What We Need From You

Things You Should Know Before Exporting Your OMF

Dealing With Picture Changes

Soundcrafter Delivery Requirements


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We need two elements from the filmmaker:

[1] OMF (or AFF) export of the project with 6 second handles at the same sample and bit rate as your session with volume information included.

(2] QuickTime export with embedded mix down of the project's cut audio. Preferred QuickTime is Apple ProRes 422 (Proxy), but many types of QuickTimes with a large frame size but a lower data rate, so the files isn’t too large, are fine. Apple ProRes 422 (Proxy) has a data rate around 20mbits/sec. Try to stay away from DV or H.264. DV QuickTimes have a higher data rate, but the frame size is much smaller so it doesn’t look very good, and H.264 QuickTimes sometimes have playback problems with our video cards in conjunction with Pro Tools.

Two additional elements needed depending on the size of your project:

[1] A separate OMF (of AFF) file export from an assemblage of all the production audio the filmmaker or picture editor thinks may be useful, but did not include in the picture edit.  This would be entire takes of ambience or production effects recorded during production.

[2] On larger budget features, where we will be editing for more than two weeks, we will need a copy of the entire production audio and the production mixer's log sheets.  We will use this to pull production effects and alternate takes should there be audio problems the picture editor did not fix.

What is OMF and AFF?  OMF means Open Media Framework. It is a software technology developed by Avid for transferring media from one type of software platform to another. When we import the OMF file into Pro Tools, all the audio is arranged and edited on the tracks exactly the way it was prepared in the picture editing software. The AFF export option now available in Avid Media Composer is a more advanced version of the OMF export. Use it instead of the OMF export if it is available.