for the network profiles that are
connected to your ISIS system. If you are
unsure which network connections are Client Manager Preferences window
used with your ISIS system, see your 4 In the Profiles section, click the checkbox next
network administrator. to each applicable network profile type to enable
To configure the Client Manager settings for
firewall configuration.
Windows 7 network profiles:
You only need to enable firewall config-
1 Verify which network connection profile(s) uration for the network profiles that are
are used to connect to your ISIS system by doing connected to your ISIS system.
the following:
• Click Start > Network. The Network window 5 Click Apply.
opens. 6 C lick Close.
– or –
7 Restart your Windows 7 system for the firewall
• Click Network and Sharing Center. The Net- configuration to take effect.
work and Sharing Center window opens.

The Network and Sharing Center window lists


the network connections present on your system
and which network profile has been applied to
them.

Once you have determined which network pro-


file has been applied to the connection(s) to
your ISIS system, you can go to the next step.
2 Start Client Manager software and open the
Preferences window.

Chapter 2: Configuring a Workstation as an ISIS Client 15


If you have preferences set (such as Client Type
Client Software Installation set to High Resolution or a Remote Host setting)
When working with an Avid ISIS system, it’s and you want them to be automatically pre-
necessary to have the correct ISIS client soft- served in the upgrade, then you must run this
ware installed on your Pro Tools system. For utility prior to upgrading to the latest version. If
information on installing, uninstalling, and you do not run the utility, you must manually
upgrading ISIS client software, see the reenter any preference settings after the update
Avid ISIS 7000 Client Guide or the completes.
Avid ISIS 5000 Client Guide.
To run the utility:

Additional Installation Details 1 Insert the Avid ISIS installer DVD in the Avid
ISIS client’s DVD drive and double-click SaveI-
The following sections contain additional infor- SISPreferences.exe located in the following loca-
mation about installing the client software on tion.
your system. DVD drive:\AvidISISClient

Client Licensing You can also copy this utility to the client and
run it from there (for example from the desk-
Any client that connects to an Avid ISIS 7000 or
top). If your client’s computer uses a 64-bit op-
5000 system must be included in the System Di-
erating system, use the utility in the following
rector dongle count for your media network.
location:
There is no need to order special licenses for
DVD drive:\AvidISISClient64 folder.
each client. If you are not certain about your li-
cense status, see your Avid ISIS administrator. 2 After the utility is finished, close all open ap-
plications.
Saving User Client Manager Settings
3 Uninstall the previous version of the Avid ISIS
The Avid ISIS installer DVD includes a utility software.
that saves your Avid ISIS Preferences settings
when upgrading from an earlier version or when 4 Install the new Avid ISIS software as described
reinstalling your client application. This utility the Avid ISIS 7000 Setup Guide or Avid ISIS 5000
is run on the Avid ISIS clients and saves the set- Setup Guide.
tings file on the client’s C:\ drive in the location Your new Preferences settings are set as they
used by Client Manager software. Depending on were in the previous version.
the version of your Avid ISIS application, you
might have to run this utility to save your client
preferences when upgrading software. See the
Avid ISIS 7000 ReadMe or Avid ISIS 5000 Re-
adMe for information on which software ver-
sions require you to run the utility.

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Chapter 3: Using a Client in an ISIS System

This chapter includes setup instructions and


configuration parameters for each workstation Connecting to the Avid ISIS
you add as an ISIS client. System
The Client Manager automatically checks for all
System Directors available in the Avid ISIS sys-
About Avid ISIS Client tem. You can use the Client Manager to connect
Manager to the network and optionally reconnect auto-
matically when you reboot your system.
Avid ISIS Client Manager allows your client to
connect to the Avid ISIS system. Once installed,
the Client Manager runs in the background so Opening the Client Manager
you can mount and access your workspaces at
To connect to the Avid ISIS network via the Client
any time, as well as manage your workspaces Manager:
and bandwidth reservations.
1 On Windows, do one of the following:
Client Manager displays an icon in the Windows • If the Client Manager icon is not available
Taskbar. When logged in, the Client Manager in the Windows taskbar, select Start > All
displays all available System Directors and all Programs > AvidISIS > ClientManager.
available workspaces.
• Click the Client Manager icon in the Win-
The Client Manager allows users with the neces- dows taskbar.
sary account privileges to resize workspaces, to • Right-click the Client Manager icon and
protect and unprotect workspaces, and to spec- select ISIS Client Manager.
ify client bandwidth reservations, if any.
2 On Mac, do one of the following:
• Double-click the Client Manager alias icon
on the desktop, or double-click the Client
Manager alias icon in the dock.
– or –
• If the Client Manager alias icon is not avail-
able, select Go > Applications, and then dou-
ble-click the AvidISIS folder. In this folder,
double-click the ClientManager file.

: Using a Client in an ISIS System 17


3 In the Avid ISIS Client Manager, click 7 (Option — Windows only) If you used the OS
Connections. Login option, and you want to connect to the
network automatically every time you start your
system, select the Auto-Connect option.

For more information on connecting to the


media network, see your ISIS Client Guide.

Changing Your Password


You can use the Client Manager to change the
password you use to log on to your Avid ISIS
user account.
Client Manager window
If your username and password are
The Connections list displays all available Sys- different for your client system and your
tem Directors. Avid ISIS account, your system cannot
4 Select the System Director you want to connect automatically reconnect to the ISIS system
to from the Connections list. when you restart your system.

5 On Windows, do one on the following: To change your Avid ISIS account password:

• Type your account name in the Username 1 Open the Client Manager (see “Connecting to
text box, and type your password in the the Avid ISIS System” on page 17).
Password text box.
2 Log into the ISIS system for which you want to
– or – change your password, if you are not already.
• If your ISIS system is configured to use the
3Click the Change Password icon. The Changing
Windows user name and password for your
Password dialog opens.
local system, select OS Login. By default,
the Username and Password text boxes are 4 In the Changing Password dialog, do the
inactive when you select this option. following:

6 On Mac, type your Avid ISIS account name in • Type your existing password in the Old
the Username text box, and type your password Password field.
in the Password text box. • Type your new password in the New
Password field.
4. Click the Connect button. When the connec-
• Type the new password a second time in the
tion is successful, the following occurs:
Confirm New Password field.
• The Connect button changes to Disconnect
when the connection is complete. 5 Click OK.
• The Change Password and Launch Manage-
ment Console buttons become active.

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Accessing Client Manager Help To mount an Avid ISIS workspace on your system:

The Client Manager Help provides background 1 Open the Client Manager. The Workspaces list
information for tasks, windows, and dialogs. opens. The Online field displays a green ball for
The Help system is HTML-based and operates in workspaces that are already mounted. You can
your default Web browser. filter the Workspaces list by Workspace name.
2 Do one of the following:
To open the Client Manager help:
• Click (mount) in the Online column for the
 In the Menu panel, click Help. selected workspace.
• Click to select a workspace, then Right-
click, and select Mount.
Mounting and Unmounting • (Option) Right-click, and select “Mount to
Workspaces drive” from the menu.
Your Avid ISIS user account must have access to
at least one workspace. For information on Selecting this option will override the cur-
workspace access, see your Avid ISIS Adminis- rent drive mapping option settings for the
tration Guide. selected workspace. For more information
on drive letter assignments, see “Configur-
When you have one or more workspaces ing Workspace Drive Letter Assignments ”
mounted and the connection to the System Di- on page 21.
rector is subsequently lost, a message in the
taskbar (for Windows systems) or the dock (for The Client Manager mounts the selected work-
Mac systems) indicates the workspace is un- space on your client and the Online icon for the
available. mounted workspace changes to green. The
Workspaces list displays the drive the work-
The Client Manager then automatically attempts space is mounted to. If you use letterless drive
to reestablish the connection with the System mappings, the Workspaces list displays “UNC
Director. When the connection is successfully path” next to the Online icon.
reestablished, a message in the taskbar or dock
3 (Option) If you want the selected workspace
informs you of the connection state.
remounted the next time you log in, do one of
For information on opening the Client Manager, the following:
see “Connecting to the Avid ISIS System” on • Click (enable) in the Auto column for the
page 17. mounted workspace.
– or –
• Right-click, and select Enable auto mount.

