Recapture from Timeline
Reference Clips
Remote Processing
How to Rename a Project
Reverse Match Frame (added in version 7.5)

Recapture from Timeline

When you do a recapture from timeline or selection there is no way to tell DS to find only the missing media and recapture those only.
The way to bypass pressing the cancel button zillion times is to:
  1. Go into the timeline and deactivate the clips that come from files.
  2. Capture from timeline only the active material.

Unfortunately to deactivate this material will take some time but at least if you have to go and capture from timeline multiple times this process will save you some time.

It is easy to bypass recapture of stills without clicking Cancel multiple times. In your User Preferences on the Capture tab, click Display Recapture List. This will pull up a list of sources and clips the system wants to recapture. Double-click the File-sourced clips to deselect and the system won't go out looking for them. Unfortunately, you have to click-through all the file sources before you actualy get to the list.

The DS List is hoping for a resolution to this problem in an upcoming release (perhaps version 9.0).

Recapture with material not all ready captured

One of the items on the DS Wish List is to allow us to recapture material with channels not originally associated with that media, the most common of which is to recapture audio channels when originally one only captured video.

Here is the workaround:

  1. Put all the clips to be recapture on a timeline,
  2. Export an EDL of that timeline,
  3. Modify the EDL to add audio in EDL manager,
  4. Re-import the EDL asking to create clips,
  5. Recapture those new clips.

Recapture With Options

A best practice case study
Note to self: Tracks not active in the timeline will not capture during "recapture timeline selection."


  1. "Recapture Entire Timeline with Options"
  2. Then deselect: "Recapture Only Active Material"

I always use the "...with Options" selections so that I can know exactly what the DS is doing when capturing.

(Thanks to John Heiser and Spencer)


Convert to reference clips, saves it as a sequence—you can add effects, etc, and every time you use it or modify it, the changes will appear in every instance of the clip in every sequence.


Start the RP before starting the DS.
NOTE: If you forget, and start DS before the RP, then you'll have to reboot the DS
platform to get it to "find" the RP automatically. It only looks for it once - the first time
it starts up.

Processing an individual clip: R-click on the clip, and select “Add Cache and
Process”. Select the RPS in the Processing dialog box.

Linked files have to also reside on the RP machine in order for them to be used by RP
when processing.

Sharing Linked Files:.navigate to the files via the network. So if, for example, you have
the files in f:\\files you'd go into the properties for the linked clips,
browse to your network, find your DS machine, find the f drive etc.. then click "Relink".
Linked files must have been captured using the full network path
(domain\\computer\driveletter\...) so the RP knows where to find it.

Any fonts or effects plug-ins used in a sequence to be rendered on Avid|DS RP must be
installed on the RP machine.


The RP should be installed under an account with administrator privileges. An administrator account with the same name and password should exist on the DS workstation, but it is not necessary to log into the DS workstation with this account to use RP.

Trouble Launching Avid|DS RP
If Avid|DS RP won’t start due to a licensing error, on the DS host machine, launch
LicTools (START>Softimage Products>Licensing>LicTools). Hit the “Stop Server”
button, then hit “Start Server”.

The license server may work intermittently if you have other computers on your network
that use DHCP addresses, or if your network uses hubs instead of switches.
You should be able to open “My Computer” on the RP, and see the video and audio
storages. If not, something is wrong. This is set up by the DS software… do not set
up sharing for the storages manually!

Do not manually share any DS storage drives or folders or project folders. This will
mess up the project indexer and will cause the RP to malfunction. DS will automatically
set up all necessary sharing within the application.

How to Rename a Project

  1. Make sure DS is not running
  2. Stop the Avid Project Indexer
  3. Go in the DS Projects\DS_Vx.x folder (or whatever location you picked).
  4. Rename the project.
  5. Start the Avid Project Indexer and wait for the process to complete its task (should only take a minute, unless you scan too many projects for your own good...).
  6. Start DS and the new renamed project will appear in the Project Root (list, whatever, you know what I mean...).

(Thanks to Dermot Shane, Sean Stall, Omar A. Tony Jover and Sylvain Labrosse)

Reverse Match Frame

This is described on Page 785 of the DS Users Guide

You can locate the frames in a sequence that match the frame selected in the Source viewer. If the frame exists in more than one place, the sequence cues to the first location of the match frame and continues through the sequence to subsequent locations each time you click the Reverse Match Frame button. You can perform reverse match frames on sequences that contain timewarp container and container clips. However, you might receive false-positives for position/speed timewarp container clips. For example, the timewarp is highlighted as containing the frame, but the frame is not present in the timewarp container clip.


To perform a reverse match frame:

  1. Load a sequence on the timeline.
  2. Load the source clip in the Source viewer.
  3. In the Track selector, select the tracks you want to search for the matching frame--see "Track Selector" in the Help.
  4. Move the position indicator to the frame that you want to match.
  5. Click the Reverse Match Frame button. The sequence is cued to the first matching frame.
  6. Click the Reverse Match Frame button again to continue locating matching frames in the sequence.

Revised: Jan 12, 2010 5:25 pm