Pro-Convert User Guide v5 01 EN

Pro-Convert User Guide v5 01 EN
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Contents
Format Overview
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Introduction to Pro-Convert v5
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QuickStart
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What is an Audio Project?
What Audio Files are supported by Pro-Convert v5?
What is Media and Metadata?
Why is file verification so important...?
Installation
Getting Started: Project Conversion in 5 simple Steps
Detailed Project Format Information
Adobe Audition
AES31
Cool Edit Pro
Apple XML
Discreet Edit
OMFI 1 and 2
OpenTL
Pro Tools 5.0
Pro Tools 5.1-7.x
SADiE 3 and 4 Interchange Format
Samplitude/Sequoia EDL Format 1.x
SAW and SAWstudio
Sonic Studio
SSL Soundscape Editor v4-v5.5
Steinberg XML (Cubase/Nuendo)
Tascam BU
Vegas Text and Scripting
Wavelab Montage
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Pro-Convert User Interface
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Menu Reference
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General Information
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Main Application Window
Project Conversion Dialogue
Audio Tool
Working with Soundscape projects directly on an SDisk
Explore Soundscape SDisk
File Menu
View Menu
Convert Menu
Tools Menu
Help Menu
Shortcut Keys
System Requirements
Fades vs. Volume Curves
Cross Platform Transfers
Configuring Mac-Drive*
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Format Overview
Icon Application
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Project File Description
Icon Application
Project File Description
Pro Tools 5.1 to
7.x
*.pts or
*.ptf
Digidesign's session format for Pro Tools 5.1
and later. Pro-Convert reads all formats from
5.1-7.x and exports sessions in 7.x format.
Vegas Text or
Scripting
*.txt or
*.xml
Text format. Used in Vegas Audio™ &
Vegas Video™. XML format used with
Vegas Video 5 and later.
Steinberg XML
*.xml
XML format that can be used with Nuendo
3.x and later and Cubase SX3 and later.
Adobe Audition
*.ses
Binary file format. Originally based on Cool
Edit Pro 2.
Apple XML
*.xml
XML format that is used with Final Cut Pro 4
and 5.x, Logic and Soundtrack Pro 2.
Cool Edit Pro
*.ses
Binary file format. Used by Syntrillium's
Cool Edit Pro/2000 (with Studio Module).
Enhanced version used in Cool Edit Pro 2.
SSL
Soundscape
Editor 4-v5.5
*.arr
Arrange file format; Audio Project Format
used by Solid-State-Logic's Soundscape™
Editor v4.x or later
SAW and
SAWstudio
*.edl
Binary file format. Used with SAW and
SAWstudio.
Samplitude &
Sequoia edl
*.edl
Text format. Used in Magix Sequoia™ &
Samplitude™
AES31
*.adl
Text-based format. Developed for the AES
organization.
Pro Tools 5.0
*.pt5
Digidesign's session format for Pro Tools 5.0.
Can be used with any Pro Tools version later
than 5.0.
OpenTL and
Tascam BU
*.tl and
*.bu
Project and Container format developed for
Tascam's MX2424.
OMFI 1 + 2
*.omf
Complex format developed by Avid corporation to allow easier file interchange, including
platform crossing.
Discreet EDL
*.edl
Export format created by Discreet's edit™.
Wavelab 4-6
Montage
*.mon
Binary file format. Used exclusively by
Steinberg's Wavelab™ Montage Editor.
CMX3600
*.edl
The mother of all EDL formats. Text format.
Supported by Pro-Convert on the import
side.
Sadie v3& v4
Interchange
*.icf
Binary file format. Provides an exchange
format for Sadie3™, Sadie4™ and Sadie5™.
Grassvalley
*.edl
Similar to the CMX3600 format. Text based.
Supported on import.
Sonic EDL
*.edl
Format used in Sonic Studio™.
DAR
*.rdl
Used with DAR's OMR8 recorder. Supported only for import.
Introduction to Pro-Convert V5
Audio projects? What does that mean?
Pro-Convert V5 converts Audio Projects!
The Pro-Convert Engine reads all necessary audio
related timeline information from any supported
source project file and translates this to an internal
audio master playlist. This master playlist contains
all the important data of the source project, such as:
What about fades?
It was quite a challenge to translate the different kinds of fade
types found in various audio applications. At time of writing we
can say that we are able to translate every clip-based fade type to
any other.
Edits, Regions, Fade Shapes, Track Names, Media
Files (Audio+1x Video), Markers/PQ Data, Volume
and Pan Automation, Region/Clip Gain, Crossfades and so on, all positioned exactly where they
are in your original project file.
In order to actually translate this information into a
destination project format, Pro-Convert takes a
close look at the project structure inside the master
playlist information and re-maps this information
into the playlist format of your choice.
All events (clips, regions, entries, segments) will
be placed in their original position on their original
track when you open the converted project in your
destination DAW.
...and volume / panorama curves (Automation)?
Vol & Pan curves are also translated. This was probably the hardest
part. Every manufacturer is using their own concept of how volume & panorama points are defined and how these ‘talk’ to the
built-in Mixer. Pro-Convert even translates fades to volume automation and volume automation to fades where necessary.
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Introduction to Pro-Convert V5
...and Midi, Instruments, Mixers and Plug-Ins?
What Audio Files are supported by Pro-Convert v5?
An audio project – in our terms – does not include MIDI Tracks or
Virtual Instruments, your Mixer Layout or Plug-In Settings, simply
because it would be far too complex for us to make this happen
with the variety of concepts in DAWs. It would also be a nightmare
for you to control, set up and re-map this information. All modern
DAW’s offer Freeze, Consolidate or similar functions that can
render these to audio tracks.
Besides the fact that Pro-Convert translates the audio-project, it
can also translate the actual audio files for you. In various project
conversions this is very important, since source and destination
DAWs may not be able to use the same audio file types, the same
or multiple bit depths or share the same strategy on how to create
stereo tracks (interleaved Stereo vs. two Mono files).
Therefore Pro-Convert has a built in Audio Converter that also
converts the physical audio files to the appropriate format. We strongly advise using the most common audio file formats if
possible. Although our audio file converter is incredibly fast, it’s
always quicker and more ‘storage-friendly’ if you do not have to
convert the audio files, especially for huge projects that contain many Gigabytes of data.
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On the next page you’ll find all audio file format types supported
by Pro-Convert v5.
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Introduction to Pro-Convert V5
Supported Audio File Formats
File Format
Description
Ext.
Supported Bit Depths
Supported
Remarks
Wave
The major audio format on
Windows OS
*.wav
8, 16, 24, 32 linear, 32 float
Import and Export
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Broadcast Wave
Wave Format including
Metadata and Time Stamps
*.wav
8, 16, 24, 32 linear, 32 float
Import and Export
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Audio Interchange
File Format
The major audio format on
Mac OS
*.aif
8, 16, 24, 32 linear
Import and Export
Cross Platform compatible
Audio Interchange
Format (comp.)
Adds Compression Support
to '.aif
*.aic
8, 16, 24, 32 linear, 32 float
Import and Export
Only uncompressed files are supported!!!
Soundscape Take
File Format
Soundscape Audio Fileformat on Editor v4 or later
*.atak
16, 24
Import and Export
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AVI Audio
AVI that contains Audio
*.avi
8, 16, 24, 32 linear, 32 float
Import ONLY!
Used in certain facilities as Video and also Audio Format
Sadie 3 Audio
Sadie's native audio file
format
*.adx
*.a1/2
16, 24
Import ONLY!
Only Files on FAT or HFS disks are supported; Sadie's disk
format is not supported.
Sound Designer I
Originally a MAC format
*.sd,
*.dig
16, 24
Import ONLY!
Platform independent format since it does not make use of
the resource fork.
Sound Designer II
MAC format
*.sd2,
*.omf
16, 24
Import ONLY!
Sound Designer II is only supported in conjunction with
OMF, OpenTL or Pro Tools projects.
Sony Wave 64
64-Bit Audio format invented by Sonic Foundry
*.w64
64
Import ONLY!
64bit address range allows larger files than the standard
wave format.
Sun NeXT AU
Sun NeXT audio file
*.au
8, 16, 24, 32 linear, 32 float
Import ONLY!
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OMF Audio
OMF Container with embedded audio-files
.omf
16, 24
Import ONLY!
You can select a single or multiple audio files for translation
inside Pro-Convert's Audio Tool
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Introduction to Pro-Convert V5
What is Media Data and Metadata?
Just what is File Verification – and why is it important?
All your Audio files and Video files are called Media Data, since
they represent the Media, or source files you want to work with.
Before Pro-Convert begins any project conversion it first tries to
locate all media files that are referenced in the opened project.
If Pro-Convert doesn’t find the media in the project folder or the
internal location references inside the project, then simply let ProConvert do a search on your local machine or your whole network.
you can also point it to the right directory and even exchange certain files for alternate versions, or tell Pro-Convert to just create
empty ‘dummy’ audio blocks for later replacement.
When Pro-Convert writes a new project file on export, it also includes the file location information, meaning that the Destination
DAW is able to find all included media files without a search.
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Metadata is the term for how this Media Data is used inside your
project, so what we call audio project or timeline information is
considered to be the Metadata, which includes all of the information on HOW to play back the Media.
Also, some audio file formats already contain some Metadata (i.e.
Broadcast Wave) that could contain version info, engineer and
originator name, original start timecode or similar.
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If the project conversion also includes a media data conversion, it
is obviously also very important for Pro-Convert to find the media
in order to write them into another format.
Quickstart
Installation
Important:
We highly advise to use the standard installation directories
! proposed by the installer
Installation
!
Do not connect the Hardware Dongle yet!
Installing Pro-Convert is easy – just follow these four simple steps:
7. Drumstrip Support
Please register at www.solid-state-logic.com to create your
MySSL
Section
To access the latest support information on Duende, please visit our online support site. The information there is kept up to
Please close all applications before you start!
1a. Support FAQs
date by our support staff to make sure all information is accurate. All information is available to you 24/7.
Insert the Pro-Convert v5 Installation CD
URL: http://solid-state-logic-en.custhelp.com
If you can’t find your answer or a solution to your issue, you can submit a question on the site to our support staff for resolution.
If Autorun is not enabled on your PC and the Installation is not
starting automatically please double-click on SETUP_PC5 in
the CD root directory
1b.
From Web download:
Double Click on the proconvert5xx.zip Download Package.
Please specify a directory where to unpack the Installation files.
After unpacking, please double-click on Setup.exe.
2.
Follow the Instructions of the Installation Wizard
During Installation you will be asked if you want to exe
cute the Codemeter Dongle Driver Installer. Follow the Instructions of the Installation Wizard and only connect the Dongle to
a free USB Port AFTER the Driver Installer has finished.
3. 14
Please check for updates frequently in your MySSL Section at
www.solid-state-logic.com
Finish the Installer and start Pro-Convert,
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Quickstart
Getting Started
Getting Started:
Project Conversion in 5 simple Steps
Using Pro-Convert could not be simpler.
Open a Project
project. In the area to the right we have a list of clips or ‘events’
associated with the project or a selected individual track. To the
bottom right is a set of information about individual clips.
To the left is a set of icons that represent the various applications
that you can translate a project for. There’s also a ‘favorites’ folder
that you can drag and drop icons in to that makes it easy to find the
You need to open a project
file.
You will need to ensure that
all relevant files are in the
same project or session folder
and that you have saved the
project in an appropriate format.
You can find a full list of compatible audio applications and project
formats on page 4.
and the appropriate file format for each on page 7.
When the project opens you see a simple interface.
Towards the top there is some information about the project.
In the middle section we can toggle between a browser view of the
project folder and a ‘track view’ list of the audio tracks within the
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formats you use all the time.
When you select the format you want to convert to, a dialogue box
opens.
Quickstart
Setting Project Parameters
sion task and may offer different options for different applications.
The first dialogue box offers a collection of global options that
relate to the whole project – the precise content of this dialogue
box is dependent on the source and destination application.
You will be shown some project notes at the top of the box that
inform you of format-specific conversion process factors. Most
users will simply be shown the Sample Rate, Frame Rate and Bit
depth of the project. (These need to match for the source and destination project and are not available as a one of the conversion options).
If Pro-Convert cannot automatically detect the appropriate setting
within your source project, you need to select a setting; if this is
the case then the drop down menu will be active rather than greyed
out. Be aware that this section affects Project-wide settings only.
You will have the option to convert basic file formats (e.g. AIFF to
WAV) later in the process, but if you want to convert audio file
properties (i.e. Bit Depth, etc.) then you need to do this as a separate process using the Audio Tool. Please refer to page 61.
Pro-Convert supports over 40 different audio applications, each
with different options and functionality available, so Pro-Convert
will ‘grey out’ options that are not relevant to the current conver-
The ‘Offset’ feature lets you set an offset for the start time of the
project. The ‘Ignore empty tracks’ option does as it says. The ‘Remove overlaps’ option removes overlapping regions because some
DAWs cannot play back overlapping audio files. The ‘Frame-based
Project’ option maps sample-based timelines onto frame-based
timelines. ‘Black until Record Start’ inserts silent audio files on
tracks containing empty spaces between audio files.
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Quickstart
Getting Started
Pro Tools 5.0 Mac session users will be offered a collection of
options that deal with Operating System-specific issues. OMF
users will be invited to select from a list of OMF settings that have
been prepared for a number of popular DAWs. AES31 users can
attach a detailed text file to the project at this stage.
AES31
When you are done, hit ‘next’.
OMF
Pro Tools 5
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Quickstart
Fades, Automation & Markers
particular new type, use the Edit Fades option.
The next dialogue box is all about clip and automation properties.
The ‘Envelopes & Levels’ section is all about track automation
data. When it comes to automation data, SSL does not claim that
Pro-Convert can read ALL mixer data; with some applications we
can translate track solo & mute and with the vast majority we can
convert track volume and pan data.
The ‘Fades’ section lets you choose whether to translate or ignore
region-based Fade In & Fade Out and Crossfade information. Here
Please take a look at our Format Table for details on what can and
can’t be done for each format and DAW application on page 17
In addition to choosing whether to translate volume curves, if the
source format contains volume automation data beyond the maximum possible value in the destination format, all existing volume
automation data can be reduced relative to the maximum using the
Normalise function. The Rescale option increases or decreases the
nominal level of existing volume automation data. (only available
if the Normalise function is NOT active).
The final elements of this dialogue box let you decide whether to
include Markers and PQ data.
When you are done, hit ‘next’.
you can choose to create non-click fades or you can opt to edit fade
properties. In case you wish to overwrite existing fades with one
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Quickstart
Getting Started
Audio File Location
If you want to search your system for all of the audio files referenced within the project so they can be gathered together into the
new project folder then select the ‘All Files’ option.
The next dialogue box helps you ensure all of your audio files are
included in the destination project. The window shows a list of all
of the audio files referenced within the project. If you are well
disciplined in the way you organise your project folders then all of
The ‘All Missing Files’ option performs a system search for only
those files which are not found in the source project folder.
The ‘Active file or string’ option lets you choose just one file from
the media pool to search for, or to specify a text string to search
for. Sometimes when transferring files across platforms between
file systems file extensions can be missed, so un-checking the
‘Search With Extension’ sets Pro-Convert to search and ignore file
suffix.
If the project refers to files that cannot be located you can choose
to either browse to a replacement audio file or to create a ‘dummy’
file that puts a place holder at the correct timeline location on the
appropriate audio track in the destination project to show that there
was supposed to be an audio event that is now missing.
When you are done, hit ‘next’.
the audio files for each project will probably be gathered together
in a single folder.
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Quickstart
Transfer Audio The final dialogue box sets ‘Audio Translation’ properties. The
window still shows a list of all of the audio files referenced within
the project, but now the status should read as ‘located’ for all files.
Beneath this are four related options that let you set whether you
want to write your new project format to the source folder, only
write new files to a separate folder, or to create copies of all referenced files to a specific destination folder.
For some formats you will need to split stereo interleaved files into
dual mono files – for his function there is a pull down menu of
options for how you want this done.
Towards the bottom we have an Audio Matrix; select the source
audio file format from the list on the left, and then select the format
you’d like it converted to from the set of options to the right.
When you are ready hit ‘Convert’.
After all Audiofiles have been converted (if this was needed), you
are asked where to store the translated project file.
Choose the destination folder using the standard ‘save as’ dialogue
box and you are done.
There is a series of options beneath the ‘Copy’ header;
If you are converting to OMF you can choose to embed all referenced files into a single OMF file.
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Quickstart
The Audio Tool
Basic audio file format can be converted as part of the main project
conversion.
Pro-Convert also has a built-in Audio File Converter for batch
converting anything from a couple of audiofiles to complete folders, DVDs or hard drives.
Getting Started
The top half has an input section for locating the files you want to
convert. The Audio Pool window in the middle shows a ‘Pool’ of
selected audio.
Use the buttons to the right to add and remove audio files from the
pool or simply drag and drop files into the pool.
If you select an individual file then its attributes will be shown to
the left of the pool. When working with SDII files that have a missing resource fork you can use the ‘Set Attributes’ section to define
the characteristics of the audio file.
The bottom half has an Output Section where you define the attributes you want your converted audio files to have. Select the destination audio file format, choose the bit-rate, specify whether you
wish to split or merge interleaved stereo audio files, decide where
you want the converted files to be saved and hit ‘Convert’.
Choose the audio tool from the tools menu and you get a simple
dialogue box.
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Detailed Audio Project Information
Project Overview
Audio Files Project
Track
Clip
DAW Application Project Format
X=supported
Name
Level
Mute
Locked
Lock for play
Rec
Pan
Fade Type
Name
Mute
Solo
Volume
Panorama
Vol Curve
Pan Curve
Markers
Mixed SRates (single Track)
Title
Sample Rate
Bit Rate
Frame Rate
Offset
Mono/Stereo (single Track)
Mixed SRates (in Project)
Wave
AIFF
SDII
Sadie3 audio
Soundscape TFF
AU
mp3
8bit
16bit
24bit
32bit
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(*1) No resampling (*2) Mixer columns are interpreted as track names (*3) Avoid SDII when converting between platforms.
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Detailed Audio Project Information
