Conforming (assembling) Location WAV Files with EdiLoad and Pro Tools

Are you having problems getting an AAF or OMF that contains the audio that you need, or that can be used to expand your location WAV files in Pro Tools?

In the following video I run through everything you need to know. I’ll explain why you would want to conform your original location WAV files (rather than use an AAF or OMF), how to conform your rushes using EdiLoad and the Pro Tools field recorder functions, and finally, one of the sync issues you might encounter when performing this process.

With EdiLoad v5+ the process of conforming (assembling) your location WAV files has been simplified with the Assembly window. See this blog post for more information.

The video also shows how to use the two new ‘Match Roll Names’ and ‘Match File Names’ windows, brand new with EdiLoad v3.3. These allow you to make sure the edit data will link to your location WAV files before exporting conform reference tracks.

Conform (assemble) location WAV files using EdiLoad v3 and Pro Tools  (Durn 28:58)

Note: EdiLoad v3 exported conform reference tracks as a ptx file. With EdiLoad v4 these are exported as an AAF file, while EdiLoad v5+ uses the Assembly window.

Timings of the video segments are as follows: 

  • 01:20 - Why conform location WAV files?
  • 03:50 - Requirements for conforming
  • 05:05 - Loading a set of EDL files into EdiLoad
  • 09:06 - Checking the edit list data is correct
  • 15:25 - Cleaning list and exporting conform reference tracks
  • 18:06 - Setting up the Pro Tools field recorder functions
  • 21:11 - Expanding EdiLoad tracks to conform WAV files
  • 24:05 - Conform sync errors that are less than one frame

I hope this video helps you to prepare your session ready for dialogue editing and/or mixing. Let me know if you have any questions or feedback in the comments below.

Last modified on Wednesday, 23 November 2022 10:35
Mark Franken

Mark Franken is an award-winning software developer and founder of Sounds In Sync, specializing in cutting edge solutions for sound post-production. His work as a sound editor on some of the top feature films and television shows has inspired him to develop these programs that are used by sound professionals word-wide. He can be contacted via the Sounds In Sync website.


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