Discuss the Restore Last Selection option, the Revert to Saved command, and the process of restoring from a backup.
- [Instructor] With 64 levels of undo at your disposal, you can often walk your way back if you've made a mistake earlier in your work. But there are times when the Undo command will be of no help to you. If you've already burned through 64 actions since your indiscretion, you will not be able to undo your way out of it. Similarly, if the mistake involved an action that's not undo-able, such as deleting a track or dropping a selection, you won't be able to recover using a simple Command + Z shortcut or Undo. But as they say, there's always more than one way to skin a session.
So, let's look at some possible alternatives. So one thing that happens fairly often, at least to me, is that after spending some time creating the perfect edit selection, I'll get distracted. Maybe by a phone call or a text message. And when I return to Pro Tools, I'll accidentally drop the selection. I have a bad habit of just clicking on the screen, and when you do that, your edit cursor updates. Now I've just lost the selection that I previously had on the drums track. If that happens, that action is not undo-able.
So you cannot recover by choosing the Undo action under the Edit menu. However, you do have one get-out-of-jail free card, and that is the Restore Last Selection command. That command will bring back the previous selection as long as you haven't moved your edit cursor since you dropped the selection. So the trick here is, don't panic. If this happens to you, and you drop the selection, don't move your edit cursor. Mouse cursor's fine, but if you move the edit cursor, the previous location becomes the last selection.
Just simply go to the Edit menu, choose Restore Last Selection, and you're back in business. So, what if you've made a mistake that you can't undo, such as deleting a track. Well, if you've saved a previous version that had the track, you can always use the Revert To Saved command. Revert To Saved is a file-based command, so it's under the File menu. Choose File, Revert To Saved, and your current session will close, and the previous saved session will open from disk. In some cases, however, Revert To Saved won't help.
Because you may not have a saved version that represents the state you want. In these cases, you can restore from session backups. As you work, Pro Tools creates backup copies of your session inside the Session File Backups folder. Now, the backup frequency is based on the auto backup function in your preferences' dialog box. So, to adjust the settings, go to Setup, and choose Preferences, and then click on the Operation tab. By default, Pro Tools keeps your 10 most recent session backups, and creates backups every five minutes.
Now you may choose to change these settings. Keep in mind your backup files are very small, so they don't consume a lot of disk space. I personally like to increase the number of recent backups and decrease the number of minutes. Because I can actually do a lot of damage in five minutes. So, I typically configure these settings to make backups every two minutes, and to keep 30 or more backups. That will give me at least the full hour's worth of material in case I need it. So after a serious mistake or crash, you can choose File, and then Open Session, and navigate to your Session File Backups folder.
Then, consult the timestamps to find a session that represents the latest version before the disaster struck. So those are my recommendations for dealing with mistakes or problems that come up, that you cannot undo your way out of. First and foremost, don't panic. If you've lost the selection, use the Restore Last Selection command before moving the edit cursor. If you've made a mistake since your last save, go back to the previously saved state using Revert To Saved. If you have saved since the mistake, or you need to recover from an earlier non-saved state, consult your Session File Backups folder.
- 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.