Welcome to this overview of the Avid Media Composer integration in Cantemo Portal. With
the release of this application Portal is able to support the three major non-linear editors used
in post-production today. This guide is intended to provide an outline of the Avid Media
Composer Integration application feature-set and the fundamental workflow.
The Avid Media Composer Integration application modifies a number of Portal menus,
inserting the option to open individual items or the contents of collections and the MediaBin
in Media Composer. With the Cantemo Agent application installed on the client system Portal
is able to make use of the AMA Link feature in Media Composer to add clips directly to any
bin — no copying of media or transcoding required. In a similar fashion the Cantemo Agent
can be configured to monitor a designated watch folder and automatically upload exported
files into Portal.
Once the Avid Media Composer Integration application has been installed there are several
ways to send media items from Portal to Avid Media Composer. Each offers a level of
convenience that will suit different editors’ needs.
Avid Media Access (AMA) is not a new concept for Media Composer, but there have been a
couple of changes in Media Composer 7 that make it much easier to work with and Portal
integration is more seamless as a result.
The integration process on the client system is handled by the lightweight Cantemo Agent
application. It is used to pick up files that have been sent from Portal and manage
interactions with the file system.
When files have been sent from Portal to be opened in Media Composer, the Cantemo Agent
will prompt the user to select a directory to store links to the media files.
Choose an existing directory or click the New Folder button to create and select a new location. There is nothing special about the location, AMA Link can utilise any folder the local user has write access to. Once the appropriate folder is selected click the Open button to save the files.
It’s important to note that AMA Link only requires alias files and the original media remains on the shared storage. This means there’s no copying of files and no transcoding required.
Switch to Media Composer.
Choose File > AMA Link.
Navigate the files system to locate the directory that contains the file aliases.
Click the Open button to select select the folder.
If prompted, select the appropriate Bin Selection option.
Click the OK button
NOTE: Media Composer will only require the user to configure how media files are to be added to the project using the Bin Selection dialogue the first time AMA Link is used. Later these preferences can be modified under Settings > AMA.
The clips are automatically added in the designated bin.
Another way to work with AMA is to create a Dynamic Media Folder (DMF). While this method
requires a bit more forethought and preplanning, once the DMF has been configured it offers
a higher degree of automation and simplicity for the end user.
With Background Processes active and a DMF defined, the user will be notified whenever
there is an external change to one of the Dynamic Media Folders. The Show Dynamic Media
Folders button displays a solid green dot whenever fresh updates are available.
When new media is available the process adding clips to the project is entirely
Click the Show Dynamic Media Folders button in the Timeline window.
Click the green icon under the Acquire column to automatically import any new clips to the designated bin.
Click the red close icon to close the Dynamic Media Workflows window.
4. The green dot on the Show Dynamic Media Folders button changes to a static green
circle when all background process have been completed and no further updates are
As with opening files from Portal the process of sending new media files to Portal also
involves the Cantemo Agent. The Agent can be configured to monitor a designated directory.
When new files are added to the watched folder the application picks them up and the user
has opportunity to add metadata before completing the upload to Portal.