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 format container which is widely used for packaging video and audio streams, posters, subtitles and metadata. Exists support for streaming. Metadata is sent with the file, which contains all information necessary for broadcasting. Exists possibility to pack multiple streams simultaneously and MPEG-4 standard, which belongs to the format, supports a reasonable amount of data formats.