Adobe Audition
tracks
audio formats
sample rates (Hz)
bit depth
Format Compatibility
Overlapping regions
Volume Curves
Panorama Curves
Time Stretch / Pitch
Shift
Separate Fades
Adobe's Audition is the successor to Cool Edit Pro.
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wav, aif, snd, mp3, pcm, sam, iff, svx, voc, vox, dwd, au,
vce, vba
192000, 96000, 88200, 64000, 48000, 44100, 32000,
22050, 11025
8, 16, 32
General information
The Audition format is used by Adobe Audition 1.0 and the
latest version 1.5.
This version of Pro-Convert is compatible with Adobe
Audition 1.5.
Audition can handle the playback of overlapping regions
with no problem. In order to avoid overlapping regions
for your target Project choose the 'Remove Opeverlaps'
option within the conversion dialog.
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The way volume curves are translated depends on your
target format: if your target format contains volume and
panorama curves as well as region based fades (e.g. Samplitude), the fade in & out area of a region will be used to
create fades, the rest of the volume points will result in a
new volume curve in Samplitude.
If the target format contains support for pan points a new
pan curve will be created. Otherwise all pan information
will be ignored.
Real-time time stretch / pitch shift effects used on timeline
events in Audition are currently not translated to other
formats.
If you are converting to a format that uses region based
fades and volume curves you should consider disabling the
Separate Fades option from the Convert Fades Window if
you prefer a strict point-to-point translation. Disadvantage:
adjusting the fade length in the target format will more
awkward.
Track Markers
Video Track
Midi Tracks
Fades
Video
Time Stretch / Pitch
Shift
32bit AIFC Float
Region Overlaps II
AIFC IEEE Floats
Video Files
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Adobe Audition
Track Markers from an Audition session are interpreted as
PQ relevant IDs for those target formats supporting PQ
data (Samplitude, Wavelab, Sadie, Sonic Studio and Vegas
Scripting).
Audition allows 1 video file per session with a specified
offset value.
For the following target format the video track will be
included during the conversion process: Vegas, Cool Edit
Pro, SAWstudio, Pro Tools 5.0, 5.1-7.x, Steinberg XML
and Apple XML.
Existing midi tracks will be ignored by the conversion
process. Empty tracks will take their place in the target
format.
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The Audition format doesn't use region based fades, instead
volume curves are written to provide fade ins & outs. ProConvert translates existing fades of the source format into
Audition Edit volume points.
Audition can handle 1 video file per session, which will be
played as a single clip..
Therefore, if you are converting from e.g. Vegas or
SAWstudio avoid using any edits on video regions.
Real-time time stretch / pitch shift effects used on timeline
events are currently not translated to the Audition format.
32bit AIFC float files are not supported in Audition.
If Pro-Convert detects overlapping regions during the
conversion process, it will alert you. You don't have to
remove the overlaps, Audition will ask you if you would
like to have your project re-arranged when you open the
new file.
Limitations
32bit AIFC Files in IEEE Float format are currently not
supported by Audition.
Convert these files during the translation with Pro-Convert
to the 32bit Wave IEEE Float format using the Audio
Matrix from the Transfer Window.
If a source project references two or more video files, you
must select one of them to be used for the conversion. Any
other video file will be ignored.
AES 31
AES 31
tracks
audio formats
sample rates (Hz)
bit depth
Detailed Audio Project Information
AES standard for simple project interchange.
unlimited
undefined, default BWF
96.096, 96000, 95.904, 92.160, 91.875, 88.288, 88200,
88.111, 84.672, 50.000, 48.048, 48000, 47.952, 46.080,
45.937, 44.144, 44100, 42.366, 33.333, 32.032, 32.000,
31.968, 30.720
undefined, default 16
General information
AES31 is a development of the Audio Engineering Society. It was invented to provide a modern, flexible and
easy-to-use EDL standard. It is a text document based on
EDML (Edit decision markup language).
In order to provide access to network addresses ProConvert also accepts paths in form of a UNC (Universal
Name Convention). Syntax: //host/share/file.ext. The host
is your computer's name in the workgroup. Share is the as
shared defined folder; it's name is unique in the network
and the name length is limited to 12 characters in Windows. Attention! In order to receive a valid UNC or network path to the project related audio files, the folder
where the files are located must be defined as shared.
AES31 file path specifi- The path to the audio files in AES31 is declared as a file
cation
URL (Uniform Resource Locator). This is its format:
//host/path/file.ext. The host is your computer's name in
the workgroup. As a substitute for the name of a local host
simply localhost can be used. Path is the physical path to
the file including all folders.
Project Sample Rate
AES31 Path
Format Characteristics
Fade Types
Shared Folders
Volume and panorama
curves
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For those source formats that do not contain a dedicated
project sample rate, you can choose the appropriate value
in the project window. Pro-Convert will make a suggestion for this value by analyzing the referenced audio files.
Files available on your local machine will receive a file
URL path.
Example: //localhost/drivename/folder/subfolder/file.ext
Files located somewhere in the network will use a valid
UNC path.
Example: //host/share/file.ext
Limitations
Version 1 of the AES31 format does not contain support
for volume and panorama curves.
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AES31 uses 5 points along the fade duration to draw a
specific fade shape. These points are analyzed by ProConvert and translated to the appropriate fade shape in the
destination format.
In case your AES31 file references audio files that are
located somewhere in the network, make sure those files
are defined as shared. Otherwise Pro-Convert will not be
able to access and analyze the files.
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Detailed Audio Project Information
Cool Edit Pro
tracks
audio formats
sample rates (Hz)
bit depth
Format Compatibility
Overlapping regions
Volume Curves
Panorama Curves
Time Stretch / Pitch
Shift
Separate Fades
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Syntrillium's native project format.
64
wav, aif, snd, mp3, pcm, sam, iff, svx, voc, vox, dwd, au,
vce, vba
192000, 96000, 88200, 64000, 48000, 44100, 32000,
22050, 11025
8, 16, 32
General information
The Cool format is used by Cool Edit Pro and Cool Edit
2000 (with the Studio Plug-In). If you are using Cool Edit
Pro make sure you have version 1.2 or higher.
Cool Edit Pro can handle the playback of overlapping
regions with no problem. In order to avoid overlapping
regions for your target project choose the 'remove overlaps' option within the conversion dialog.
...From
The way volume curves are translated depends on your
target form: if your target format contains volume and
panorama curves as well as region based fades (e.g. Samplitude), the fade in & out area of a region will be used to
create fades, the rest of the volume points will result in a
new volume curve in Samplitude.
If the target format contains support for pan points a new
pan curve will be created. Otherwise all pan information
will be ignored.
Real-time time stretch / pitch shift effects used on timeline
events in Cool Edit Pro are currently not translated to
other formats.
If you are converting to a format that uses region based
fades and volume curves you should consider to disable
the Separate Fades option from the Convert Fades Window in case you prefer a strict point-to-point translation.
Disadvantage: adjusting the fade length the target format
will be less comfortable.
Fades
Time Stretch / Pitch
Shift
Region Overlaps II
Offset
Video
Max. Number of Mix
Points
Cool Edit Pro
To...
The Cool format doesn't use region based fades, instead
volume curves are written to provide fade ins & outs. ProConvert translates existing fades of the source format into
Cool Edit volume points.
Real-time time stretch / pitch shift effects used on timeline
events are currently not translated to the Cool Edit Pro
format.
When Pro-Convert detects overlapping regions during the
conversion process, it will alert you. You don't have to
remove the overlaps, Cool Edit Pro will ask you if you
would like to have your project re-arranged when you
open the new file.
Limitations
The offset in Cool Edit Pro is currently limited to 12 hrs.
This should not really be a problem…
The playback of video files is currently not support in
Cool Edit Pro.
In Cool the number of mix points per region is limited to
127 for a volume curve + 127 for a panorama curve. If
you convert from SAW to Cool and your source project
contains very long and complex regions with many mix
points, try to split the regions into several segments.
Anyway, Pro-Convert will alert you when the number of
mix points has exceeded its maximum and reduce them.
Apple XML (Final Cut Pro)
Apple XML
tracks
audio formats
sample rates (Hz)
bit depth
Exporting a Project as
XML
Volume & Panorama
Curves
Logic Pro 7
XML Version 1 and 2
Markers
Export the sequence
Exporting the FCP bin
Audio Format
Stereo Files
Detailed Audio Project Information
This XML format can be used with Final Cut Pro™ 4
and 5.x, Soundtrack Pro 2 and with Logic Pro 8™.
Video Tracks
99
wav, aif, sd2, mp3
32000, 44100, 48000, 88200, 96000
8, 16, 20, 24
General information
In FCP select the sequence and choose "export as XML"
from the file menu.
Final Cut Pro uses a single rubberband-like curve for
volume automation and region gain value.
Apple's Logic Pro 8 can read and write the FCP XML
format. However, Logic Pro 7.2.3 and 8.01 have problems
reading fades and crossfades from a FCP XML.
Compatibility
Pro-Convert support both XML versions.Version 2 is the
preferred format for Pro-Convert.
From Final Cut Pro both, time line and clip-based markers
are supported.
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Be sure to select the sequence window prior to exporting
as XML. In Final Cut Pro you can also export the FCP bin,
a single clip or other items as XML.
Advice: Only export the sequence if you want to do a
project conversion with Pro-Convert.
In case you Final Cut Pro export is based on the project
bin the resulting XML may contain several sequences.
During the opening process in Pro-Convert select the
desired sequence for a conversion.
To ensure compatibility you should either use the Wave
or AIFF format.
Although it seems rather obvious: if you use interleaved
stereo files in FCP be advised to place the two channels of
the file on neighboured audio tracks.
The current version of Pro-Convert does not allow more
than 1 video track per project.
Advice: The FCP sequence you export should not use
more than 1 video track
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After you imported an
XML file to Final Cut
Pro...
Link to media files
after import to Final
Cut Pro
Fade types
Region gain in Final
Cut Pro
Video Tracks
...you will find the correspondent sequence in FCP's bin.
Simply double click the sequence to open it.
If referenced media files were not found by FCP after the
import of the XML, use the link-to-media-command from
FCP's context menu to search for the files and map them to
the imported sequence.
If you chose to have Pro-Convert copy all referenced
media to a project subfolder those files will now be located
in the "audio files" subdirectory.
Final Cut Pro supports only two fade types: linear (0dB)
and exponential (+3dB). All fades and crossfades types
from a source project will automatically be mapped to the
two existing types. The logic used for this process tries to
come as close to the original as possible.
Internally Final Cut Pro does not use an independent
region gain value. Volume automation and region gain are
being handled as a single type.
If a source project contains independent values for volume
automation and region gain it is an either/or decision. You
must decide choose between volume automation or region
gain translation.
Limitations
In general the video track should contain a single file.
Keep in mind that Pro-Convert focuses on the audio
portions of a project. Video edits will not be translated.
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Detailed Audio Project Information
Discreet Edit
This is the export format of Discreet's Edit Non Linear
Video System.
tracks
undefined
audio formats
wav (import: aiff, mp3)
sample rates (Hz)
48.000, 44.100, 32.000, 22.050, 11.025
bit depth
16
Format Compatibility
Sample based vs.
Frame based projects
Edit Versions
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General information
This project format is used to export from Discreet's nonlinear system edit. Edit itself does not open this project
type.
Edit allows to export its project content either as sample
based or frame based. For the sake of higher accuracy you
should always use sample based projects. Nevertheless,
frame based projects are support through Pro-Convert.
When recording audio any Edit version creates two mono
files for a stereo object;
Edit v.5 and v.6 differ in the way the import of interleaved
stereo files are handled:
v.5 spans the interleaved file over two tracks without the
need to transcode the original.
v.6 always transcodes interleaved stereo files and splits
them into two mono files (one for the left channel and one
for the right channel). Each file is being placed on one
track.
In order to create a valid edit file, Pro-Convert needs to
know which of the files are mono, which are stereo. If the
audio files are available during the conversion process,
they are being analysed and the appropriate number of
tracks is created for your target project: interleaved stereo
files will be placed on two adjacent tracks as they will be
de-interleaved during the opening process in Soundscape;
mono files will be placed on a single stream.
Advice: Do not mix mono and stereo files on a single
stream in your source project if you plan to convert to the
Discreet edit format. Edit Versions
Edit v.6
Discreet Edit
Currently Edit v.5 and v.6 projects are supported. There
are a few differences between the two versions regarding
their export features:
Black events (silence) in v.5 are handled as source n° 0.
Blacks events in v.6. are referenced as "Missing File" in
the source table.
If you encounter errors in an audio project exported from
Edit v.6 you should get the latest patch for Edit v.6. This
patch (build 6.0.1.23) corrects errors on the source side of
the project.
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To perform a fade-in in edit you can either use a volume
curve transition or a dissolve from black. The advantage
of using dissolves for fades or crossfades is that they can
be translated to region based fades in some formats (Vegas, Samplitude, Wavelab, Sadie, Sonic).
On the other hand: a dissolve will always be interpreted as
a linear fade type; here, the volume curve gives you more
freedom to create special fade shapes.
Separate Fades
If fade-ins in your source project are built from volume
points (keyframes), Pro-Convert can translate those areas
at the beginning or end of an event into regions based
fades in the target format. To do so, use the Separate
Fades option from the fades window (2nd conversion
window).
The Separate Fades option is only available for target
formats that support both, region based fades and a
rubberband-like curve for vol & pan.(e.g. Samplitude,
Wavelab)
Split Stereo Files vs.
In Edit versions 4.5, 5 and 6.0.0.5 stereo audio files could
Interleaved Stereo Files be imported into a job without transcoding them, if the
WAV file and and the job were at the same sample rate. In
versions higher than 6.0.0.5 stereo files are always transcoded and split into two files (for left and right). ProConvert handles both audio project types.
Volume Curve Fades
vs. Dissolves
Discreet Edit
Where to use...
Where to use...
Mono vs. Stereo Files
Crossfades
Volume Points
Fill with Black Events
Frame based EDL
Detailed Audio Project Information
Often the following work flow is used: video is being
edited and processed in edit. Audio is roughly placed on
the timeline and exported to an edit project. Here, a sample based project is recommended. It provides higher
accuracy regarding event placement than a frame based
project. Convert your project in Pro-Convert to whatever
form you like and finish the project's audio portion with a
software that is dedicated to audio only.
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Soundscape™ is capable of importing discreet edit project
files via its EDL Processor Autoconforming Package.
In order to create a valid Edit file, Pro-Convert needs to
know which of the files are mono, which are stereo. If the
audio files are available during the conversion process,
they are being analysed and the appropriate number of
tracks is created for your destination format: interleaved
stereo files will be placed on two adjacent tracks as they
will be de-interleaved during the opening process in
Soundscape; mono files will be placed on a single stream.
Advice: Do not mix mono and stereo files on a single
stream in your source project if you plan to convert to the
Discreet edit format. Crossfades contained in the source project will result in
dissolves in your new edit project.
Volume and panorama points from the source project will
be processed into the two volume point streams used in
Edit's project format.
In Edit Fade In & Outs can be created as dissolves from
and to black (silent) audio events. "Fill with Blacks" fills
gaps between events with silence. If you de-activate this
function in the project window, you disable dissolves- toblack (= Fade Out) at the same time.
If you activate the "Frame based" option from the project
window, a project with all time values based on frames is
being processed. Attention! If you prefer a fame based
project, also check the output frame rate.
Crossfades
Audio File Access
Sample Rate
To create a audio crossfade for a edit project you must use
a dissolve. Therefore asymmetrical crossfades from a
source project will result in a linear and symmetrical
crossfade in the new edit project. The overlapping time
between the two events is the new crossfade time.
Limitations
In case audio files related to your source project should
not be available during the conversion, you need to specify the appropriate tracks to either mono or stereo. This is
done within the 3rd conversion window (project parameters) by selecting either "Set to mono" or "Set to stereo"
for those tracks that are still unassigned at this moment.
Advice: make sure referenced audio files are available
during the conversion process.
Edit does not allow audio files with different sample rates
mixed together in a single project; the sample rate of each
audio file used for a session must match the project sample rate.
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Detailed Audio Project Information
OMF
Open Media Framework (OMF)
tracks
audio formats
sample rates (Hz)
unlimited
wav, aif, (sd2)
96000, 88200, 50050, 50000, 46080, 46034, 45983,
45938, 42336, 42294, 48048, 48000, 47952, 44144,
44100, 44056
8, 16, 24
bit depth
General information
There are two format version: OMF v.1 and OMF v.2.
Where possible stick to OMF v.2. It uses an enhanced
feature set over version 1, which allows you to include
volume and panorama automation as well as a clip gain
parameter.
An OMF file can be frame- or sample-based. Video applications tend to expect frame based OMF files, audio
related applications will expect sample-based OMF files
because of the higher accuracy in event placement.
External Mode, Internal OMF Files can either reference external media files
Mode
(external mode) or embed all media data into a single
OMF file (internal mode).
OMF files that have the media data embedded can have a
tremendous file size. OMF files that reference audio files
externally are rather small - most of the time not more
than a few kb.
To Embed or Not To
A simple rule: If your are crossing platforms: Embed!
Embed?
The target application will be able to locate the files
although it is not impossible for Mac sofware applications
to interpret a file path written on a Windows system and
the other way around, locating the referenced files is often
a problem. Some applications search at least the folder
where the OMF file is located; so, if you want to avoid
embedding the referenced media data, it is a good idea to
transfer the audio files and the OMF file to the same
location.
If you stay on the source project's platform: No need to
embed...
Embedding is only half the process; the later extraction
process will also take some time.
Audio File Format
Smart Mode vs. Standard Mode Naming
Format Characteristics
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Extracting Media Data
SDII media data
Interleaved stereo files
OMF
The OMF specification declares AIFF and the Wave
format as required formats. These formats are used when
media data is embedded. (internal mode)
On the Mac - when in external mode - often SDII files are
referenced.
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This feature only exists for OMF files that come from
Avid systems.
Smart Mode tries to retrieve the original file names from
embedded OMF files instead of using the project title for
each embedded media object.
Standard Mode strictly reads the name that is mapped to
the internal media object and uses it for the file extraction.
