Learn about the Undo command, levels of undo, and the Undo History window.
- [Instructor] If you're like me, if you're editing for any length of time you will make mistakes. Mistakes can happen when you press the wrong key by accident, or when you try out a change, only to realize that it isn't working out the way you hoped. Fortunately, ProTools makes it easy to recover in these situations using the undo command. Like our other edit commands, the undo command is found under the edit menu. ProTools provides up to 64 levels of undo. This is a user configurable setting. You can find it in your preferences dialog box, which you can access by choosing set-up, and then preferences and then clicking on the editing tab.
Your levels of undo are listed here at the bottom with a maximum of 64. You can lower the setting to prove that you're not afraid, but really the reason is to conserve RAM. This is useful for some memory-intensive edit operations, especially on under powered systems. But for the kinds of basic editing we're doing, you can probably leave it to 64, unless your system is already short on RAM. With 64 levels of undo available, you can experiment quite a lot before worrying about losing changes in the undo queue, but keep in mind, some operations are not undo able.
Also keep in mind, nudging burns through your undos. To see the undo able actions, you can use the undo history window, and that'll help you keep an eye on your undo queue as well. You can access the undo history window, under the window menu. It's here toward the bottom of the menu. The undo history window shows you all of the actions you've recently done, as well as any actions you may have undone. Undo able actions are listed in bold text, any actions you've already undone are listed in italics.
So you can use the undo history window for multiple simultaneous undos and for multiple simultaneous redos. So that's a bit of information on undoing your work in ProTools. Feel free to experiment, and don't panic when things go wrong. It's a natural part of the process. When something does go wrong, use the undo command to undo through the steps as needed to recover. If you do need to undo through a long list of changes, use the undo history window, to find the right location before things started going south.
AuthorFrank D. Cook
- Getting started with Pro Tools menus, windows, and edit tools
- Creating a session
- Creating a click track
- Recording audio
- Importing audio and video
- Recording, viewing, and editing MIDI data
- Selecting and navigating within tracks
- Adding markers
- Editing clips
- Creating fade effects
- Mixing tracks and adding automation
- Backing up a session
- Bouncing a mix to disk
Skill Level Beginner
Q. This course was updated on 03/23/2017. What changed?
A. Challenges and solutions were added to chapters 3–10 and three videos were updated in the first couple chapters.
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1. Getting to Know Pro Tools
2. Getting inside Pro Tools
3. Creating Your First Session
4. Making Your First Audio Recording
5. Importing and Working with Media in a Session
6. Making Your First MIDI Recording
7. Selecting and Navigating
8. Basic Editing Techniques
9. Basic Mixing Techniques
10. Finishing Your Work
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