AAF stands for Advanced Authoring Format.
The format is the brainchild of the Advanced Media Workflow Association (AMWA).
The format standardization is carried out by the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers.
The AAF project was actually initiated by the AAF Promoters, spearheaded by Microsoft and Avid.
They announced the format in 1998
What Does AAF Do?
The AAF format facilitates the sharing of video, audio, and data elements between different platforms, applications, and devices. In short, it’s a cross-platform format.
In other words, it supports the transfer of authoring, editing and media management metadata and source material associated with a media project.
This would be information related to how the AV data was created, its source, and so on.
For example, if you exported a Final Cut Pro project in the AAF format, you can open it in Adobe Premiere Pro, although both have different project file properties.
How Do You Open an AAF Format File?
Among the programs that can open an AAF file are Avid Media Composer, Final Cut Pro, Adobe After Effects, and Adobe Premiere Pro.
As explained above by opening an AAF file, these programs can import project information created by another application that supports the AAF format.
How to Convert an AAF File to MP4?
You can convert the AAF format to MP4 with the help of a good video converter. If you have a single AAF file to convert, you may want to use an online video converter.
An example of an online video converter that converts AAF to MP4 is Convertio.
You may also want to check out other free online video converters that convert AAF to MP4 and other popular AV formats.
To enhance your understanding of the AAF format, take a look at the video below.
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