The metadata set includes segment names, effects transitions, complex effects descriptors, audio splits and fades, time stretch commands, layer event timings and layer priority data. Existing eQ and iQ tools, like Reel Lock and Resolution Co-existence, then allow lo-rez offline images to sync on the fly to the online conform, making last minute checking easy.
All eQ and iQ V.3.5 users will receive these new tools free of charge. The full toolset will also be incorporated into the new Quantel Pablo color grading suite. Delivery is expected by end of November 2005.
This new implementation of AAF was previewed at IBC showing interoperability from Apple Final Cut via Automatic Duck and adds to existing AAF interchange with Digidesign Pro Tools and Sadie digital audio workstations.
The AAF Association (www.aafassociation.org) is a broadly-based not-for-profit trade association intended to promote the development and adoption of AAF technology throughout the media industry. Quantel and Avid are both principal members.