It does not care about the fact that all files might have the
same name (e.g. "audio"). If identical names are found,
Pro-Convert adds numbers to them to avoid an overwrite
issue during the conversion.
When converting an OMF file that has the referenced
media data embedded you have to extract and save the
media files as audio files to a storage device:
In the Transfer window (last conversion window) select a
target project folder for the embedded audio files to be
extracted to.
Depending on the target format, embedded audio files may
need to be converted to another file format (e.g. AIFF =>
Wave). This is done automatically.
A click on the Convert Button will start the extraction and
convert the composition to the new format.
Pro-Convert is capable of properly reading and converting
OMF files referencing external SDII media.
SDII media is recognised without or with an *.sd2 extension.
Also SDII files are recognised properly with *.omf extension.
Pro-Convert writes OMF Files with mono tracks/files but
can read OMF files that reference or have embedded
interleaved media data. Embedded interleaved media data
from an OMF file is extracted and stored as interleaved
stereo files on your storage device
OMF
Interleaved stereo files
OMF Version
OMF Presets
OMF User Presets
Project Sample Rate
Fades
Detailed Audio Project Information
Depending on the chosen target format (e.g. OpenTL)
referenced or embedded interleaved stereo files may need
to be split to separate mono files. Pro-Convert automatically analyzes the source files and leads you through the
conversion process.
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Choose OMF V.2 wherever possible. With its more up-todate feature set the target project is closer to the source.
We have added some OMF presets to the project window.
Choosing one of them from the dropdown list sets all
necessary parameters to an appropriate value.
Adjustable OMF Parameters are:
1. OMF version 1 or 2
2. frame- or sample-based OMF file
3. different fade creation process
4. internal / external mode
5. include volume and pan automation or not
6. add clip gain or not
7. Wave or AIFF
There are 3 User Presets that can store user defined parameter values.
To store your own OMF Presets:
1. Select one of the three user presets.
2. Set all relevant values in the 4 conversion windows
3. After conversion settings are stored in this preset.
OMF expects one unique project sample rate. Therefore
you should not have a source project referencing audio
files with different sample rates.
Depending on your project's source format the project
sample rate may be known (e.g. Wavelab) or unknown
(e.g. Vegas). When the project sample rate is unknown,
Pro-Convert will analyse the audio files and choose the
appropriate project sample rate for the resulting OMF file.
Pro-Convert builds OMF fades either as ClipFades or as
transitions depending on the used OMF preset used.
Crossfades are always based on transitions.
Rendering of Fades or crossfades is not supported by ProConvert.
Fades
Mono track based
structure
Audio File Formats
Media Transfer
OMF File Size Limitation
Sound Designer II
Format (2)
Sound Designer II
Format (3)
AIFF vs. AIFC
There are three different fade concepts used in OMF:
Fade In & Out as Transition
Fade In & Out as ClipFade
Fades as rendered clips
Only a few applications understand Fade In & Out as Clip
Fades. Transitions for any kind of fade are more widely
accepted.
Using transitions are commonly interpreted as linear
crossfades.
ClipFades are available as linear, exponential and cosine
types.
Although the OMF specification allows interleaved files
to be referenced and also embedded we finally chose to
bring everything down to Mono tracks/files. Each of the
few applications that support interleaved files with OMF
has a different concept of building the composition; the
result is incompatibility. To ensure compatibility ProConvert splits interleaved stereo files during conversions
to the OMF format.
If you chose to embed referenced media data, each audio
file will be embedded in its original format (i.e. Wave or
AIFF) With a Mac to PC interchange sometimes the path to
externally referenced audio files is not correctly identified.
Therefore it is advisable to keep the OMF file and the
referenced media data together in the same folder.
With the current OMF version you cannot embed media
data with a total size of more than 2GB, i.e. you cannot
embed a single audio file of 2.3GB size and you cannot
embed two files each of 1.2GB size.
Limitations
Flattened SDII files (resource fork is a header prior to the
data block in one single file) are not supported.
Pro-Convert does not support writing OMF files with
external references to SDII media. It does support reading
such OMF files.
From all the possible AIFC variants OMF supports uncompressed AIFC only.
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Open TL
OpenTL
tracks
audio formats
sample rates (Hz)
bit depth
Format Characteristics
Drive Formats
Swapping Disks / Recycle
Bin
OpenTL project folder
structure
Volume Automation
Fade Type
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Introduction to Pro-Convert V5
Tascam™MX2424 HD recorder format, also used in
a variety of current DAWs.
unlimited (64 on the MX2424)
wav, sd2
96000, 88200, 50050, 50000, 46080, 46034, 45983,
45938, 42336, 42294, 48048, 48000, 47952, 44144,
44100, 44056
8, 16, 24, 32
Sound Designer II
General information
OpenTL is strictly mono track based. It supports Wave
or SDII files. Pro-Convert supports both file formats for
reading, i.e. you can open and convert SDII projects as
well as Wave projects. OpenTL projects referencing
SDII audio are stored on HFS or HFS+ disks. If you
want to connect an HFS disk to your PC, a Mac Interpreter like MacDrive or MacOpener is required.
OpenTL specification requires either HFS / HFS+ or
FAT32 formatted harddisks as storage devices for
projects. Pro-Convert cannot write OpenTL projects
using SDII media to an HFS / HFS+ disk.
For every MX2424 HD connected to the PC, any
Recycle Bin functionality must be disabled (i.e. System
Recycle Bin, Norton Recycle Bin, Norton Protection).
Most applications supporting OpenTL write the specific
folder structure that is created by the MX2424: a top
folder "TL Projects" contains all of the projects; below
a dedicated project folder is created; it contains two
subfolders: one "Track Files" folder, where each track
of the project is represented by its own track file, and
one "Audio Files" folder, where the project related
audio data resides.
OpenTL supports a track based volume automation.
Project Name
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If you have an older OpenTL project which only contains linear fade types, it may be better to change the
fade type during the conversion process to a type, you
feel more comfortable with. (Edit fades)
SDII files referenced in an OpenTL project are interpreted correctly by Pro-Convert. Depending on the
target project format, the media data will automatically
be translated to either Wave or AIFF format during the
conversion process. You can also use the "Smart Copy"
option on the MX the copy-convert the project to a
FAT32 disk or use Pro-Convert's Audio Tool to convert
the SDII files to the BWF format.
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In the first window of the conversion process, the
project window, you are asked to specify a name for
the new project. By default the original file name is
used. Be aware that the name specified here is used to
create the OpenTL folder structure.
Attention: Using existing project names is similar to
using existing file names: when it comes to saving the
file, you are about to overwrite the original project.
Fade Type (2)
If you are creating a new OpenTL project, make sure
the reading application supports the additional new fade
shapes (exp. and log.).
Remember: OpenTL specification v.2 supports only a
linear fade type. The reading application must support
OpenTL v3 to take advantage of the new fade shapes.
Mono track based structure All interleaved stereo files will be split into separate
mono pairs. The resulting split stereo files are spanned
over two adjacent mono tracks.
Audio File Formats / Drive For conversions to OpenTL Pro-Convert supports
Format
FAT32 disks and BWF format only:
1. all incoming media data will be converted to the
Broadcast Wave format.
2.The project should be stored to a FAT32 disk.
Attention: OpenTL projects stored to a HFS / HFS+
disk by Pro-Convert are not recognized by the
MX2424.
Frame Rate
A chosen frame rate from the project window will not
result in any re-calculation process. The frame rates are
used for display purposes only. Actual internal calculations of position or lengths use sample rate values.
Open TL
Media Transfer
Save Project
Workflow: MX2424 =>
DAW => MX2424
Detailed Audio Project Information
Because OpenTL expects referenced audio files to be
located in a subfolder under the project directory, all
media files are transferred to this subfolder by default.
Original media data will be unaffected.
However, you can select “Use source folder” option to
reference audio files in a neighbored folder and avoid
an unwanted file copy process.
By default the project file, its track files and the referenced media data are kept together in a dedicated
project folder.
However, in the final “Save Dialog” you can choose
another target folder for the project file and its track
files.
Project file and track files should never be separated
from each other because only they do represent a valid
project.
Probably the most common interchange scenario.
Original projects are recorded on the MX2424, edited
on a computer DAW and transferred back to the MX
for the final mix.
Recording/Editing on the MX:
Use a FAT32 formatted disk and record the original
project in Broadcast Wave Format
If the project is already in SDII format on HFS/HFS+
disk, use "Smart Copy" on the MX to transfer BWF
format on a FAT32 disk.
Unmount the disk from the MX2424.
Boot your computer with the MX project disk connected to it.
Convert the original project to your favourite target
format with Pro-Convert.
Editing the project:
On your favourite DAW edit and save the project nondestructively using the original media data.
Convert the edited project back to the OpenTL format
with Pro-Convert.
Workflow: MX2424 =>
DAW => MX2424
Stacked MX2424 Projects
Sound Designer II
Back to the MX2424:
From the first conversion window select the folder "TL
projects" as the new project location.
Enter a new project name.
From the last conversion window choose "Use source
folder" to reference the edited project to the original
audio files.
After the conversion, save the project to the preselected project location.
Open and finish the project on the MX.
Limitations
Currently only conversions of single MX2424 projects
are supported by Pro-Convert, i.e. you cannot mergeconvert a two machine project with 48 tracks into a
single target project.
Currently OpenTL projects referencing SDII files can
only be used for the read part of the conversion process.
Pro-Convert does not support writing SDII media on an
HFS / HFS+ disk.
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The Digidesign™ Pro Tools 5.0 session format
tracks
192
audio formats
aif, bwf, sd2, wav
Network Transfers
sample rates (Hz)
192.000, 176.400, 96.000, 88.200, 48.000, 44.100
FTP Transfers
bit depth
16, 24
General information
The Pro Tools 5.0 session format was not designed for
cross platform usage. For this reason a significant effort
was taken during our implementation of this format to
provide the best cross platform compatibility possible. Several archived versions of the Pro Tools 5.0 session
format can be opened directly by Pro-Convert.
How do I create a Pro
From the file menu select "Save Session Copy In..."
Tools 5.0 session from
and choose "Pro Tools 5.0 Session" as the target format.
within Pro Tools 6?
Please be sure to add a *.pt5 extension to the session
title. This will make the project handling easier on the
PC platform.
Network Transfers: Let the No matter if you transfer a Pro Tools project to the Mac
Mac do the Work
or to the PC - always use the Mac to initiate the transfer. This ensures that the Resource Forks - containing
important session information - will be included.
MacOS versions
Supported versions are Pro Tools sessions created
under Mac OSX and Mac OS9.
Transfers between the Mac and the PC are very easy
under OSX where as under OS9 you have to make sure
you follow the rules described on page 73.
Network Clients (Mac
Pro Tools session transfers have been tested with SMB/
specific)
CIFS running on OSX and the DAVE client (Thursby
Inc) on OSX and OS9.
The resource Forks created by these clients can be
interpreted by Pro-Convert.
Drive Formats
We advise you to use FAT32 formatted hard disks when
transferring sessions from the Mac to the PC or vice
versa.
Fades, Crossfades
Pro-Convert does not use pre-rendered fades during
the conversion process. All fade information is virtual
until the reading application creates new transitions.
Format Characteristics
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Pro Tools Project Folder
Structure
Pro Tools 5.0
Pro Tools V5
A Pro Tools specific folder structure (project folder /
audio files folder) is created when Pro-Convert writes a
new Pro Tools 5.0 session.
Network transfers are very simple under OSX using the
SMB/CIFS client that comes with OSX.
If you are using FTP to transfer session between Macs
and PCs make sure to have the ftp client set in a way
that you do not lose the resource forks.
Mac => PC: "MacBinary"
PC => Mac: "MacBinary"
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Network Transfers: Let the No matter if you transfer a Pro Tools project to the Mac
Mac do the Work!
or to the PC - always use the Mac to initiate the transfer. This ensures that the Resource Forks containing
important session information are included.
Transfer using a CD-R
You need to make sure that the session file's resource
fork will not be lost during the CD burn process.
It is safer to encode the session file with Macbinary and
burn it onto the CD-R. This will ensure that both data
fork and resource fork are merged into a single file.
Pro-Convert can read Macbinary encoded session files
directly. Alternatively create a ZIP Archive from the
original session file, that contains both parts, data- and
resource-fork. On the PC extract the file.
MacBinary
Pro-Convert can read sessions and Sound Designer II
files encoded with the MacBinary format. This is useful
if you have a HFS/HFS+ disk connected to the PC or if
you want to burn projects onto an ISO CD-R. How do I
create a MacBinary encoded file?
Aladdin's Stuffit: In OS9 Ctrl-select the session file:
choose "Stuffit" => Encode => Macbinary (*.bin)
Aladdin's DropZip:preferences-> MacBinary tab->
choose "Always" to create MacBinary from zipped
files.
MacBinDrop: A freeware tool to drop the session file
on. This will create a Macbinary file.
Sound Designer II
All pro Tools 5.0 sessions created on the Mac will use
the Sound Designer II format for the referenced media
data. Don't worry - Pro-Convert can read this format.
Pro Tools V5
Detailed Audio Project Information
Illegal characters (network If you get a specific error message (...illegal characters)
transfer using DAVE)
when trying to open a Pro Tools session created on the
Mac, there was probably a space added after the last
character of the session title.
Open Dave's Control Panel and set Dave to "remove
illegal characters" during the network transfer.
HFS/HFS+ Disk
If you use MacDrive or MacOpener to have a Mac
formatted disk (HFS or HFS+) connected to the PC,
place the Pro Tools session MacBinary encoded onto
the Mac disk.
In the current version Pro-Convert can only read Pro
Tools sessions from a Mac disk if they are MacBinary
encoded.
OSX Archive
If it is an HFS/HFS+ disk you want to connect to the
PC you must pack the Pro Tools session. Alternatively
to the MacBinary format you can right-click the session
on the Mac and choose "Create archive...".
This ensures that none of the important session information is lost during the transfer to the PC.
Where is my Session...?
If you can not see the session file from the Open Dialogue in Pro-Convert, it is probably because the file has
no extension (*.pt or *.pt5).
From the Open Dialogue select "All Files" as the file
type filter; now you should be able to see the session
file.
Pro Tools 6 - Stereo Tracks Due to general format differences between Pro Tools
5.0 and later versions, a stereo track used in Pro Tools
5.1 or later will not properly be translated when using
the "Save Copy In" Pro Tools 5.0 format. The right
hand side of a stereo track will end up as an alternative
take to left channel track.
Advice: In Pro Tools use two grouped mono tracks for
stereo audio instead of a stereo track.
If your project already contains stereo tracks, use the
following command from the Pro Tools file menu on all
existing stereo tracks: "Split Selected Tracks Into
Mono"
Mac specific Options
Mac specific Options
MacBinary
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If you are about to create a Pro Tools session that will
be opened on a Mac system, please make sure to select
the appropriate option from the Project Window:
SMB/CIFS (OSX): this option can be used on all
transfers to a Mac running Mac OSX.
Dos Disk transfer: Use Pro-Convert to write the new
project to a FAT32 formatted disk. On the Mac copy the
project onto a HFS/HFS+ disk.
Network transfer: Use the Mac to transfer the newly
created project from the PC to an HFS/HFS+ disk.
MacBinary: Use this option is you have a HFS/HFS+
disk connected to the PC where you want to place the
new Pro Tools project on.
Mac Disk transfer: Pro-Convert creates a MacBinary
encoded Pro Tools session. MacBinary encoded files
have a *.bin extension.
On the Mac simply double-click the *.bin file to expand
the archive into a standard Pro Tools 5.0 session.
OS9 Dos disk mode: This options creates a session that
you should place on a FAT32 formatted PC disk. Connect this disk to the Mac and copy the new Pro Tools
5.0 project to an HFS/HFS+ disk.
DAVE network: This variant creates a session that is
compatible with Thursby's DAVE client. Always use
the Mac to transfer this type of session. If you initiate
the transfer from the PC, the resource forks will not be
included. This will result in a Pro Tools 5.0 session a
Mac Pro Tools system cannot read.
If you choose a HFS/HFS+ formatted disk as the target
for the new Pro Tools 5.0 project, the session file will
be MacBinary encoded. The newly created *.bin file
will contain the session's data- and resource-fork.
On the Mac simply double click the *.bin file to expand
it into a valid Mac file.
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Detailed Audio Project Information
Network transfer
Network transfers have been approved using:
SMB/CIFS client that comes with OSX.
Thursby's DAVE (OS9 and OSX)
Softwork's Fetch
In order to make sure that the resource forks don't get
lost during the transfer, please set FTP clients to
automatically create and recognize MacBinary files and
add *.bin suffix to MacBinary uploads.
ISO CD-Rom on MacOS9 If you want to burn your newly created Pro Tools
session on a CD-Rom and read this disc on a Mac
running OS9, it is most likely that the displayed file
names will be crippled. The reason for this is that
MacOS9 cannot handle the Joliet file system.
However, there is a shareware extension for OS9 available which adds support for the Joliet system under
MacOS9. If you need to transfer Pro Tools sessions via
CD-Rom to the Mac, our advice is to get this system
extension as it is a useful tool. (Joliet File System for
Mac OS9)
If you have successfully installed the Extension, ISO
CD-Roms will be displayed in the expected way and
referenced audio files will be found by Pro Tools. Copy
the Pro Tools session from the CD to a HFS/HFS+
formatted disk and open your session. Done.
Mono track based structure All tracks of a Pro Tools 5.0 session are mono tracks.
Therefore all interleaved audio files are split during the
conversion process and placed on additional neighbouring tracks.
Final Project Location
Mac OS9
The final location for a Pro Tools session under OS9
must be an HFS/HFS+ formatted disk.
If you use a FAT32 formatted disk to transport the
project from the PC to the OS9 Mac, you must copy the
session to a Mac disk before Pro Tools can open and
play the session.
Mac OSX
Under OSX you can open a Pro Tools 5.0 session
directly from a FAT32 formatted disk that is connected
to the Mac.
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Pro Tools V5
Audio File Formats / Drive All audio files are converted to the Broadcast Wave
Format
Format (BWF) during a conversion.
The BWF format can be used with either HFS+ or
FAT32 formatted disks.
Volume Automation vs.
Due to the fact that Pro Tools does not have a dedicated
Clip Gain
value for clip gain, you must decide during conversion
whether to include existing volume automation data or
clip gain information. You cannot have both at the same
time…Either information type will be translated to the
track based volume automation in Pro Tools.
Mixed Bit Depths
Do not use audio files of different bit depths (e.g. 16bit
and 24bit) in one project; only those files according to
the project bit depth will play properly in Pro Tools.
Audio File Format
When converting to Pro Tools try to use BWF (Broadcast Wave Format) wherever possible.
Pro Tools 5.0 Session
Format
Limitations
For Session Formats higher than 5.0 please use Pro
Tools 7 Module
Pro Tools V5.1 to 7.x
Pro Tools 5.1-7.x
tracks
audio formats
sample rates (Hz)
bit depth
Detailed Audio Project Information
The current Digidesign™ Pro Tools session format
256
aif, bwf, sd2, wav
