AVID - Prep and Export .AAF and QuickTime Movie to ProTools

Step One - AVID - Prep the sequence with a Countdown at beginning and End Of Picture tail pop at the end

Download these two files Countdown and Universal Tail Leader

Move these two files to your Hard Drive from the downloads folder

Countdown - ProRes.mov

Universal Tail Leader.mov

Open your AVID Project and Link to the two Quicktimes you just downloaded.

Open a Bin and right click and choose>Input>Source Browser

Navigate to the files

Choose Link to the two files

Select your picture locked timeline and duplicate it.  

Then make a new bin and copy the timeline into the new bin.  

You can do this by holding down alt/option and dragging the timelne over to the new bin.

  • Load the COPY of the final sequence in the timeline
  • Delete anything that is before first picture such as slug or extraneous media.  First PICTURE IS EXACTLY WHAT IT MEANS THE FIRST IMAGE OR SOUND OF YOUR MOVIE!!!

    Double click on the Countdown - ProRes.mov to load it into your source window

    Press the "T" key or mark the entire clip so that the duration = 8 seconds
    Place the timeline indicator at the head of the timeline. Make sure no in or out marks are in the timeline. Make sure all tracks are enabled.

    Edit the countdown into the timeline using the Yellow - splice in tool.

    Then right click in the record side of the composer window.

    Choose Sequence Report.

    Change the Starting TC: to 59:52:00 Click Apply Changes> Then click on "Cancel" to close the window.

    Check the timeline and make sure that the popping sound "2 Pop" happens at 59:58:00 timecode, as shown here.

    First Picture of your film should start at the 1:00:00:00 timecode.

    Next go to the end of the timeline and put the "Tail Leader" at the end. Put the blue position indicator at the end of the timeline.

    Make sure there are not any In or Out marks in the timeline and all the tracks are selected.

    Load the Universal Tail Leader into the Source side window.

    Mark the entire clip by clicking the "T" key or mark an in and an out on the whole clip. Duration should be 8:00 seconds
    Edit the tail leader into the timeline using the RED Overwrite Tool. Save your project in AVID.

Step Two – Export an .AAF of the audio to import into ProTools

  • Open sequence in timeline and select the video and audio tracks to export. Mark an in point at the beginning of the portion of the timeline to export and an out point at the end of the portion of the timeline to export. If the whole timeline is to be exported mark an in point at the beginning and an out at the end.
  • Example of how timeline should look before exporting.

Choose File>Output>Export to File
Click on Export Setting > Options

Choose the following:

Export As: AAF

Use marks and enabled tracks

Make sure that include all Video / Data Tracks in Sequence is not checked

Include All Audio

Consolidate Media

Handle Length 180 frames

Convert Audio to Sample Rate to Project

Convert Bit Depth to Project

Convert Audio File to Project

Choose Embedded in AAF if you have only a few tracks like less than

20 tracks and your project is less than 10 or 15 minutes

If you have a long project and alot of audio tracks then choose 

>Folder and choose to save the AAF in the same folder

Then click on Save

Navigate to a folder on your hard drive and 

Click New Folder

Make a Folder on the destination hard drive to hold both the .aaf and the consolidated Audio Files.

Navigate to the hard drive and folder to save the .aaf and the Consolidated Media

Click On Save

Step Three -  Export the .mxf "Chase" Movie to use in your ProTools Session

!! If you are working in an Ultra High Definition resolution (ie 2K, UHD, or 4K) We will be making a 1920 x 1080 file

This is necessary because our mixing workstations do not support UHD resolutions very well.

First select your final timeline and choose

>RT click the timeline>Choose Output>Export to File

The next window that opens choose Options


Choose MOV

Uncheck use Marks and Selected tracks to make sure

the entire timeline gets exported.

But if you don't want certain tracks or only a portion of

the timeline you can put in and out points on the timeline and choose

Use Marks and Use Selected Tracks

Choose HD 1920 x 1080


Color Space choose Rec 709

"Keep at Legal Range"

Choose DNxHD as your codec

Compression DNxHD LB

Color Depth 8Bit

Scroll down the window and you will see the audio settings

Make sure Audio is checked and choose

Format - PCM

Choose Stereo

Sampling Rate 48000 Hz

Bits per Sample 24


1920 x 1080 file

Color Space Keep at Legal Range

Compression should be set to DNxHD LB

Click on Save

Choose a place to save the file and Name it

Then Click Save

Here is the exported file example