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Michael Rooney
Re: FCP X features or lack thereof. Your opinion on the rationale.
on Nov 28, 2016 at 2:08:49 pm

[Michael Gissing] "In other areas standards have been agreed to like AAF, OMF AES-31, EDL etc"

Sure there are clearly defined standards for AES-31 and even for some EDL 'flavours' but that doesn't mean that everyone fully supports or adheres to those standards and as far as AAF and OMF goes the word 'standard' should never be used in the same sentence.

The [unnecessary] complexity of OMF, AAF (and MXF) make them a "Use at your own risk format." Although there are other formats that can be in the same category, these three are the worst. They are self proclaimed standards that never should have been created. Although the container format is always a standard, the methods of describing data within the container are not. They each have multiple ways of describing the same thing and since everyone has a slightly different way of doing things within the containers, they might as well not exist at all. To call it any kind of standard really is a stretch. OMF is literally a format within a container format. AAF and MXF are much worse because they are a format within a container within a structured storage format.

Anyway, I thing you get the idea of what I think of those formats as far as 'standards' go ;-)

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