The next time you log in to your client system,


the Client Manager automatically mounts the
selected workspace.

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To mount multiple Avid ISIS workspaces on your To unmount an Avid ISIS workspace on your
system: system:

1 Open the Client Manager. 1 Make sure your Avid video editing application
is not running.
The Workspaces list opens. The Online field dis-
plays a green ball for workspaces that are al- 2 Open the Client Manager.
ready mounted. You can filter the Workspaces
The Workspaces list opens. The Online field dis-
list by Workspace name.
plays a green ball for workspaces that are al-
2 Do one of the following: ready mounted. You can filter the Workspaces
• Select multiple non-contiguous workspaces list by Workspace name.
with Control+click. 3 Do one of the following:
• Select a range of contiguous workspaces by • Click the green icon in the Workspaces list
clicking on the first workspace row in the to unmount the selected workspace.
range, then Shift+clicking on the last.
– or –
• Select all workspaces by right-clicking in
• Click to select a workspace, then right-
the Workspaces list and selecting Select all.
click, and select Unmount.
• Select all workspaces by pressing Con-
trol+A. The Client Manager unmounts the workspace
from your client, and the green icon is removed
3 Right-click, and select Mount.
from the Online field for this workspace.
The Client Manager mounts the selected work-
spaces on your client and the Online icons for
the mounted workspaces change to green. The
Workspaces list displays the drives the work-
spaces are mounted to. If you use letterless drive
mappings, the Workspaces list displays “UNC
path” next to the Online icons.
4 (Option) If you want the selected workspace
remounted the next time you log in, right-click,
and select Enable auto mount.

The next time you log in to your client system,


the Client Manager automatically mounts the
selected workspace.

20 Pro Tools ISIS Guide


To unmount multiple Avid ISIS workspaces on Configuring Workspace Drive
your system: Letter Assignments
1 Make sure your Avid video editing application
The Client Manager allows you to configure the
is not running.
drive letter used when mounting Avid ISIS
2 Open the Client Manager. workspaces. This allows you to prevent work-
spaces from being assigned drive letters you
The Workspaces list opens. The Online field dis- want reserved for other uses.
plays a green ball for workspaces that are al-
ready mounted. You can filter the Workspaces The Client Manager skips fixed drives and
list by Workspace name. drive letters that are already in use.

3 Do one of the following: If your system requires using Universal Naming


• Select multiple non-contiguous workspaces Convention (UNC) paths for all mounted work-
with Control+click. spaces rather than drive letters, you can use Cli-
• Select a range of contiguous workspaces by ent Manager to set this as the default mapping
clicking on the first workspace row in the for workspaces.
range, then Shift+clicking on the last.
To configure the drive letter for mounting
• Select all workspaces by right-clicking in workspaces:
the Workspaces list and selecting Select all.
1 Open the Client Manager.
• Select all workspaces by pressing Con-
trol+A. 2 Select a workspace from the Workspace list.
3 Right-click the selected workspace, and select
4. Right-click, and select Unmount.
Mount to drive from the menu. The Mount To di-
The Client Manager unmounts the workspaces alog opens.
from your client, and the green icons are re-
4 Click the Choose drive letter menu, and select
moved from the Online field for those work-
the drive letter you want to use for mounting
spaces.
workspaces.
For more information on mounting workspaces, UNC (Letterless) Uses a Universal Naming Con-
see your ISIS Client User Guide: vention (UNC) path for the mounted workspace
instead of a drive letter.

Any drive Mounts the workspace to the next


available drive letter, working backward from
drive Z:

Specific drive Mounts the workspace to the se-


lected available drive letter.

5. Click OK.

: Using a Client in an ISIS System 21


• Connection status (connected, uncon-
Using the Workspace Display nected, or automounted)
The Workspaces list provides basic information • Used space (as a percentage of available ca-
about each mounted workspace, including the pacity)
following: • User privileges for the workspace (read,
• All available workspaces read/write)
• System Director name • Free space (in gigabytes)
• Workspace name • Protection status
• Drive letter for the mounted workspace • Workspace capacity (in gigabytes)
• System capacity (in terabytes)

Workspaces
list

Workspaces Retrieve
filtering area Details
toolbar

Messages
area

Tool Bar

Figure 4. Client Manager (Workspace display)

22 Pro Tools ISIS Guide


Retrieving Workspace Details Sorting the Display
When you connect to an ISIS system, only the If the Workspaces list contains a large number
workspace names are displayed; you need to re- of workspaces, you might want to sort the items
trieve additional workspace details manually. in the list.
You do not have to mount a workspace to re-
trieve its details. To sort the Workspaces list:
1 Click on a field heading that you want to sort.
To retrieve details for one or more selected A blue arrow appears next to the field heading.
workspaces:

1 Do one of the following: 2 Click the field heading again to reverse the
sort order.
• Select a single workspace by clicking on a
workspace row.
Filtering the Display
• Select multiple non-contiguous workspaces
with Control+click. If the Workspaces list contains a large number
• Select a range of contiguous workspaces by of workspaces, you might want to filter the
clicking on the first workspace row in the items in the list.
range, then Shift+clicking on the last.
To filter the Workspaces list:
2 Right-click in the Workspace list, and select
1 Type part or all of a workspace name in the
Retrieve details. Additional details are retrieved
Workspace Name field.
for the selected workspaces.
2 Click the Filter button.
To retrieve details for all mounted workspaces, do
one of the following: The Workspaces list updates to display the
workspace names that match the text entered.
 In the Retrieve Details area, click Mounted.
– or – To display all Workspaces:

 Right-click in the Workspace list, and select  Delete the text in the Workspace Name field.
Retrieve mounted details.
The Workspaces list updates to display all avail-
Additional details are retrieved for all mounted able Workspaces.
workspaces.
After you clear the Workspace name filter,
To retrieve details for all workspaces, do one of the you have to manually retrieve details from
following: the selected workspaces.
 In the Retrieve Details area, click All.
– or –
 Right-click in the Workspace list, and select
Retrieve all details.

Additional details are retrieved for all work-


spaces.

