Once the film is in offline, the multi-channel audio files need to be re-synced to the dailies before editing begins. It is very important that at no point during this process the multi-channel files be mixed down to mono, stereo, or any configuration other than the original one. They must remain split. An AAF file of the audio from the picture editor’s workstation will be supplied to the sound department for editing. If the picture edit team, when doing rough cuts, uses a stereo mix down of the multi-channel audio, they must import the multi-channel audio at picture lock to supply the AAF to the sound team, or supply and accurate EDL to the sound team so a potential conform can be completed from the original multi-channel audio files.

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