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contents
Chapter 1. Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1
MachineControl Version 2.0 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1
MachineControl Components . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1
System Requirements and Compatibility . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2
Digidesign Registration . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2
About This Guide. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2
About www.digidesign.com . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
Chapter 2. Installing MachineControl . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
Cables and Connections. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
Connecting Machines . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
Installing MachineControl Software . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8
Authorizing MachineControl . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8
Uninstalling MachineControl . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
Starting Up Your System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10
Chapter 3. MachineControl Communication Modes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
Serial Deck Control Mode. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
Remote 9-Pin Deck Emulation Mode. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12
Chapter 4. Setting Up Machine Control . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13
Online and Offline Operation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13
Transport Controls . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13
Chapter 5. Serial Deck Control Mode (Configuration and Operation) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17
Configuring a MachineControl Device for Deck Control . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18
Preferences for Serial Deck Control Mode . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20
Session Setup Window and MachineControl. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22
Additional Pro Tools Commands . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25
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Selecting Pro Tools or the Machine as the Transport Master . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26
Playback in Serial Deck Control Mode . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27
Remote Track Arming. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29
Configuring Track Arming . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29
Creating a Track Arming Profile . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30
Arming Tracks Remotely for Layback . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34
Chapter 6. Remote 9-Pin Deck Emulation Mode (Configuration and Operation) . . . 35
Configuring Remote 9-Pin Deck Emulation Mode. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35
Preferences for Remote 9-Pin Deck Emulation Mode . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38
Playback in Remote 9-Pin Deck Emulation Mode . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39
Recording in Remote 9-Pin Deck Emulation Mode . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39
Track Arming in Remote 9-Pin Deck Emulation Mode . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40
Chapter 7. Using a Paddle Device in Local Mode . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41
Connecting a Supported Third-Party Paddle Device to Your Pro Tools System . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41
Allow Track Arm Commands in Local Mode Preference . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42
Configuring Ports for a Deck and a Supported Third-Party Paddle Device . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42
Appendix A. Deck Control Key Commands . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43
Appendix B. Troubleshooting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45
Appendix C. Machine IDs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47
Appendix D. 9-Pin Cable Pinouts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49
Index . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53
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MachineControl Guide
chapter 1
Introduction
Digidesign® MachineControl™ is special purpose software for Pro Tools HD that enables serial communication with Sony® 9-pin compatible synchronizers, and video or audio machines.
Video captured in Pro Tools is intended only
for use in Pro Tools. It has not been tested
for import into other applications, and may
not be of standard broadcast quality.
Pro Tools should not be used for laying back
picture to video masters.
MachineControl Components
Your MachineControl package includes the following, based on your operating system:
Windows Systems
• MachineControl Installer disc
• Serial Deck Control cable: RS-232 to RS-422
• 9-pin Turnaround adapter (for Remote 9pin Deck Emulation mode)
• MachineControl iLok License Card
MachineControl Version 2.0
This guide provides installation and operational
instructions for MachineControl version 2.0 for
Pro Tools systems on Windows or Mac.
If you require documentation for other system
configurations, refer to earlier versions of this
guide, available in the Product Support page of
the Digidesign website
(www.digidesign.com/support).
Mac Systems
• MachineControl Installer disc
• Serial Deck Control cable: Male 8-pin miniDIN to male 9-pin cable
• Remote 9-pin Deck Emulation cable: Male
8-pin mini-DIN to female 9-pin cable
• MachineControl iLok License Card
Chapter 1: Introduction
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System Requirements and
Compatibility
MachineControl requires the following:
‹ Digidesign-qualified Pro Tools|HD system,
running on a Digidesign-qualified Windows or
Mac computer.
Compatibility Information
Digidesign can only assure compatibility and
provide support for hardware and software it has
tested and approved.
For a list of Digidesign-qualified computers,
operating systems, hard drives, third-party
devices, and all the latest compatibility
information, visit the Digidesign website
(www.digidesign.com/compatibility).
Serial Deck Control Mode
Requirements
For Tighter Lockups
‹ For Serial Deck Control, use of a Digidesign
SYNC peripheral is recommended.
For near sample accurate Serial Deck Control,
a SYNC peripheral is required.
‹
‹ If you are not using a SYNC peripheral with
Pro Tools, some features of MachineControl can
be used by connecting the deck to the DigiSerial
port on a Pro Tools Core card.
See “Connecting Machines for
Serial Control Mode” on page 6.
Remote 9-Pin Deck Emulation
Requirements
A SYNC peripheral is required when running
MachineControl 9-Pin Remote Deck Emulation
mode, as it provides frame-accurate LTC.
Remote 9-Pin Deck Emulation does not work
via the serial ports on a SYNC peripheral or
via the DigiSerial ports on the Pro Tools HD
card. Instead, you must connect the remote
controller to your Pro Tools system using one
of the following methods:
See “Connecting Machines for Remote 9Pin Deck Emulation Mode” on page 7.
Digidesign Registration
Review the enclosed Digidesign Registration
Information Card and follow the instructions
on it to quickly register your purchase online.
Registering your purchase is the only way you
can be eligible to receive complimentary technical support and future upgrade offers. This is
one of the most important steps you can take as
a new user.
About This Guide
This guide assumes:
• You have installed Pro Tools and verified
that it works properly.
• You have a thorough understanding of
your video deck, external 9-pin decks,
mixer, and other audio and video
equipment.
• You have an understanding of your synchronization equipment and
requirements.
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Conventions Used in This Guide
This guide uses the following conventions to indicate menu choices and key commands:
Convention
Action
File > Save
Choose Save from the File
menu
Control+N
Hold down the Control key
and press the N key
Control-click
Hold down the Control key
and click the mouse button
Right-click
Click with the right mouse
button
The names of Commands, Options, and Settings
that appear on-screen are in a different font.
The following symbols are used to highlight important information:
User Tips are helpful hints for getting the
most from your system.
Important Notices include information that
could affect your data or the performance of
your system.
Cross References point to related sections in
this guide and other Digidesign guides.
About www.digidesign.com
The Digidesign website (www.digidesign.com) is
your best online source for information to help
you get the most out of your Pro Tools system.
The following are just a few of the services and
features available.
Product Registration Register your purchase
online. See the enclosed Digidesign Registration
Information Card for instructions.
Support and Downloads Contact Digidesign
Technical Support or Customer Service; download software updates and the latest online
manuals; browse the Compatibility documents
for system requirements; search the online Answerbase; or join the worldwide Pro Tools community on the Digidesign User Conference.
Training and Education Study on your own using
courses available online or find out how you can
learn in a classroom setting at a certified
Pro Tools training center.
Products and Developers Learn about Digidesign
products; download demo software or learn
about our Development Partners and their plugins, applications, and hardware.
News and Events Get the latest news from
Digidesign or sign up for a Pro Tools demo.
Pro Tools Accelerated Videos Watch the series of
free tutorial videos. Accelerated Videos are designed to help you get up and running with
Pro Tools and its plug-ins.
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chapter 2
Installing MachineControl
Before you Begin
Cables
Before you install MachineControl, make sure
that you have already connected and verified
operation of your Pro Tools system.
MachineControl comes with the following cables and adapters, depending on your computer
platform:
If you are using a Digidesign SYNC peripheral,
refer to its guide to make sure your equipment is
installed and operating correctly.
Cables and Connections
MachineControl requires its own connections
between Pro Tools hardware, the computer, and
external machines. Connections differ depending on your Pro Tools audio interface, operating
system, and on which of the two MachineControl operational modes you want to use: Serial
Deck Control mode or Remote 9-Pin Deck Emulation mode.
When using a supported third-party paddle
device with Pro Tools, you can use both
Serial Deck Control mode and Remote 9-Pin
Deck Emulation mode simultaneously. See
Chapter 7, “Using a Paddle Device in Local
Mode” for more information.
Windows Systems
Serial Deck Control Cable RS-232 to RS-422 cable, for serial time code and all other MachineControl functions.
Turnaround Adapter 9-pin adapter, used with
RS-232 to RS-422 cable, for Remote 9-Pin Deck
Emulation.
Mac Systems
Serial Deck Control Cable Male 8-pin mini-DIN
to male 9-pin cable, for Deck Control.
Remote Deck Emulation Mode Cable Male 8-pin
mini-DIN to female 9-pin cable, required for
Remote 9-Pin Deck Emulation.
Do not substitute 9-pin or serial adaptors
for either MachineControl cable. Each cable
is specifically wired for one operation mode.
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Serial Deck Control Mode
Serial Deck Control mode supports bi-directional communication between Pro Tools and a
compatible external machine. With this feature
you can:
• Synchronize to serial time code
• Arm tracks on the machine remotely
• Control a transport from Pro Tools
• Configure machine settings and options.
Pro Tools|HD Systems
With Pro Tools|HD systems, you can use a Serial
to 9-pin connection or a 9-pin to 9-pin connection for Serial Deck Control mode.
