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Roger Bolton
Any AAF file event viewer?
on Dec 10, 2012 at 4:02:55 am

Is there any program (on mac if possible) that will let me just view the filenames and timecodes of each shot inside an mxf file.

having some conversion issues going from MC to resolve and hoping to look at the file to try and work out whats going wrong.

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Michael Phillips
Re: Any AAF file event viewer?
on Dec 10, 2012 at 11:16:10 am

None that I know of... an AAF file is a binary format and quite a complex representation of sequence structure. The home of all things AAF can be found here:

http://www.amwa.tv/developers.shtml

You can always create a new project, import an AAF and look at it that way, so it is not influenced by original project and already existing clips.


Michael


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Roger Bolton
Re: Any AAF file event viewer?
on Dec 11, 2012 at 1:37:09 pm

Pity, XML still has all the effect information and layer sizing etc and is human readable, if theres a mistake you can open it with a text editor and scan it finding clip names and templates.

Personally I'd find such an app incredibly useful for conforms especially if it also had the same functionality for XML. Hint hint to any shareware developers out there.

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Michael Phillips
Re: Any AAF file event viewer?
on Dec 11, 2012 at 2:10:15 pm

I don't disagree with the ease of XML as a structured schema for translating sequences, sources, etc. OMF which evolved into AAF was in place before XML existed. But there has been talks for years of the AAF association creating a XML version of AAF, or even the more simplified version of the Edit Protocol, that has yet to happen. Typical issues for standards that have many subscribers and need to satisfy a large number of legacy based workflows and systems. SMPTE is a good example of that. Not a bad thing in the end, but takes so much longer.

Michael


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Roger Bolton
Re: Any AAF file event viewer?
on Dec 12, 2012 at 4:29:25 am

Well AAF is binary but at the end of the day it decodes into a list of file names and timecodes per track. Its a pretty simple job for a programmer to just decode the structure and print out a spreadsheet like presentation of clip names and timecodes.

In my case we had bad camera management, so we had overlapping timecodes on a multi day shoot. After conforming in resolve with half the clips working I had to manually write down original clip names and time codes in MC and then match them back up in Resolve.

A simple viewer for AAF like I'm suggesting would have made that a lot faster, and it wouldn't require a copy of MC to be running.

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Michael Phillips
Re: Any AAF file event viewer?
on Dec 12, 2012 at 1:07:49 pm

I think "simple" is debatable when it comes to walking through an AAF composition and MOB structures... that being said, if all you want is a list of clips and timecodes, a simple EDL, or an XML from FilmScribe, or using the set bin display of a sequence and export as TAB may be a better method at this time to achieve what you are trying to do.

Note that the FilmScribe XML is just that - a representation of FilmScribe lists as XML to make it easier to parse. If someone wanted to write XSL to turn it into FCP XML, or other type of XML, then that work would need to be done. Also, XML is export only, not import back into Media Composer.

Again, I am not disagreeing to the simplicity of XML, but dealing with how it works now as it stands.


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