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  • Mon, Feb 25 2019 7:52 AM

    XFIA Codec Link Issues

    I got a hard drive of footage from a director when I went to AMA Link it into MC 2018.5.0 for transcoding but the footage would not link. I tried opening it in Davinci Resolve as well as VLC and neither would correctly link. I then uninstalled and updated both Avid (2018.12.1) and Resolve to the current version but no change with my issue.

    The files in the finder say they are XFIA codec which I have not heard of and they come as a .mov quicktime file but quicktime also refuses to open them. Online my searches for XFIA only came up with the XF Plugin and XF Utility from Canon so I reinstalled those even though I have only ever seen C300 and C500 footage come as .mxf files in a propritary folder structure that begins in a CONTENTS folder but these files are all just .mov without a folder structure.

    Any help would be appreciated since this is for a sizzle so I only have one week to turn around a finished cut and I was hoping to transcode overnight.

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    Thanks so much for any hints or solutions!

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    Re: XFIA Codec Link Issues

    I think XFIA is what's known as a 'FourCC" - a four-character code descriptor of the codec. That said, I've never heard of it, and couldn't find it in a list of FourCC codes anywhere!  Did the director say where the footage came from?

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  • Mon, Feb 25 2019 2:00 PM In reply to

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    Re: XFIA Codec Link Issues

    Hi, Have you tried examining the files with programs such as MediaInfo or GSpot?

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  • Tue, Feb 26 2019 11:55 PM In reply to

    Re: XFIA Codec Link Issues

    I figured out the issue. The files came from a C300 MkII but the director "Downloaded" the footage via FCPX which lost the file structure of the CONTENTS folder and converted the .MXF XF-AVC files to .MOV XFIA files which as best I can figure out is a proprietary Final Cut Apple codec and quicktime wrapper. I solved the problem by upgrading my system from El Capitan to High Seirra and then downloading a free trial of FCPX then exporting the clips out of FCPX as Pro Res 422 HQ quicktimes which I could then link to and transcode into Avid. It was a huge pain and not a great workflow in terms of preserving color information. I delicately explained to the director why it is important to preserve the origenal files and folder structure of the media especially before wiping cards after a shoot as he did in this case. Anyway I am back to editing now. Thanks for your help!

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