CPU to Deck Connection This type of connection yields the best performance, especially with
linear decks. Use the included Serial Deck Control cable for this type of connection.
SYNC Peripheral to Deck Connection This type of
connection is suitable for non-linear decks. If
you are using a SYNC peripheral, as many as two
machines can be connected to the two 9-pin
Out ports on the SYNC peripheral. You can control one machine at a time, and switch between
them from within Pro Tools. These ports support all MachineControl modes except Remote
9-Pin Deck Emulation mode. For Remote Deck
Emulation mode on Mac systems, a Keyspan
USA28x USB serial adapter is required.
Remote 9-Pin Deck Emulation
Mode
This mode enables a form of deck emulation in
Pro Tools. When the Remote 9-Pin Deck Emulation Mode cable is used on a supported system,
Pro Tools can respond to record-arming, transport, and other standard 9-pin commands from
an external machine.
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While in Remote 9-Pin Deck Emulation mode,
Pro Tools always generates time code, and can
be either the time code master or a slave device.
On Windows systems, Remote 9-pin Deck Emulation mode uses an RS-232 to RS-422 cable and
a Turnaround adapter connected to an available
serial or COM port on the computer.
On Mac systems, use the Remote 9-Pin Emulation Mode cable. This mode requires a Keyspan
USA28x serial adapter connected to a computer
USB port, and a properly wired configuration.
See Chapter 6, “Remote 9-Pin Deck Emulation
Mode (Configuration and Operation)” for
details.
Connecting Machines
This section describes how to connect machines
for Serial Control Mode or Remote 9-Pin Deck
Emulation Mode.
Connecting Machines for
Serial Control Mode
For Best Serial Deck Control
For best serial deck control, connect your deck
as follows:
To connect a deck to a Windows computer:
„ Connect the computer’s COM port to the machine, using the provided 9-pin RS-322 to RS422 cable.
To connect a deck to a Mac computer:
1 Connect a Keyspan USA28x USB serial adapter
(not provided) to a USB port on the computer.
2 Connect the provided male mini DIN-8 serial
to male 9-pin D-sub Deck Control cable to the
end of the adapter.
3 Connect the end of the cable to the machine.
For Limited Serial Deck Control (Non-Linear
Decks Only)
‹ Connect a standard 9-pin cable from one of
the 9-pin Out ports on the SYNC peripheral to
the 9-pin input of the machine. Due to performance limitations, this configuration should be
used primarily with non-linear decks.
Connecting Machines for Remote 9-Pin
Deck Emulation Mode
To connect a machine for Remote 9-Pin Deck
Emulation mode (Windows Systems):
„ Connect the Turnaround adapter to the RS322 to RS-422 cable, and connect them from an
available serial or COM port on your computer
to the 9-pin output of the machine.
Do not use the DigiSerial port on your HD Core
card or the 9-pin ports on the SYNC peripheral
for Remote 9-Pin Deck Emulation mode. The
DigiSerial port should only be used for SYNC peripheral connections, using a DigiSerial cable.
Using a Rosetta Stone Adapter
with MachineControl
(Windows XP Only)
Using the Rosetta Stone adapter with MachineControl on Windows XP lets you do either of
the following:
• Use a Tamura synchronizer with Remote
mode
– or –
• Increase reliability for long cable runs for
Serial Deck Control mode or Remote mode
A Rosetta Stone RS-232 to RS-422 adapter
(model 2/8 or 2/9) and additional RS-232
and RS-422 cables are required.
To set up a Rosetta Stone convertor for a Tamura
synchronizer in Remote mode:
1 Connect the RS-232 cable from your com-
puter’s COM port to the RS-232 side of the Rosetta Stone adapter.
Do not use the DigiSerial port on your HD Core
card or the 9-pin ports on the SYNC peripheral
for Remote 9-Pin Deck Emulation mode. The
DigiSerial port should only be used for SYNC peripheral connections, using a DigiSerial cable.
2 Connect the RS-422 cable from the RS-422
To connect a machine for Remote 9-Pin Deck
Emulation mode (Mac Systems):
3 Connect the Digidesign Remote Mode adapter
1 Connect a Keyspan USA28x USB serial adapter
(not provided) to a USB port on the computer.
side of the Rosetta Stone to the Digidesign Remote Mode adapter (included with MachineControl purchase).
to your synchronizer or 9-pin patch bay. Add
more 9-pin cable on the 422 end if a longer run
is needed.
2 Connect the provided male mini DIN-8 serial
to female 9-pin Deck Emulation cable to the end
of the adapter.
3 Connect the end of the cable to the machine.
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To increase reliability in long cable runs in Remote
mode:
Authorizing MachineControl
„ Follow the instructions as described above for
setting up a Rosetta Stone convertor for a
Tamura
MachineControl is authorized using the iLok
USB Smart Key (iLok), manufactured by PACE
Anti-Piracy, Inc.
To increase reliability in long cable runs in Serial
Deck Control mode:
1 Connect the RS-232 cable from your com-
puter’s COM port into the RS-232 side of the Rosetta Stone adapter.
2 Connect the RS-422 cable from the RS-422
iLok USB Smart Key
side of the Rosetta Stone to the deck or 9-pin
patch bay. If a longer run is needed, add more 9pin cable on the RS-422 end.
The iLok is similar to a dongle, but unlike a dongle, it is designed to securely authorize multiple
software applications from a variety of software
developers.
Installing MachineControl
Software
To install MachineControl, you can use the
Pro Tools Installer disc, or the MachineControl
Installer disc.
To install MachineControl software:
1 Insert the Installer disc into your computer.
2 Locate and and double-click the MachineControl installer application.
3 Follow the on-screen instructions to complete
installation.
4 When installation is complete, click Finish
(Windows) or Close (Mac).
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This key can hold over 100 licenses for all of
your iLok-enabled software. Once an iLok is authorized for a given piece of software, you can
use the iLok to authorize that software on any
computer.
The iLok USB Smart Key is not supplied with
your plug-in or software option. You can use
the one included with your Pro Tools|HD
system, or purchase one separately.
To authorize MachineControl:
1 If you do not have an iLok.com account, visit
www.iLok.com and sign up for an iLok.com account.
2 Transfer the license for MachineControl to
your iLok.com account by doing the following:
• Visit http://secure.digidesign.com/activation.
• Enter your Activation Code (listed on your
Activation Card) and your iLok.com User
ID. Your iLok.com User ID is the name you
create for your iLok.com account.
Uninstalling MachineControl
If you need to uninstall the MachineControl
option from your system, follow the instructions below for your computer platform.
Mac OS X
To uninstall an option:
1 Open the Pro Tools folder on your Startup
drive (Applications/Digidesign).
3 Transfer the licenses from your iLok.com ac-
2 Drag the option to the Trash and empty the
count to your iLok USB Smart Key by doing the
following:
Trash.
• Insert the iLok into an available USB port
on your computer.
• Go to www.iLok.com and log in.
• Follow the on-screen instructions for transferring your licences to your iLok.
For information about iLok technology and
licenses, see the iLok Usage Guide.
Windows XP
To uninstall an option:
1 Choose Start > Control Panel.
2 Double-click Add or Remove Programs.
3 Select the option from the list of installed ap-
plications.
4 Launch Pro Tools.
4 Click Remove.
5 If you have any installed unauthorized
5 Follow the on-screen instructions to remove
plug-ins or other software options, you will be
prompted to authorize them. Follow the
on-screen instructions to complete the authorization process.
the option.
Windows Vista
To uninstall an option:
1 Choose Control Panel.
2 Under Programs, click Uninstall a Program.
3 Select the option from the list of installed ap-
plications.
4 Click Uninstall.
5 Follow the on-screen instructions to remove
the option.
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Starting Up Your System
To ensure that the components of your
Pro Tools system communicate properly with
each other and your external machines, start
them in a particular order.
Start up your Pro Tools system in this order:
1 For systems with an expansion chassis, turn
on the chassis.
2 Turn on any external hard drives. Wait ap-
proximately ten seconds for them to come up to
speed.
3 Turn on any external machines (VTR, ATR,
synchronizer, and monitors).
4 Turn on any MIDI interfaces, MIDI devices
and synchronization peripherals.
5 Lower the volume of all output devices in your
system.
6 Turn on Pro Tools audio interfaces. Wait at
least fifteen seconds for your system hardware to
initialize.
7 Turn on your computer.
8 Launch Pro Tools.
Machine Local and Remote Modes
Be sure to set your machine-controllable device
to “remote” or “ext” mode to receive the 9-pin
information (not “local” or front-panel mode).
With some supported machines, if all other
communication is established and the machine
is not in remote mode, Pro Tools will indicate
machine “local” mode.
