Will Ableton support OMF?

People working in the movie industry tell me that missing OMF (Open Media Framwork [Interchange]) support is a missing link for them when working with Live. They are quite happy with Live's limited video features for cutting sound to picture, but once things get serious and it comes to mixing, the post production facilities all use Pro-Tools. OMF export would really help to bridge that gap. Is Ableton planning to implement OMF support sometime soon?

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  • freestylemovement
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    +10,000 media professionals for OMF support

    3 years ago | 1 comment
  • kleine Ableton staff
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    There's currently no idea if or when this will happen. 

     
    4 years ago | 5 comments
  • LP
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    I so want OMF in Live.  So much; it would let my music work and my post work come together like they are in my mind....

    2 years ago | 0 comments
  • kately
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    yup this needs a doin' and timecode/frames in the grid selection. PT is a nightmare and i've used it for 10 years. ableton: you are amazing! i freelance and use you for picture and no one ever needs to find out. it never comes up.....but please open yourself to the power of post production because it's not pretty trying to do anything professionally right now.

    2 years ago | 0 comments
  • muraglia
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    just being able to say 'sure, no problem, I can handle OMF' and being able to access the audio files therein would be a huge bonus. 

    2 years ago | 0 comments
  • AndrewJRahman
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    Hey Ableton. I love you. In fact, you're my only DAW. I don't want to use those other clumsy DAWs. But if you can import .OMF files... Well, I can change my job to work in audio. But as for now, I'm stuck making beats in my bedroom. That's all. K thnx!


    P.S. - Is it possible that someone has or is capable of developing a m4l patch that can import these files?

    2 years ago | 0 comments
  • AndrewJRahman
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    Hey Ableton. I love you. In fact, you're my only DAW. I don't want to use those other clumsy DAWs. But if you can import .OMF files... Well, I can change my job to work in audio. But as for now, I'm stuck making beats in my bedroom. That's all. K thnx!


    P.S. - Is it possible that someone has or is capable of developing a m4l patch that can import these files?

    2 years ago | 0 comments
  • caesura
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    Please allow for oaf file import from final cut so that I can use Ableton as my post production tool.  I use it for everything else and love it.

    1 year ago | 0 comments
  • phiSound
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    Nudge... .omf support is the only feature that Pro Tools has over Live, and you *still* can't undo deleting a track in that crappy DAW. I hate paying for it, but I have to for .omf imports.

    1 year ago | 0 comments
  • kellermcdivitt
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    Until Ableton realizes how crucial of a tool Live could be if tools for Sound-for-Picture were added, there is this little nugget:

    http://www.aatranslator.com.au/

    OMF/AAF, Surround Mixing, and Frame Grid in Live would make me a VERY happy camper.

    9 months ago | 0 comments
  • DylanWest
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    It's absolutely absurd that Ableton hasn't implemented OMF support yet. This is a huge limitation for those using Live for film composition.

    7 months ago | 0 comments
  • damonbreakz
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    come on. SORT IT OUT. what is the point of a near perfect product? I can't work with pro colleagues without OMF support in Live, unless I mess about with importing wav files separately or I buy protools and a mac (pah!). Also where's SMPTE transport? even cubase from the 90s on atari had better pro options. Live is a game changer, but you will fall flat on your face like Reason if you don't add those extra features people need to be pro. and hurry up with v9, my money is burning a hole in my pocket :-)

    3 years ago | 0 comments
  • Parandian
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    Is OMF integrated with version 9?

    2 years ago | 1 comment
  • LP
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    OMF or AAF can't rightly wreck Live. All it allows for is communication.

    2 years ago | 0 comments
  • Galletly
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    Please, for god's sake include OMF import in v10. It's breaking my balls trying to finish sound design work without it.

    9 months ago | 0 comments
  • Bigbee
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    Today I had this exact same problem. I took a gig mixing sound for a short film. The picture is locked on the film and some basic audio mixing has been done. I asked for the production audio files and the current state of the timeline. I was given all the .aif files recorded during shooting and an OMF file. Can't open the OMF with Ableton! WTF?!

    After a few frustrating hours, I discovered that I have an Apple product called Soundtrack Pro. I imported the OMF file in Soundtrack Pro, then exported .aif files (stems) from Soundtrack Pro, then I dropped those stem files into Ableton. The files that Soundtrack Pro exported are destructive (no automation info), but I've got a pretty good representation of the film's existing timeline. Fairly decent workaround...

    4 months ago | 2 comments
  • LP
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    If not OMF or AAF then how about a simpler XML export?

    Just something to keep arrangements accurate but flexible when collaborating. Having to output full stems really closes options, which is unfortunate as Live is the jewel of creative options otherwise.

    4 months ago | 0 comments
  • emankayker
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    +1 on that, ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY and makes me choose PT over live on different projects

    7 days ago | 0 comments
  • JamesMiles
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    My 2c.

    I DON'T want the beautifully crafted performance and creative tool bogged down with post-production tools & code.

    It is in my opinion that Live was never intended to serve as such a tool, and should maintain is industry dominant status outside of that toolset.

    2 years ago | 1 comment

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