We introduced Avid Cloud Collaboration in Pro Tools 12.5, providing a totally new way for artists to collaborate remotely by sharing Pro Tools sessions and we’re constantly looking at ways that we can improve the workflow and make collaboration as smooth and painless as possible. Pro Tools 2018 adds a new feature that makes it easier to take advantage of Pro Tools’ powerful Cloud Collaboration, enjoy revision enabled Project files, and invite others to collaborate in the cloud.
Seasoned Pro Tools users will be very familiar with Session folders and files. The Session folder can be stored anywhere on your local or shared storage and inside that folder you will find your session file, audio files, video files etc.
In Pro Tools 12 we introduced a new way of working, the Project. A Project is similar to a Session but it is Cloud-enabled and ready for collaboration. The Project is synced with the Cloud (or not, more of that in a moment) and synced to a local cache. You may want to change the location of the local cache if you want to store Projects on your media drive. To do this, just go to Preferences > Operation and set the path for Project Media Cache.
If you want to use Cloud Collaboration then you need to be working in a Project. However, you may have already started work using a regular Session. In order to make the process of going from Session to Project as smooth as possible we have added a new option in the File menu called ‘Start Collaboration…’.
When you choose this option, Pro Tools saves your current Session, duplicates it as a Project and then opens up the new Project with the Artist Chat window open and ready to add collaboration partners.
As well as being able to easily start a collaboration there are other benefits to working with Projects. Because the Project is stored in the Cloud then you can open Pro Tools on a different computer in a different location, log in, download your Project and carry on working. Secondly, last year we introduced the Revision History feature to Projects. Revision History is a powerful way of managing different versions of your work as you progress. You can give each revision a unique name and add comments in order to remind yourself of what has changed.
It’s a much neater solution than the manual ‘Save As…’ method that we rely on when working in Sessions, especially when you want to quickly switch between different version. Finally, last year we introduced the option to store your Project locally (in the Project Cache) and not back it up to the cloud.
This is useful because when the Project is not backed up to the cloud it does not impact your Avid Cloud storage allowance.
You can choose to back up your Project to the Cloud at any time. The Dashboard is the place to go for this along with everything else related to Projects. Here you can manage the Backup to Cloud, Revision History, downloads as well as Project naming and deletion.