In this lesson, our instructor Evren Edler gives an introduction to session folders. He goes over Pro Tools file structures, file organization, and al lthe different file types, such as: pro tools session file, wavecache file, and audio file. He also explains the plug-in settings, how to back up your session file, MIDI files, sibelius files, clip groups, video files, fade files and rendered files.
Pro Tools File Structures:
Before you create or edit a recording project, or a session in Pro
Tools, it is helpful to understand how to software works with the
various files that are related to a project. Rather than storing a
session as a single file, Pro Tools stores various session
components separately and maintains a roadmap to the first files it
uses in a session file. All of the files used for a project are
grouped together in a “session folder”.
File Organization: When you
create a Pro Tools session, the system sets up a standard hierarchy
for the session and its associated files by automatically creating a
top-level session folder containing the session file as well as
subfolders for various types of supplemental files used for the
session. When you record, convert on import, or edit material,
specific files will appear in each of these subfolders.
File Types: Many of these files
are created by Pro Tools automatically as you work on a project,
although some are generated by export operations only.
Pro Tools Session File:
A session file is the document
that Pro Tools creates when you start a new project.
Each PT session you create
will also have an associated WaveCache file created inside the
When audio is recorded into a
PT session, each take of the audio recording is stored as a
separate file inside the corresponding session’s Audio Files
If you have done certain
plug-in settings in a session you will find them in this folder.
Session File Backups:
If you enable the AutoSave
function in PT, the Session File Back Up folder will be created
automatically, and auto-saved session files will be stored in this
MIDI files can be exported
from PT using the Export>MIDI command.
If you work with scores inside
PT, you can use either “Send To Sibelius” command or the
“Export>Sibelius” commands to generate a score file that can
be opened/edited with the full-featured Sibelius notation software.
The Clip groups folder is the
default directory that PT uses for any clip groups you export from
your PT session.
Whenever you use rendered
Elastic Audio processing, PT creates temporary files for the audio
on the affected tracks. These temporary files are kept in an
auto-created Rendered Files folder in the session folder.
Video files are used when you
digitize a movie in to PT.
One type of file which is not
in PT 10 but has been in up until 10 on earlier versions is Fade
With PT 10, all fade files are
calculated and played back in real time, eliminating the need to
store rendered fade files.
buffer size controls the size of the hardware cache used to handle
host-based tasks, such as Native plug-in processing.
Lecture Slides are screen-captured images of important points in the lecture. Students can download and print out these lecture slide images to do practice problems as well as take notes while watching the lecture.