EDL Import Settings

The settings in this dialog determine the options used when importing an EDL into Color.

  • Use As Cut List: This checkbox lets you specify that this EDL should be used as a cut list to “notch” a matching video master file.
  • Source Directory: The directory specified here directs the EDL parser to the exact path where the DPX or Cineon scans or QuickTime files associated with that project are located. You can specify the location of the source media by typing the directory path into this field, or clicking Browse to use the file browser. There are two methods you use to link an EDL to the source media it corresponds to.
    • If you simply choose a directory that contains media, that media will be linked using each clip’s timecode track and reel number. If you’re linking to DPX or Cineon scans, the methods used are described in How Does Color Relink DPX/Cineon Frames to an EDL?

    • Choose a Cinema Tools database, if one is available. When you choose a Cinema Tools database associated with the Final Cut Pro project that created an EDL, Cinema Tools is directed to relink the EDL with all associated DPX, Cineon, or even QuickTime media based on information within the database. The advantage of this method is that, in the event of problems, you can troubleshoot the Cinema Tools database independently to resolve the discrepancy before trying to import the EDL into Color. For more information, see Relinking DPX/Cineon Frames to an EDL Using a Cinema Tools Database.

    After you initiate EDL import, if the Source Directory you specified has any potential media conflicts (for example, two clips with overlapping timecode or a missing reel number), you see a warning dialog that gives you the option of writing a text file log of all potential conflicts to help you sort them out.

    Figure. Media conflict warning.

    After import, a Match column appears in the Shots browser of the Setup room. This column displays the percentage of confidence that each shot in the Timeline has been correctly linked to its corresponding DPX, Cineon, or QuickTime source media, based on the methods used to do the linking. For more information on how EDLs are linked with DPX or Cineon image sequence frames, see How Does Color Relink DPX/Cineon Frames to an EDL? For more information on the Match column in the Shots browser, see Explanation of Percentages in the Match Column.

    Note: The source directory you choose can be either a local volume, or a volume on a SAN or LAN with sufficient performance to accommodate the data rate of the project’s media.

  • Browse Button: This button opens the file browser, allowing you to set the source directory for the EDL you want to import. Choosing a directory populates the Source Directory field.