Fixing initializing media streams manager hangup in AVID Media Composer

At work I was very much frustrated with a machine of ours running Windows 8.1 and Avid MC 8.4.5. When MC was in the proces of starting, the program would hang at “Initializing media streams manager” for at least 5 minutes and when MC was finally started, opening a bin took several seconds. I tried to delete the database files as suggested by AVID – but with no result. Then my thinking was that the bandwidth to the ISIS server was limited – but that didn’t turn out to be true. Finally I found the solution: It turns out that the machine had ingested quite a lot of video during the last year so the local AMA XML file was extensive and was causing all the trouble with no benefits. So, I turned off AMA Managed Media and deleted everything in this folder:
C:\Users\Public\Documents\Avid Media Composer\AMA Management
as suggested in this thread.

Hope that trick can help you too!

1 Comment

  1. Do really appreciate the outline methodology you have used. Really helpful in understanding the problem.

    However, this method doesn’t appear to work with MC (PC) 2018.2
    It still takes at least 4 minutes to load. If you pull or disable the network it does speed through it.

    Perhaps an update is required?
    23 Feb 2018

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