AAF, EDL, WTF?
Taking your project from the edit suite to the
By The Unknown Artist
I’ve been asked a few times recently to explain the what, how and why of XML, AAF and EDLs. They’re an essential part of any turnover, and each post house will request a different set of one or more of these (often along with your project or bin). I, the Unknown Artist, am here to try and demystify this aspect of turnovers, and hopefully make turnover specs seem less weirdly demanding.
What are they?
When a project is conformed, we’re not relinking your timeline, but rebuilding it in different software. Depending on that software, we need the details of your timeline in one of these formats to interpret it correctly. An EDL is the most simple of the three, which is why we often request it in addition to an AAF or XML.
An EDL (edit decision list) is a simple, specifically formatted text document that describes, shot by shot, a single layer of your timeline.
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