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MachineControl Communication Modes
MachineControl supports two machine communication modes: Serial Deck Control mode and
Remote 9-Pin Deck Emulation mode.
Serial Deck Control Mode
With Serial Deck Control mode, you can use the
Pro Tools Transport window to control an external deck.
Cueing and Pre-Roll
Pro Tools Preference settings let you optimize
MachineControl operation, including adjustable machine pre-roll, selectable edit and memory location chasing.
Track Arming
When the Transport Master is set to Transport =
Machine, you can arm tracks of external machines from within Pro Tools for layback and
transfer. Features include individual record enables for up to 48 external tracks, with selectable
record protocol and mode. Machine profiles included with the software let you preconfigure
track arming for many machine types.
Pro Tools Transport window
Transport
Serial Time Code
The setting of the Transport Master (located in
the Pro Tools Transport window) determines
the type of Serial Deck Control, as follows:
When the Positional Reference is set to Serial
Time Code in the Session Setup window,
Pro Tools can control an external machine via
the Serial Deck Control cable. This setting also
enables Pro Tools to receive time code directly
using only the Serial Deck Control cable.
Transport = Pro Tools The Transport window
controls the Pro Tools Timeline. When online,
the deck locates relative to actions taken in the
Pro Tools Timeline.
Transport = Machine The Transport window
controls the machine. When Pro Tools is Online, the Pro Tools Timeline chases the machine.
(This mode requires that the 9-pin device be capable of transmitting serial time code. It also requires that the Pro Tools and the device receive
a common video reference.)
Chapter 3: MachineControl Communication Modes
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Using a Paddle Device in Local
Mode
When using MachineControl in Local mode
with or without an external synchronizer, you
can use a supported third-party paddle device to
issue the following Pro Tools track commands:
• Input monitoring
• Record Enable
Track Arming
In Remote Deck Emulation mode, you can arm
Pro Tools tracks from an external machine.
Features include remote control of individual
record enables for up to 48 tracks, with selectable record protocol and mode. Included factory
and user programmable profiles let you configure track arming for any machine type.
• Record Safe
• Solo
• Solo Mute
See Chapter 7, “Using a Paddle Device in
Local Mode.”
Remote 9-Pin Deck Emulation
Mode
With Remote 9-Pin Deck Emulation mode (also
called Remote 9-Pin mode), an external synchronizer can take control over Pro Tools transport
and recording functions.
Pro Tools responds to commands sent by the
master 9-pin machine controller, but because
Pro Tools is in Remote mode, many of its transport commands are locked out.
Remote and Remote/LTC Chase
Modes
When using an external machine controller to
control Pro Tools, you can configure Pro Tools
to emulate a 9-pin deck in either of the following modes:
Remote mode Pro Tools emulates a device that
can be the time code master or time code slave.
Remote/LTC Chase mode Pro Tools emulates a
device that receives track and transport arming
commands, while chasing incoming LTC.
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For arming tracks during playback, refer to
the TrackPunch feature description in the
Pro Tools Reference Guide.
chapter 4
Setting Up Machine Control
Online and Offline Operation
Pro Tools can remotely control, or be controlled
by, any approved enabled external device. You
can select a device by using the Transport Master
selector in the Transport window.
The Online button in the Transport window indicates online status. It flashes while enabled
and waiting for synchronization, and stays lit
when lock is achieved.
Transport Controls
Online button
With MachineControl, the Pro Tools Transport
window becomes a multi-function controller.
Counter Display
Transport Master selector
Transport Master selector in the Transport window
To trigger Pro Tools playback or recording from
an external source, or to generate time code, the
Pro Tools Transport needs to be online. There are
four ways to put the Pro Tools Transport online:
• Click the Online button in the Transport
window.
The Pro Tools Edit window counter displays the
current machine (9-pin) or session time code location, depending on which device is the Transport Master, plus any current Session Start Time
Offsets being applied. (See “External Time Code
Offsets” on page 24 for more information.)
The Incoming Time display in the Session Setup
window always shows absolute incoming time
code, without any offsets.
• Choose Options > Transport Online.
• Press Control+J (Windows) or Command+J
(Mac).
• Press Alt+Spacebar (Windows) or
Option+Spacebar (Mac).
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Selecting a Transport Master
To select a Transport Master:
1 Click the Transport Master selector to display
the Transport pop-up menu.
Transport = Machine
In this mode, the controls in the Transport window are focused on the machine connected and
enabled for Serial Deck Control mode. Record
commands are sent to the machine only.
‹ When the transport is online, Pro Tools slaves
to the machine. The Transport window controls
the machine, and Pro Tools chases and locks to
it.
Transport pop-up menu
In addition, when Auto Spot is turned on, regions are spotted to the current machine time,
and the Trimmer tool trims to the current machine time.
Selecting the Transport Master
See the Pro Tools Reference Guide for details
on Auto Spotting.
2 From the Transport pop-up menu, select
Pro Tools, Machine, or Remote (or Remote/LTC).
You can also press Control+backslash (\) to
toggle between Pro Tools, the Machine, and
Remote transport (or, on a Digidesign control surface, press EXT TRANS).
Transport = Pro Tools
In this mode, the controls in the Transport window are focused on Pro Tools playback and recording.
‹ When the transport is online, the machine
slaves to Pro Tools, and the session locks to the
machine’s time code. The machine follows Preferences for Machine Chase and Online Record.
‹ When the transport is offline, the Pro Tools
Transport window controls Pro Tools only.
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When the transport is offline, the Pro Tools
Transport window controls the machine only.
‹
Toggling the Transport while Online
When the Transport window is online, toggling
the Transport Master selector between Pro Tools
and your machine will also toggle their master/slave relationship.
Toggling the Online Status of a Device
Online Display Information
Use the Online pop-up menu in the Transport
Master selector to toggle the online status of a
Machine (or MMC) device.
Several display elements of the Edit and Transport windows provide machine status information during MachineControl use, as follows:
To take a device offline:
1 Click the Transport Master selector.
2 Click on the Online pop-up menu and select
or deselect the device (Machine or MMC) by
clicking on it. Device choices depend on the current Transport Master and which devices have
been set up in Pro Tools.
• When Pro Tools is online, the Transport Online button flashes. “Waiting for Sync” will be
displayed in the status box in the lower left
corner of the Edit window.
• The Transport Online button continues to
flash until you click Play and time code lock
occurs (all devices locked and responding in
sync).
• The Time Code display in the Edit window
shows the Machine Time when the machine is
Master.
• Upon lockup, the Time Code display switches
to show the session time.
Transport pop-up menu
Online menu in Transport window
The Online pop-up menu will only display
devices that have been properly set up in
Pro Tools.
To set up machine devices, see Chapter 5,
“Serial Deck Control Mode
(Configuration and Operation).”
To set up MIDI devices, see the Pro Tools
Reference Guide.
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Remote Mode
In Remote 9-Pin Deck Emulation mode, you put
Pro Tools in Remote mode to enable Machine
Control operation.
‹ When you put Pro Tools in Remote mode, it
responds to commands sent by the master 9-Pin
machine. Many Pro Tools commands, including
transport controls, are inactive in the Transport
window.
‹ When you take Pro Tools out of Remote
mode, it operates in Local mode and ignores
commands from the 9-pin machine controller.
Pro Tools responds only to requests from the
9-pin machine controller for machine type and
status, and returns that it is in Local mode.
To put Pro Tools in Remote mode:
1 Choose View > Transport > Synchronization.
2 Click the Remote button in the Transport window.
Remote button
Remote button in the Transport window
For more information on Remote mode in
Pro Tools, see Chapter 6, “Remote 9-Pin Deck
Emulation Mode (Configuration and Operation).”
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chapter 5
Serial Deck Control Mode
(Configuration and Operation)
Serial Deck Control mode is available whenever
MachineControl is connected using the Serial
Deck Control cable. For more information about
connecting Pro Tools for Serial Deck Control
mode, see Chapter 2, “Installing MachineControl.”
When connected for Serial Deck Control mode,
MachineControl enables all Pro Tools track arming, synchronization, and Transport features, as
available on your system. Serial Deck Control
mode also supports 9-pin serial time code (see
“Using Serial Time Code for Positional Reference” on page 19). Some features require a
SYNC peripheral, as noted throughout this
chapter.
For information on track arming, see “Remote Track Arming” on page 29.
Configuring Pro Tools for Serial Deck
Control (Overview)
To configure Pro Tools for Serial Deck Control, do
the following:
1 Open an existing session or create a new
session.
2 Set up a MachineControl device. (See “Config-
uring a MachineControl Device for Deck Control” on page 18.)
3 Configure Pro Tools Machine Control prefer-
ences and Online Options in the Preferences dialog. (See“Preferences for Serial Deck Control
Mode” on page 20.)
4 Configure Pro Tools session settings in the Session Setup window. (See“Session Setup Window
and MachineControl” on page 22.)
