Pro Tools groups are one of the most powerful tools available when mixing in Pro Tools. The ability to nest groups of tracks within multiple, overlapping groups offers control far beyond that available using submixes and the addition of VCA faders brings huge control. Something which many overlook is the presence of little dots next to the groups in the groups list. What do they mean? Watch the free video and see the difference in action.
Trimming to the boundary of the next clip on the timeline should be easy, and it is. The necessary commands are found under the edit menu. See the comments on the images in the slideshow to see the options.
Selecting all the clips on your timeline should be simple but unlike many pieces of software, using the standard CMD+A (Control+A on PC) doesn’t select all the clips on every track, it selects all the clips on the track your selection point is currently on.
This is a very simple free tip for Pro Tools Ultimate/HD users who have access to advanced automation. Write To Start/End or All by right-clicking.
Pro Tools expert Team member Julian Rodgers shares a free tip which makes managing the record status of groups of tracks much simpler by using VCAs.
In this tip Pro Tools Expert team member Julian Rodgers shares a simple but indispensable tip in what is probably his shortest video to date.
Pro Tools expert Team member Julian Rodgers shares a free tip which makes using clip effects much more convenient by assigning presets to a keyboard shortcut.
In this 10 minute video tutorial we quickly demonstrate 20 top Pro Tools mix window workflows that will help you to work faster, smarter and more creatively the next time your mix a track in Pro Tools.
I’ve seen many, many Pro Tools systems but I don’t think I’ve ever seen one using anything other than the default waveform views. What can you change and why might you want to?
Using the numeric keypad’s plus and minus keys, nudging offers a way to move clips, clip boundaries and many other things up and down the timeline by specified amounts. There are lots of variations on the nudge shortcuts, just try every combination of modifier you can think of with plus and minus and you’ll probably find at least one you didn’t know. One of the simplest and most useful is adding Shift. To see what it achieves check out this free tip.
Clip effects, as introduced to Pro Tools HD in 12.6 are so useful and like all useful new features I find as I use them more, my need for a shortcut to access them grows. This Tip shows how to toggle the Clip Effects editor (Alt+Num 6) as well as some interesting points about gain staging and the effect of Clip Gain on Clip Effects and vice-versa.
Have you ever been frustrated by trying to solo a reverb return in Pro Tools? AFL and PFL are often overlooked but if you have Pro Tools Ultimate they are an excellent use for your second headphone output. Find out how to set it up in this free tip.
Anyone who has edited a lot of dialogue will understand how many tiny fades are created at the beginning and end of clips to bring them down to zero crossings to avoid audible clicks. Even with the Smart Tool and Batch Fades the repetitive nature of creating these fades can be a burden but Pro Tools ultimate has a handy auto fades feature which, because it is invisible in operation you might miss even if you were using it.
If you ever find yourself hurrying to your keyboard controller as the countoff ticks before a record pass maybe you should be making Pro Tools wait for you instead?
My name is Lucy J Mitchell and I am a freelance Sound Editor and Dubbing Mixer for TV, Film and Computer Games living on the Surrey-London border and have been working in the Audio Post Production industry for almost 10 years. In my first article on Pro Tools Expert I covered the first 7 Pro Tools functions I could not live without In this article I am going to cover the second batch of 7 Pro Tools functions I could not live without.
While both clip gain and volume automation vary the level of audio, the biggest difference between the two are when in the signal flow they happen. In this free video tutorial Pro Tools Expert team member Julian Rodgers demonstrates how to convert volume automation to clip gain information and vice versa and illustrates the difference using clip gain or volume automation can make to the sound.
In this free video Pro Tools Expert team member Julian Rodgers demonstrates a useful tip showing how it is possible to duplicate a clip backwards down the timeline, creating a duplicate before the clip being duplicated rather than after it.
My name is Lucy J Mitchell and I am a freelance Sound Editor and Dubbing Mixer for TV, Film and Computer Games living on the Surrey-London border and have been working in the Audio Post Production industry for almost 10 years. In my first article for Pro Tools Expert I am going to share here the first 7 of 14 Pro Tools functions I could not live without.
I still remember the day I first clicked on the Grid button to make the grid lines visible. It was a huge face-palm moment. I wished someone had told me sooner. See how to toggle the visibility of the grid lines in Pro Tools and how to change the grid value using a keyboard shortcut with this free tip.