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Relinking audio files

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Video: Relinking audio files

As you're working through the exercise files for this course, you may very well come across sessions with offline files. If this happens, don't panic. Take a deep breath and follow these guidelines to relink your files easily. Pro Tools keeps a behind-the-scenes database that tells it where the audio files for your Pro Tools session live. If the files have been moved, renamed, deleted, or they're offline, such as on an unmounted drive, you'll be prompted with the Missing Files dialog box. Here's what that looks like. I'm going to go ahead and try to open up this session.

Relinking audio files

As you're working through the exercise files for this course, you may very well come across sessions with offline files. If this happens, don't panic. Take a deep breath and follow these guidelines to relink your files easily. Pro Tools keeps a behind-the-scenes database that tells it where the audio files for your Pro Tools session live. If the files have been moved, renamed, deleted, or they're offline, such as on an unmounted drive, you'll be prompted with the Missing Files dialog box. Here's what that looks like. I'm going to go ahead and try to open up this session.

Here's the Missing Files dialog box. So this is telling me that 55 audio files and 1 video file are missing. And we have a choice to either skip them all, which in that case, the Pro Tools Session will open with a bunch of offline clips, or we can automatically find them and relink, so Pro Tool would just search any mounted drives and if it finds the file, it'll automatically relink. Or you can choose Manually Find & Relink, which I'll demonstrate here. If I click OK, that'll take us right to the Relink dialog box, and here we see a long list of all the offline files, down at the bottom.

Notice they each have a unique ID, which is a long string of letters and numbers that we don't have to know about. It's just Pro Tools' way of identifying them. Now, what I want to do here is go up to the top and I can see any mounted drives. And in this case I know that these files actually exist; they're on my internal hard drive. So I would check that drive, and I can even go a step further and choose Users, which is the folder that I know that they're in. So once I've got that checked, I'm going to go ahead and go down at the bottom here and select all of these files. I did Command+A; that would be Ctrl+A for Windows. And once I've got them all selected, go up to the top and say Find Links. And here it'll give us some linking options. We can ask Pro Tools to find them by name and ID, which I usually choose and I think that's the default.

Match Format, sure. Match Duration, yes, that sounds good. I am going to hit OK, and it's going to search the file system. It's going to look in this folder, and there we go. It found them all. We know it found them because they have an orange link icon on the left here. And if I scroll down, it looks like it found all the files there. Now once they're all selected to relink, I just go ahead and click Commit Links and say Yes. It commits the links and we're done. If I go back into the session, all the files have now come online. The best advice with audio files are to keep them in the associated audio file folder in your session folder, and not move them.

This'll prevent files from going missing as much as possible.

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Audio for Film and Video with Pro Tools

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  1. 6m 13s
    1. Welcome
      1m 3s
    2. Using the exercise files
      40s
    3. Using this course with Pro Tools 10
      1m 57s
    4. Relinking audio files
      2m 33s
  2. 18m 37s
    1. Understanding the new audio for video features in Pro Tools 9
      5m 17s
    2. Exploring the hardware requirements for Pro Tools 9
      5m 19s
    3. Understanding the audio components of a finished video
      5m 22s
    4. Understanding the audio production workflow
      2m 39s
  3. 25m 10s
    1. Understanding video formats, SMPTE timecode rates, NTSC, and PAL
      6m 21s
    2. Understanding video formats, codecs, and pull-up/pull-down
      5m 16s
    3. Setting up your Pro Tools session for video
      8m 44s
    4. Exporting OMF and AAF files
      4m 49s
  4. 32m 14s
    1. Importing OMF and AAF files
      8m 8s
    2. Importing and the DigiBase browser
      4m 0s
    3. Conforming the OMF import to your template
      6m 51s
    4. Setting up groups and windows
      6m 2s
    5. Spotting film and using markers
      7m 13s
  5. 52m 55s
    1. Organizing the dialog tracks
      5m 0s
    2. Optimizing the dialog in the first pass
      4m 30s
    3. Using room tone
      4m 10s
    4. Creating fades to smooth out audio edits
      5m 4s
    5. Understanding sound effects, ambiences, and backgrounds
      7m 12s
    6. Sweetening and hard effects
      6m 52s
    7. Processing tips for sound effects
      8m 46s
    8. Bringing emotion to the mix with music tracks
      5m 33s
    9. Leveraging clip-based gain in Pro Tools 10
      2m 51s
    10. Exploring AudioSuite enhancements in Pro Tools 10
      2m 57s
  6. 15m 29s
    1. Preparing the session for foley and ADR recording
      9m 19s
    2. Recording ADR and editing with VocALign LE
      6m 10s
  7. 45m 5s
    1. Noise-reducing hums, rumbles, and buzzes
      8m 11s
    2. Eliminating crackles and digital clicks
      5m 30s
    3. Taming plosives and sibilance
      6m 10s
    4. Reducing broadband noise
      9m 26s
    5. Conforming to video changes
      8m 36s
    6. Pitch shifting for effect or utility, TC expansion
      7m 12s
  8. 56m 19s
    1. Setting up for stereo mixing
      5m 11s
    2. Calibrating levels using an SPL meter
      7m 2s
    3. Mixing with automation
      11m 4s
    4. Advanced mix automation
      8m 0s
    5. Automating plug-in parameters
      9m 22s
    6. Mixing with reverb
      7m 20s
    7. Ducking techniques
      8m 20s
  9. 42m 4s
    1. Setting up a surround mix template
      11m 14s
    2. Calibrating for 5.1 surround mixing and bass management
      9m 2s
    3. Mixing and spatial techniques for 5.1 surround
      14m 9s
    4. Downmixing, encoding, and using Neyrinck plug-ins
      3m 38s
    5. Automating techniques for 5.1 surround mixes
      4m 1s
  10. 10m 6s
    1. Print mastering and stem mixes
      5m 47s
    2. Mastering delivery levels and dynamics
      4m 19s
  11. 5m 29s
    1. Backing up your final project
      5m 29s
  12. 18s
    1. Goodbye
      18s

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