You can use Avid’s Link to AMA Files command to work with any quicktime or MXF file. Link to AMA file saves space by not creating MXF files, but instead reads the data from the original movie on your hard drive. The one drawback is that Avid will slow down with larger projects. You can always consolidate/transcode the project and create MXF media after AMA’ing it. Drexel highly recommends using the Avid Transcode Function after AMA’ing your material

Supported Files

  • Certain MXF files
  • Quicktime .MOV


  1. Launch Avid Media Composer and initialize your Project
  2. Link to your AMA files
    1. Create a new bin
    2. Right click inside the bin and choose Link to AMA Files
    3. When the Select file(s) for AMA linking pops up, navigate to your footage, selecting it and hit open
  3. Your footage is now linked via AMA. Notice how AMA’d footage is yellow.
  4. If playback is sketchy, transcode your media to the proper format using the Consolidate/Transcode Function

External Links

Avid AMA