44.100, 48.000, 88.200, 96.000, 176.400, 192.000
16, 24
General information
Format Characteristics
Pro Tools 7 is cross-platform compatible.
Higher project sample rates The latest Pro Tools session format support sample
rates up to 192kHz.
Longer file names
Unlike the Pro Tools 5.0 format all later formats allow
longer names for regions, tracks and audio files.
Resource fork / Data fork The latest Pro Tools session format no longer uses the
resource fork to store the session data.
Default audio format
Pro Tools now uses Broadcast Wave as its default
recording format. This further ensures easy and reliable
project translation processes.
Sample based Projects
Pro-Convert supports sample based projects only. Tick
based session are not supported.
Fades, Crossfades
Pro-Convert does not use pre-rendered fades during the
conversion process. All fade information is virtual until
the reading application creates new transitions.
Pro Tools Project Folder
A Pro Tools specific folder structure (project folder /
Structure
audio files folder) is created when Pro-Convert writes a
new Pro Tools 7 session.
Network Transfers
Network transfers are very simple under OSX using the
SMB/CIFS client that comes with OSX.
FTP Transfers
If you are using FTP to transfer between Macs and PCs
try to avoid special characters in your session. Depending on the ftp client special characters in file name s
will be replaced by underscores, resulting in naming
conflicts when during conversion
Pro Tools 5.1-7.x Format
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Pro-Convert reads sessions created from Pro Tools
workstations from version 5.1-7.x
Sound Designer II
Although BWF is the default audio forma for Pro Tools
7 SDII does not necessarily lead to problems for ProConvert. Pro-Convert can read this format. However,
depending on the type of transfer process you choose
there is a chance that the audio files resource forks will
be lost during the transfer. If this is the case ProConvert will use the audio attributes contained in the
session file instead
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Pro Tools 7 is the format that Pro-Convert exports.
During a project translation process Pro-Convert creates the following typical folder structure.
project folder
|
|---audio files
|---fade files
|---video files
Mono track based structure Although you can create stereo tracks in Pro Tools all
referenced audio files are still single channel i.e. mono
files. Therefore, all interleaved media data will be split
to mono files, placed on additional neighbouring tracks.
Audio File Formats / Drive All audio files are converted to the Broadcast Wave
Format
Format (BWF) during a conversion. The BWF format
can be used on NTFS, HFS+ or FAT32 formatted disks.
Volume Automation vs.
Due to the fact that Pro Tools does not use clip gain,
Clip Gain
you must decide during the conversion whether to
include existing volume automation data or clip gain
information. Either information type will be translated
to the track based volume automation in Pro Tools.
Mixed Bit Depths
Do not use audio files of different bit depths (e.g. 16bit
and 24bit) in one project; only those files that match the
project bit depth will play properly in Pro Tools.
Audio File Format
Try to use BWF whenever possible.
Limitations
Special Characters
Advice: Try to avoid special characters.
Stereo Tracks
Currently Pro-Convert does not create stereo tracks
when exporting a Pro Tools 7 session.
Pro Tools 7 Format
Final Project Location
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Detailed Audio Project Information
SADiE 3 icf
SADiE 3 Interchange format
tracks
audio formats
sample rates (Hz)
bit depth
90
wav, aiff, aifc, sd2, sadie2, sadie3
192000, 96000, 88200, 48000, 44100, 32000
16, 24
Interchange Format
File Extension
SCSI
Swapping Disks / Recycle
Bin
Long Files Names vs.
Short File Names
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General information
Sadie workstations are supported through Sadie's
Interchange Format (*.icf).
The interchange file is NOT the same as Sadie's project
format (*edl).
The interchange format's advantage over the native
project format is, that the ICF usually does not change
from one software version to the next, whereas project
formats can. SADiE 3's interchange format uses *.icf as file extension.
SADiE uses SCSI disks. Therefore exchange of audio
files & projects between SADiE and other DAWs
requires using SCSI Disks.
For every Sadie SCSI disk you connect to your computer for project transfer disable any Recycle Bin
functionality for this drive in Windows (i.e. System
Recycle Bin, Norton Recycle Bin, Norton Protection).
Otherwise Sadie might not be able to read the disk
properly.
When recording WAV or AIFF files on a SADiE3
system using a DOS Disk, these files will end up with
short names. That doesn't mean that it is impossible to
convert a project with long file names to SADiE3. In
fact it is possible with Pro-Convert. Do the following:
convert your source project with the audio drive connected to your system bus. Pro-Convert will then be
able to use the short DOS names (8.3) and the drivename in order to create a proper SADiE S3 file. After
that you can plug this drive to the SADiE bus and open
your S3 without further trouble.
Path Syntax
Disk Format
Drive Name vs. Drive
Letter
Audio File Format
Sadie 3 icf
When using short names (8.3 Dos convention) in your
projects, you can convert your source project to SADiE
off-line, i.e. the audio drive doesn't need to be connected to the system where you do your conversion.
Attention: Be sure to follow the given syntax: the
DRIVENAME is limited to 11 digits, while the foldername must not exceed 8 digits. Example: //DriveName/
folder2/folder1.
Pro-Convert supports SADiE 3 interchange files using
FAT16 and HFS disks. Partition size is limited to 2GB.
Sadie’s native disk format is not supported.
Don't confuse DriveName with DriveLetter: the DriveName is what your harddisk is called when looking at it
in Windows Explorer. It says "Audio01", "Cheetah",
"Tarzan", "Jane" or similar. The same will be seen
when using the Dos command "vol". The DriveLetter is
found in Explorer behind the DriveName (D:\, E:\, F:\,
G:\ etc) The system drive normally uses C:\. Keep this
in mind when converting to SADiE. SADiE uses the
DriveName instead of a DriveLetter.
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If you plan to take your SADiE project to another DAW
make sure, that the audio file format used in SADiE is
supported on your target DAW.
If you are going to continue your SADiE work on a PC,
we advice you to record the audio files in SADiE as
Wave or BWF (Broadcast Wave Format) Files.
If you are going to finish your SADiE project on a Mac,
you should use AIFF Files.
However, with version 3.1 Pro-Convert also supports
Sadie's native audio file format (Sadie3 Audio Format)
on FAT and HFS disks. Sadie's own disk format is not
supported.
Sadie 3 icf
Creating an Interchange
File
Disk Format
Drive Name vs. Drive
Letter
Overriding the File Verification Process
Markers
Stereo / Mono Files
Detailed Audio Project Information
In order to create an interchange file, open your project
and select "create interchange file" from the file menu.
As an alternative you can choose "convert file" from
the file menu, select an input file and click "S3interchange" as your target format. With this method you
can specify a new name for the interchange file.
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Pro-Convert supports SADiE 3 interchange files using
FAT16 and HFS disks. Partition size is limited to 2GB.
Don't confuse DriveName with DriveLetter: the DriveName is what you harddisk is called when you take a
look at it in the Windows Explorer. It says "Audio01",
"Cheetah", "Tarzan", "Jane" or anything. The same will
be responded when using the Dos command "vol". The
DriveLetter you find in the Explorer behind the DriveName (D:\, E:\, F:\, G:\ etc) The system drive mostly
uses C:\. Keep this in mind when converting to SADiE.
SADiE uses the DriveName instead of a DriveLetter.
Path Window: Both options 1) Ignore Path and 2)
Specify external path will override the file verification
process before converting. In these two cases you
should avoid using Long File Names for your audio
files. Explanation: if the file existence cannot be verified, no short DOS-names can be extracted from files
with Long Names. Result: the Long Names will be
used for the conversion; SADiE3 will not be able to
recognize the files referenced in the project because it
only accepts short DOS names on a DOS disk
Due to an error in SADiE 3.x markers are exported to
the ICF file but not read back. In other words, currently
it is not possible to convert to SADiE 3 and have markers included.
Try to avoid mono and stereo files mixed on a single
track. This will cause some trouble when converting to
SADiE; e.g. a mono file on the first stream of a stereo
track will be placed hard left in the panorama.
PQ data
Network Drives
Drive Format
Tracks
Fade Types
HFS Disks
Network Drives
If the source project contains PQ data and you choose
to translate it during the conversion process, a record
start of 00:02:00.000 will be specified for the target
project, i.e. the first event of the project will be placed
at 2 min on the timeline, all following events are moved
relatively.
This is due to SADIE's editing concept: a valid project
containing PQ data cannot start at 00:00:00.000 because the Start-of-CD-flag would have a negative
timing.
If the files referenced by your source project are located
on a remote drive in the network, make sure this drive's
root directory is shared to the network as a network
drive. This ensures that a valid SADiE path can be
created.
Attention: if not the root directory of the drive is
shared, the returned folder structure won't reflect the
actual physical path.
Advice:To avoid possible errors have the SCSI drive
with the referenced audio files connected to your local
system during the conversion process.
Limitations
Pro-Convert supports SADiE 3 interchange files using
FAT16 and HFS disks. Partition size is limited to 2GB.
The number of internal tracks is limited to 90.
Internally SADiE supports 20 different fade types. Via
SADiE's export format, S3 interchange file (*.icf) 6
different fade types are written and read. These are:
Linear, Equal Power, Cubic, Four Thirds, Cosine,
Exponential (a), Logarithmic (a)
The size of HFS disks on a SADiE system is limited to
2GB (32k Cluster). Do not connect larger HFS disks to
the SADiE SCSI bus or SADiE may crash when you
attempt to access this disk.
Within the path window (1st conversion window) the
network neighbourhood will not be visible. In order to
map the audio files form a source project to a remote
drive, make sure this drive is defined as a network
drive.
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SADiE 4 icf
tracks
audio formats
sample rates (Hz)
bit depth
Interchange Format
File Extension
Disk Formats
Swapping Disks / Recycle
Bin
Long File Names
Exporting from Sadie
Markers and PQ
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SADiE 4 Interchange format. Used with Sadie 4 / 5
90
wav, aiff, aifc, sd2, sadie2, sadie3
192000, 96000, 88200, 48000, 44100, 32000
16, 24
General information
Sadie workstations are supported through Sadie's
Interchange Format (*.icf).
The interchange file is NOT the same as Sadie's project
format (*.edl).
The interchange format's advantage over the native edl
format is, that the ICF usually does not change from
one software version to the next, whereas project
formats can.
SADiE 4's interchange format uses the *.ic4 extension.
Sadie 4 supports FAT32 SCSI disks. (V4.00.01 or
higher required). If you would like to use HFS or HFS+
disks with Pro-Convert, a Mac interpreter like
MacDrive or MacOpener is required. Sadie’s native
disk format is not supported.
For every Sadie SCSI disk you connect to your computer for project transfer, disable any Recycle Bin
functionality for this drive in Windows (i.e. System
Recycle Bin, Norton Recycle Bin, Norton Protection).
Otherwise Sadie might not be able to read the disk
properly.
Sadie 4 is a 32bit application. It supports the usage of
long file names in projects. Therefore interchange files
created with Sadie 4 carry long file names.
To create an interchange file, select the appropriate
project and choose "create interchange file" from the
file menu. Alternatively you may choose "convert file"
from the file menu, select an input file and "S4 interchange" as the destination format. This gives you the
freedom to specify a name and directory for the resulting *.ic4 file.
Markers and PQ data are fully supported through ProConvert.
Audio File Format
Disk Format
Audio File Format
PQ data
Network Drives
Sadie 4 icf
...From
If you plan to take your SADiE project to another DAW
make sure, that the audio file format used in SADiE is
supported on your target DAW.
If you are going to continue your SADiE work on a PC,
we advice you to record the audio files in SADiE as
Wave or BWF (Broadcast Wave Format) Files.
If you are going to finish your SADiE project on a Mac,
you should use AIFF Files.
However, Pro-Convert also supports Sadie's native
audio file format (Sadie3 Audio Format) on FAT and
HFS disks. Sadie's own disk format is not supported.
To...
Pro-Convert supports SADiE 4 interchange files using
FAT16/32 and HFS/+ disks.
Sadie’s native disk format is not supported.
Sadie's native audio file format (Sadie3 Audio Format)
is not supported for conversion to Sadie.
If the source project contains PQ data and you choose
to translate it during the conversion process, a record
start of 00:02:00.000 will be specified for the target
project, i.e. the first event of the project will be placed
at 2 min on the timeline, all following events are moved
relatively. This is due to SADIE's editing concept: a
valid project containing PQ data cannot start at
00:00:00.000 because the Start-of-CD-flag would have
a negative timing.
If the files referenced by your source project are located
on a remote drive in the network, make sure this drive's
root directory is shared to the network as a network
drive. This ensures that a valid SADiE path can be
created.
Attention: if not the root directory of the drive is
shared, the returned folder structure won't reflect the
actual physical path.
Advice:To avoid possible errors have the SCSI drive
with the referenced audio files connected to your local
system during the conversion process.
Samplitude/Sequoia
Detailed Audio Project Information
Sam EDL 1.x
EDL format of Sequoia™ and Samplitude™.
tracks
audio formats
sample rates (Hz)
bit depth
999
wav, wma, asf, aif, mp3
96000, 88200, 48000, 44100, 32000, 22500
8, 16, 20, 24, 32
General information
Saving a Project as an EDL In Samplitude or Sequoia from the file menu choose
"Save project as EDL".
Volume & Panorama
Whether Volume & panorama curves are supported
Curves
through Samplitude and Sequoia depends on its EDL
version. Vol & Pan Curves are written to and read from
Samplitude and Sequoia versions 6.1 and higher
Fades
Older versions of Samplitude used the EDL version 1.0
which did not support the usage of fades. Fades and
track parameters were implemented in version 1.1.
EDL Compatibility
The format is downward compatible, i.e. you can open
the newest text EDL version with an older version. For
full EDL functionality use Samplitude 6.0 or higher.
EDL Version
Pro-Convert supports the import of Samplitude edl
versions 1.0 (D-Vision), 1.1 (Sekd), 1.3, 1.4; saved
Samplitude projects conform to the latest version.
Markers and PQ
From version 1.5 on the Samplitude edl contains markers and PQ relevant information. Pro-Convert actively
supports this feature.
Audio File Format
Custom Fade Types
Track Solo - Track Mute
Overlaps
...From
If you plan to convert your Samplitude / Sequoia project to any other format be advised to use Wave files in
your original project.
Only the internal and external preset fade types are
supported. Customs fade types with special characteristics are not predictable and interpreted as linear fades.
Samplitude and Sequoia use a different track solo /
track mute concept than Cool, SAW and Wavelab. In
Samplitude and Sequoia setting a track to Solo does not
automatically mute all other tracks.
If you plan to convert to SAW or SAWstudio, avoid
overlapping regions. SAW and SAWstudio allow single
stream playback per track only
Sequoia to Sonic Studio
Time Stretch / Pitch Shift
AIFF File Format
Project Name
Time Stretch / Pitch Shift
Video Files
Pro-Convert will always convert the referenced audio
files to the AIFF format even when original prject used
other audio formats.
Projects using simple real-time resampling strategies
(change pitch & length) are supported by Pro-Convert.
In its current version the Samplitude EDL does not
allow to distinguish between a time stretched and / or a
pitch shifted event. This why the two other methods
"change pitch, preserve length" and "change length,
preserve pitch" are not translatable through the Samplitude EDL v.1.5. Please render those before conversion.
To...
From Samplitude / Sequoia v.6.1 on AIFF files are
supported. If you are running an older Samplitude /
Sequoia version, use the AudioTool or change to waveduring the project conversion.
The project name that can be specified within the
conversion process is not displayed in Samplitude and
Sequoia itself., so it can be used to store additional
information. Pro-Convert reads and writes this project
info.
Source projects using simple real-time resampling
strategies (change pitch & length) are supported by
Pro-Convert.
In its current version the Samplitude EDL does not
allow to distinguish between a time stretched and / or a
pitch shifted event. This why the two other methods
"change pitch, preserve length" and "change length,
preserve pitch" are not translatable through the Samplitude EDL v.1.5.
Advice: if you want to use one of the unsupported
methods, render the effect to new media files prior edl
export.
Limitations
Unlike other applications Samplitude and Sequoia don't
allow a video file to be referenced in a project. You will
have to link the video file internally to the already
opened audio project.
(in Sequoia: options =>project properties => media
link)
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Detailed Audio Project Information
SAW
You can use Pro-Convert with any SAW version.
tracks
audio formats
sample rates (Hz)
bit depth
32
wav
96000, 48000, 44100, 32000, 22500, 11025
16, 20, 24
Curve Display
Volume Curves
Fade Detection
Mix Offset
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General information
Unlike other applications SAW displays the logarithmic
vol curve linear. That is why the same SAW volume
curve will look different in e.g. Cool Edit Pro. Anyway,
the audible result will sound the same.
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SAW uses a concept for volume & panorama curves
that is quite different from the other formats: it writes
every point of a transition into its session file, i.e. for a
linear fade it writes every point of the straight line. This
is why you can end up with a huge number of points in
your SAW project. This can be a problem when converting to Cool: Cool's number of volume points is
limited to 127 per region. Therefore Pro-Convert reduces the number of points; for example, a linear fade
can have 320 points in SAW whereas in Cool there are
only 2 points needed.
When opening an SAW project in Pro-Convert, the
volume curves are being analyzed in order to detect
valid fades. When a curve segment at the beginning or
end of a region can be interpreted as a fade this area
will be used to create a fade in the resulting project
rather than independent volume points.
In SAW you can define a Mix Offset for every track.
For those target formats that do not use a dedicated
track volume parameter (Vegas, Samplitude, Wavelab)
this value is processed into every single region of the
related track. Example: in SAW a mix offset of -6dB is
defined for track 2; after the conversion to Vegas all
regions located on track 2 will have a region level of
-6dB.
Opening Time
Separate Fades Option
(Samplitude)
Overlapping Regions
Fades
Vol and Pan Curve
Path Length
AIFF
Video Files
SAW
SAW users know that a session file can become quite
large. Every mix point on the curve is written to the
file. This is why opening a SAW project can take some
time; the volume and panorama curves are read out and
analyzed, and the number of mix points is reduced
during this process. Therefore the opening process of a
SAW session is already part of the conversion process
in Pro-Convert.
If you are converting from SAW to Samplitude and
your source project contains regions that create a fadelike volume automation that begin prior to the region
start, you should disable the Separate Fades option
from the 2nd conversion window. This ensures that no
region based fades are created for the Samplitude
project; all volume curve action from the source file is
translated into curves in the target file.
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SAW does not support the playback of overlapping
regions. Therefore overlaps must be removed during
the conversion process. If you plan to convert to SAW
avoid overlaps in your source format!
Fades from your source project are ignored when
converting to SAW.
Original automation curves (vol & pan) are ignored
when converting to SAW. No vol and pan automation
data is created in the resulting SAW edl.
Limitations
The complete path of the SAW edl or the referenced
media data may not be longer than 126 characters.
SAW does not support AIFF files. In order to create a
valid SAW project all non-Wave audio files are converted to this format during the translation process.
Your original audio files remain unaffected.
The playback of video files is not support in SAWpro