: Using a Client in an ISIS System 23


Configuring Workspace Drive
Letter Assignments Testing Your Avid ISIS
Connection
The Client Manager allows you to configure the
(Windows Systems Only)
drive letter used when mounting Avid ISIS
workspaces. This allows you to prevent work- Before you begin using the Avid ISIS system,
spaces from being assigned drive letters you you should test the connection to your work-
want reserved for other uses. space to make sure communication between
your client system and the ISIS system is suffi-
The Client Manager skips fixed drives and cient for the functionality needed by your sys-
drive letters that are already in use. tem. You can use the Avid PathDiag tool, which
installs with your client software, to test the
If your system requires using Universal Naming
read/write throughput (the rate that read and
Convention (UNC) paths for all mounted work-
write operations are conducted between your
spaces rather than drive letters, you can use Cli-
client system and a mounted workspace).
ent Manager to set this as the default mapping
for workspaces.
Starting the Avid PathDiag Tool
To configure the drive letter for mounting
workspaces: The Avid PathDiag tool is a diagnostic utility
that allows you to validate your Avid ISIS con-
1 Open the Client Manager (see “Connecting to
nection by quantifying the throughput of Win-
the Avid ISIS System” on page 17).
dows editing applications accessing Avid ISIS
2 In the Menu panel, click Workspaces. workspaces.

3 Click the Fast menu, and select Mount To. For detailed information on the PathDiag
tool, see the Avid ISIS Client Manager
4 In the Mount To dialog, click the Choose drive
User’s Guide.
letter menu, and select the drive letter you want
to use for mounting workspaces. To start Avid PathDiag tool:
5 Click OK.  Choose Start > All Programs > Avid ISIS > Path-
Diag.

PathDiag tool

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Setting Up a Test Duration (Minutes) Select 2.

To test the general status of your connection to Loop Select this option if you want the test to re-
the ISIS system, you need to configure a custom peat the test indefinitely after its duration is
test. complete.

To access the custom test settings options: File Access Method Select Automatically select.

1 Start the PathDiag tool (see “Starting the Avid Reads vs. Writes Select Writes, then Reads (Se-
PathDiag Tool” on page 24). quential).
2 Click the Setup button. Transfer Size (KB) Select 4096 for an Avid edit-
3 In the PathDiag tool Settings dialog, click Cus- ing application (such as Avid Media Composer
tom Test. or Media Composer) or Pro Tools using video.
Select 1024 for other Avid applications or
Pro Tools using audio only.

Transfer Rate (KB/S) Select Unlimited.

Max File Size (MB) Select 100.

5 Click OK.
PathDiag tool Settings dialog

The dialog expands to display the Custom Test


Settings area.

PathDiag tool Settings dialog (Custom Area)

4 In the Custom Test Settings area, adjust the


custom test parameters as follows:

Path to Test Select a drive with a mapped Avid


ISIS workspace

: Using a Client in an ISIS System 25


Running the Test
You can start and stop the currently configured
test using the Start and Stop buttons.

To start the currently configured test:

 Click Start in the PathDiag tool main window.

The test runs for the specified duration and then


stops automatically. The elapsed time a test has
been running and the remaining time are dis-
played in the Control area.

The following list indicate the results that re- Figure 5. PathDiag tool Settings dialog (Healthy
flect an optimal connection for a Pro Tools cli- read/write test)
ent on the ISIS system: In Figure 6, which shows problems in the con-
• Average Read: 60–70 MB/seconds nection to the workspace, the average Read level
• Average Write: 70–80 MB/seconds and Recent Read level display fluctuations. The
Peak Read should be lower and plot along a flat
• Peak Read: less than 5 MS/100
line in the graph. Also, the average Read level is
• Peak Write: less than 5 MS/100 higher than the average Write level, which
might indicate that the workspace is unmirrored
In addition, results should plot along a smooth,
(that is, it is not a protected workspace).
stable line in the Test Results graph, and they
should not have peaks or spikes that indicate
variable performance within the ISIS system.

In Figure 5, which shows a healthy read/write


test, the test loops so that the Read results and
Write results fall to zero as the test alternates
between Reads and Writes. However, Reads and
Writes plot consistently in the Test Results
graph and appear level over the course of the
test.

Figure 6. PathDiag tool Settings dialog (Healthy


read/write test)

These results represent guidelines for Avid-


qualified systems; performance on your system
might vary. If your Read/Write results differ
from those listed here by more than 5–10 MB/s,
see your Avid ISIS administrator.

26 Pro Tools ISIS Guide


To create or modify a bandwidth reservation:
Setting Bandwidth
Reservations 1 Open the Client Manager.
2 Click the Bandwidth icon. The Bandwidth
You can use the Client Manager to obtain a de-
dialog opens.
fault bandwidth reservation; however, the reser-
vation cannot exceed your system’s device limit
or your client bandwidth limit, whichever is
lower. The Avid ISIS system enforces an effec-
tive bandwidth limit based on either the client
type specified by the Client Manager or the re- Figure 7. Bandwidth dialog
served bandwidth value set in the Administra-
tion tool. Your Avid ISIS administrator sets the 3 Use the up/down buttons to select the number
bandwidth limits, and the bandwidth limit is of streams you will need.
listed in the Workspaces list. 4 Select the type of stream from the list. There
are several presets for various formats, as well as
Setting a bandwidth limit on editing clients
numeric bandwidth values.
can adversely affect playback performance.
Avid recommends that you do not set band- If the selected bandwidth value exceeds the
width limits for Media Composer users limits imposed either by the client type spec-
(other than Avid AirSpeed ® clients). How- ified by the Client Manager or the reserved
ever, your administrator might need to set a bandwidth value set in the Management
bandwidth limit for other devices, such as Console, a warning symbol will appear next
an Avid TransferManager, in the event the to the Total Rate value. You will be able to
device is consuming more bandwidth than save these values, but not to create or mod-
expected. ify an existing reservation.

The Bandwidth tab must be enabled in order to 5 Optionally, do one of the following:
manage bandwidth reservations.
• If you want to restore previously saved
To enable the Bandwidth dialog:
values, click Restore.
– or –
1 Open the Client Manager (see “Connecting to
the Avid ISIS System” on page 17). • If you want to save the selected values
without creating a reservation, click Save.
2 Click the Preferences button. The Preferences
window opens. 6 Click the Reserve button. The reservation is
created on the ISIS server.
3 In the General section, select Enable Band-
width Dialog. 7 If you want to reserve bandwidth automati-
cally each time you log on to the ISIS system,
4 Click Apply. click Auto Reserve On.
5 Click Close.

: Using a Client in an ISIS System 27


Display Bandwidth in Bits Per Second Select this
Performing Administrative option to display bandwidth in bits per second.
Tasks Deselect this option to display bandwidth in
You can use the Preferences dialog and the Mes- bytes per second.
sages dialog to manage the following adminis- Measure Free Space In You can choose to dis-
trative tasks: play the amount of available space in your work-
• Set display properties space either in gigabytes (GB) or in the total
• Clear cached information length of stored media (hours:minutes:seconds)
at a selected resolution.
• View, save, and clear logged error messages
5 Click Apply and close the application .
Setting Display Properties in the
Client Manager Clearing Cached Data
Display properties in the Client Manager control The Client Manager maintains information on
how the application displays information on site settings in cache files, and the tool appends
your local system. data each time you open the Client Manager.
You can clear the cached information—for ex-
To set Client Manager display properties: ample, to remove settings for users no longer
1 Open the Client Manager (see “Connecting to working on a specific system—by deleting the
the Avid ISIS System” on page 17). cache files.
2 Click Preferences. To clear cached data:
3 In the Preferences dialog, click General. 1 Open the Client Manager (see “Connecting to
4 In the General area, select the appropriate op- the Avid ISIS System” on page 17).
tions: 2 Click Preferences.
Start Client Manager Hidden Select this option to 3 In the Preferences dialog, click Advanced.
allow the Client Manager to run hidden and ac-
4 Do one of the following:
cessible from the Client Manager icon in the
Taskbar. Deselect this option to open the Client • Click the Clear button for each cache file
Manager each time you start your system. you want to clear.
– or –
Use UNC (Letterless) Drive Mappings Select this
option to use UNC paths to map workspaces in- • Click the Clear All button to clear all cached
stead of drive letters. data.
5 Click Apply and close the application .
Pro Tools does not support UNC paths for
access to media files.

