Creating an AAF or OMF



The Advanced Authoring Format (AAF) is a professional file interchange format designed for the video post production and authoring environment. AAFs can include both audio and video, but the type you’ll want to use is audio only.

Final Cut 7 does not have a native AAF export, but it does have a useful OMF export function.  See instructions in the OMF section.

Avid AAFOMF Title: project name

Export As: AAF

Include All Video Tracks: Unchecked

Include All Audio Tracks: Checked

Export Method: Consolidate Media

Handle Length: 3 or 4 seconds worth of frames

Include Rendered Audio Effects: Unchecked

Render All Audio Effects: Unchecked

Convert Audio File Format To: Wave

Audio: Embedded in AAF















While premiere CS6 does have an option for creating an AAF, at the current time those options are not compatible with Pro Tools – our in house audio editing software. Premiere is also able to create OMFs, which work perfectly however, so take a look at the OMF part of this page for instructions.



Open Media Framework (OMF) or is a platform-independent file format intended for transfer of digital media between different software applications. OMFs can either have embedded audio or linked audio. You’ll want to use the embedded type. You’ll also want to create 3 second handles so that we can further smooth the dialogue and music edits.


Finalcut-OMF settings









Sequence audio tracks: disabled tracks not included, enabled tracks are.

Rate: 48kHz

Depth: 16 or 24 bit

Handle Length: 4 seconds

Check boxes: all checked




OMFs are only available as an export option in standard definition projects inside of Avid Media Composer.  We recommend exporting AAFs from Avid systems instead.

premiere-omf-settingsOMF Title: project name

Sample Rate: 48000

Bits Per Sample: 16 or 24

Files: Encapsulate

Format: AIFF

Render: Trim Audio Files

Handle Frames: 3 or 4 seconds worth of frames