Trying to play a sequences in Premiere Pro all off whose source media is Avid DNxHD36/mxf files.
This is admittedly a dubious workflow, so if it cannot be made to work, so be it.
I we can get this to work, it'll open some powerful and exciting opportunities that allow PPro to be integrated into an otherwise all-Avid editing environment.
Here's what we tested:
Exported an AAF (no media, link-only, picture-only) from Avid.
Imported the AAF to Premiere
All the media populates, the Premiere sequences matches the Avid export. Scrubbing the timeline is fast (ish -- there are delays). Picture quality is excellent. Premiere handles recreating an Avid-generated sequence, referencing media hosted on Avid's Nexis media server. Even Avid-side markers import. Very impressive. Very promising.
This also didn't work
When playing the media picture remains frozen at the play-start point and remains so until you hit stop or begin scrubbing again.
Tried reducing the quality of playback to 1/2 and 1/4. No fix there.
Tried playing source media only, just to see. Sound plays fine. Picture always remains frozen at start-play point.
It looks like a problem of throughput or decompression delays. Any reason Premiere should be having more trouble playing these clips than Avid?
Possible culprits: OS and Premiere version We are constrained to the following and are not permitted to upgrade:
MacOS Mojave 10.14.6
Leveraging Premiere's spectacular Panel Extension / ExtendScript automation power. Avid has nothing of the kind. If this can be made to work, it can make Premiere a valuable player even on Avid-centric workflows.
Error or problem
Hardware or GPU