5 In the Pro Tools Transport window, select
Pro Tools or Machine as the Transport Master.
(See “Selecting Pro Tools or the Machine as the
Transport Master” on page 26.)
6 Use the Transport window to play back mate-
rial. (See “Playback in Serial Deck Control
Mode” on page 27.)
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Configuring a MachineControl
Device for Deck Control
To set up a MachineControl device:
1 In Pro Tools, choose Setup > Peripherals, and
click the Synchronization tab.
2 Configure your synchronization peripheral as
necessary. If you are using a Digidesign SYNC
peripheral, select Enable SYNC Peripheral.
3 Click the Machine Control tab in the Peripherals dialog.
4 In the 9-pin Machine Control (Deck Control)
section, select Enable.
7 Set machine pre-roll for use when Transport =
Pro Tools. (See “Machine Pre-Roll” on page 18
for more information.)
Machine pre-roll is different from the main
Transport pre-roll that is set in the Transport
window.
If you are using a Digidesign SYNC peripheral connected to your DigiSerial port, and
your machine has time code reader capability, you can use serial time code for Positional Reference.
8 Click OK to close the Peripherals dialog.
Machine Pre-Roll
Configuring MachineControl for Serial Deck Control
5 Select the 9-pin MachineControl port from
the Port pop-up menu.
Do not use the designated machine serial
port for any other function (such as time
code or MIDI metronome). Make sure that
9-pin is the only communication on the
selected port.
6 Choose the appropriate machine profile from
the Machine Type pop-up menu.
Pro Tools lets you define and save custom
machine profiles. See “Remote Track Arming” on page 29 for more information.
You can set a variable amount of machine preroll to account for the time it may take the machine to achieve servo lock. Shorter pre-roll values are usually better for non-linear machines.
Longer pre-roll values are usually better for older
tape transports.
The Machine pre-roll value is added to any preroll specified in the Pro Tools Transport window.
To set MachineControl pre-roll:
1 In Pro Tools, choose Setup > Peripherals, and
click the Machine Control tab.
2 In the 9-pin Machine Control (Deck Control)
section, type the number of frames of pre-roll in
the Preroll box.
3 Click OK.
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Selecting Machines in Serial Deck
Control Mode
When using a Digidesign SYNC peripheral with
machines connected to each of its two 9-pin
ports, or to serial ports on the computer, use the
Peripherals dialog to choose which machine to
control.
To enable Serial Time Code:
1 Choose Setup > Session.
2 Choose Serial Time Code from the Positional
Reference pop-up menu.
To choose a machine for Serial Deck Control
mode:
1 In Pro Tools, choose Setup > Peripherals, and
click the Machine Control tab.
Choosing Serial TIme Code in the Session Setup window
2 In the 9-pin Machine Control (Deck Control)
To regenerate LTC when locking to Serial Time
Code:
section, select Enable.
3 Choose SYNC 9-Pin Out 1 or SYNC 9-Pin Out 2,
or an available serial port from the Port pop-up
menu.
4 Choose the appropriate machine profile from
the Machine Type pop-up menu.
1 Choose Setup > Session.
2 Choose Serial Time Code from the Positional
Reference pop-up menu.
3 In the Transport window, click the Gen LTC
5 Click OK to close the Peripherals dialog.
button.
Using Serial Time Code for
Positional Reference
If you are using a Digidesign SYNC peripheral
connected to your DigiSerial port, and your machine has 9-pin serial time code capability, you
can use serial time code for positional reference.
This will help achieve faster lockup times.
Gen LTC button in Transport window
To use serial time code for positional reference, a
Video Reference signal must be present, as indicated by the Ref Present indicator in the Session
Setup window. Both the SYNC peripheral and
the external machine should be locked to the
same video reference signal.
When using Serial Time Code for positional reference, you can regenerate LTC.
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Preferences for Serial Deck
Control Mode
You can configure preferences for MachineControl playback and recording in Pro Tools.
Playback Options
Machine Control Section
Machine Chases Memory Location When selected, navigating to a specific location in a session with a Memory Location causes a connected transport to chase to that location.
Machine Follows Edit Insertion/Scrub When selected, navigating to a specific location in a session by moving the selection point or by scrubbing a track will cause a connected transport to
chase to that location.
‹ When the connected device is a linear device
(such as a tape deck), select Linear Devices (jog) to
set Pro Tools to send jog commands.
When the connected device is a non-linear
device (such as a random-access video recorder
or another Pro Tools system), select Non-Linear
Devices (cue) to set Pro Tools to send cue commands.
‹
Machine Cues Intelligently When selected, if you
navigate to a cue point that is more than 10 seconds from the current location, Pro Tools will
command a connected transport to fast wind to
the new location at full speed to within 10 seconds of the cue point. Cueing will then slow to
normal speed until the point is reached. This
can significantly speed up tape cueing with certain video transports.
Stop at Shuttle Speed Zero Causes Pro Tools to
send a Stop command whenever you stop shuttling. This is useful if you have a machine that
requires an explicit stop command to park correctly.
Non-Linear Transport Error Suppression When
Transport = Pro Tools, keeps Pro Tools from
sending a Stop command when taken offline.
This prevents Pro Tools from stopping any other
9-pin devices connected to the system.
Synchronization Section
Minimum Sync Delay Sets the amount of time (in
frames) for devices to achieve synchronization
“lock.” This amount varies for each device.
Pro Tools lock up delay is set by entering a value
for Minimum Sync Delay in the Synchronization
page of the Preferences dialog. The lowest value
available is 15 frames. Find the shortest possible
lock-up time that your equipment can operate
at consistently, and set this as the delay value.
Delay Before Locking to Longitudinal Time
Code Sets the amount of time (in frames) for
Pro Tools to lock to incoming LTC. Use this option when locking Pro Tools to a stable time
code source (such as a non-linear machine or
LTC generator) and not a linear tape machine.
Delay Before Locking to Serial Time Code Sets
the amount of time (in frames) for Pro Tools to
wait before attempting to lock to machines that
issue servo lock messages. This setting allows
time for the servo mechanisms to achieve stable
lock.
To set Machine Control playback options:
1 Choose Setup > Preferences, and click the Syn-
chronization tab.
2 Select or set Machine Control options.
3 Click OK to close the Preferences dialog.
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Recording Options
Record Online at Time Code (or ADAT)
Lock When selected, online recording begins as
soon as Pro Tools receives and locks to incoming
time code.
Record Online at Insertion/Selection When selected, online recording begins at the edit cursor
location. Recording continues until Pro Tools
stops receiving time code. If you make a selection, Pro Tools records online for the length of
the selection.
To set Serial Deck Control mode recording
options:
1 Choose Setup > Preferences, and click the
Operation tab.
2 Select or set the above Online options in the
Record section.
3 Click OK to close the Preferences dialog.
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Session Setup Window and MachineControl
Clock Source
Session Format
and settings
Show/Hide button
External
Time Code
Offsets
SYNC Setup
Sample
offset
Show/Hide button
Pull Up/
Pull Down
settings
Time Code
Settings
Freewheel settings
Figure 1. Session Setup window
The Session Setup window has three sections.
Format Displays session sample rate, bit depth,
audio format, and incoming time code values.
Lets you set Clock Source, Session Start Time,
Time Code Rate, Feet+Frames Rate, and choose a
secondary time code ruler.
SYNC Setup & Time Code Offsets Lets you set
Clock Reference and Positional Reference, Video
Reference format, and Video Input format.
Time Code Settings Lets you configure Time
Code Freewheel settings and Audio and Video
Pull Up/Down amounts.
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To show SYNC Setup and Time Code Offsets:
„ Click the SYNC Setup and Time Code Offsets
show/hide button.
To show Time Code settings:
„ Click the Time Code Settings show/hide button.
Session Settings for
MachineControl
Clock Source, Clock and Positional
Reference Settings
Use the steps in this section to quickly configure
the basic session settings for MachineControl.
Confirm the following settings for each session.
The Session Setup window provides selectors for
the system Clock Source, as well as Clock Reference and Positional Reference. These settings
must be configured based on the signal connections between Pro Tools, the SYNC peripheral,
and external devices.
To configure a session for MachineControl:
To configure Clock Source and Reference settings:
1 Open an existing session or create a new one.
1 Choose Setup > Session.
2 Choose Setup > Session.
2 In the Format section, select a Clock Source (a
3 In the Format section, do the following:
SYNC peripheral or a Pro Tools|HD audio interface) from the Clock Source pop-up menu.
Basic Session Settings
• Set a Session start time.
3 In the SYNC Setup section, select a Clock Ref-
– and –
erence and Positional Reference.
• Set the session Timecode Rate and
Feet+Frames Rate.
4 In the SYNC Setup section, set the appropriate
Video Reference and Video In formats.
