PluralEyes 3: Working with spanned media

In order to overcome file size limits, some cameras can give a longer recording time by recording on multiple files. In fact, some cameras allow a single clip to be recorded over multiple memory cards.

Editing programs can treat the entire set of files as a single clip, or a “spanned clip.” This is accomplished by examining the directory structure and supporting files for the clip on the memory card.

When copying the clips, the directory structure and supporting files must be preserved, so the editor can recognize them as a spanned clip. Modification of the structure may result in a file not being recognized as belonging to a set of files that are a spanned clip.

NOTE: Premiere Pro works with spanned clips natively, using the MTS file format, so we will use that NLE as our example on this page. This page also covers specifics about the XDCAM and P2.

Setting up a spanned video clip

In Premiere Pro, to work with spanned video clips, you must first create the project in Premiere Pro, then import it into PluralEyes 3. You do this with the File > New Project from Premiere Pro... menu item.  

1.Open the sequence to be synced in the timeline.

2.Select all the video clips in the sequence.

3.Choose the menu item Clip> Audio Options> Render and Replace.

4.Manually export and import the XML into PluralEyes then sync.


Specifics about XDCAM

For XDCAM, the file structure should be copied in its entirety, starting with the BPAV directory. Some cameras also allow spanned recording on multiple memory cards.


Premiere Pro and PluralEyes 3 support spanning across multiple cards. All the files belonging to a spanned clip are treated as a single clip in both PluralEyes 3 and Premiere Pro. For these cases, we recommend the following directory structure:

First card: Camera 1-> card 1 -> BPAV
Second card: Camera 1-> card 2 ->BPAV


 Specifics about P2

For P2 files, the audio and video are stored on separate files, in addition to the spanning behavior. The entire Contents directory must be copied for the automatic linking of the audio and video files to work.


As with XDCAM, Premiere Pro and PluralEyes 3 will examine the directory structure and supporting files to determine which files are used in a single clip. We recommend a naming convention similar to the XDCAM:

First card: Camera 1-> card 1->CONTENTS

Second card: Camera 1-> card 2->CONTENTS


Following this structure will allow Premiere Pro and PluralEyes 3 to recognize spanned clips and links between audio and video files within a single memory card, or across multiple memory cards when they are copied to a different storage device (like hard drive or memory card).



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