Enable Bandwidth Dialog Select this option to


enable the “Display Bandwidth in Bits Per Sec-
ond” option as well as the bandwidth displays in
Client Manager tool.

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Using Logs and Messages
Configuring Pro Tools
The Client Manager keeps an log of events, in- Session Settings for a New
formation, and error messages. You can view the Session
current log in the Messages dialog. You can also
save a copy of the log, and you can clear the log The following describes the recommended ses-
maintained for the current work session. sion settings for creating a new Pro Tools ses-
sion when working in an ISIS system.
The Client Manager clears all logs when you
exit the application. To create a new Pro Tools session for Avid ISIS:
1 In Pro Tools, choose File > New Session.
To view Client Manager event logs:
2 In the New Session dialog, select an Audio File
 Open the Client Manager (see “Connecting to
Type for the session that is compatible across all
the Avid ISIS System” on page 17).
workstations.
The Messages area is the bottom section of the 3 Select a Sample Rate for the session that is
Client Manager window. You can sort the Mes- compatible across all workstations.
sages list by clicking the Level, Time, or Message
field heading and clicking on the blue arrow to 4 Select a Bit Depth for the session that is com-
sort in ascending or descending order. patible across all workstations.
5 Click OK.
To save a copy of the event log:
1 Right-click in the list, and select Export. The 6Name the session and save it to an Avid ISIS
Export dialog opens. workspace.

2 Navigate to the folder where you want to save Audio File Type
your log.
Pro Tools supports AIFF and BWF (.WAV) au-
3 Type a name for the log in the File Name text dio files natively. The BWF sub-formats RF64
box. and WAVE Extended are also supported.
4 Click Save.
Avid video editing applications do not
The Client Manager saves the event messages as support RF64 audio files. Standard.WAV
a log file (filename.log). format is recommended when working in
a shared media environment with video.
To clear all event logs:

 Click the Fast menu, and select Clear. All Sound Designer II files must be
converted to a Windows-compatible
format for use in an ISIS system.

: Using a Client in an ISIS System 29


For the best media compatibility between
Pro Tools workstations and Avid workstations, Performance Characteristics
you should choose to work with Broadcast WAV You should experience no functional difference
media files. Make sure the Audio File Type pop- between working with Pro Tools attached to an
up menu in the New Session dialog is set to WAV ISIS system or working with Pro Tools attached
when you are creating a new session. to local storage. However, due to the architec-
tural differences between ISIS and local storage,
The WAV file format is required when
some subtle differences may be noticeable.
working with audio files containing
field recorder metadata.
Disk Cache Performance
Enhancements
Sample Rate
Pro Tools HD software version 10 provides a
Pro Tools HD supports sample rates up to
RAM-based Disk Cache system. With it, audio is
192 kHz, but other Pro Tools and Avid worksta-
loaded into RAM for instant playback, increas-
tions only support lower sample rates. There-
ing performance significantly, especially with
fore, when working on an Avid ISIS network, it
networked storage (such as an ISIS system).
is vital to use sample rates for shared media that
are supported on all workstations. The Disk Cache system also lets you use
It is preferable for all participants in the system Elastic Audio on ISIS tracks.
to agree on a standard, universal sample rate for
the sake of compatibility and to avoid media Disk Cache works with audio files only.
conversion. Many facilities choose 48 kHz,
which is the industry standard for post produc- Allocating a generous amount of RAM to Disk
tion and broadcast applications. Cache allows for higher track counts over ISIS,
closer to standard Pro Tools system maximums.
Bit Depth
When playing back large or complex sessions
It is preferable for all participants in the system (especially from networked storage), perfor-
to agree on a standard, universal bit depth for mance is significantly improved by caching all
the sake of compatibility and to avoid media audio in the timeline to RAM, so it can be useful
conversion. Many facilities standardize on 24- to know how much of the audio has been cached.
bit audio, which offers higher audio quality than
16-bit, and is more universally supported than To check Disk Cache status:
32-bit floating point audio. 1 Open the System Usage dialog by clicking
Windows > System Usage.
For the most current compatibility informa-
tion on supported Pro Tools systems and
Avid ISIS, visit www.avid.com.

Pro Tools System Usage window

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2 The Timeline Cached gauge displays the per-
centage of audio in the timeline that has been Sharing Files
cached to RAM. If the Timeline Cached gauge is
at 100%, all audio in the Pro Tools timeline has Sharing Session Files
been cached to RAM.
To avoid machine conflicts among multiple us-
The amount of audio that can be cached to ers and avoid general performance problems, no
RAM is dependent on the amount of RAM two Pro Tools clients should open the same ses-
sion at the same time. Only one Pro Tools client
allocated to Disk Cache in the Playback
should have a particular session open at any
Engine dialog in Pro Tools. In cases where
given time.
the total size of all audio on the timeline
exceeds the amount of allocated RAM, the
Timeline Cached gauge will not reach Sharing Video Files
100%. Pro Tools clients with Avid video peripherals
(such as Avid Mojo, Avid Mojo SDI, and AVop-
For more information on Disk Cache and how to
tion|V10) can share JFIF and MXF video files
configure it, see the Pro Tools Reference Guide.
with other ISIS clients. Pro Tools cannot de-
structively modify video files.
Opening Files
Pro Tools periodically opens and closes files (for Sharing Audio Files
example, to buffer them for playback). When us-
Pro Tools clients can share audio files in an al-
ing ISIS storage, the file open process is some-
location group with other ISIS clients. When
what slower than with local storage. This is most
working with shared audio files, it is recom-
noticeable when first opening an existing ses-
mended that you use the Duplicate command to
sion. Pro Tools software version 10 and higher
make a copies before applying any destructive
calculates fades in real time, rather than pre-
edits.
rendering them. This speeds up the file open
process significantly.

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MXF and OMF Files
Destructive Editing
Pro Tools treats all MXF and OMF media that
The following Pro Tools features can destruc- are both created by Avid and stored on shared
tively modify audio files: storage as read-only. Consequently, destructive
• Pencil Tool editing tools cannot be used to modify MXF and
• AudioSuite in Overwrite Files mode OMF media files. However, you can delete or
overwrite MXF and OMF files.
Rendering an AudioSuite effect in Overwrite
Files mode will destructively modify the af- Because Pro Tools creates both MXF/OMF and
fected clips, however, fades and metadata non-MXF/OMF media files, these destructive
are preserved. editing tools can be used on non-MXF/OMF me-
dia created by Pro Tools. When you are working
• Destructive Record in an ISIS system, you should always create a
• Compact Selected copy of an audio file before applying a destruc-
tive change.
• DestructivePunch Record
• DigiBase metadata entry/editing Use the Duplicate or Consolidate commands
in Pro Tools to make non-OMF or non-MXF
When working with shared audio files, it is rec- copies of audio files for destructive editing.
ommended that you use the Duplicate command
to substitute copies before applying any de-
structive edits. This avoids the problem of mod-
ifying a file referenced by another session.