Detailed Audio Project Information
SAWstudio
SAWstudio
SAWstudio project format..
tracks
audio formats
sample rates (Hz)
72
wav, aiff
192000, 176400, 96000, 88200, 48048, 48000, 47952,
44144, 44100, 44056, 32000, 22500, 11025
16, 20, 24
bit depth
Format support
Track Layer
Video playback
Volume Curves
Softedges
Fade Detection
Mix Offset
Opening Time
General information
Due to basic format differences between the older
SAWpro and the new SAWstudio format, each format
has its own conversion process.
SAWstudio provides up to 8 different track layers, that
can hold e.g. alternative versions of a track. The track
layer feature is not supported in Pro-Convert.
With the new SAWstudio format playback of video
files is supported.
Video Tracks
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SAW uses a concept for volume & panorama curves
that defines every point of a transition, i.e. for a linear
fade every point of the straight line is written,This can
be a problem when converting to other formats, with a
limited number of volume points (e.g. Cool Edit 127
per Clip). To deal with this Pro-Convert deletes unnecessary points on linear „curves“ during conversion.
SS3's softedges are translated into region based fades.
Where necessary, asymmetrical crossfades are translated to symmetrical ones. Where possible, asymmetrical softedges remain asymmetrical in the target format.
When opening a SAWstudio project in Pro-Convert, the
volume curves are analysed in order to detect valid
fades. When a curve segment at the beginning or end of
a region can be interpreted as a fade, and there is no
softedge in this area, the curve segment will be used to
create a fade in the target project rather than individual
volume points.
Time Stretch / Pitch Shift
Time Stretch / Pitch Shift
Fades
Wave Form Display
Vol and Pan Curve
AIFF support
In SAW you can define a Mix Offset for every track.
For those target formats that do not use a dedicated
track volume parameter (Vegas, Samplitude, Wavelab)
this value is processed into every single region of the
related track.
Due to the automation concept used in SAWstudio
projects are quite big. Pro-Convert optimizes the number of Automation events while opening the project..
Pro-Convert only translates 1 video file per project
during a conversion process.
If a source project contains more than one video region,
you need to specify one of them as the Master Clip.
Projects using simple real-time resampling strategies
(vari-speed & vari-pitch) are supported by Pro-Convert.
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Fades from your source project are translated to SS3's
softedges when converting to SAWstudio.
EDLs using simple real-time resampling strategies
(change pitch & length) are translated to SAWstudio's
vari-speed & vari-pitch effects.
Other methods like "change pitch, preserve length" and
"preserve length, change pitch" are currently not supported by SAWstudio.
The first time you open an SS3 Project created with
Pro-Convert, use the "Refresh Selected Entries PeakData Files" command from the "View menu / File".
This will generate the wave form display for all referenced audio files.
Original automation curves (vol & pan) are currently
ignored when converting to SAWstudio.
Limitations
SAWstudio versions earlier than v3.9 did not support
AIFF files. I
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Detailed Audio Project Information
Sonic Studio
Sonic Studio's native project format.
tracks
audio formats
sample rates (Hz)
128
aif, sonic aiff
96.000, 95.904, 88.200, 88.112, 48.000, 47.952,
44.100, 44.056, 32.000, 22.025
16, 24
bit depth
Disk Format
Audio File Format
Video
Markers and PQ
Step by Step Guide
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Step by Step Guide
General information
Sonic Studio uses a special disk format (DMFS) which
cannot be accessed from a PC. Use a HFS formatted
disk with original Sonic AIFF files on it.
With the "Enable XFS" option in Sonic Studio your
Sonic HDs will become visible to MacOS and you can
copy files to the MAC. Pro-Convert supports the following Sonic AIFF formats on the import side:
16bit Sonic AIFF, 24bit unpacked/packed Sonic AIFF
The digital video option is not supported in ProConvert.
Markers and PQ data is fully supported
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On the Mac:
Eanble the XFS Option. All stereo files are split stereo.
Save your Sonic EDL. On the Mac desktop copy the
original project folder from the Sonic disk onto a disk
connected to the system bus. All Sonic AIFF files
remain in their original format. Copy the Sonic EDL to
the project folder on the new MAC HD. Now all media
files and the project file should be located in the same
folder.
On the PC:
Connect the HFS disk containing the new project folder
to the PC. (A HFS interpreter is required) or use a
network connection. Open your Sonic project in ProConvert. Choose a target format. Pro-Convert should
now find the mediafiles immediately.
If the audio files cannot be found use the locate window
to search for them. During conversion the original
Sonic AIFF files will automatically be converted to an
appropriate target format.
Sonic Studio
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On the PC:
Open the source project in Pro-Convert.
Click on the Sonic icon to start the conversion process.
In the project window, enter the name of the DMFS
drive (the drive connected to the Sonic SCSI bus) and
the name of the project folder on that disk. Use ":" as
the delimiter. Example: MYSONICDISK:myproject
Make all further settings regarding fade translation (2nd
window) and project parameters (3rd window) and
finish conversion by clicking on "Convert".
All referenced media will be converted to the AIFF
format.
Copy your newly saved Sonic EDL and all of the
related audio files (AIFF) to a Mac formatted disk.
On the Mac:
Enable the XFS option in the system preferences in
Sonic Studio.
From the desktop create a project folder on the Sonic
audio disk. Be sure it is the same disk and project name
you referred to in Pro-Convert's path window.
Open the Sonic Manager: select all relevant audio files
on the Mac disk, click on utilities and import them to
the project folder you created before.
Open your project.
Audio Files Formats
Limitations
Sonic Studio supports the import of AIFF files only. All
stereo files are de-interleaved during import.
SSL Soundscape Editor
Detailed Audio Project Information
SSL Soundscape
SSL Soundscape Editor Version 4.2 to 5.5
tracks
audio formats
sample rates (Hz)
128
TFF (Soundscape TakeFileFormat)
96000, 95904, 88200, 88112, 64000, 48000, 47952,
44100, 44056, 32000, 22050
16, 24
bit depth
Supported Version
Volume & Panorama
Curves
Fades
Project Transfer
Dedicated Project Folder
Markers and PQ
General information
Pro-Convert supports Soundscape's Arrange files
created with Editor v4.2. to the latest 5.5
Volume and panorama automation data is supported
during import and export of the Soundscape format.
Soundscape handles fade-ins/outs unlike most other
DAWs on the market as separate objects and clip-gain.
During the conversion process Pro-Convert merges the
separate fade-in, body and fade-out to a single object.
This results in the kind of regions one expects for the
target formats.
Pro-Convert can work directly with Soundscape Formatted Disks (iSDisk) attached to the Pro-Convert PC.
Any project transferred using the Soundscape Editor
import / export dialogue is also supported.
This is always a good idea when you export a project
from Soundscape. Keep the Arrange file, all referenced
audio files and the mixer file in this dedicated folder.
This will ensure that all project components will be
found immediately by Pro-Convert.
Pro-Convert supports Soundscape markers and also the
Soundscape PQ Data convention, i.e. existing markers
can be interpreted in the following manner:
100-199
Begin of Track
200-299
End of Track
300-999
Subtrack/Index
However, this is an option, you can choose to translate
all existing markers to generic markers in the target
format or use Markers 100-999 as CD PQ Data..
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Using Arrangement Export In the SFile Manager select the project you would like
in the Editor:
to convert.
Select "Export SFile to PC file" form Soundscape's file
menu. From the following system browse window
choose a target folder.
After all project related files have been transferred to
the system level, open the Arrange file in Pro-Convert.
Select the desired target format and follow the instructions and options in the next few conversion windows.
All necessary translations will be performed (audio file
conversion, Arrange file conversion).
Using SDisk connected to If there is at least one SDisk connected to your system
Pro-Convert PC
bus, the "Open Arrangefile from iSDisk" command will
be available from the program's file menu.
The list will display folders and existing arrange files of
available SDisks.
Select the desired arrange file and confirm with "Open".
If you plugged new SDisks to the system with the
Open-Arrange-Window present, please use the Refresh
button to perform a rescan for existing SDisks.
Once the program has read the Soundscape project
from its SDisk(s), all further operations apply to the
standard routines.
Audio File Format
Pro-Convert fully supports Soundscape audio format
(TFF). During a conversion all Soundscape audio files
will be transformed to an appropriate format.
Bit Rate Conversion
Depending on the target format, audio bit rate conversion might be required. If bit depth conversions should
be necessary, they will be performed automatically.
example: you want to convert to Pro Tools; the Soundscape source project contains a mixture of 16bit and
24bit files. Due to the fact that in Pro Tools all media
files must follow match the project bit depth, the project bit depth will be set to 24bit and all 16 bit files will
be converted to this bit rate. Mixer Column Names
If a mixer file is available during the conversion process existing mixer column names will be interpreted
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Detailed Audio Project Information
Mixer File
Track Layout Option
Search for Files
If a mixer file is available during the project conversion, its routing will be used to create the appropriate
track layout for the target DAW. If no mixer file is
available, a 1:1 track will be assumed for the target
format.
If a Soundscape source project contains muted or
unassigned events you can select during the opening
process whether the track/event layout should be interpreted according to either the mixer routing or to the
visible layout. This provides a solution for the following scenarios:
Muted Events: there is a muted event on Track#1 that is
routed to mixer column#1. On Track#2 there is an
active event starting on the same timeline position, also
routed to mixer column#1. Translating this Arrange file
according the mixer routing would result in superimposed events on a single track. Advice: Translate according to the visible layout.
Unassigned Events: Track#1 is the unedited original of
an edited Track#2. While Track#1 is not assigned to
any mixer column, Track#2 is routed to column#1.
Translating the Arrange file according to the visible
layout retains Track#1 as a track#1 with muted events,
while the edited version of is located on track#2.
Alternatively you can choose to ignore muted and / or
unassigned events. This avoids possible layout conflicts.
If not all referenced media files are located in the same
folder, use Pro-Convert's Search option to locate missing files. Soundscape audio files are now searched by
their Unique ID, not only their file name.
Advice: point Pro-Convert to the specific folder where
missing files are located rather than performing a
search on an entire disk. Due to the fact that all files
must be opened to check their Unique ID, this type of
search process could take quite long.
Workflow
Soundscape Audio Format
Volume automation and
Region Gain
32bit Audio Files
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SSL Soundscape Editor
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SDisk or Win Disk
In order to write a Soundscape Arrangement and convert all Media Files directly to an SDisk, you need to
have a Soundscape formatted drive attached to the ProConvert PC.
Save project on SDisk
A click on this button will select an SDisk drive as the
path for the new project. Like saving directly to the PC
you can browse folders on the SDisk. Depending on the
amount of Tracks in this project you will be asked to
spread the project across multiple SDisks. Please refer
to the SDisk section of this manual.
Save project on PC Disk
A click on this button will select a previously saved
path to a Windows drive as the path for the new project.
In case you wish to specify another path, click on the
browse icon. It will bring up a standard browse dialog.
New Project Path
The path selected from the browse dialog will be displayed in the above prompt field.
If you selected a Win drive as the target for the new
Soundscape project, all tracks and audio files will be
transferred to the new location.There's no project
splitting to a specified unit size in this case.
All media files from a source project will be converted
to the Soundscape TFF format. Interleaved stereo audio
files will automatically be split into TFF mono pairs.
Soundscape's max level for volume automation data is
+6dB, the max. level for regions is 0dB.
If your source project contains values above the max.
values for Soundscape, the Normalize function reduces
all existing volume automation data and region gain
values relatively to the maximum possible values. The
Rescale option is only available if no normalizing is
required. The Rescale option allows to decrease/ increase nominal levels by +/-12dB.
If a source project contains 32bit PCM files, these files
are automatically converted to 24bit TFF files.
Steinberg XML
Steinberg XML
tracks
audio formats
sample rates (Hz)
bit depth
Export "selected tracks",
Import "track archive"
Format Capabilities
Stacked audio regions
Export selected tracks
Media files: copy or reference?
Fade types
Markers
Detailed Audio Project Information
XML format in Nuendo3/CubaseSX 3 or later.
unlimited
wav, aif, mp3, mp2, w64, sd2, ac3, rex, rx2
11025, 22050, 32000, 44100, 48000, 64000, 96000
16, 20, 24, 32
General information
Export from Nuendo/Cubase by choosing from its file
menu "Export" => "Selected tracks".
Import to Nuendo/Cubase:
Create a new project.
From Nuendo/Cubase's file menu choose "Import" =>
"Track archive".
In addition to Nuendo's other import and export formats
XML contains volume and pan automation data.
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In Nuendo you can stack regions on top of other regions. Only the top region will be played. What looks
pretty straight forward is in fact very hard to translate
to other formats. Although we have spent quite some
effort in reading such Nuendo projects properly, it is a
good idea to simply avoid such scenarios.
In order to use XML as your export format, from Nuendo's file menu choose export => selected tracks
Make sure you selected all tracks before you run the
export command. Attention: only those tracks will be
exported that have been selected before.
As the last step in Nuendo's export process you will be
asked whether you wish to copy the media files or
simply reference existing files.
Advice: Select to reference existing files. Otherwise the
entire media data will be copied which in most cases
will not make sense.
Pro-Convert supports the preset fade and crossfade
types of Nuendo.
Unfortunately Nuendo XML in its current format does
not export marker tracks.
Export other Envelopes
Video Tracks
Markers
Audio formats
Pro-Convert reads volume and panorama automation
data only.
Our advice is to not export any additional envelopes
like FX or EQ. This will increase the time needed for
Pro-Convert to open the file.
Although a Nuendo project can be built of multiple
video tracks, Pro-Convert translates only 1 video file
per project during a translation process.
If a source XML contains more than one video file,
from the Video Window you need to specify one of
them as the Master Clip.
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In its current version Steinberg XML does not contain
any marker information. Therefore existing markers
from a source project will be lost when translating to
Steinberg XML.
Limitations
Pro-Convert does not support all audio formats Nuendo
is capable of reading and writing.
Advice: Use one of the major formats like Wave, BWF
or AIFF.
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Detailed Audio Project Information
Tascam BU
Tascam's "BU" (Back Up) format
tracks
audio formats
sample rates (Hz)
24/12 (96kHz Mode)
SDII
96096, 96.000, 95.904, 88288, 88.200, 88.112, 48048,
48000, 47952, 44144, 44144, 44056
16, 24
bit depth
Format characteristics
Network transfer
File Size
Volume automation data
Markers
Segments
Embedded audio format
Convert BU to OpenTL
and vice versa...?
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General information
Tascam's BU is a container format: All tha project
information and audio files are embedded.
Session information is stored as an embedded OpenTL
project. The media data is stored in Sound Designer II
(SDII) format.
The BU format is currently the only way to access the
MX2424 or the SX1 over a network. This way
MX2424 or SX1 projects can be transferred directly
between the Tascam device and a Windows™ PC.
A BU file can be built of several segments.
Each segment can have a max. size of 2GB.
Volume automation data is read and written during
conversion using Pro-Convert.
OpenTL markers are fully supported via the BU format. ...From
To open a segmented BU series always choose the last
segment from the Open Dialog in Pro-Convert.
Pro-Convert will automatically search for the necessary
segments and ask for missing ones. In order to extract any of the embedded audio files all
segments of a BU series must be available.
No matter what disk format what was used on the
MX2424 or SX1; the audio media is always embedded
as Sound Designer II in the BU file. During the translation by Pro-Convert the audio files are being extracted
and converted to the proper audio format for your
destination project.
Pro-Convert can convert a BU file into a valid OpenTL
project including the necessary folder structure.This
also works in the other direction, creating a BU file
from an existing OpenTL project on a Windows™ PC.
Video files
Interleaved stereo files
Embedded audio format
Special characters
Segment size
Bit Depth
Device cascading
Tascam BU
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Any existing video files referenced from a source
project will be ignored when converting to the BU
format.
Like OpenTL the BU format is strictly based on single
stream audio tracks. Therefore interleaved stereo files
from a source project will be converted to split stereo
files (2x mono). Necessary additional tracks will be
created for the target project.
No matter what audio format the source project used,
all audio media will be converted and embedded in
Sound Designer II (SDII) format. Depending on the
disk format that is used on the MX2424 or the SX1, the
files will automatically be extracted to the appropriate
format:
on a FAT32 disk the media will extracted to the Broadcast Wave Format (BWF).
on an HFS/HFS+ disk the audio files will remain in
Sound Designer II Format (SDII).
Avoid special characters (*, #, ?,", & etc) for session
components like region- track- and files names. For
safety reasons these characters will be replaced during
the conversion process.
By default Pro-Convert uses the max. file size for a BU
file, which is 2GB.
It makes sense to use a different segment size if you
wish to save the BU project to a CD-Rom, DVD or
other storage devices like optical disks.
The currently supported segment sizes are: 100MB,
250MB, 650MB, 700MB, 2GB
Limitations
Only 16 or 24bit per sample are valid for a BU file.
32bit PCM samples from a source project are automatically truncated to 24bits in order to create a valid BU
file
Projects based on cascaded MX2424's are currently not
supported.
Detailed Audio Project Information
Vegas Text
Vegas Text
Text based export format from Sony's Vegas™.
tracks
audio formats
sample rates (Hz)
bit depth
unlimited
wav, aif, mp3, rm, pca, w64, wma, asf
96000, 48000, 44100, 32000, 22050, 11025, 8000
16, 20, 24
Vegas Text EDL
Create text edl ->Save as from the file menu, enter a
name and select EDL Text File as file type.
For conversions to & from Vegas the Vegas Text EDL
is the simplest format to use. It contains the basic
parameters that are necessary for quick but very accurate placement of regions including fades. Not included
in Vegas' text format are volume and panorama curves.
Since the Vegas EDL basically is a text file, stored
values use the decimal indicator that is specified from
the system control panel. While some european countries use the "," to indicate the decimal wrap, the american decimal system uses the ".". Pro-Convert compensates possible problems by detecting and using the
correct decimal wrapper.
The audio engine of Vegas mixes mono and stereo files
on one track; you can also mix audio files with different
sample rates - files that have a different sample rate
than the project will be re-sampled on-the-fly.
Vegas can handle mono and stereo files mixed on a
single track.
Time Stretch / Pitch Shift
General information
Format Capabilities
Country specific information
Sample Rates
Mono / Stereo
Exporting from Vegas
Overlaps
Video Tracks
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In Vegas choose "Save As" from the file menu. Choose
"EDL text file" from the file type list.
If you plan to convert to SAWPro, avoid overlapping
regions. SAWPro only allows single stream playback
