I need to access some .omf files, which were originally created in an old version of AVID DV. As far as I know, this software only ran on Tiger PPC Macs. The PowerMac PPC G5 I originally used is on it's very last legs & will not reliably start up. An AVID rep told me that these old files would not be accessible with a current version of AVID and I have discovered that these files cannot be accessed with Final Cut Pro. What is my best option for getting this software running so I can access these OMF files in an AVID DV timeline?

What I have to work with:

  • a white Intel Santa Rosa Macbook [3,1 - Build 9L31a] running Leopard
  • the original MacBook Leopard install discs
  • a variety of non-bootable disk image clones of a PPC G5 Tiger drive w/ AVID DV installed
  • the dongle required for AVID DV to run
  • the original G5 PPC Tiger install discs
  • the original AVID DV install discs
  • a Mountain Lion / Yosemite dual-boot Mac Mini
  • a 2TB blank external USB drive
  • a 1TB external Firewire drive that I can erase & reformat if necessary
  • Parallels & Fusion for Mt. Lion
  • Can you provide the model number of the MacBook? Commented Oct 9, 2015 at 19:25
  • It is a MacBook 3,1 - Build 9L31a
    – Kerlix
    Commented Oct 9, 2015 at 19:31
  • Since it's running 10.5, it should have Rosetta, which allows Intel Macs to run PowerPC applications. Can you try and install AVID DV on it? Commented Oct 9, 2015 at 19:37
  • I can try, but my memory is that the issue with that was there not being enough space on the hard drive for it.
    – Kerlix
    Commented Oct 9, 2015 at 19:43
  • You may not legally virtualize Mac OS X Tiger 10.4.x as is it not allowed by its SLA and neither VMware, Parallels or VirtualBox can virtualize the PPC version of Mac OS X Tiger. Commented Oct 9, 2015 at 19:43

1 Answer 1


You could try using the PearPC Emulator running on Linux or Win32 (Bootcamp?) to emulate a PPC and boot your drive images.


  • He can't use Boot Camp because his Mac mini is dual-booting Mountain Lion and Yosemite. Running the software under Rosetta should be much easier Commented Oct 9, 2015 at 19:45
  • To clarify, I'd create a Linux partition and within that install PearPC, which would be able to run one of the disk images I have the Tiger drive as well as access the DRM dongle?
    – Kerlix
    Commented Oct 9, 2015 at 19:46
  • I'm fine with wiping the Yosemite drive, if this would work.
    – Kerlix
    Commented Oct 9, 2015 at 19:47
  • Kerlix, I've not tried it. But theoretically it should. I don't know the limitations of PearPC and what features aren't implemented, sometimes DRM dongles can be a pain with emulation.
    – zevlag
    Commented Oct 9, 2015 at 19:51

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