To substitute a copy of a shared file:


1 In Pro Tools, select the clip you want to copy in
the Edit window.
2 Choose Edit > Duplicate.

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Chapter 4: Avid ISIS Workflows for Pro Tools

This chapter covers workflows for using an Avid


editing application (such as Media Composer) Exporting Audio and Video
and Pro Tools to exchange AAF sequences using from Media Composer
ISIS shared storage, as follows: To export sequences from Avid video editing ap-
• Exporting audio and video from plications for import into Pro Tools, you can
Media Composer and other Avid video edit- choose from the following methods:
ing applications • Using the Send To templates to export an
• Importing audio and video into Pro Tools AAF or OMF sequence
• Exporting audio from Pro Tools for Avid • Manually exporting an AAF or OMF
video editing applications sequence
• Importing audio into an Avid video editing • Checking a sequence into Avid Interplay for
application from Pro Tools Pro Tools (Avid Interplay system required)
• Synchronizing audio with an Avid sequence
For more information on exporting Avid
sequences, see the documentation that
came with your Avid editing application.

For information on working with Interplay,


see the Pro Tools Avid Interplay Guide.

Chapter 4: Avid ISIS Workflows for Pro Tools 33


Using the Send To Templates to Choose this option for any scenario in which
Export an AAF Sequence from Pro Tools will link to the same media files as the
Media Composer current Avid sequence.
The Send To Templates option lets you create
one AAF sequence that references audio and
video files used in the sequence, and save it to
the volume selected in your Avid Preferences.

To use the Send To Pro Tools templates:


1 Select a sequence in a bin.
2 Choose File > Send To > Pro Tools on Unity,
then choose one of the following options:

Link to Audio and Video Creates an AAF se-


quence that links to existing audio and video
wherever possible and only creates new media
files for effects that have not been rendered.
Send To dialog (LInk to Audio and Video options
This is the fastest and most storage-efficient shown)
way to export a sequence.
3 If you want to view or change export settings,
Choose this option for a scenario in which click the Options button, and then make any
Pro Tools will link to the same media files as the changes. If you make any changes, you can use
current Avid sequence. Use this setting if the the Save As Template button to create a new tem-
media files are currently stored on volumes that plate.
are suitable for Pro Tools media playback.
This workflow assumes that you use the
QuickTime–Link to Audio Creates an AAF se- default values. This means that you are
quence that links to existing audio, and creates a exporting using the Project sample rate,
new QuickTime movie. audio file format, and sample bit depth.
Choose this option when exporting a sequence 4 Click Set.
for a Pro Tools system that does not have an
Avid video peripheral attached. 5Navigate to the location where you want the
AAF sequence to reside.
VIdeo Mixdown–Link to Audio Creates an AAF
sequence that links to existing audio and in- 6 Click OK.
cludes editing metadata as well as a video mix- The Avid video editing application exports the
down in the video format defined by Media Cre- files to the destination volume. If the applica-
ation settings. When imported into Pro Tools, tion has to transcode video files to a new resolu-
the video mixdown and metadata are displayed tion, render effects or perform audio file con-
in two separate video tracks on the Timeline. versions, a new sequence appears in the bin with
the name filename.Export.01, and a new master
clip appears in the bin with the name file-
name.new.01.
34 Pro Tools ISIS Guide
Manually Exporting an AAF
Sequence from Media Composer
Manually exporting an AAF sequence from an
Avid editing application involves more steps
than using the Send To templates, but it pro-
vides more flexibility.

You will need to render all video effects


before manually exporting the sequence.

Once all effects have been rendered, export the


sequence as an AAF sequence.

To manually export an AAF sequence:

1 Select the sequence in the bin.


2 Select File > Export.
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 dia-
Export Settings – Export To Pro Tools dialog,
log. Video/Data Details tab
5 Click the Options button to open the Export to 6 In the Video/Data Details tab, select one of the
Pro Tools Settings dialog. Verify the settings: following from the Export Method pop-up
• For Export As, select AAF. menu:
• Select the Include All Video Tracks in Se- Link to (Don’t Export) Media The Pro Tools ses-
quence option. When the sequence is im-
sion will link to the same video files as the cur-
ported into Pro Tools. All of the video rent Avid sequence. Use this setting if the video
tracks will be “flattened” so that the im- files are currently stored on a volume suitable
ported sequence shows only a single video for Pro Tools video playback.
stream.
Copy All Media New complete video files will be
created on the designated volume.

Consolidate Media Similar to Copy All Media,


but only the parts of the video clips which are
actually used in the Timeline are copied. Use
this setting to copy the video files to a volume
suitable for Pro Tools video playback.

Chapter 4: Avid ISIS Workflows for Pro Tools 35


Video Mixdown The exported AAF sequence will need to spend extra time transcoding the video.
reference a video mixdown. This setting lets you However, if you have video of a resolution which
have a choice of whether to export the video is not currently supported by Pro Tools, use this
mixdown alone or the video mixdown along with setting to transcode it to a supported resolution.
additional video track edits. The choice depends
largely on the version of Pro Tools to which you If your Pro Tools system is running on a
are exporting. Pro Tools 7.2 and higher can slower computer, you may be able to reduce
show the video mixdown alongside video edits; some of the CPU load in Pro Tools by
in this case, you should select both the video transcoding the video to 1:1 on export. 1:1
mixdown and the video edits. For versions of video is uncompressed, and consequently it
Pro Tools prior to 7.2, you should export the does not need to be decompressed before
video mixdown by itself. playing back. However, 1:1 video requires
significant amounts of storage space.
The following settings may also appear under
the Video Details tab, depending on the selected While new video files are typically stored in the
export method: OMFI MediaFiles folder (for OMF media) or the
Avid MediaFiles folder (for MXF media), some
Media Destinations Choose where to store cop- workflows let you choose a different target des-
ied video files. tination for video in the Media Destination sec-
Handle Length Extends the beginning and end of tion of the Video Details tab, as follows:
the consolidated file by the specified number of Media Drive This option exports media to the
frames. This lets you trim edits later, though the OMFI MediaFiles folder or Avid MediaFiles
sequence would need to be re-edited in the Avid folder on a connected storage drive. Select the
video editing application. Use Media Creation Settings option to use the
Render Video Effects Always select Render default settings, or deselect that option to
Video Effects. If you already manually rendered choose a media drive from the pop-up menu.
effects, selecting this option will not create new Folder This option exports video media to a spe-
files. It is highly recommended that all effects be cific folder. Select the Use Same Folder as AAF
rendered manually before exporting the se- File option to export the video media into the
quence. same folder you designated for exporting the
Transcode Video To Use this only if you need to AAF sequence, or deselect this option to select a
change the video resolution. Pro Tools supports specific folder location for the media.
most SD resolutions supported by Avid, and
even supports mixed resolutions in the
Pro Tools Timeline, so in most cases there is no

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Embedded in AAF This option embeds the video Render All Audio Effects Select the Render All
media in the AAF sequence that is exported Audio Effects option so that all audio effects are
from the Avid video editing application. rendered before export. If you already manually
rendered effects, selecting this option will not
Pro Tools cannot play video that is embed- create new files. It is highly recommended that
ded in an AAF sequence, but it can read the all effects be rendered before exporting the
video editing metadata when imported into sequence.
a satellite track. Do not use this option if
you want to import the video itself into Include Rendered Audio Effects Select the In-
Pro Tools. clude Rendered Audio Effects option. Other-
wise, the exported sequence will include the
original audio files without any AudioSuite ef-
fects from the original sequence—even if those
effects were previously rendered.