Session Start Time
Time Code Rate
Feet+Frames Rate
Video Ref format
Video In format
Basic session settings in the Session Setup window
Video Ref and Video In format selectors
See the SYNC HD Guide for more information
on setting Clock Reference, Positional Reference, Video Reference, and Video In formats.
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Testing Session Settings
Sample Offset
To check your session and MachineControl settings, place the machine in Local mode and
manually start playback on the external machine. If Pro Tools is receiving time code, the
current location will be shown in the Incoming
Time display. Be sure to reset the machine to Remote mode when finished.
This field lets you set an offset value for incoming time code (up to the equivalent of plus or
minus one frame at the current session sample
rate). This lets you create a permanent offset to
fine-tune the point at which Pro Tools synchronizes relative to incoming time code. For example, a value of –50 makes an event in Pro Tools
occur 50 samples before the same event in the
incoming time code. Use this to compensate for
timing differences between various SMPTE-toMIDI Time Code converters or analog-to-digital/digital-to-analog converters.
Incoming Time display
Incoming Time display
Offsets and SYNC Time Code Display
External Time Code Offsets
In the External Time Code Offsets section,
Pro Tools lets you compensate for devices that
are consistently offset by a fixed number of
frames (such as some color–corrected video masters), or for material that starts at a different
time than the session.
Pro Tools provides four different External Time
Code Offset settings:
The time code display on the front panel of the
SYNC peripheral continues to display actual incoming time code, regardless of any External
Time Code Offset applied in Pro Tools.
To apply an offset to an external time code source:
„ In the Session Setup window, enter an offset
value time in an offset field.
• MMC (MIDI Machine Control)
• 9-Pin (Deck Control)
• Synchronization peripherals such as the
SYNC HD, SYNC I/O, or other peripherals
(such as MIDI interfaces that provide MIDI
Time Code).
• Satellite (Pro Tools with Satellite Link or
Video Satellite)
External Time Code Offsets in the Session Setup
window
To apply the same time code offset to all devices:
Unique values can be defined for each of these
types of offsets, or you can link all to adjust in
unison.
Positive and negative offset values can be entered to offset Pro Tools time code display later
or earlier, respectively.
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„ In the Session Setup window, select Link to
apply the same offset value to all devices.
4 If appropriate, cue the external time code
Time Code Settings
The Time Code settings control time code generation, Freewheel, and session Pull Up and Pull
Down options.
source to the location where you want to align
the current Pro Tools insertion point. Note the
time code location, or copy it to the clipboard.
5 Choose Setup > Current Time Code Position.
Configure these settings as appropriate for the
current project and situation. (For complete instructions, refer to the Pro Tools Reference Guide
and the SYNC HD Guide.)
6 Type the new time code position in the
Desired Time Code Position text box.
7 Click OK.
Current Feet+Frames Position
Additional Pro Tools
Commands
The following commands are available in all
MachineControl operating modes.
Current Time Code Position
Use this command to redefine the current time
code position and session start time. By creating
an insertion point (or selection), and then entering the desired new time code position for that
location, the session start time will be recalculated based on the new, relative Time Code location.
For example, if you place an insertion point at
01:02:04:11, choose Setup > Current Time Code
Position, and enter 01:00:08:00 to correspond to
the first frame of film, this adjusts the session
start time such that the insertion point location
is now 01:00:08:00.
Use this command to redefine the Feet+Frames
position at the current insertion point (or starting point of the selection).
Redefining Feet+Frames does not redefine
the session start time.
Typically, this command is used for integrating
test tones, pre-roll, and similar pre-program material into the Pro Tools session ahead of the first
hour time code position on the Timeline. In
most cases when working on reels of film, the
user will want to set the first hour mark in the
session to equal 0+0 feet and frames, to line up
properly with the start of the Academy leader for
each reel of film.
To set a relative frame position for a session
(Feet+Frames):
1 Enable Link Edit/Timeline.
2 Click the Grid mode selector. This ensures that
your selection is on a frame boundary.
To redefine the current time code location:
3 With the Selector tool, click in a track (or
1 Enable Link Edit/Timeline.
2 Click the Grid mode selector. This ensures that
your selection is on a frame boundary.
make a selection) where you want to redefine
the position.
4 Choose Setup > Current Feet+Frames Position.
3 Locate Pro Tools to the beginning of the rele-
vant material (usually the first audio of a scene,
a 2 pop, or similar).
5 Enter a Feet+Frame position in the Desired
Feet+Frames Position text box.
6 Click OK.
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Create Machine Track Arming Profile
The Create Machine Track Arming Profile command lets you create and save machine descriptions as Machine Profiles. Profiles are provided
for an ever-increasing list of common machines,
or you can customize profiles for specific situations and requirements. Options include the
ability to emulate a different machine type,
remap and rename audio tracks, and choose to
include or exclude the video and time code
tracks, when available. For more information,
see “Creating a Track Arming Profile” on
page 30.
Selecting Pro Tools or the
Machine as the Transport
Master
In Serial Deck Control mode, the deck is always
the time code master. However, the start of machine playback changes based on the Transport
Master mode you are using.
The setting of the Transport Master (located in
the Pro Tools Transport window) determines
where the deck will start playback when the
Pro Tools Transport sends a play command to
the deck Control, as follows:
Transport = Pro Tools
In this mode, the Transport window controls
the Pro Tools Timeline position (playback and
recording). When you click Play in the Transport window while it is online, the deck locates
relative to the current Pro Tools Timeline.
‹ When the Transport window is online, the
machine locates to a position ahead of the current Timeline insertion point. This location
ahead is equal to the sum of the machine preroll and the Transport pre-roll. Once the machine has located to this total pre-roll position,
it plays, sending time code to Pro Tools, which
chases that incoming time code. The machine
follows the Preferences settings for Serial Deck
Control. (See “Preferences for Serial Deck Control Mode” on page 20.)
‹ When the Transport window is offline, the
Pro Tools Transport window controls Pro Tools
only.
‹ All record commands are sent to Pro Tools,
not the machine.
Transport = Machine
In this mode, the Transport window controls
the machine connected and enabled for Serial
Deck Control mode. Record commands are sent
to the machine only. When online and a Play
command is given, the machine plays from its
current location, feeding time code to Pro Tools,
which chases that incoming time code from the
deck.
‹ When the Transport window is online,
Pro Tools chases the time code coming from the
machine. The Transport window controls the
machine, and Pro Tools chases and locks to it.
‹ All record commands in this mode are directed to the deck only.
‹ When Auto Spot is turned on, regions are
spotted to the current machine time, and the
Trimmer tool trims to the current machine time.
For details on Auto Spotting, see the
Pro Tools Reference Guide
‹ When the Transport is offline, the Pro Tools
Transport window controls the machine only.
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To select a Transport Master:
1 In Pro Tools, click the Transport Master selec-
tor to display the Transport Master pop-up
menu.
Playback in Serial Deck
Control Mode
To play or cue your machine independently of
Pro Tools:
1 Select Transport = Machine in the Pro Tools
Transport window.
2 Make sure Pro Tools is not online (the Online
button in the Transport window is not flashing).
Transport Master selector
3 Click any of the buttons in the Pro Tools
Transport window to control your machine.
Selecting the Transport Master
2 From the Transport Master pop-up menu, se-
lect Pro Tools or Machine.
Press Control+backslash (\) (Windows) or
Command+backslash (\) (Mac) to toggle
between available Transport Master
choices.
Toggling the Transport while Online
When the Online button is highlighted, toggling the Transport Master between Pro Tools
and Machine also toggles their master/slave relationship.
Pro Tools always displays incoming LTC or
9-pin time in the incoming time field in the Session Setup window during fast-wind, and
switches during playback to display the current
positional reference.
To automatically locate your deck to pre-roll into
your current Timeline insertion time each time you
play back:
1 Select Transport = Pro Tools in the Pro Tools
Transport window.
2 Put Pro Tools online.
3 Click Play in the Transport window.
If the tape in the machine is striped with time
code that matches your Session time, the machine will locate to the total pre-roll position
ahead of the Pro Tools on-screen selection/insertion point or memory location, and begin
playing back. Pro Tools will chase its time code
output.
Machine Remote Setting
If the Transport Master selector will not stay set
to Machine, or if it switches to Pro Tools from
Machine, check your machine’s Local/Remote
setting. It should be set to Remote to receive
commands from the Pro Tools Transport.
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Machine Cueing
MachineControl provides two Cue modes for remote machine operation: Search and Hi-speed.
To fast forward and rewind in Hi-speed mode:
1 Select Transport = Machine in the Transport
window.
‹ In Search mode, the tape remains laced during
Fast Forward or Rewind.
2 To unlace the tape, click Stop in the Transport
‹ In Hi-speed mode, the tape is unlaced before
fast-forward/rewind. The Transport window indicates the status of the tape as described below.
