LucidLink can be used in combination with solutions like Mimiq to host cloud proxies for collaborative editing with Avid Media Composer.

Customers use LucidLink to radically shorten production and editing timelines. While working on some of your favorite shows, traditionally editors would have to ship large files around, use transfer acceleration, or send hard drives. These would have to then be ingested again upon arrival. Each time 100s or 1000s of gigabytes of data need to uploaded or downloaded, taking hours.

As remote working has become the norm, editors need better ways to get access to their data. LucidLink makes it possible to immediately stream only the bits of video needed while editing a media project.

Aside from Avid, LucidLink also can be used with Adobe Premiere or Final Cut Pro.

To access LucidLink hosted shared media with Avid, first create a LucidLink Filespace:

  1. Create a user account and a filespace backed by the object storage of your choice.
  2. Download the LucidLink Client for Windows or macOS.
  3. Download and install Mimiq. Avid, is unique in that it requires an 'Avid MediaFiles' folder to function. In shared storage environments, it is important that subfolders (Avid MediaFiles\MXF\<1>) are uniquely associated with the machines connected. Mimiq addresses this by making LucidLink look like Avid shared storage.

    In shared environments Avid stores media files under folders uniquely tied to the editor system (Avid Media Files\MXF\<hostname>.<1>). This means it is crucial that all machines involved in collaborative editing have unique host names, where no name is a prefix of another host name. If users are editing on clients WS01, WS02, you cannot have another client named WS, as this will affect the uniqueness of this folder structure.

  4. Mount your LucidLink Filespace for use with Avid. You may wish to choose a drive letter on Windows or to mount under /Volumes on macOS.
  5. You can now start using Avid with your LucidLink shared storage. We recommend you store Avid projects (bin files) locally while working. Project files are quite small and easily shared with other users. That way there is no way for two people to have access to the same file.

Should you wish to store Avid projects (bin files) centrally, this will require locking support. In most cases we find that the biggest problem when collaborating over distance is access to the media, which this article addresses. However if you wish to have a solution for bin locking, please contact our support team for more information.

You may find that the use of antivirus affects performance. As files are already scanned before they end up in LucidLink, it may be helpful to exclude the LucidLink mount point and cache from antivirus scanning, potentially reducing egress from object storage.