per track.
Although a Vegas project can be built of multiple video
tracks, Pro-Convert translates only 1 video file per
project during the conversion process.
If a source project contains more than one video file,
specify one of them as the Master Clip from the Video
Window for conversion.
Offset
Time Stretch / Pitch Shift
Entry Levels
Muted Entries
Projects using simple real-time resampling strategies
(change pitch & length) are supported by Pro-Convert.
Both other methods ("change pitch, preserve length"
and "preserve length, change pitch") are currently not
supported.
Advice: if you want to use one of the unsupported
methods, render the effect to new media files prior edl
export.
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Vegas' text format doesn't have a dedicated project
offset option. This is why offsets defined in SAW and
Cool Edit Pro are directly processed into the clips' edit
times in Vegas. (i.e. using a 1 hr offset in the converting
process will result in the 1st entry starting 1 hr later.
Using a 1 hr record start will result in the 1st entry to
begin at exact 01:00:00.000)
Projects using simple real-time resampling strategies
(change pitch & length) for conversions to the Vegas
text edl.
Other methods ("change pitch, preserve length" and
"preserve length, change pitch") are currently not
supported.
Advice: if you want to use one of the unsupported
methods, render the effect to new media files prior edl
export.
Limitations
The maximum level for a Vegas Entry is 0db. Therefore, any event levels higher than 0dB will be ignored
and set to 0db.
Tip: Adjust these entries in Vegas using the normalize
switch & level setting.
Although Vegas supports information about muted
regions internally, its export/import format, the Vegas
text EDL contains no such flag.
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Detailed Audio Project Information
Vegas Scripting
Advanced parameter set compared to Text EDL.
tracks
audio formats
sample rates (Hz)
bit depth
unlimited
wav, aif, mp3, rm, pca, w64, wma, asf
96000, 48000, 44100, 32000, 22050, 11025, 8000
16, 20, 24
Vegas Scripts
Format Capabilities
Scripting does not work...
Exporting from Vegas
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General information
These import and export scripts (XML files) should be
used with Vegas Video 5.x or later.
Be sure to place the scripts and the two small PNG
picture files (*.png) that come along with Pro-Convert
into the Vegas' Script Menu folder.
Open Vegas; if the scripts do not show up immediately
in the Script Menu, perform a re-scan of the script
menu folder.
In addition to the standard parameters that are transferred via the Vegas Text EDL, XML import / export
can include the following project related data:
- volume and pan automation data
- Marker and PQ data
- Region names
- Track names
- project offset
- subclips
- Mute regions
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In order to use the Vegas Scripting, the "Microsoft .Net
Framework 1.1" must be properly installed.
You can check to see if you already have the .NET
Framework 1.1 installed by clicking Start on your
Windows desktop, selecting Control Panel, and then
double-clicking the Add or Remove Programs icon.
When that window appears, scroll through the list of
applications. If you see Microsoft .NET Framework 1.1
listed, the latest version is already installed.
Microsoft .Net Framework 1.1" is available as free
download from Microsoft Inc.
In Vegas choose "Scripting" from the Tools Menu.
Select the "Export XML to Pro-Convert" script.
Export other Envelopes
Video Tracks
Project Offset
Project Samplerate
Entry Levels
Vegas Scripting (XML)
Pro-Convert reads volume and panorama automation
data only. Our advice is to not export any additional
envelopes like FX or EQ. In fact this can result in an
XML file that causes an error in Vegas when trying to
re-import the file.
Although a Vegas project can be built of multiple video
tracks, Pro-Convert translates only 1 video file per
project during a conversion process.
If a source project contains more than one video file,
from the Video Window you need to specify one of
them as the Master Clip.
To...
Although projects offsets can be read and interpreted
from XML files, a project offset can not currently be
imported via XML. Existing offsets from a source
project are therefore calculated into the event positions.
Although Pro-Convert writes the correct project sample
rate to the XML file, we have seen imports where Vegas
did not update the project sample rate value in its
properties window. If you experience this problem,
simply reenter the appropriate value in Vegas.
Limitations
The maximum level for a Vegas Entry is 0db. Therefore, any event levels higher than 0dB will be ignored
and set to 0db.
Tip: Adjust these entries in Vegas using the normalize
switch & level setting.
Steinberg Wavelab
Detailed Audio Project Information
Wavelab Montage
Montage is Wavelab's multitrack project format.
tracks
audio formats
sample rates (Hz)
999
wav, aif, mp3, mp2, au, snd, paf
96000, 88200, 64000, 48000, 44100, 32000, 22050,
11025
8, 16, 20, 24, 32
bit depth
Montage Format
Sample Rate
Markers & PQ
Mono vs. Stereo Tracks
Fade Types
Markers & PQ
Region Gain
General information
Montage is a multitrack format which was invented
with Wavelab3.
Wavelab expects audio files with the same sample rate
as the project sample rate; if your project rate is
44.1kHz, all of the referenced audio files must follow
this sample rate; otherwise they will be played at the
wrong speed and pitch.
...From
Wavelab's Markers and PQ data is fully supported.
Stereo and. Mono Files
mixed on a single Track
Video
Limitations
Each track in Wavelab is strictly dedicated to either
mono or stereo playback. This means you cannot mix
mono and stereo files on a single track from within
Wavelab. If your source project contains tracks with
mono and stereo files mixed on a single stream, ProConvert will pop up a warning message.
However, if you convert such an project, you will be
able to open it in Wavelab and it will play correctly.
This is not a recommended procedure! Adjacent tracks
will probably display their waveforms incorrectly and
Wavelab may crash. Therefore we advise that you avoid
such configurations in your source project if you plan to
convert to Wavelab.
The playback of video files is currently not support in
Wavelab.
To...
In order to create a valid montage file, Pro-Convert
needs to know which of the files are mono, which are
stereo. If your source project contains mono and stereo
files, make sure that the audio files are available on the
computer that runs Pro-Convert. Pro-Convert will then
analyse your files and create a correct montage file.
When audio files are not available during the conversion process, you can set the related tracks to either
mono or stereo in the project window.
Inside the "Edit Fades" from the Convert Fades Window only the internal fade types are available that
correspond with one of Wavelab's preset curve types.
Wavelab's Marker and PQ data are now fully supported.
Region gain values from a source format are processed
into the clips and not into the volume curve. The gain
value for the region is available from the clips menu.
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Main Application Window
Main Application Window
Project Strip
After opening an Audio Project Pro-Convert opens the main application window.
The project strip provides a general summary about the loaded
Audio Project.
 the number of regions/entries/parts used
 the number of referenced source files
 the number of tracks used
 project sample rate, bit depth and frame rate (if available)
 the project starting point, end and its total running time
 the project time code offset (if available)
For Sample-based Projects, all times are displayed in the format:
hrs:min:sec:ms.
Frame-based Projects will display times in the format min:sec:frs.
Convert Strip
It’s divided into the following Sections:
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After clicking on the ‘Format Pool’ button on the Top,
the convert strip shows all the target formats available to
convert the currently loaded audio project into.
You can drag & drop the icons into any order you like,
scroll the convert strip up and down while the mouse
shows the hand icon and additionally there is the ‘Favor-
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ites’ section, where you can drag your most important formats into.
Clip Window
With a right click on the convert strip you can switch between
large and small format icons.
The order of Icons and the view (small/large icons, Format Pool or
Favorite Section opened) is remembered automatically next time
you start Pro-Convert.
In the Clip Window all Clips/Regions/Parts/Entries that belong to
the selected file or track in the project tree are listed. The table is
Project Tree
Pro-Convert can either display the
Project in File View, showing the
used physical Audio Files as a tree
or in a Track View, showing the
used Tracks in the project.
You can switch between these
modes by right-clicking inside the
Project Tree area.
divided into columns for clip name and number, the related source
times (i.e. sample offset in the referenced audio file), the edit times
(clip start and end position on the timeline) and the track number
the clip is placed on.
You can sort the list by clicking on the column tabs. Clicking twice
inverts the column order.
You can also change the column widths, which will be remembered next time you start Pro-Convert.
(You can also use shortcuts or the View Menu to change the Project tree appearance.
For further details please refer to the Menu Reference Chapter of this User Guide).
Detailed Clip Window
In Track View you can deselect Tracks you want to exclude from
conversion.
This window gives you more detailed information about the selected clip. This includes fade type & time, mute, lock, & level
settings.
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Deselecting tracks enables you to create different versions of a project very
easily, i.e. voice only version, instrumental version, and so on.
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Clip Section
Displays the full name of the clip and other detailed information:
 The duration of the clip
 The clip volume level
 Whether it is locked on the timeline or not
 Whether it is muted on the timeline or not
 Clip fade type and length for in & out.
 Picture of the fade shape on the left. If a fade shape cannot be interpreted, it will be set to linear and the shape
icon will be displayed in red.
Track name
Displays the name of the corresponding track.
Source
Displays the full path of the physical file. This can be an audio file
(speaker icon) or a video file (filmstrip icon).
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Project Conversion Dialogue Windows
Pro-Convert User Interface
Project Conversion Dialogue Windows
Pro Tools 5.0 Mac options
After clicking the desired destination format the project conversion
dialogue is started in a wizard style, guiding you through the various aspects of the project conversion.
These options are relevant
only for Pro Tools session
that will be opened on a
Mac system.
Please refer to page 28 for
Pro Tools Version 5 Format
details for detailed information on how to prepare a
project for PT5 on a Mac.
All settings are already optimised for the destination format.
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Depending on the destination Format, not all mentioned parameters are
shown or available for setup (greyed out).
Project Notes for AES 31
You can enter additional project information (up to 70 characters).
You can add a Document to the project, like txt, rtf, doc or pdf file.
If none of the options are selected then a PC-only compatible PT5
Session will be created.
OMF Presets
The OMFi format is ‘interpreted’ in various flavours
by different DAW manufacturers. Therefore ProConvert provides OMF
presets that meet the specific expectations of the
OMF import in the most
popular DAWs. You can
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modify these settings by altering options in
the four conversion windows.
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29.97nd, and so on). Note: the setting affects time information, like
project offset and all source and clip times!
When you want to create and store your own
OMFi presets, simply select one of the User
presets and check all options from the four
conversion windows.
After the conversion process is finished these settings are automatically stored inside the selected User preset.
Sample Rate
Determines the project sample rate.
The Project sample rate often matches the sample rate of each
audio file. However, there are DAWs that can use audio files with
different sample rates and a dedicated Project Sample rate has to be
chosen. (e.g. Samplitude, SAW, Cool Edit.)
The sample rate drop-down box is only active when a selection has to be made.
In most cases the appropriate sample rate is displayed and the box is greyed out.
Frame Rate
For sample-based projects the frame rate is set as a project parameter only. For frame-based formats this option allows true conversions between different rates (e.g. 25fps => 24fps, 30fps =>
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The project frame rate is not available for all target formats.
Bit Depth
Selects the bit depth for the project.
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The number of bits used to represent a single sample.
Different DAWs handle Audio File bit depths differently. Conversions to Pro Tools will include any required audio file bit conversions.
Example#1: a source project contains 16-bit and 24-bit audio files. In Pro Tools all
media files must match the project bit rate. This is why the project bit rate will be set
to 24-bit and referenced 16-bit audio files will be converted to this bit depth.
Example#2: a source project contains 24-bit and 32-bit files. Since Pro Tools projects
can have a maximum depth of 24-bits, all 32-bit files will be converted to 24-bit during the project translation process.
The correct bit depth is displayed when it can be detected. A choice
of project bit depth is only available with some formats.
Ignore empty tracks
Empty tracks from the source project are not translated to the target
format.
Remove Overlaps
Attention! This option removes overlaps from ANY region – priority is given to the following region.
Example: region 1 on track 1 plays from 0:00:00.000 to 0:00:02.000; region 2 on
track 1 plays from 0:00:01.000 to 0:00.05.000. There is an overlap for 1 second
between region 1 and region 2.
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Using the Remove Overlaps option will shorten region 1 so that it
will play from 0:00:00.000 to 0:00:01.000. At exactly this time is
where Region 2 will start to play.
SAW does not allow overlapping regions. For conversion to SAW,
Clean Project is turned on by default. All existing region overlaps
are removed.
Frame based Project
Some formats can be based either on a sample or a frame resolution (Discreet, OMF).
Check the option to create a target project based on a frame grid.
Corresponds to the project frame rate settings above.
Black until record start
Adds a silent event between project start and the first event’s position. Fill with Blacks fills empty spaces between clips on the timeline with silent events. Available only for conversion to Discreet
Edit.
Project Offset
Lets you select an offset for the whole project. Original Offsets and
Record Starts will be displayed here.
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There are two different offset types:
Clip and Timeline Parameters
Set Offset
Fades and Volume/Panning Automation
Sets the project start to a specified time.
Whether the dialogue provides a translate fades and/or a translate
vol and pan curves (automation data) depends on the capabilities of
the source and target formats.
Example: the project begins at 0:00:00.000. The first event starts 2 seconds later.
Defining a 1hr offset starts the project at 01:00:00.000 and the first event at
01:00:02.000.
Set Record start:
Sets the start of the first event to a specified time.
Example: the project begins at 0:00:00:000. The first event starts 2 seconds later.
Defining a 1hr record start lets the project begin at 00:59:58.000 and the first event at
01:00:00.000.
Existing Record Starts (i.e. beginning of first event) with very high
values will be interpreted as follows: hours and minutes will be
interpreted as the actual project offset, the remaining seconds and
frames will be specified as the new Record Start. This logic should
avoid situations with a 9hrs59 empty timeline prior to the first
event.
Please press NEXT when you are done…
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Project Conversion Dialogue Windows
Fades Section
The fade section contains the translation parameters for fades and
cross fades. It’s possible to translate the fades to the destination
format, ignore fades completely, create non-click fades (short fades
to avoid glitch noise) or edit existing fades in fade curve and/or
fade time.
Translate Fades
Clip-based fades contained in your source project will be translated
1:1 into the new format. With formats that only use volume curves,
the volume points are translated. (e.g. Cool Edit, SAW).
With formats that combine curves and fades into the volume envelope (e.g. Samplitude, Wavelab), fades are created for the start and
end of a region; all further envelopes will result in new mix points
on a volume curve. Pan points are translated where possible.
The fades from your source project are analysed, translated into the
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target project and an appropriate (i.e. similar) fade type is selected
so that the audible result will be as accurate as possible.
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If you prefer fades that are performed through a volume curve,
simply use ‘Ignore Fades’ instead. All volume points from the
source format will be part of the volume automation in the target
format. Pan curves are translated 1:1
Ignore fades
Any fade information from your source project will be ignored –
no fades will be written to your target project. Any clip-based volume and pan information from the source file will be ignored.
Create non-click fades
Extract fades from curve
The ‘extract fades from curve’ option is only available for conversions to formats that support both region-based fades and volume-/
automation-based curves; it only affects the conversion, when the
source format combines fades, cross-fades and volume curves in to
one automation curve.
Those points from a volume curve that represent a fade in or fade
out are separated from the rest of the curve and transformed into
region-based fades and are therefore no longer part of the volume
curve in the target format. Those points that are not part of a fade
in or out remain on the volume curve.
In order to avoid clicks or glitches at the start and end of a region,
Pro-Convert can create standard linear fades of 10ms for each region; this guarantees a virtual zero-crossing. For formats that only
use volume curves to perform fades, all the necessary mix points
are added to the volume envelope. (e.g. Cool Edit, Audition)
Edit fades
Use this option to generally choose a certain fade type and time for
fade in and out of clips. This option globally replaces all source
project fade information. Every clip will have the same type &
time for fade in and out.
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Keep fade times
This option is only available in combination with Edit fades:
It generally replaces the fade types for the target project, but keeps
the length of the original fades in the source project. Therefore if
certain clips had no fade-in/out (i.e. fade length of 00:00:00:00) in
the source project, then this will also result in no fades in the destination project.
Envelopes and Levels Section
Project Conversion Dialogue Windows
existing volume automation data by the chosen amount. This option is only available if the Normalise function is not selected.
Clip gain
This option is available for conversion to the OMF format only.
In all other conversions clip gain translation is always activated
when Volume Curves are translated (and when source and destination projects support this feature).
Depending on source and target format capabilities, options in the
envelopes and level section are made accessible.
Translate Volume Curves
Volume curves or volume automation can be translated using this
option. In most cases these envelopes control the DAW’s volume
fader in the mixer.
Normalise / Rescale
Normalise / Rescale
Normalise: If the source format contains volume automation data
beyond the maximum possible value in the destination format, all
existing volume automation data will be reduced relatively to the
maximum value. Rescale: Increase or decrease the nominal level of
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Normalise: If the source format contains clip gain levels beyond
the max possible value for the destination format, all existing clip
gain levels will be reduced relatively to the maximum value.
Rescale: Increase or decrease the nominal level of existing clip
gain levels by the chosen amount. (only available if the Normalise
function is not selected)
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Project Conversion Dialogue Windows
Markers & PQ Section
When markers/PQ entries are available in the source project and
the destination project supports this information, these settings are
available (i.e. not greyed out).
Markers are available for the following formats:
PQ data (Track Index info for Red Book compatible CDs) is supported for the following formats:

