Autodesk Smoke: Conforming Timelines from Adobe Premiere Pro

Posted by Ultimate_Smoker*, 8 July 2011 1:00 am

Hi Everyone

I trust that you have all had a good week.

In previous blog entries, we’ve looked at using Media Composer and Final Cut Pro 7 with Smoke. However lots of you have been asking me about Adobe Premiere Pro.

Autodesk Smoke:
Conforming Timelines from Adobe Premiere Pro

Adobe Premiere Pro has a variety of options for exporting media and metadata such as EDLs, AAFs and XMLs. But which one would you use with Autodesk Smoke?

While EDLs will give you an edit with tape-names and timecode, using an AAFs will give you all that plus the ability to link to the same media you’ve already been working with in Premiere.

Check out this video for the workflow!

This video is best viewed at Full Screen HD

The features shown are current to Autodesk Smoke 2012 and Adobe Premiere Pro CS5.5

It is very simple and easy to export an AAF and conform it in Autodesk Smoke.

Please check the on-line Wiki database to see what is supported when conforming an Adobe Premiere Pro AAF in Autodesk Smoke. To my knowledge you should be able to look at the Avid AAF Conforming notes on the Autodesk Wiki that will tell you which features are supported when conforming from AAF.

And just so you’ll have them all in one place, here are links to my previous blogs showing conform in Smoke from Final Cut Pro 7 and Avid Media Composer. Remember, no matter what application you’re using to edit, if it exports an EDL, XML or AAF, you can conform it in Smoke.

Coming very soon… A new videos series giving a high level overview of Smoke for Final Cut Pro 7 editors presented by myself and Final Cut Pro Editor, Rick Young (

Thanks for all the feedback and comments. Please keep them coming in.

Please take care where ever you are!

Signing off




Posted 21 July 2011 10:47 am

Hi Eui-Hwan Song,

Smoke supports the Avid AAF format coming from the Avid Media Composer ... We do not support AAFs coming from other packages. If they work, then that's great however there is no guarantee. It is unlikely I will make a video on Edius exporting an AAF.


Hans von Sonntag

Posted 22 July 2011 9:24 pm


I tried to conform a TL form Adobe PremierPro 5.03 to Smoke via AAF and got an error saying "negative timecode". I guess I have to try a conform from PremierPro 5.5 to find out wether this is an error related to the older 5.03 version. Thanks for the tutorial anyway,



Posted 6 December 2011 7:27 am

Hi Grant!

Nice tutorial. Video files like quicktime seems to work, but now I'm trying to conform a Adobe Premiere Pro timeline in Smoke that is edited using JPEG image sequences.

When I import the sequence in Smoke, the AAF is located in the same directory as the image sequences, it doesn't link the media.

Any idea on how to conform an edit with image sequences (timecode is out of the question, every shot has the same starting TC)?



Posted 6 December 2011 7:35 am

Hi Niels,

Before conforming the AAF, the USE FILENAME option in the FCP XML/AAF OPTIONS should be enabled to trace back to the filenames whatever it might be called.

One thing I can suggest to is load the unlinked timeline to the desktop which you imported into smoke earlier. Open the record timeline and ALT-CLICK on any of the timeline segments. It will tell you what the filename is and the file path. It would be interesting to know how Adobe tells the AAF that the images is a sequence of JPGs.

That would be my first starting place to take down the issue.


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