Avid Media Composer is quite robust in dealing with metadata, and it reads both Bext and iXML metadata pretty well.
To have a look at it’s behaviour, we have two broadcast wave files, one from a Sound Devices 788t and another from a Zaxcom Deva 5.8 (Cantar file coming soon).
Here are the files in Wave Agent to show their metadata content prior to Avid import. The first file is from the Sound Devices 788t and the second from the Deva 5.8. Both files are poly wav with standard metadata that one should expect from a shoot. (files were opened in Wave Agent for viewing purposes only)
Once imported into the sound rushes bin in Avid MC 5.0.3, all the metadata transfers across correctly, including track names and comments. Avid names the audio regions with the metadata using “scene name”/”take number” syntax, and makes its own individually named copy of the files in its mediafiles folder, in mxf
format as per the project settings.
When importing rushes into your system, it is important to check that all the metadata from the audio files passes through into the editing system as this can otherwise seriously affect the post-sound workflow, especially if the sound department need to reconform rushes. It’s also easier to fix any errors when noticed at the start of a project rather than when the edit is nearing lock and you start planning on preparing deliverables!