Samplitude

Wavelab
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Sadie

Vegas XML
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Samplitude/Sequoia
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Adobe Audition
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Cool
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Soundscape
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SAW
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Wavelab
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Sadie

OpenTL
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BU

Sonic Solutions

Vegas XML

Adobe Audition

Pro Tools

Soundscape
Please press NEXT when you are done.
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Video dialogue
This window only appears if your source project contains any video references.
Include Video
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Replace file
Use this option to select a replacement video from the browse dialogue for the currently marked file in the media pool.
Uncheck this box to ignore any video references for the target
project.
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Pro-Convert only supports transfer of one video file per project. If the
source project contains more than 1 video file, you need to select one to be
copied over with the project conversion.
Video Chunk Mac compatible
This option is available only for conversions to Pro Tools sessions.
Use if target Pro Tools session will be opened on a Mac system.
Video Chunk PC compatible
This option is available only for conversions to Pro Tools sessions.
Use if target session will be opened on a Windows system.
Search for file
Performs a detailed search for the selected video file.
You can use the option to re-map the selected video to a new location.
Reset list
Performs a reset to the video pool to the original state in the source
project.
Please press NEXT when you are done.
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Project Conversion Dialogue Windows
Locate Audio dialogue
This dialogue shows the list of all included audio files in a project.
The Status column informs you if Pro-Convert could locate the
cannot find certain audio files in the path specified inside the
source project file. For example:

Audio file was not included in back-up/transport media to the
Pro-Convert PC

Project is not using relative paths and source was e.g. on C:/
Drive and is now on D:/ Drive

Audio file paths contain mapped network drives and not IPbased paths
If certain entries in the list have a ‘not found’ status, Pro-Convert
offers a variety of options to fix this:
Search Audio Options
Prior to performing a search, the left/bottom area of the search
section will allow you to set the search options:
All files
Performs a detailed search for all audio files referenced in the
source project. Use this option to re-map all referenced files.
referenced audio files or if the source project’s reference to certain
audio files is invalid (i.e. not found). There are various reasons
why a project contains invalid audio file pointers, i.e. Pro-Convert
All missing files
A search is performed on all files that are not located at this point.
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Active file or string.
Search for the file that is currently selected in the list.
Search with extension
If this box is unchecked, a search is performed for media files that
have no extension.
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Deactivate this option if the referenced media files have a file extension in
the project but not on their disk location. This could be the case if media
files have been transferred via network from a FAT to an HFS disk.
This option is active by default.
Create dummies for missing files
For every missing file a substitution file will be created. You can
specify a length for all dummy files. The newly created file will
have a ‘dmy’ prefix and the original file name; this leaves the option to identify the original file at a later time.
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Search Button
Click on ‘Search’ to open the browse window and select a starting
directory for the search.
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You can use ‘wildcards’ (e.g. bass*.wav) if you are not sure about the exact
name of the replacement file. You can also use a wildcard for the file extension (e.g. bass 06.*) to replace the referenced file with a file of same name
but different file format.
Replace file Button
Use this option to select a replacement file from the browse dialogue for the currently marked file in the list.
Reset list Button
Resets all replacements, all re-mapping and reloads the original
state.
Please press NEXT when you are done.
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Project Conversion Dialogue Windows
Transfer Audio Dialogue
This is the place where necessary format conversions and file
transport are handled.
All file operations are non-destructive. Files that are transferred are
copied, not moved; i.e. new files are created, original audio files
are left untouched.
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All files to new folder
Choose or create a folder from the browse dialogue where all new
audio files will be copied/converted to.
All audio files that are referenced in the project will be copied to a
new folder.
Copy Section options
to OMF file (embed)
This option is available for conversion to the OMFi format only.
All referenced audio files are packed into one single OMF file
(embedded).
Use source folder
In case referenced audio files need to be converted (e.g. split), the
new files will be placed in the same folder as the original files.
Original files are left untouched. If no audio file conversion is required (i.e. source and target project can both use the same files) no
file copy or conversion is being performed.
New files to new folder
Choose or create a folder from the browse dialogue where all new
audio files will be copied/converted to.
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Additional Options
Overwrite existing files
If this option is active, existing files with the same name will be
overwritten in the target folder without further warning. For safety
reasons you should leave this option inactive.
Split Options
The Split Options are only available if any interleaved stereo files
are present.
Some of the supported project formats require mono files (e.g.
OpenTL). If the source project contains interleaved stereo files,
these files will be split into two separate mono files during the
conversion process.
From the Split drop-down box you can choose the channel indicator.
Audio Format Button (open Audio File Conversion Matrix)
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Project Conversion Dialogue Windows
Pressing the Audio Format Button opens the additional Audio File
Conversion Matrix Section.
Here you can separately select the target audio format for any referenced source audio file format. Only appropriate options that can
be used by the target format are allowed.
Example: if you select AIFF in the Wave/BWF column and Wave in the AIFF/AIFC
column, any Wave or BWF file will be converted to the AIFF whereas any AIFF or
AIFC file will be converted to the Wave format.
The Reset button resets the matrix to its original state.
Convert Button
A click on the Convert button starts the conversion process:
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Audio File Conversions
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Project Conversion
Audio Tool
Pro-Convert Audio Tool
The Audio Tool can perform audio file format conversions and is a
simple batch converter. It can be used independently from project
conversions. Supported formats are the basic audio formats usually
referenced in supported projects: Wave, BWF, AVI, AIFF, AIFC,
SDII, Sadie3 and SSL Soundscape Take audio.
Input Section
The Input Section shows a list of audio files that are selected for a
batch conversion process.
In order to add files to the list, you can simply drag & drop audio
files from Windows Explorer into the list. You can also use the
buttons inside the input section:
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Use ‘load folder’ to add all media files to the list residing in the
selected folder.
Use ‘Get from Project’ to load those audio files that are referenced
in the currently loaded project. (Be sure to load project first.)
Use ‘Remove’ to remove all selected files from the list.
Use ‘Clear’ to clear the entire list.
Use ‘Reset’ to bring the list to its original state.
View List / View details: Choose the detailed view if you would
like to have all relevant file parameters displayed in the list.
File Info Section
The file Info section displays format details about the selected
audio file
Tag Section
Tag raw or unknown file types with attributes.
Use ‘add media’ to add a single media file to the list.
This feature can be used to import sd2 files whose attributes are
unknown, i.e. where no resource fork is available.
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After setting up the appropriate attributes for the file (e.g. big endian Motorola, 44.100kHz, 24-bit, mono) and clicking ‘Set attributes’, these attributes are temporarily ‘tagged’ inside the Audio
Tool.
Audio Tool
Output Section
Supported Audio File Formats (Input)
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
Wave (Microsoft Wave Format)

