OMFI (Open Media Framework Interchange), OMF for short, and AAF (Advanced Authoring Format) are both professional file formats intended to interchange session information between audio and video applications. Along with Final Cut’s XML support, where there is a will, there is generally a way to exchange session data such as audio and video tracks, track settings, editing decisions, metadata, automation, and more between virtually any audio or video application. While the emphasis for both (all three, to include XML) standards is certainly video production, the interchange formats can be very useful for exchanging sessions between audio platforms like Pro Tools, Logic, Cubase, etc.
In this short video, Jeff DesLauriers discusses how to export a Pro Tools session from Avid’s Pro Tools 10 to an AAF file, including step-by-step explanation of the export window’s options.
He also explores the resulting output files(s), and demonstrates the process of importing an AAF into a Pro Tools session, including a step-by-step explanation of the import options.
While Avid has, of course, just introduced a bunch of new features including an extended video engine allowing playback of a larger variety of video sources in Pro Tools 11, we’re betting 99% of this will all still apply after you upgrade.