Friday: 15.July.2005

Editing digital video with Avid Mojo & Xpress Pro

Installed the Avid Mojo last night (video-editing on steroids). The hardware is bigger than it looks in photos. It's nearly the size of a motherboard.

Things didn't go so well. I told Alan to expect some glitches. It's normal to work thru problems. The Mojo (doncha love that name?) offers numerous features, but primarily offers real-time viewing of effects with no waiting for rendering. Speeds up the editing process considerably.

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Alan is a former race car crew chief, so he likes things fast. He already has a dual-monitor system (twin 17-inch flat-panels), with a third monitor = 19-inch TV upon which to view the final product.

At first, the video didn't even appear on the monitor. We only saw a logo for Avid Mojo. Discouraging. But a simple reboot fixed that. (We hooted & hollered the small victory.)

But the video seemed jerky, played intermittently (which is why he bought the Mojo in the first place). Nothing we did fixed the problem. After a while, the Mojo exhausted my bag of tricks.

So we decided to upgrade to v4.6 (the latest) of Avid Xpress Pro (4.3 currently installed), and downloaded the monster 250-MB upgrade).

At first, when we launched Xpress Pro after connecting the Mojo, I was surprised to see Xpress Pro ask to "upgrade" the Mojo's firmware. But it actually wanted to install an *older* firmware version.

I'm guessing that, since the Mojo is brand new, it probably comes with the latest firmware installed. But the version of Avid Xpress Pro we're running is older (v4.3), so it might install the Mojo firmware version made to run with that version of Xpress Pro.

In other words, I'm guessing that each particular version of Xpress Pro comes with its own Mojo firmware .. made to work with that particular version of Xpress Pro. Because I could find no downloads for Mojo firmware on the Avid site.

I bet when we upgrade Xpress Pro to v4.6, it will likewise upgrade the version of firmware running the Mojo. We tried not to install the older Mojo firmware, but the program (Xpress Pro) would quit automatically if we declined.

Anyway, things suddenly started working fine .. tho I'm not sure what we did to remedy the problem. He's going to play with it a while before we make an image and upgrade the version of Xpress Pro and the video card drivers.

I configured his system to dual-boot, with one operating system dedicated solely for editing video (network card disabled, minimal programs installed) and another, separate boot (O/S) for for all normal PC-rated functions.

If you need more info, here is a Google search pre-configured for the query terms: avid mojo xpress pro edit digital video





Posted by Rad at July 15, 2005 09:55 AM

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