Any help or advice you could give me would be genuinely appreciated. I'm editing sound for a low budget feature film and I've been given a picture edit in 5 reels with AAFs. I'm in the process of syncing the location sound files to the picture but have been told that because of the way the location sound files have been labelled (exceeding 8 characters) it isn't possible for the editor to export EDLs of the audio from Avid. I don't have the budget to buy an expensive syncing plugin and I don't think it would even work without the EDLs anyway. I'm therefore having to manual sync everything by opening the AAF, identifying individual clips, importing matching polywavs and syncing them up. So far I've done 1 of 5 reels and it's taken about 7 hours. I have a deadline approaching and starting to feel like I'm going to die. Is this my only option for syncing? Knowing this would at least help me to press on through the next 28 hours of syncing with some peace of mind. Again, any help would be really really appreciated.
Troubled Sound designer.