The winner of the second silver iLok goes to Marco Bernardo for a brilliant tip where he has developed a way of opening a session created in Pro Tools First in normal Pro Tools with all the data, audio and edits intact, no need for a cloud account. Here is Marco's methodology....
1. On the system that has Pro Tools First on it. Go to ~/Documents/Pro Tools/Project Cache/ (note that the ~ means inside your user account folder).
2. You will see a folder something like this - O84blU7Wj5gG6tQA7XjZdb (very important don't change anything on this folder)
3. Copy the file with weird name inside that folder - 28ePvQfrbb2VzVLlcbh8ma in the example above. If you have your computer set to display the file extensions, you see the extension as '.ptproject'.
4. Paste the file into a temporary folder, for example - ~/Desktop/Temp Folder of PT First Session
5. Right click on the file that you copied, and select Show Packages
6. You will see a different structure of the normal Pro tools sessions but familiar at the same time. For now we are just looking for the folder Audio Files and the folder Revision History
7. Copy both (Audio files folder and Revision History/Manual Saves/0006.ptpx (in this example is 0006.ptpx) file to another temporary folder, for example ~/Desktop/Temp Folder of PT First Session/Export folder
8. Go to ~/Desktop/Temp Folder of PT First Session/Export folder/0006.ptpx and Get Info using Command+I on the .ptpx extension file, and rename it to PTX)
9. It will ask if you want to keep the .ptpx extension or use the .ptx, Select use .ptx
10. At this point move your sessions onto a system that has Pro tools installed on it. Now open full blown Pro Tools on that machine. Note it doesn't have to be PT12, it could be any version of Pro Tools that can import .ptx files and create a new session.
11. Select import session data and import everything you want from the session that you puled from your Pro Tools First system.
12- And you will see that the normal import session will appear, choose what you want to import and you're done.
Please note that although there is a .PTXL extension in the .ptproject don't work with that, even if you rename and try to open or imported will not work you'll get this message. It has to be a session inside Revision History.
Mike says - This is a brilliant example of where a community member has done some digging and developed an excellent workaround to the limitation put in place by Avid preventing Pro Tools First projects from being opened in Pro Tools.
What Do I Need To Do To Try And Win A Silver iLok?
- Send us your tips and tricks that help you in your productions. Use the Contact Us page please.
- Take a look at the community tips that are on the site to see the kind of thing we are looking for, and also to make sure we haven't covered the tip already.
- Each week we will pick out one winner for the next 2 weeks as we only have 4 iLoks and 2 have been won already.