Convert Audio Sample Rate/Bit Depth/File For-


mat Select Project for any of these, and the cur-
Media Destination section of the Video Details tab rent Audio Project Setting will be used.
7 Click the Audio Details tab, and select one of While new audio files are typically stored in the
the following from the Export Method pop-up OMFI MediaFiles folder (for OMF media) or the
menu: Avid MediaFiles folder (for MXF media), some
workflows let you choose a different target des-
Link to (Don’t Export) Media The Pro Tools ses-
tination for audio in the Media Destination sec-
sion will link to the same audio files as the cur-
tion of the Audio Details tab, as follows:
rent Avid sequence. Use this setting if the audio
files are currently stored on a volume suitable Media Drive This option exports audio media to
for Pro Tools audio playback. the OMFI or Avid MediaFiles folder on con-
nected storage. Select the Use Media Creation
Copy Media New complete audio files will be
Settings option to use the default settings, or de-
created on the designated volume.
select that option to choose a media drive from
Consolidate Media Similar to Copy All Media, the pop-up menu.
but only the parts of the audio which are actually
Folder This option exports audio media to a spe-
used in the Timeline are copied. Use this setting
cific folder. Select the Use Same Folder as AAF
to copy the audio files to a volume suitable for
File option to export the media into the same
Pro Tools audio playback.
folder you designated for exporting the AAF
The following settings may also appear under sequence, or deselect this option to select a
the Audio Details tab, depending on the selected specific folder location for the media.
export method:

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Embedded in AAF This option embeds the audio Checking In Sequences to
media in the AAF sequence that is exported Interplay for Pro Tools Clients
from the Avid video editing application. Unlike
The Avid Interplay media management system
embedded video, Pro Tools can import and play
can be used in tandem with an ISIS network to
audio which is embedded in an AAF sequence.
manage media sharing between Pro Tools and
Embedding audio within the AAF sequence
Avid video editing application clients. For
makes file management much simpler because
more information on checking in sequences to
there is only one file to move—the sequence.
Interplay for Pro Tools users, see the
Pro Tools cannot play video that is embed- Pro Tools Avid Interplay Guide.
ded in an AAF sequence, but it can read the
video editing metadata when imported into
a satellite track. Do not use this option if Importing Audio and Video
you want to import the video itself into into Pro Tools
Pro Tools.
To import sequences exported from Avid video
8 Click Save or Save As in the Export Settings editing applications into Pro Tools, you can
dialog: choose from the following methods:
• Click Save to use the specified settings • Importing an AAF or OMF sequence as a
whenever Export to Pro Tools is selected Pro Tools session
from the Export Settings menu. These set- • Importing an AAF or OMF sequence into an
tings will also be used when choosing any existing Pro Tools session
of the options located at File > Send To > • Importing a video mixdown into Pro Tools
Pro Tools to Unity.
• Importing an AAF or OMF sequence into
• Click Save As to save these settings as a pre- Pro Tools from Interplay (Pro Tools Avid
set with a different name. These settings Interplay Option and an Avid Interplay
can then be recalled in the Export dialog. system required)
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 Ex-
port Settings cannot be saved until you have se-
lected a target drive for both audio and video.)

When the export is complete, you are ready to


import the file into Pro Tools.

For more information on opening and


importing AAF sequences in Pro Tools,
see “Importing Audio and Video into
Pro Tools” on page 38. For more infor-
mation on the Import Session dialog, see
the Pro Tools Reference Guide .

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Importing an AAF or OMF 9 From the Audio Media Options pop-up menu,
Sequence as a Pro Tools choose how you want to import audio files into
Session Pro Tools:
The easiest way of using Pro Tools to edit a se- • If the audio files reside on a volume from
quence exported from an Avid video editing ap- which Pro Tools can play back audio, select
plication is to open it as a new session. Link to Source Media (Where Possible).
• If the audio files reside on a volume from
To open an AAF sequence as a Pro Tools session: which Pro Tools cannot play back audio, se-
1 Launch Pro Tools. lect Copy from Source Media to copy all au-
dio to the Pro Tools audio storage or
2 Choose File > Open Session.
Consolidate from Source Media to copy
3In the Open Session dialog, navigate to the only the portions of the audio used in the
AAF sequence you want to import. Pro Tools Timeline to the Pro Tools audio
storage.
4 Click Open.The New Session From dialog
appears. 10 From the Video Media Options pop-up menu,
choose how you want to import video files into
Pro Tools:
• If the video files reside on a volume from
which Pro Tools can play back video, select
Link to Source Media.
• If the video files reside on a volume from
which Pro Tools cannot play back video, se-
lect Copy from Source Media to copy all
Pro Tools New Session From dialog
video to the Pro Tools video storage.
5 Select the I/O Settings to use for the session.
11 Set other parameters as desired.
Several pre-configured I/O Settings are included
with your system, or you can select a custom I/O 12 Click OK.
Setting that you have created.
Pro Tools creates a new Audio Files folder, a
6 Click OK. Video Files folder, a cache.wfm file, and a
session file at the designated locations.
7 Name your session in the subsequent dialog.
8 Click Save. The Import Session Data dialog
appears.

Pro Tools lets you open and import AAF


sequences that reference audio files with
mixed sample rates and/or bit depths. Files
with sample rates other the than the sample
rate set in the New Session dialog will be
converted to the correct rate.

Chapter 4: Avid ISIS Workflows for Pro Tools 39


Importing an AAF Sequence into 3 From the Audio Media Options pop-up menu,
an Existing Session choose how you want to import audio files into
Pro Tools:
You can import an AAF sequence containing au-
dio and video media into an existing Pro Tools • If the audio files reside on a volume from
session. which Pro Tools can play back audio, select
Link to Source Media (Where Possible).
Any video imported into Pro Tools must be • If the audio files reside on a volume from
the same frame rate as video already placed which Pro Tools cannot play back audio, se-
in the Timeline. lect Copy from Source Media to copy all au-
dio to the Pro Tools audio storage or
To open and import audio and/or video tracks from
an AAF sequence: Consolidate from Source Media to copy
only the audio used in the session to the
1 Open an existing Pro Tools session.
Pro Tools audio storage.
2 Choose File > Import > Session Data, and
4 From the Video Media Options pop-up menu,
choose the AAF sequence that you wish to
choose how you want to import video files into
import.
Pro Tools:
Pro Tools cannot play video that is embed- • If the video files reside on a volume from
ded in an AAF sequence, but it can read the which Pro Tools can play back video, select
video editing metadata when imported into Link to Source Media.
a satellite track. Do not use this option if • If the video files reside on a volume from
you want to import the video itself into which Pro Tools cannot play back video, se-
Pro Tools. lect Copy from Source Media to copy all
video to the Pro Tools video storage.
You can also open an AAF sequence by drag- 5 In the Import Session Data dialog, deselect any
ging it from any location on your computer source tracks that you do not want to be im-
or the DigiBase browser to the Pro Tools ported. (If you are importing Session Data from
Timeline. AAF sequences, all tracks are selected by de-
fault. If you are importing tracks from a
Pro Tools session, no tracks are selected by
default.)
6 Click OK.

If there are any errors or clip name trunca-


tions, a dialog will appear asking you if you
want a detailed report of the changes. Click
Yes and choose where you want to save the
log.

