What is a .AAF File And How To Open It – Avid Technology (Guide)

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Introduction

While downloading files, you might have downloaded a file with the .aaf extension. It is possible that you know what the file does, but you are unsure on how to open it. That’s why we have made this article! You will learn how to open the .aaf file extension on various systems, what it is and how to work with it.

What is a .AAF file?

The file extension .AAF comes from Advanced Authoring Format File. This file extension belongs to the developer Avid Technology. The format of this video related file is binary.

What to know

There are currently 2 software that can open the .aaf file on 2 platforms.

How to open a .AAF file?

Below we have written a comprehensive guide on how to open the .AAF file on various operating systems.

How to open a .AAF file on Windows (7, 8, 10)

We have written below an easy-to-understand guide on how to open the .aaf file on Windows in 4 easy steps.

1. The first step is to download the Avid Pro Tools and Avid Media Composer software. You will be using this software in order to open the file.

Step 2

Step 2: Locating your .AAF file

2. The second step is locating the downloaded file. If you don’t remember where you have downloaded your file to, you should check your /download/ folder as it usually gets automatically saved there.

Step 3

Step 3: Choose “Open with”

3. In the third step right click on your file and choose “Open with”.

Step 4

Step 4: Choose the software and click ok

4. After choosing the “Open with” option, you will have an option to choose the Avid Pro Tools software you have downloaded. Choose your software and click on “OK”. That’s all, now you have opened your file on Windows.

How to open a .AAF file on Mac

The .aaf file can be opened in 4 steps on Mac.

1. The first step is to download the Avid Pro Tools and Avid Media Composer software. You will be using this software in order to open the file.

Step 2

Step 2: Finding your .AAF file

2. The second step is locating the downloaded file. If you don’t remember where you have downloaded your file to, you should check your /download/ folder as it usually gets automatically saved there.

Step 3

Step 3: Clicking “Open with”

3. In the third step right click on your file and choose “Open with”.

Step 4

Step 4: Choosing the software to open your file

4. After choosing the “Open with” option, you will have an option to choose the Avid Pro Tools software you have downloaded. Choose your software and click on “OK”. Congratulations! You have opened your file on Mac.

Still cannot open the .AAF file?

If you cannot open the .AAF file, it is entirely possible that you are trying to open the wrong file. The .AAF file extension is similar to other file extensions such as: .aam – Adobe Systems, .aan – Avid Technology, .aao – US Army, .aao – Dataland Software, .aar – Google. You might be trying to open the wrong file, please recheck if you are trying to open the right file extension again.

Conclusion

In this article you have learned how to open the .AAF file with the Avid Pro Tools, Avid Media Composer programs on Windows and Avid Pro Tools, Avid Media Composer programs on Mac.