UM:Appendix Format Support/ALE

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ALE File Support
Format Notes
ALE Avid Log Exchange format.

The ALE format is an ascii text format used by Avid editing systems for metadata interchange.

  • Extension : .ale
  • Export only

Export Only.

Generate an ALE file for the current composition via the ..Export Composition button. Choose ale as your export format :

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The ALE format is composed as ascii text and usually tab-delimited (delimiters are specified in the header). It consists of :

  • A header containing various global settings (e.g. project format, fps etc.)
  • A column specification
  • One or more lines encoding metadata for a shot
Header
Heading
FIELD_DELIM<TAB>TABS
VIDEO_FORMAT<TAB>PAL
FPS<TAB>25
Column Specification
Column
Name<TAB>FPS<TAB>Project<TAB>Tape<TAB>Start<TAB> ... <TAB>ASC_SOP
Fields
  • Name
  • FPS
  • Project
  • Tape
  • Start
  • End
  • Duration
  • Tracks
  • SourceId
  • Take
  • Scene
  • Slate
  • Camroll
  • Director
  • SoundRoll
  • ProjectName
  • DoP
  • Cameraman
  • DailiesColorist
  • DateOfShoot
  • ASC_SAT
  • ASC_SOP
Content
Data
<shot1>
<shot2>
...

Each shot includes and encodes the fields as shown above.

Each field in each shot is delimited as per the header specification (usually a TAB).


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