The Advanced Authoring Format (AAF) is a professional file interchange format designed for the video post-production and authoring environment. It was created by the Advanced Media Workflow Association. The AMWA develops specifications and technologies to facilitate the deployment and operation of efficient media workflows, working closely with standards bodies like the SMPTE.
Is a multimedia container format from Microsoft, which stores video and audio file streams. Distinctive feature is a the lack of information on the coding data. The container defines the structure of the stream so it can, like AVI, contain videos with different codecs, as well as operate during synchronization of streams.