A quick question about ADR...
I'm doing some ADR sessions for voice recording using Pro Tools and I'm wondering if it's better to save them as AIFF or WAV files. I accidentally recorded my first session in AIFF and my second in WAV. Is this going to pose any problems during the sound mix with continuity? I have a lot more ADR to record so what should I choose from here on? Thanks!
Thread: WAV or AIFF for ADR
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09-13-2012 03:06 AM
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09-13-2012 03:21 AM
I would ask your editor what format they prefer. Was the original session an omf import into Protools? Did you not plan a round trip workflow in advance of your ADR session?
09-13-2012 05:31 AM
Record everything in WAV or BWAV - if anything else is required only convert to that at the very end.
Keep all session and master recordings at uncompressed WAV or BWAV.John Willett
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09-13-2012 08:33 AM
I'm with Dave, "I would ask your editor what format they prefer"
Otherwise they are both PCM files, and would have the same quality. (sample rate and bit depth being equal) I prefer WAVE because my DAW and editing software writes/reads the metadata better.
FWIW, contrary to popular belief, a "Broadcast Wave File" would have the same quality as well, it can just contain more metadata. Timecode stamp, slate info, ect.
09-13-2012 10:52 AM
A "WAV" file and a "BWF" file are both forms of RIFF (Resource Interchange File Format). AVI is another form of RIFF file.
In fact the only difference between WAV and BWF is that BWF contains additional (interchangable and independent) meta-data "chunks". Adding BWF-style chunks to a WAV file creates a "BWF file". There is nothing magic about BWF except for a few more bytes of meta-data.
OTOH, AIFF is a branch of a completely different tree (IFF vs RIFF).Recording audio without metering and monitoring is exactly like framing and focusing without looking at the viewfinder.
09-13-2012 07:56 PM
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WAV is the standard format with AIFF popping up now and again. WAV is a better way to go.
09-14-2012 06:00 AM
Rull of thumb... Always ask before you deliver!
09-14-2012 08:08 AM
You are also going to want to ask about sample rate and bit depth AND what disk format they can read. If you hand an editor on a Mac a NTFS formatted drive they are going to have a hard time with it. The reverse is also true many windows users are going to have a problem with a HFS formatted disk. So get all the details up front and save yourself pain in the end.