Hey guys, wanted to share an Avid tip. We have found that IMPORTING Quicktimes into Avid 6 takes FOREVER. Don't bother. To our surprise, if you AMA link to these same quicktimes, and then TRANSCODE THEM (presumably to your project's resolution, most commonly DNX 145 or DNX 175)...these quicktimes FLY IN SIX TIMES FASTER.
You read that correctly.
If you AMA+TRANSCODE quicktimes, they go into your avid 5-6 TIMES FASTER than if you IMPORT.
I've tried this at our Avid's in our shop, and also at AETN, and it holds true at both places.
Try it. I'd be curious to see if this holds up across the board.
My GUT tells me that IMPORT is an old software legacy of AVID. And that the AMA/TRANSCODE engine is a much newer coded module, specifically designed to handle quicktimes, and just works much faster. At least that's my guess.
Hope this helps.