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  • Preparing AAF for ProTools

    Posted by Marco Giovannetti on February 28, 2024 at 2:41 pm

    Hi there,

    I’ve recently worked on a project that required me to send aaf with embedded media file to audio postproduction made with protools.

    The sequence i had to send had 23 audio tracks (various microphones placed in the tv studio) so, in order to send everything over to pro tools, I kept my 23 audio tracks as I edited the sequence. This was, of course, a nightmare!

    Is there any chance you can edit a grouped clip in a sequence using only audio 1/2 and then, when the rough cut is finished, only add all the other audio tracks matching the cuts?



    Marco Giovannetti replied 4 months, 2 weeks ago 2 Members · 2 Replies
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  • Neil Ryan

    February 29, 2024 at 10:53 pm

    2 paths to consider. I’ve used both. One way, you do the fix and the other way, the Sound Mixer does the fix.

    Yes to your actual question if the tracks 1 & 2 you mention belong to the 23 tracks in question and they are all in the one source.

    If this is so, with your completed Sequence, you can duplicate track 1 21 times. Then, (for example) take the track that should be Source track 3, select all the clips on it, right-click one of those clips to bring up the menu and select the option ‘Change Source Track’ and select A3. Do this with the remaining tracks, changing them to A4, A5 etc.

    Another way I’ve achieved this with my Sound Mixer who uses a program other than ProTools, is to send an EDL of the track with Track 1 audio on it plus the original 23 source file and he conforms that EDL to give him all 23 tracks for every edit. Not sure if ProTools is capable of doing that, but, if you talk to your Mixer, they might know how to make it work.

    Howpe all that helps.


  • Marco Giovannetti

    March 1, 2024 at 2:21 pm

    Thanks for your reply Neil,

    Unfortunately I already considered the methods you described but I was looking for something faster such as a command line or an option I didn’t know about.

    Thanks anyway!

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