Join David Franz for an in-depth discussion in this video Undoing an edit, part of Pro Tools 9 Essential Training.
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It's inevitable that you'll want to undo something you did in Pro Tools. In fact, the Undo command might be your best friend in Pro Tools--maybe behind the Auto Save feature, that is. When you do almost anything in Pro Tools, you can undo it. This is particularly handy when editing. So I am going to go ahead and just do a bunch of edits really quick, just so we can take a look at undoing them. First, I am going to grab the trimmer, and trim a few regions. Then I am going to grab the grabber and move some stuff around.
Then I'll take the selector, and make some new regions by separating them, and that should be good. Now, you probably know this already, but if you press Command+Z on a Mac or Ctrl+Z in Windows, that will undo what you've just done. We can see that in the Edit menu up here. What's even more handy is you can go to the Undo History window. So we go to Window > Undo History. That shows us the history of all of the edits that we've just made.
If I click here and drag, that will undo everything, and then I can click and drag and pull it all the way down to redo everything. The Undo History window also has a menu, where we can show the creation times, we can undo all, or we can clear the Undo queue, and I am not going to do that right now. One thing also, we can change the levels of undo. If we go to Setup > Preferences, and in the Editing tab, down here at the bottom, we have the Levels of Undo. The maximum number is 32.
That means we have 32 steps that we can go back and undo. We can reduce the levels of undo to save RAM processing power, but is it really worth the price of not having the ability to undo a bunch of steps back? I don't think so. So let's keep it at 32. So obviously, the Undo command is one of the most important commands in Pro Tools. Use the Undo Shortcut or the Undo History window when you need to rethink some of the last actions you performed in your session.
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