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? Oct 9, 2015 at 19:25
  • It is a MacBook 3,1 - Build 9L31a
    – Kerlix
    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? 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
    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. 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 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
    Oct 9, 2015 at 19:46
  • I'm fine with wiping the Yosemite drive, if this would work.
    – Kerlix
    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
    Oct 9, 2015 at 19:51

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