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7 If your audio or video source media is on a vol- the volume, create a folder with the session
ume that is not suitable for playback (shown as a name on the desired network workspace, then
Transfer volume in the Workspace browser) or if create a folder within that session folder named
your ISIS workspace privileges are read-only, Video Files.
Pro Tools displays a dialog that guides you to
copy the media to a volume designated for Play- Importing Sequences into
back or Record. (Click Yes.) Pro Tools from Interplay
Pro Tools imports the audio and video media to The Avid Interplay media management system
the Timeline. Audio tracks with mixed sample can be used in tandem with an ISIS network to
rates and/or bit depth are automatically con- manage media sharing between Pro Tools and
verted to the same sample rate and bit depth as Avid video editing application clients. For more
the session. information on importing a sequence into
Pro Tools from Interplay, see the
Now you are ready to edit the audio files in
Pro Tools Avid Interplay Guide.
Pro Tools.

Drive Selection When Importing


Session Data Editing Audio in Pro Tools
When using the Import Session Data dialog to Audio files created in the Avid video editing ap-
import audio files with Copy or Consolidate plication are either OMF or MXF files, which
Source selected in the Audio Media Options Pro Tools cannot edit destructively.
pop-up menu, all new audio files are stored on
When you use Pro Tools to perform a destruc-
the volumes designated for their respective tar-
tive edit (such as using the Pencil tool to edit a
get tracks in the Disk Allocation dialog.
waveform), it creates a new copy of the file and
leaves the original untouched.
Selecting a Networked Workspace
When Importing Session Data See the Pro Tools Reference Guide for
When using the Import Session Data dialog to detailed information on editing audio files
import audio files with Copy or Consolidate in Pro Tools.
Source selected in the Audio Media Options
pop-up menu, all new audio files are stored on
the volumes designated for their respective tar-
get tracks in the Disk Allocation dialog.

When importing video files (such as from a CD),


the video files are copied by default to the same
volume that holds the session file. To have the
files copied to another volume, open the Work-
space browser, and select T in the volume desig-
nation column for all volumes except the volume
where you want the video to be stored. To ensure
that the files are not copied to the root level of

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To export selected audio tracks from Pro Tools as
Exporting Audio from an AAF sequence:
Pro Tools for Avid Editing 1 In Pro Tools, select the tracks you want to ex-
Applications port in the Pro Tools session by Shift-clicking
In Pro Tools, you can export audio tracks for use the names of each track.
in the Avid video editing application using any 2 Choose File > Export > Selected Tracks as
of the following commands: OMF/AAF.
• Exporting selected tracks as an AAF
3Under OMF/AAF Options, choose AAF (or
sequence
OMF) from the Export As pop-up menu.
• Bouncing to disk
4 Select Enforce Avid Compatibility.
• Exporting selected clips as files
• Exporting edited audio tracks to Interplay Enforce Avid Compatibility creates frame-accu-
from Pro Tools (Avid Interplay system re- rate edits, wraps the files as OMFI (unless you
quired) choose MXF), and limits the sample rate options
to 44.1 or 48 kHz. Dithering without noise shap-
For other export methods, see the Pro Tools Ref- ing will be applied to files being exported from
erence Guide. 24-bit to 16-bit.

Exporting Tracks as AAF An OMF sequence cannot reference MXF


Sequences media files. In the Export Selected Tracks
as OMF/AAF dialog, MXF is only available
Use Export Selected Tracks as OMF/AAF to ex- when AAF is selected in the Export As
port individual tracks or an entire Pro Tools pop-up menu.
session in AAF format.
5 Ensure that the Target Project Timecode For-
Tracks are exported in their entirety and mat pop-up menu displays the correct frame rate
time selections are ignored. for the Avid project.
6 Click OK.
Volume and pan automation is not retained
on export if Quantize Edits to Frame Bound- 7 In the Publishing Options dialog, type the
aries is enabled (Avid Compatibility Mode). Pro Tools Comment and Sequence Name.

The Movie track cannot be exported to AAF


or OMF from Pro Tools.

Pro Tools Publishing Options dialog

42 Pro Tools ISIS Guide


8 Click OK. 13 Do one of the following:
• If you are using the Avid video editing ap-
Pro Tools will create a sequence with the name
plication on the same computer as
you supply. (The Pro Tools comment appears in
Pro Tools and are ready to use it to import
the Avid bin in a Pro Tools Comment column.)
the files you just exported from the Avid
9 In the Name the AAF/OMF File to Export dia- video editing application, exit Pro Tools.
log, navigate to a folder where you can easily lo- • If you were unable to save the audio portion
cate the Pro Tools composition when it is time to of the AAF sequence directly to storage that
import it into the Avid video editing application. is accessible from the Avid video editing
application, copy the audio files from their
Do not save the sequence to either the OMFI
saved location to the OMFI MediaFiles
Media Files folder or the Avid Media Files
folder (for AIFF or WAV media) or Avid
folder.
MediaFiles folder (for MXF media) on a
10 Click Save. drive connected to your Avid system.

11 In the Please Choose a Folder for Converted


Audio Files dialog, do one of the following: Exporting Audio Files Using
Bounce to Disk
• If you are exporting to the same storage
that the Avid video editing application will Use the Bounce to Disk command to create pre-
be accessing, navigate to the OMFI Media- mixed files of the current Pro Tools session.
Files folder (AIFF or WAV files) or the Avid This does not export all of the individual files on
MediaFiles folder (MXF files). the Timeline, but it does guarantee that the mix
you hear in the Avid video editing application
– or –
will be identical to the mix you hear in
• If you are exporting to a location that is not Pro Tools, including all panning, effects and au-
directly accessible to the Avid video editing tomation.
application, navigate to a location where
you can easily find the audio files when To export audio files using Bounce to Disk:
you need to copy them over to the Avid
1 In Pro Tools, finalize the mix.
computer.
2 Select the time range of the session that you
12Click Use Current Folder (Windows) or
want to export. (All audible tracks in that time
Choose (Mac).
range will be included in the bounce, whether
Pro Tools exports the following files: they are selected or not.)
• The AAF sequence is saved to the folder you 3 Choose File > Bounce to > Disk.
designated.
• If you exported audio files directly to the
Avid video editing application’s video stor-
age, related media is saved to the appropri-
ate volume and folder (OMFI MediaFiles or
Avid MediaFiles) accessible to the applica-
tion.

Chapter 4: Avid ISIS Workflows for Pro Tools 43


4 In the Bounce to Disk dialog, select the Enforce
Avid Compatibility option.

Publishing Options dialog

8 Select the appropriate Target Project Timecode


Format.

9 Click OK.
10 In the Save Bounce As dialog, navigate to the
volume you will use for audio playback in the
Bounce to Disk dialog Avid video editing application.
Enforce Avid Compatibility creates frame-accu- • For MXF audio files, ensure the file is saved
rate edits, wraps the files as OMFI (unless you to the Avid MediaFiles folder.
choose MXF), and limits the sample rate options • For all other audio files, ensure the file is
to 44.1 or 48 kHz. Dithering without noise shap- saved to the OMFI MediaFiles folder.
ing will be applied to files being bounced from
24-bit to 16-bit. 11 Click Save.

5 Select the desired file type from the File Type All audible audio in the selection will be ex-
pop-up menu. ported to two multi-mono audio files.

6 Click Bounce.
7 In the Publishing Options dialog, type the Importing Pro Tools Audio
Pro Tools Comment and Clip Name. Files Back into the Avid
Video Editing Application
If you selected more than one clip for export, the
Clip Name field will not be available and the After you have checked out the completed audio
names of the clips will be used for the exported stems to the Pro Tools sequence on the Interplay
files. server, you may want to import the sequence
back into the Avid video editing application.

