Importing media files

After pre-processing, the file needs to be “imported” to extract technical metadata (including its duration, format, timecode, and the tape name, if present in a timecode track) and create a clip record before you can transcode it to another format or publish it to the server. Optionally, scene detection is performed, using either DV-based start/stop recording information or visiual scene analysis, to create separate subclips. A separate thumbnail image for each clip is created of the specified size.

The following importers are available:

XuggleImport media files using the optional Xuggle media library.

QuickTime This is the default importer for media files in any format supported by QuickTime, including movies, still images, audio files and more.
Direct Show Import files using the DSJ Direct Show/Windows Media importer (available on Windows only)
Generic File This imports a file as a non-media file with a generic icon and no analysis of the media format (such as duration)
MPEG Media This uses CatDV’s built in MPEG parser to determine technical metadata for MPEG-1 and MPEG-2 program and transport streams
MXF File This uses CatDV’s built in MXF parser
P2 Metaclip This uses CatDV’s built-in MXF parser and processes all the related files for a P2 clip in one go (video, audio and clip xml details are all stored in separate files but the P2 importer creates a single ‘metaclip’ that represents the clip as a whole)
XDCAM Metaclip Import XDCAM, XDCAM EX and XDCAM HD folder structures and create a single ‘metaclip’ that wraps up all the files associated with a clip
Image Sequence If a folder contains consecutively numbered still images the worker can import these as a single image sequence clip.
ASF/WMV File This uses CatDV’s built-in parser for Windows Media files.
TIFF/RAW Image Import camera raw files (eg. CR2, DNG, NEF, MOS etc.) and TIFF images
XML Batch File Submit a batch of jobs given by a CatDV XML batch file (see below)
Automatic Determine which importer to use automatically for common known media file types