3 Click Fast Forward or Rewind in the Transport
Search Mode
In Search mode, the tape is laced against the
heads when the machine is paused or searching,
and the Stop button stays lit (it does not flash)
and the Play button flashes. When cueing in
this mode, the Fast Forward or Rewind button
also lights when searching in either direction.
To fast forward and rewind in Search mode:
window or press Command+period(.).
window. The Pro Tools cursor indicates the current machine location.
4 Press the Spacebar to pause the machine.
Some devices may not support all shuttle
modes, and may not accept the above shuttle commands. In these cases, the Fast Forward and Rewind buttons in the Pro Tools
Transport window flash, and clicking them
places the device in true Fast Forward /
Rewind mode.
Spotting to the Machine
1 Select Transport = Machine in the Transport
window.
2 Click Play in the Transport window or press
the Spacebar to begin machine playback, then
press the Spacebar again to pause the machine
(this is to ensure that the tape is laced).
3 Click Fast Forward or Rewind in the Transport
window to search the tape.
Some devices, including several popular
VHS decks, do not support a shuttle mode in
which the tape stays laced. These decks unlace the tape before shuttling. Refer to your
tape machine’s guide for more information.
Hi-Speed Mode
In Hi-speed mode, the tape is unlaced, and all
Transport window buttons are dark. When you
cue in this mode, only the selected Fast Forward
or Rewind button lights.
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To spot regions to the machine’s current location, use Pro Tools Spot mode and/or Auto Spot
(if using VITC).
See the Pro Tools Reference Guide for information
on using Spot and Auto Spot mode to spot regions to incoming SMPTE time code locations.
Auto Spot mode uses incoming VITC for
location information. Therefore, Auto Spot
mode will force the Region to be spotted to
the current incoming machine time code
location, not the current insertion cursor
location. To spot your elements directly to
the current cursor location, Control-drag
(Mac) or Right-click and drag (Windows)
the elements.
Remote Track Arming
Pro Tools with MachineControl provides the
ability to record-arm audio, video, or time code
tracks on external decks, and rehearse an edit.
On MachineControl-equipped systems, the Machine Track Arming command is available in the
Pro Tools Window menu. The Machine Track
Arming window lets you configure track arming
during sessions using the settings appropriate
for the current Track Arming Profile. (See “Identifying Your Machine” on page 29.)
To display the Machine Track Arming window:
„
Choose Window > Machine Track Arming.
Record
Arm
buttons
Protocol
and
Mode
Track Arming in Pro Tools 7
Configuring Track Arming
Pro Tools provides automatic, direct support for
track configuration of most common video
decks. If your deck is supported, MachineControl identifies and displays your machine’s track
layout.
Even if your machine is not directly supported,
the Track Arming window lets you arm tracks,
set the Record Protocol and configure the
Record mode for the machine.
You can also define, save, and load customized
device profiles. (See “Creating a Track Arming
Profile” on page 30.)
Not all machines support independent arming of their audio tracks locally or remotely,
and some machines require a separate utility menu selection. Pro Tools remote track
arming cannot operate in these situations.
Identifying Your Machine
When you configure Pro Tools for MachineControl, it automatically loads the track arming profile for the identified machines.
For more information on basic Pro Tools
settings for MachineControl, see “Configuring a MachineControl Device for Deck Control” on page 18.
If Pro Tools does not recognize your machine, or
if you want your machine to emulate a different
type of device (for example, to use a different
track layout), you can load a generic machine
profile.
If you are using a generic machine profile,
be sure to double-check record behavior using non-essential tapes before using MachineControl’s remote track arming functions.
For maximum flexibility, use Track Arming Profiles to create, customize, and manage multiple
machine descriptions (see “Creating a Track
Arming Profile” on page 30).
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Choosing a Machine ID
Creating a Track Arming
Profile
To recognize your machine:
The Create Track Arming Profile dialog provides
extensive control over Pro Tools track arming.
You can customize arming, track naming, and
mapping, and save configurations for different
machines as Track Arming Profile files. These
Profiles can be imported to quickly reconfigure
Track Arming as needed for future projects. You
can also test track mapping, and remap tracks if
needed.
Use the Create Track Arming Profile feature to
create profiles for machines that may not be included with Pro Tools, and to manage multiple
profiles.
„ In the Create Machine Track Arming Profile
dialog, click Identify Machine.
MachineControl queries the connected machine for its machine ID, which is then displayed below the Identify Machine button.
You can edit or replace the ID manually if
needed. See “Entering a New Byte Code” on
page 31 for more information.
Configuring a Profile
The Create Track Arming window lets you specify track names and track mapping.
To create a machine Track Arming Profile:
1 Choose Setup > Machine Track Arming Profiles.
When you create a new Track Arming Profile, a Stop command is sent to any connected machine to protect elements on tape.
Track
Arm
buttons
Load
Profile
Machine ID
Save Profile
Serial Time Code Offset
Profile settings
Create Track Arming Profile dialog
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Customizing Names for Track Arming
Buttons
You can rename the Track Arm buttons displayed in each Track Arming Profile to better describes the recording taking place. For example,
an eight track profile might be easier to use with
tracks named Dx-L, Dx-R, FX-L, FX-R, Mx-L, MxR, Lt, and Rt, for eight tracks comprised of stereo
Dialog, stereo FX, stereo Music, and an Lt-Rt
mix.
To edit the name of a track arming button:
Reassigning the Byte Value for a Track
1 In the Create Machine Track Arming Profile
In a remote machine’s firmware, each record
track on the machine has a unique hexadecimal
byte code that tells the machine which track
should be armed when an arm command is received from a remote master. The standard profile (the default setup) corresponds to the Sony
P-2 protocol, but many decks have their own
unique mapping of byte codes to track numbers
for a particular deck.
dialog, double-click the Track Arm button you
want to rename.
2 Enter a new track name in the dialog, and
click OK.
If an audio or video track, or the deck time code
track do not arm when you click its corresponding track arming button, you may need to assign
a different hex value to the button.
Entering a custom track name
Remapping Tracks
You can remap track buttons to target different
tracks on the machine.
To remap tracks:
1 In the Create Machine Track Arming Profile
dialog, click the Track button you want to remap
to display its remap pop-up menu.
To select a different hex value for an individual
track arm button:
„ Select another hex value byte code from the
Byte Code sub-menu for the appropriate track
arm button.
Entering a New Byte Code
As the Sony P2 protocol continues to expand,
more manufacturers add specific byte code commands that may be listed in the current byte
code list. Pro Tools lets you create entirely new,
custom byte codes. This lets you enter additional byte commands as needed to support new
features as they are added to decks.
2 Do one of the following:
• Choose a new target track.
Remapping a track arming button
Entering a new byte code
– or –
• Choose a different machine profile from
the Load Configuration selector.
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Choosing a Record Protocol
Choosing a Record Mode
The Machine Track Arming window provides
the following two choices for configuring the recording protocol of the target deck:
The Machine Track Arming window provides
two choices for Record mode:
Insert
Auto Edit
This mode is a highly accurate way to ensure
that the target deck will record only within the
boundaries of an on-screen selection. (If your
deck does not support Auto Edit, use Punch
In/Punch Out, as explained below.)
In Auto Edit mode, the record start/end times
are downloaded to the target deck (along with
any pre- or post-roll), and the deck is responsible
for performing the insert punch in/out at the
specified times (see “Rules for On-Screen Selections” on page 33 for details).
Because this protocol removes the vagaries of
CPU timing from the remote recording process,
Auto Edit is frame-accurate. It is also the best
way to ensure that your machine will punch out
correctly and avoid accidental erasure of audio,
even in the event of a CPU error.
Punch In/Out
This mode uses Pro Tools to control the process
of punch in/out. Instead of downloading the
punch points (as in Auto Edit), Pro Tools actually performs them during the record pass. Because serial communication has inherent delays, timing with Punch In/Punch Out mode
cannot guarantee frame-accuracy (though it will
almost always be within 2 to 3 frames).
Insert mode is used to perform insert editing
(punching in individual tracks) where one or
more audio tracks is replaced by new material
and the video material is retained.
Assemble
Use Assemble mode when you want to:
‹ Begin recording program onto a completely
blank tape (unformatted)
– or –
‹ Append program to the remainder of a tape
which already has program you want to keep
Assemble mode is not appropriate for audio laybacks to video masters.
Assemble mode should be used carefully because
it arms all tracks on the target deck for recording—including the video track, time code track
and control track. When performing an Assemble edit, all material on all tracks after the edit in
point will be replaced. Because a break in the
control track will result at the edit out point, any
remaining program material after an Assemble
edit may be unusable.
To avoid accidentally recording over program
material, experiment with Assemble and Insert
modes on a dispensable tape to familiarize yourself with the edit capabilities of your deck.
Assemble mode replaces all the elements on
the target tape deck—audio, video and time
code. Use this mode with caution.