For more information on importing Pro Tools


audio into an Avid application with Interplay,
see the Pro Tools Avid Interplay Guide.

44 Pro Tools ISIS Guide


Index

A Avid MediaFiles folder


AAF sequences location of 5
exporting from Avid (manually) Avid PathDiag tool (see PathDiag tool)
from Media Composer 35 Avid Site Preparation Guide 7
exporting from Avid (via Send to Templates) Avid video editing applications
from Media Composer 34 AAF support for 3
exporting from Pro Tools and frame-rate accuracy 6
from audio tracks 42 OMF support for 4
importing
as a new session 39 B
into an existing session 40 bandwidth
Pro Tools support for 3 reserving 27
about this guide 1 Bounce to Disk
accuracy exporting audio tracks with 43
frame rate 6 Bounce to Disk dialog 44
sample rate 6 BWF (.WAV) audio files 29
Adobe Reader 8
AIFF audio files 29
audience of this guide 1
C
cache files
audio file type 29
clearing from Client Manager 28
audio files
capabilities
compatibility between Pro Tools and Avid 29
of ISIS 1
editing in Pro Tools 41
changing
exporting with Bounce to Disk 43
password 18
importing into Avid from Interplay 44
Client Manager
sharing 31
bandwidth reservation 27
audio stems
changing your password 18
importing into Avid from Interplay 44
clearing cache files 28
audio streaming 1
configuring drive letter assignments 24
Avid
connecting to an ISIS system 17
customer success 9
definition of 17
Avid DMS ProEncode 2
display properties 28, 29
Avid Interplay Access 2
Help system 19
Avid Interplay Assist 2
logging 28
Avid Interplay Engine 2
messages 28
Avid Interplay Transcode 2
opening 17
Avid ISIS Administration Guide 8
preferences 28, 29
Avid ISIS Client Manager (see Client Manager)
Avid ISIS Client Manager User’s Guide 7
Avid ISIS System Setup Guide 7

Index 45
clients Ethernet switch 2
changing your Client Manager password 18 Export Settings dialog 35
configuring with ISIS system 2 Exported Selected Tracks as OMF/AAF 42
ISIS installation software 7 exporting
opening Client Manager 17 AAF sequences from Avid (manually)
system requirements 7 from Media Composer 35
compatibility AAF sequences from Avid (Send To
between Pro Tools and Avid video editing Templates)
applications 29 from Media Composer 34
configuring AAF sequences from Pro Tools
drive letters 24 from audio tracks 42
Zone 1 clients 14 audio tracks in Pro Tools
Zone 2 clients 14 as an AAF sequence 42
crate, ISIS 2 using Bounce to Disk 43
external media (see linked media)
D
definition F
Avid DMS ProEncode 2 frame-rate accuracy (Avid video editing
Client Manager 17 applications) 6
Ethernet switch 2
Interplay Access 2 G
Interplay Assist 2 guide conventions 8
Interplay Engine 2 guides
Interplay Transcode 2 audience of this guide 1
ISIS clients 2 Avid ISIS guides 7
ISIS crate 2
ISIS system 2
ISS 2 H
media data 5 Help system
metadata 5 Client Manager 19
OMF media and sequences 4
System Director 2 I
destructive editing 32 importing
Diagnostic tools AAF sequences
Avid PathDiag tool 24 as a new Pro Tools session 39
diagrams into an existing Pro Tools session 40
Intel PRO/1000 MT or PT Ethernet HBA to into Avid from Interplay 44
ISIS 14 audio and video
Disk Cache 30 as a new Pro Tools session 39
documentation 7 into an existing Pro Tools session 40
drive selection, when importing session data 41 into Avid from Interplay 44
drivers installing
installing for Intel PRO/1000 MT or PT HBA 13 Intel PRO/1000 MT or PT Ethernet card driver
13
E Intel PRO/1000 MT or PT Ethernet card
embedded media connecting to an Avid ISIS system 14
definition of 4 installing driver for 13
vs. linked media 5
Ethernet HBA 12

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Interplay Media Composer
documentation 8 exporting AAF sequences
importing via Send To Templates 34
audio stems into Avid video editing appli- Media Composer clients
cation from 44 and ISIS capabilities 1
ISIS capabilities 1 configuring with ISIS system 2
Interplay Access 2 installing the Intel Ethernet card on 12
Interplay Assist 2 number of configurable users 1
Interplay Engine 2 system requirements 7
Interplay Transcode 2 media data
ISIS definition of 5
additional documentation 7 media files 5
and Avid Interplay 1 and metadata 5
and media streaming 1 metadata
client installation software 7 definition of 5
clients 2 MXF media
crate 2 editing 32
diagrams folder locations 5
Intel Ethernet card connections 14
installation overview 11 N
number of configurable users 1 New 39
opening Client Manager 17
system 2
system requirements for clients 7 O
testing 24 OMF media
ISS Avid video editing application support for 4
definition 2 definition of 4
editing 32
folder locations 5
L Pro Tools support for 4
letterless drive mapping 24 OMF sequences (see AAF sequences)
linked media OMFI MediaFiles folder
vs. embedded media 5 location of 5
locations overview
of MXF media 5 documentation 1
of OMF media 5 guide 1
installing ISIS client hardware and software 11
M ISIS system 2
Mac OS X
system requirements 7 P
manually exporting sequences password
from Media Composer 35 changing 18
media PathDiag tool
Avid default locations for 5 custom tests 25
media compatibility definition 24
between Pro Tools and Avid video editing PDF documentation 7
applications 30 performance characteristics, with ISIS 30
Media Compose Please Choose a Folder for Converted Audio Files
exporting AAF sequences dialog 43
manually 35

Index 47
preferences audio files 31
Client Manager 28 session files 31
Pro Tools video files 31
AAF support for 3 Sound Designer II files 29
and sample-rate accuracy 6 support
editing audio files 41 AAF sequences 3
exporting audio tracks MXF media 3
as AAF sequences 42 OMF sequences and media 4
using Bounce to Disk 43 supported audio file types 29
importing supported bit-depths 30
AAF sequence as a new session 39 supported sample rates 30
AAF sequence into an existing session 40 System Director
ISIS capabilities 1 connecting to using Client Manager 17
New Session dialog 39 definition of 2
OMF support for 4 system requirements 7
system requirements 7
Pro Tools clients T
configuring with ISIS system 2 technical support 9
installing the Intel Ethernet card on 12 testing
number of configurable users 1 ISIS connection 24
sharing files 31 timecode
Publishing Options dialog 42, 44 and metadata 5

R U
real time audio or video streaming 1 UNC paths (Client Manager) 24
Universal Naming Convention (see UNC paths)
S users
sample rates 30 possible number with ISIS 1
for use with Pro Tools and Avid video editing
applications together 30 V
sample-rate accuracy 6 video files
Send To dialog 34 sharing 31
Send To Templates video satellite system
in Media Composer 34 and support for embedded video AAF 3
sequences video streaming 1
exporting from Avid (manually)
from Media Composer 35
exporting from Avid (via Send To Templates) W
from Media Composer 34 Windows 7
session data system requirements 7
drive selection 41 workspaces
selecting a networked workspace when configuring drive letter assignments 24
importing 41 letterless drive mapping 24
sessions selecting when importing session data 41
importing AAF sequence UNC paths 24
as a new session 39
into an existing session 40
sharing session files 31
sharing

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