• Start the export at 00:59:50:00 for 10 seconds of preroll. Picture starts at 1:00:00:00

  • Include head pop at 00:59:58:00 and tail pop 2 seconds after the last frame of picture

  • Video formats: Pro Res LT, Avid DNxHD or H264. 

  • Include your rough audio mix when exporting video. It will be our reference track

  • Include window burn with timecode and video identifier, placed in a top corner of the frame. The video identifier should look like this: SW_R1_v03_080320

    • Show_Reel(if applicable)_Version_Date(month date year) 





  • 2-Pop: Include a single frame tone that lines up with your video head and tail pop

  • Organize your audio tracks:

    • VO

    • Dialogue A – Formal Interviews

    • Dialogue B – Informal Dialogue

    • PFX – Non dialogue sounds from production (ambience, vehicles, etc)

    • PIX – Sound FX added by the picture department

    • Music – Score

  • DO NOT cut lav and boom together on the same track. Different microphones always need to be on their own track in a consistent fashion.

  • Make sure to include ALL mic options (Boom, Lav, Camera).

  • Include separate audio folders for the following:

    • Room tones

    • Wild Lines 

    • Complete production audio – raw files. Narrative films only.



  • Our preferred export from Premiere is an AAF. Here are the options to choose:​

    • Breakout to Mono

    • 48khz Sample Rate

    • 24 Bit

    • Separate Audio

    • Wav Format

    • Trim Audio Files to 720 frames (30 Seconds)


  • An OMF can also work but AAF is preferred.

    • Breakout to Mono

    • 48khz Sample Rate

    • 24 Bit

    • Separate Audio

    • Wav Format

    • Trim Audio Files to 720 frames (30 Seconds)​

Include an EDL file with your delivery. 

This will be extraordinarily helpful if there are any picture edits after we begin our sound work. Here is a page of information about how to prepare your EDL file:




Exporting an OMF from Final Cut Pro

Exporting an OMF from Premiere

Exporting an AAF from Premiere

Exporting an AAF from AVID



Deliver all media on a USB 3, bus-powered drive. Films shorter than 30 minutes can be delivered via Dropbox, Hightail or Aspera. Harddrives can be dropped off at our front desk: 2600 Tenth Street Berkeley CA 94710. Other arrangements can be made if needed. Please reach out to us to discuss.



We are always here to help. Please call if you’d like any assistance.

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