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Rules for On-Screen Selections
To rehearse a layback:
The Record Protocol buttons allow you to
choose between the two different record protocol choices described above (Auto Edit and
Punch In/Punch Out). Regardless of which
choice is used, however, Pro Tools follows these
rules for record selection:
1 In Pro Tools, select the audio you want to re-
If there is an on-screen selection, recording
will take place over the period of the selection
and punch out at the end of the selection.
hearse for layback, or place the playback cursor
at a start point.
2 Choose Window > Machine Track Arming.
3 In the Track Arming window, select
Edit Preview.
‹
‹ If pre- or post-roll is enabled, recording takes
place only in the selection area, not during preor post-roll.
If there is no selection (only a start location),
recording will continue until it is manually
stopped.
‹
If you make a selection in Pro Tools that
crosses the “midnight” boundary (00:00:00:00),
make sure your deck can handle this situation.
Experiment with a dispensable tape to familiarize yourself with the crossover capabilities of
your deck.
‹
Rehearsing a Layback to an
External Device
Before laying back audio to an external device,
you can rehearse the layback using Edit Preview
(Rehearse) mode. In Edit Preview mode, instead
of performing an edit insert (recording) on
armed remote tracks, the input is monitored
without recording.
4 In the Track Arming window, arm the tracks
you want to rehearse by clicking the corresponding buttons. The buttons light yellow to
indicate armed status.
5 In the Pro Tools Transport window, select
Transport = Machine.
6 In the Pro Tools Transport window, click the
Online button to put Pro Tools online.
7 In the Pro Tools Transport window, click
Record. The button flashes yellow to indicate
Edit Preview (Rehearse) mode.
8 In the Pro Tools Transport window, click Play.
The machine cues to the selection start or insert
point and being playing back. Pro Tools then
syncs to the deck, and the deck records as determined by the settings for Record Protocol and
Record mode in the Track Arming window.
While in Edit Preview mode, the Transport
Record button flashes yellow when armed and
lights solid yellow when rehearsing. Armed
tracks are indicated by yellow track buttons in
the Track Arming window.
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Arming Tracks Remotely for
Layback
To arm tracks remotely for layback, you need to
first configure Track Arming for your machine.
To configure Track Arming:
1 Make sure your machine is properly con-
nected and configured to slave to Pro Tools.
2 Open the Track Arming window.
3 Select a Record Protocol (Auto Edit or Punch
In/Out).
4 Select a Record mode (Insert or Assemble).
Once the Track Arming options are configured, you can change the Track Arming
window to “small view” and still see the
track arm buttons.
To perform a layback:
1 In Pro Tools, select the audio to lay back, or
place the playback cursor at a start point.
2 In the Remote Track Arming window, arm the
appropriate tracks on the machine.
3 Select Transport = Machine in the Pro Tools
Transport window.
4 Make sure the Pro Tools Transport is online.
5 Click Record in the Transport window to arm
recording.
6 Click Play in the Transport window.
Your machine will cue to the selection start minus all relevant pre-roll, then begin to play back.
Pro Tools will then sync to the deck, and the target deck will record as determined by your settings for Record Protocol and Record mode. If
you did not create an on-screen selection, deck
recording will continue until you manually stop
playback.
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chapter 6
Remote 9-Pin Deck Emulation Mode
(Configuration and Operation)
Remote 9-Pin Deck Emulation mode makes
Pro Tools operate as a virtual tape deck, supporting most standard Sony P2 9-pin commands.
For a list of supported commands, see “9-Pin
Commands” on page 40.
By default, Pro Tools emulates a Sony BVW-75
model video deck. You can also configure
Pro Tools to emulate other machines. For more
information, see “Alternate Machine Types” on
page 37.
For instructions on connecting Pro Tools for
Remote 9-Pin Deck Emulation mode, see
Chapter 2, “Installing MachineControl.”
Configuring Remote 9-Pin
Deck Emulation Mode
To configure Pro Tools for Remote 9-Pin Deck
Emulation mode:
1 Choose Setup > Peripherals, and click the Synchronization tab.
2 Choose SYNC from the Device pop-up menu.
3 Click the Machine Control tab in the Peripherals dialog.
4 In the 9-Pin Remote (Deck Emulation) section,
select Enable.
Generating Time Code in Remote 9-Pin
Deck Emulation Mode
Pro Tools with MachineControl and a SYNC
peripheral can generate frame-edge aligned time
code at 1x play speed while in Remote 9-Pin
Deck Emulation mode.
Remote 9-Pin Deck Emulation mode settings
5 Select the 9-pin MachineControl port from
the Port pop-up menu.
6 Choose the appropriate machine profile from
the Machine Type pop-up menu.
7 If you want Pro Tools to ignore transport com-
mands and just chase LTC, enable Chase LTC.
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8 Click OK to close the Peripherals dialog.
9 In the Transport window, click the Remote
button to put Pro Tools in Remote mode.
Selecting Full Remote Mode or
Remote/LTC Chase Mode
Remote 9-Pin Deck Emulation mode lets a master device control Pro Tools track and transport
arming.
‹ When Pro Tools is in Remote mode, Remote
9-pin Deck Emulation operates in Full Remote
mode or in Remote/LTC Chase mode.
Remote button in Transport window
10 Choose Setup > Session, and ensure that the
following settings are configured:
• The Clock Source should be set to SYNC.
• The Clock Reference should be set to Video
Reference.
• If you did not enable Chase LTC, the Positional Reference should be set to Generate.
This is required for Pro Tools to lock to the
video reference with frame edge accuracy.
• If you enabled Chase LTC, the Positional Reference should be set to LTC.
11 If you will be recording, select a Record mode
by right-clicking (Windows or Mac) or Controlclicking (Mac) the Record button in the Transport window.
12 Begin machine playback.
See also “Optimizing Playback in Remote 9Pin Deck Emulation Mode” on page 39.
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‹ When Pro Tools is not in Remote mode, it ignores commands from the 9-pin machine controller. Pro Tools responds only to requests from
the 9-pin machine controller for machine type
and status, and responds that it is in Local
mode.
Full Remote Mode
In Remote 9-Pin Deck Emulation mode, when
Pro Tools is in Remote mode and Chase LTC is
not enabled, Pro Tools is in one of the two following states:
• When the Delay after Play Command preference is set to zero, Pro Tools is set to function as the time code master. Pro Tools
locates, then plays when it gets a play command.
• When the Delay after Play Command preference is set towards 30 frames, another machine is the time code master. Pro Tools
locates, sends time code position
responses, and when its time code lines up
with the time code master device, goes into
play in sync with the time code master
device.
To set the time code master in Full Remote mode:
1 Choose Setup > Preferences, and click the Syn-
chronization tab.
2 In the Remote Mode section, do one of the fol-
lowing:
• Set the Delay after Play Command preference
to zero, to set Pro Tools to behave as the
time code master.
• Set the Delay after Play Command preference
towards 30 frames, to set Pro Tools to behave as a time code slave device, by delaying playback until its time code can
properly synchronize.
Generally, delay should only be added if
Pro Tools is having problems starting and
locking to a machine during playback or
record. For example, if Pro Tools tries to
lock, and the Transport window lights go
from play to shuttle or fast-forward to rewind many times before locking, you should
increase the Delay After Play setting by a
few frames.
Remote/LTC Chase Mode
When Chase LTC is enabled, Pro Tools can still
respond to track arming and record commands.
However, Pro Tools will chase incoming LTC instead of behaving as a master or slave device
with the machine controller. By slaving
Pro Tools to the LTC source instead of slaving
the machine to Pro Tools time code, you can
avoid the waiting (and tape wear) that occurs
while a machine transport locates and bumps
tape to the cue point.
In Remote 9-Pin Deck Emulation mode, when
Pro Tools is in Remote Mode and Chase LTC is
enabled, it communicates record status to the
machine.
Receiving Commands While Chase LTC is
Enabled or Disabled
‹ When Chase LTC is enabled, Pro Tools waits
until it receives only specific transport record
and track record commands from the machine.
‹ When Chase LTC is not enabled, Pro Tools listens to all transport commands coming through
the serial connection, including bump and
crawl commands necessary for a tape machine
to locate.
Scrubbing and Chase LTC
The Chase LTC option does not affect scrubbing.
Pro Tools video playback will always respond to
locate and scrubbing command, even if Chase
LTC is enabled.
Alternate Machine Types
By default, MachineControl lets Pro Tools emulate a Sony BVW-75. If you use a machine that
follows a different 9-pin command set, you can
configure Pro Tools for that machine’s description.
To configure Pro Tools for an alternate machine:
1 Choose Setup > Peripherals, and click the Machine Control tab.
2 In the 9-Pin Remote (Deck Emulation) section,
choose a machine profile from the Machine Type
pop-up menu.
3 Click OK.
Special settings have been created for specific
machine controllers (such as the Soundmaster
ION). When under the control of a specific machine controller, first check if there is a specific
setting for that machine controller.
