Learn about options for exporting clips and clip definitions for use outside of the current session.
- [Instructor] From time to time, you may need to export audio from a session either to use as an external file or to import into another session, the clip list popup menu provides options to help you accomplish this task. Earlier while working in this session, I located a portion of the drums track that I'd like to export. I marked the area with a selection based memory location and so here I'll use that memory location to recall the selection and go over some ways to export it as a file. To get started I'll open the memory locations window under the Window menu and the memory location I want to use is number four, so I'll click on it to recall the selection.
And if needed you can move that onto the drums track by simply holding Shift and clicking on the track with the selector tool beneath the selected area. This selection is part of a longer file so to use it externally as a standalone file, I have to somehow separate it from the rest of the audio on the track. One way I can do this is to use the consolidate clip command under the Edit menu. This command creates a new parent file from any selected portion of a track and adds the file to the session's audio files folder.
So now I have a new parent file on disk which I can retrieve from my audio files folder for use elsewhere. And although that works, it creates an edit on my track. It also adds a new file to my session and it requires me to retrieve the file on disk and go copy it to the destination where I want to use it so it's just not the most elegant option. I'll undo that. Another possibility is to instead separate the selection on the track by choosing Edit, Separate Clip, at selection.
That creates a new subset clip on the track and in the clip list and now I can use the Export Clips as Files command in the clip list popup menu, to create a file from the clip. Now because this clip is on an elastic audio enabled track, Pro Tools displays the message that the export will be unworked which is fine, so I'll continue. In the Export Selected dialog box, I can configure the parameters for the new file and choose a destination location.
So I might just choose to place this file on the desktop for now. Clicking Export will render the file on disk. So that's a bit more convenient but it still created an edit on my track, so I'll undo that. And now to accomplish the same result without creating an edit on my track, I can use the Capture command under the Clip menu instead of using the separate command. This will also create a subset clip from the selection and I can specify a name and clicking OK adds that clip to my clip list.
Now I can use the export clips' files command as before to render the file on disk. One other option is available for exporting this selection. Rather than creating a standalone file on disk to make this selection available outside of the session, I can instead choose to export the clip definition into the parent file. This will enable me to import the subset clip from the original parent file for use in other sessions giving me the advantage of still being able to access underlying audio outside of the subset clip boundaries.
This action will add the subset clip information as metadata into the parent file for future use as indicated by this dialog box. So click Export to complete the operation. And so those are some of the available options for making a clip or a selection available outside of your current session, you'll likely find the least disruptive method will be to first use the capture command to create a new subset clip and then select either export clips as new files or export clip definitions from the clip list popup menu to make the new clip available outside of the current session.
- Starting a new session
- Customizing settings
- Optimizing the performance of Pro Tools
- Importing loops and tracks
- Working with meter changes
- Recording multiple takes
- Changing the track timebase
- Editing MIDI clips
- Warping sound and tightening rhythm with Elastic Audio
- Using the Smart Tool
- Color coding tracks
- Editing on the grid
- Working with AudioSuite plug-ins
- Working with sends, plug-ins, and master faders
- Working with track subsets
- Finalizing and exporting media