BWF (Broadcast Wave Format)
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AIFF (Audio Interchange File Format)

AIFC (AIFF revision to include compressed data)

SADIE3 Audio Format (import only)

Sound Designer I

Sound Designer II (in Raw, double forked and Mac-Binary
encoded format)

AVI (AVI audio; import only)
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Format Options
Choose the target format for the files in the list. All files will be
converted to the chosen format.
Supported Audio File Formats (Output)

Wave (Microsoft Wave Format)
TFF (Soundscape Audio Format)

BWF (Broadcast Wave Format)

AU (Sun/NeXT; import only)

AIFF (Audio Interchange File Format)

W64 (Sony Wave64; import only)

AIFC (AIFF revision to include compressed data)

OMF (on import)

TFF (Soundscape Audio Format)
Audio Tool
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32-bit options
Only available if any of the listed files are in 32-bit format:
32-bit native: This option leaves any 32-bit file in its original format, no matter which file format is chosen;
Example: a 32-bit AIFC Float file will remain a Float file even if it is converted to the
Wave format.
32-bit as PCM: Any 32-bit file will be stored in 32-bit PCM linear
format, even if it was originally an IEEE Float file.
32-bit as IEEE Float: Any 32-bit file will be stored in 32-bit Float
format, even if it was originally a 32-bit PCM linear file.
32-bit as 24-bit: Any 32-bit file in the list - be it PCM linear or
IEEE Float - will be truncated to 24-bit during the conversion to
the new format.
Split / Merge Options:
Split: With these options you can split multiple interleaved files to
split stereo (2 separate mono files). Choose a file suffix to indicate
left and right channels.
Merge: The Merge option provides a way to convert split stereo
files to interleaved stereo media.
Destination section:
Select a target folder for the converted media data from the browse
window.
Progress Bar: shows the status of a conversion process.
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Working with Soundscape projects directly on an
SDisk
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Projects on Soundscape SDisk(s)
The following browse dialogue will display folders and existing
You can skip this section if you are not converting to/from SSL
Soundscape Editor projects residing on a Soundscape Native Unit.
Soundscape Native Unit aka SDisk
The SSL Soundscape Editor Version 4.2 to 5.5 can utilise HDDs
directly connected to the PC as ‘native’ Soundscape units. These
hard drives use a proprietary Disk Format containing a volume
virtualisation and sophisticated security features. These are called
‘Soundscape Disk’ – or abbreviated to ‘SDisk’.
All Pro-Convert windows pointing to these HDDs use the term
SDisk.
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Open ARR from SDisk
arrange files of available SDisks. Browse and select the desired
arrange file and confirm with ‘Open’.
If there is at least one SDisk
connected to your system bus,
the ‘Open ARR from SDisk’
command will be available
from the program's file menu.
If you plugged new SDisks into the system with the OpenArrange-Window present you can use the Refresh button to perform a re-scan of connected SDisks.
Once the program has read the Soundscape project from its
SDisk(s), all further operations apply to the standard routines described in this User Guide.
Projects on Soundscape SDisk(s)
Save Soundscape project on an SDisk
If Soundscape is your target project format for conversion then you
can directly convert and transfer the files to a connected SDisk.
A click on this button will select the first SDisk Pro-Convert can
find on your system for the new project. If you would prefer to
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Soundscape Unit Size
Source projects will be split into sets of ‘tracks-per-disk’. You can
specify the number of disk tracks according to your Soundscape
unit size.
Pro-Convert will transfer referenced audio files only to the appropriate SDisk.
Set slave disk order
The Master prompt line displays the disk that has been selected as
the Master disk. This is the disk where the audio files for unit #1,
all automation files and the arrange file will be placed on.
The list below displays the SDisks that are currently available on
the system.
specify another SDisk as the target drive, please click on the
browse icon.
Master Disk Browser
This window lets you select the target disk for a single-disk project
or the Master Disk for a multi-disk project. The Master Disk is the
first Soundscape hard drive of several drives required for the target
project. The number of disks required depends on the number of
tracks used in the source project.
Use the up/down arrows on the left-hand side to create an order for
existing disks: the first disk in the list will be used for unit #2, the
next disk for unit #3, and so on.
Not enough SDisks available?
If your source project exceeds the number of tracks that can be
spanned over the existing SDisks, Pro-Convert will finally transfer
orphaned tracks and their corresponding audio files to a dedicated
sub-folder on the Master disk.
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Save Soundscape project on PC Disk
When saving a Soundscape Project onto a PC Disk the procedure
is exactly as described in the general conversion dialogues to any
other target format.
All tracks and audio files will be transferred to the new location.
There's no project splitting to a specified unit size in this case.
Explore Soundscape SDisk(s)
SDisk Explorer (left side)
The SDisk Explorer is divided into a Path String (Top), the SDisk/
Explore Soundscape SDisk
Similar to Windows Explorer but double-paned, there is a left window for Soundscape disks (SDisk) and a right window with all
volumes recognised by windows. On the Windows side this can be
FAT16, FAT32 or NTFS Drives, but can also be mapped network
drives or Mac formatted drives if your PC is equipped with a file
system extension like Mac Drive, Mac Opener or similar.
If ‘Explore Sdisk’ and the ‘Open Arr on SDisk’ dialogue are not available in
the program, Pro-Convert was not able to find any SDisks attached to your
system. In such cases please try unplugging and then reconnecting the
SDisk to the system. Depending on the interface type (IDE/SATA, USB or
FireWire) and chipset (e.g. Oxford, VIA) you may have to reboot your computer in
order to make the SDisks available to the system.
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Folder pane (leftmost), and the Folder contents/File Section.
Drag & Drop operations for files or folders should be initiated
from and targeted to file sections. Unlike Soundscape's SFile Manager, SDisk Explore shows folders specific to each disk, i.e. if a
folder exists on four SDisks it will be displayed for each of them.
A right-click on any object inside the SDisk Explorer window lets
you select the SDisk Info window that displays all available information for a selected disk. The SDisk slot information (Master or
Slave Number) will be available after you run a Soundscape project conversion directly to that disk for the first time. For multi-
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Explore Soundscape SDisk(s)
Pro-Convert User Interface
disk projects you must specify a disk
order. The specified order is later
reflected in the SDisk slot info.
Menu Commands
The ‘Comment’ field can be used to
write a short note to the disk. A click
on ‘OK’ saves any data entered to the
‘Comment’ field and exits the Disk
Info window.
Scan SDisk(s)
Performs a new scan of all SDisks connected to the system bus.
Windows Explorer (right side)
The right pane is divided into a tree section and file section. Drag
& Drop operations for files or folders should be initiated from and
targeted to file sections. The tree will display all drives that are
directly accessible through the Windows operating system. The
File Section displays the content of the folder selected in the tree.
SDisk
Format SDisk(s)
Opens the Formatter module. This tool let's you reformat disks
with the Soundscape specific format.
You can quickly reformat SDisks that are connected to the system
bus. ‘Delete entries’ sets the number of used entries to zero in the
boot sector (and therefore only deletes the Drive Index).
The drive icon on the left-hand side helps you to distinguish between Soundscape and Win disks.
NOTE: Before you click on ‘Start’ make sure you didn’t select a
Win Drive, as this will result in the loss of all data located on that
drive.
SDisk-to-Win
From the drop-down menu select the audio target format for the
next copy process from SDisk to a Windows destination. Files
within the selection can be copied in their current format (native
mode) or converted to a dedicated audio format. Conversion formats are WAV, BWF, AIFF and AIFC.
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Win-to-SDisk
From the drop-down
menu select the audio
target format for copying
processes from a Windows location to an
SDisk. Audio files can be copied in their current format (native
mode) or converted to TFF (Soundscape Take File) format. Selected audio target formats will be remembered and pre-selected
the next time you run the SDisk Explorer.
View
Explorer like control of the File/Folder View as List, Detailed List
or with Icons.
Help
A copy of the Help Menu from the Main Program Window.
File Menu
Menu Reference
The Pro-Convert Menu bar is located above the Toolbar. The
menus and commands are accessible via mouse or Keyboard
Shortcut Keys.
File Menu
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Alt+F
The File menu contains commands to open and save projects, and
also to exit the program.
Open Project
Ctrl+O
Use the Open Project command to load a new project file.
Opening a File closes the current process and displays the opened
project in the Convert window. Copy Buttons
Provide One-Button operations from SDisk to a WinDrive or
WinDrive to SDisk on selected files/folders.
Use the button on the left side to start copying processes from an
SDisk to a Win Drive or use the button on the right side to start the
copying process from a Win Drive to an SDisk.
Alternatively you can simply
drag & drop a project file onto
the Main Window in order to
open it.
Menu Reference
View Menu
Open ARR from SDisk
Ctrl+D
If a Soundscape SDisk has been scanned on your System bus upon
opening Pro-Convert, use this option to open a Soundscape Arrangement from the SDisk. Opening a File closes the current process and displays the opened project in the Convert window.
Saving and Renaming a Project File
Ctrl+S
Use the Save command to save a project. The source file is not
affected (overwritten, deleted, or altered) during this process. You
may return to the original project at any time to make new adjustments and translate it again.
Exiting Pro-Convert
Use the Exit command to close Pro-Convert.
View Menu
Alt+F4
Alt+V
The View menu contains items to control the display of the main
window. The menu items function as toggle-switches; they can be
turned on or off. Active items are indicated by a coloured icon.
Inactive items are greyed out.
Choose Output List to display details on the converted target project (only available if conversion has been finished).
As an alternative you can use the left & right arrow from the icon
bar to toggle between Input & Output list.
Files / Tracks
F7 & F8
Choose Files View to display the referenced audio files in the tree.
Choose Track View to display the tracks used in the project.
Details / List / Symbols F9, F10 & F11
Choose Details (F9) to display all available Clip information.
Choose List (F10) to display a list of the Clips.
Choose Symbols (F11) for large Clip Icons
Large Icons / Small Icons
These are the display options for the
Convert Strip.
By default large icons are displayed in
the Convert Strip.
As an alternative you can right click with
the mouse on the Convert Strip to toggle
between large and small icons.
Input List / Output List F5 & F6
Choose Input List to display the source project and all its information.
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Menu Reference
Convert Menu Convert/Tools/Help Menu
Alt+C
The Convert menu contains the target format icons. Choosing one
of them will start the conversion process and duplicates the functionality of the convert strip in the main window.
Tools Menu
Alt+T
Tool Tips
Enables / Disables the mouse-over tool tips.
SDisk (Soundscape Disk) related entries
These entries are only available if Pro-Convert has found Soundscape SDisk(s) during program start-up.
Explore SDisk(s)
Opens the Explore SDisk Window.
Scan SDisk(s)
Re-scan Soundscape formatted
Disks.
Format SDisk(s)
Opens the SDisk Formatter.
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Audio Tool
Opens the Audio Tool, Pro-Convert’s built-in audio file batch converter. Please refer to [LINK AudioTool] for further Details.
Help Menu
Alt+H
In the Help menu you’ll find a direct link to this User Guide. Online Help resources can be found at www.solid-state-logic.com,
while the ‘about’ window contains detailed version info about ProConvert.
User Guide
Opens this User Guide as a PDF File.
Pro-Convert Online
Opens the Pro-Convert Product Section
on www.solid-state-logic.com
Pro-Convert Overview
Opens the Pro-Convert Product overview including a step by step guide on
www.solid-state-logic.com
SSL Online Support
Navigates directly to the Support Section at www.solid-state-logic.com
Menu Reference
Shortcut Keys
Pro-Convert FAQ‘s
This is an interactive FAQ‘s section on www.solid-state-logic.com.
Simply select Pro-Convert as your product and search for answers
to the most frequently asked questions.
Shortcut Keys
Command
Keyboard Shortcuts
Open Project
Ctr+O
Save Project
Pro-Convert Updates
Brings you directly to the latest Pro-Convert Version ready to
download at www.solid-state-logic.com
Exit
F5
Switch to Output List
F6
File View
F7
Track View
F8
View detailed list
F9
View list
F10
View large Entry Icons
F11
7. Drumstrip Support
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Ctrl+S
Alt + F4
Switch to Input List
About Pro-Convert
Opens the Pro-Convert About Screen with version and registration
information. Click on this window to close it.
In order to access the online help and support system you will first need to
register at www.solid-state-logic.com.
Support FAQs
To access the latest support information on Duende, please visit our online support site. The information there is kept up to
date by our support staff to make sure all information is accurate. All information is available to you 24/7.
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URL: http://solid-state-logic-en.custhelp.com
If you can’t find your answer or a solution to your issue, you can submit a question on the site to our support staff for resolution.
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System Requirements
Your system’s components affect how well Pro-Convert performs.
The following lists the requirements to run Pro-Convert.
Minimum Requirements
Pro-Convert system requirements (minimum) depend on the installed Windows OS. The requirements to run the OS alone may be
significantly higher.
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64MB Ram
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266MHz processor or higher
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Microsoft Windows 98, 98 SE, ME, NT 4.0 SP5,
Windows 2000, Windows XP or Windows Vista (32-Bit)
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20MB hard-disk space for program installation
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Visual Basic Scripting
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VGA Display
Recommended System
Pro-Convert is not heavy on system resources.
However, copying or converting Gigabytes of audio files is quicker
on fast systems with modern HD‘s.
Currently XP based PC‘s with Multicore Intel or AMD CPU‘s
seem to be the best choice to build a DAW, including Gigabit
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System Requirements
Ethernet infrastructures for network transfers and fast SATA drives
for storage.
Vista 32
Pro-Convert works on all 32-Bit based Vista Versions (Home to
Ultimate).
SDisks on Vista 32
In order to access Soundscape Disks (SDisk) Pro-Convert needs to
be run as Administrator (right click on program icon, run as Administrator).
Vista 64 Bit
Is currently not supported. The same is true for XP 64-Bit.
Mac OS
In order to run Pro-Convert on a MAC Intel Machine, you will
need Boot Camp, Parallels or Fusion.
Please have a look at www.apple.com for more information.
Fades vs. Volume Curves
General Information
Fades vs. Volume Curves
Cross Platform Transfers
Some of the formats supported by Pro-Convert use clip/region
based fades, some use volume curves, and some use both…
In order to use Pro-Convert's translation abilities for cross platform
purposes you will have to pay attention to a few prerequisites. Apple Computers are able to read PC formatted disks.
While each approach has advantages and disadvantages, translation
between them is quite a challenge.
Example: let's say you start your project in Sequoia; Sequoia uses
clip-based fades and vol- & pan-curves. A conversion to SAW will
do the following: the region-based fades are translated into fade
curves in SAW. The volume & panorama points over the body of
the region will also be translated into a volume and pan curve,
including any necessary interpolation.
When converting back to Sequoia, the beginning and end of regions will be scanned for fade points. These points will be analysed and converted into the correct fade types in Sequoia. The rest
of the points will be written into a volume & pan curve in Sequoia,
including a special algorithm in order to reduce the number of
points to best suite Sequoias format. Quite a challenge!
Therefore it should be no problem to take project files from PC to
Mac.
On the PC we recommend you use a MAC interpreter (Mac-Drive,
Mac-Opener, MacInDos).
This will make the exchange of project and audio files very easy.
For more details please read below.
Configuring Mac-Drive*
(*There are other tools like Mac-Drive on the market – MacOpener, MacInDos etc. The example given below refers to MacDrive but will be similar in other applications)
Described below are the details that should help you to set up MacDrive correctly for your needs.
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Make sure Mac-Drive is properly installed. Follow the instructions
during the installation process.
Cross Platform Transfers /Mac Drive
These settings should be set to default values. They will add an
extension to any registered file type in Windows, so an AIFF file
named ‘audio 1’ will be displayed as ‘audio 1.aif’
Open the Mac-Drive properties from the control panel
Click on ‘Add’; a new dialogue will pop up.
A standard map file with many common formats is provided. To
continue we have to check & add a few settings:
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Configuring Mac Drive
Drag & Drop a Sonic EDL from a Mac Disk on to the file type
box, or simply enter ‘SSED’ for file type and ‘SSYS’ for creator.
Check the following options as displayed above.
Enter Sonic EDL on the top.
Choose EDL as the file name extension that is to be displayed for
this file type in Windows. Any EDL created with Sonic Studio will
from now on be displayed with this extension.
If not already available from the map list, enter the settings similar
to steps #5 - #7 for the AIFF format. See appropriate values above.
Click OK. Done!
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