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Preferences for Remote 9-Pin
Deck Emulation Mode
Pro Tools provides the following preference settings to configure Remote 9-Pin Deck Emulation
Mode options.
Remote Mode Section
Ignore Track Arming Sets Pro Tools to ignore incoming track arming (record enable) commands. This is useful if you are using a master
controller to arm tracks on other machines, but
you do not want to arm tracks in Pro Tools.
Set Servo Lock Bit At Play (Tamura Support) Enable this option when using a Tamura synchronizer to control Pro Tools in Remote mode to
minimize lock-up times during recording.
Allow Track Arm Commands in Local Mode Enables a supported third-party paddle device to issue the following Pro Tools track commands
while in Local mode:
• Input monitoring
• Record Enable
• Record Safe
• Solo
• Solo Mute
See Chapter 7, “Using a Paddle Device in
Local Mode.”
Punch In Frame Offset Sets an offset in frames to
compensate for punch-in timing advances or
delays.
Punch Out Frame Offset Sets an offset in frames
to compensate for punch-out timing advances
or delays.
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Delay After Play Command Sets the amount of
time (in frames) for Pro Tools to wait after receiving a Play command before starting the audio engine. This can prevent false starts when
locking to synchronizers that are not fully supported by Pro Tools.
See “Selecting Full Remote Mode or Remote/LTC Chase Mode” on page 36 for
more information.
To set Remote 9-Pin Deck Emulation mode
preferences:
1 Choose Setup > Preferences, and click the Syn-
chronization tab.
2 Select or set Machine Control options in the
Remote mode section:
3 Click OK to close the Preferences dialog.
Playback in Remote 9-Pin
Deck Emulation Mode
Recording in Remote 9-Pin
Deck Emulation Mode
Pro Tools plays back audio only when the received command requires audio playback at 1X
speed in the forward direction. Reverse playback
and varispeed playback are not supported in
Pro Tools.
MachineControl lets Pro Tools support Auto
Edit (selection-based) and Punch-in/Punch-Out
(QuickPunch) commands.
Optimizing Playback in Remote 9-Pin
Deck Emulation Mode
When using Remote 9-Pin Deck Emulation
mode with an unsupported synchronizer, clicking Play may display multiple nudge and bump
messages caused by Pro Tools attempting to
achieve lock before the master device has stabilized.
The Delay After Play Command preference lets you
configure a short delay before Pro Tools attempts to lock with the master device. This allows the master device to stabilize before
Pro Tools locks with it in order to avoid nudge
and bump messages.
See “Preferences for Remote 9-Pin Deck Emulation Mode” on page 38 for more information.
Pro Tools must have QuickPunch or TrackPunch
with tracks enabled when recording in Remote
9-Pin Deck Emulation mode with an edit controller.
Preview Edit and Rehearse modes are not
supported by Pro Tools.
Auto Edit Recording
When a machine sends Auto Edit commands to
Pro Tools in Remote 9-Pin Deck Emulation
mode, the edit in and out points are converted
to a Pro Tools Timeline selection. This selection,
with offsets options, will then be used to record
on all armed tracks when Pro Tools receives the
Perform Auto Edit Record command.
Punch In/Out Recording
Punch-In/Punch-Out Recording supports
punch-on-the-fly, with Pro Tools in QuickPunch
mode. In this mode, tracks are armed before the
record pass, and recording begins and ends
when Punch-In and Punch-Out commands are
received form the master machine.
QuickPunch must be enabled and the required
voices must be available in Pro Tools for PunchIn/Punch-Out recording commands to work.
This mode must be set manually in Pro Tools.
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Track Arming in Remote 9-Pin
Deck Emulation Mode
In Remote 9-Pin Deck Emulation mode,
Pro Tools can be configured to either respond
to, or ignore, track arming (record enabling)
commands. Pro Tools communicates track
record status back to the control machine.
9-Pin Commands
In Remote 9-Pin Deck Emulation Mode,
Pro Tools with MachineControl can respond to
the following 9-pin commands from compatible
workstations, synchronizers, and other devices:
• Play
• Stop
• Pause
• Rewind
• Forward
• Cue To
• Poll Time Code
• Record Arm Track
• Set In/Out Point (for Auto Edit)
• Set Pre/Post Roll (for Auto Edit)
• Perform Auto Edit Record
• Perform Punch-In/Punch-Out Record (requires QuickPunch mode and voices)
• Return Status-Online, State, Tracks Armed
• Servo Lock
• Clear “In” Point
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Ignore Track Arming Commands
You can set Pro Tools to ignore incoming track
arming (record-enable) commands. Use this to
record-safe Pro Tools if, for example, you are using a master 9-pin transport controller to arm
tracks on several other machines, but not
Pro Tools tracks. You can still manually arm
Pro Tools audio tracks, as needed.
To have Pro Tools ignore remote track arming
commands:
1 Choose Setup > Preferences, and click the Syn-
chronization tab.
2 In the Remote Mode section, select Ignore
Track Arming.
chapter 7
Using a Paddle Device in Local Mode
When using MachineControl in Local mode
(with or without an external synchronizer), you
can use a supported third-party paddle device to
issue the following Pro Tools track commands:
• Input monitoring
• Record Enable
• Record Safe
• Solo
• Solo Mute
Using these features involve the following steps:
1 Connect the supported third-party paddle device to your system.
Connecting a Supported ThirdParty Paddle Device to Your
Pro Tools System
To connect a supported third-party paddle device to your Pro Tools system, use the same
method you would use to connect a deck for Remote 9-Pin Deck Emulation mode.
See Chapter 6, “Remote 9-Pin Deck Emulation Mode (Configuration and Operation)”
for detailed information on connecting a
machine to Pro Tools.
2 Make sure the Allow Track Arm Commands in
Local Mode preference is enabled.
3 Serial Deck Control and Remote 9-Pin Deck
Emulation ports must be configured simultaneously.
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Allow Track Arm Commands in
Local Mode Preference
The Allow Track Arm Commands in Local Mode
preference must be enabled in order to control
Pro Tools with a paddle device in Local mode.
To enable the Allow Track Arm Commands in Local
Mode preference:
8 Choose the appropriate machine profile from
the Machine Type pop-up menu.
See Chapter 5, “Serial Deck Control Mode
(Configuration and Operation)” for detailed information about configuring and
using Serial Deck Control mode.
9 In the 9-Pin Remote (Deck Emulation) section,
select Enable.
1 Choose Setup > Preferences, and click the
Synchronization tab.
2 Select Allow Track Arm Commands in Local Mode.
Remote 9-Pin Deck Emulation mode settings
Configuring Ports for a Deck
and a Supported Third-Party
Paddle Device
Before connecting a paddle device and a deck to
Pro Tools simultaneously, both the Serial Deck
Control port and the Remote 9-Pin Deck Emulation port may be configured.
10 Select the 9-pin MachineControl port from
the Port pop-up menu.
11 Choose the appropriate machine profile
from the Machine Type pop-up menu.
12 Make sure Chase LTC is not selected.
13 Click OK to close the Peripherals dialog.
To set Pro Tools to Local mode:
To configure Serial Deck Control and Remote 9-Pin
Deck Emulation ports to operate simultaneously:
„ In the Pro Tools Transport window, make sure
that the setting is Transport = Pro Tools.
3 Choose Setup > Peripherals, and click the Synchronization tab.
4 Choose SYNC from the Device pop-up menu.
5 Click the Machine Control tab.
6 In the 9-pin Machine Control (Deck Control)
section, select Enable.
Setting Transport = Pro Tools
Configuring MachineControl for Serial Deck Control
7 Select the 9-pin MachineControl port from
the Port pop-up menu.
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appendix a
Deck Control Key Commands
Command
Mac
Windows
Rewind
Shift+<
Shift+<
Fast Forward
Shift+>
Shift+>
Shuttle Backward
Option+comma
Start+comma
Shuttle Forward
Option+period
Start+period
Toggle Transport Master
Command+\
Control+\
All Transport Buttons Off/Unthread Tape
Command+period
Control+period
Search Mode Toggle (Play-Pause/Stop)
Spacebar/Command+period
Spacebar/Ctrl+period
Cue to Selection Start
Command+Left Arrow
Control+Left Arrow
Cue to Selection End
Command+Right Arrow
Control+Right Arrow
Cue to Selection Start Minus Preroll
Option+Left Arrow
Alt+Left Arrow
Cue to Selection End Minus Preroll
Option+Right Arrow
Alt+Right Arrow
When Transport = Machine:
Appendix A: Deck Control Key Commands
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appendix b
Troubleshooting
Installation
Problem:
MachineControl options are not available in
Pro Tools.
Possible Solution:
Make sure MachineControl is installed and authorized correctly (see Chapter 2, “Installing
MachineControl.”)
Machine Not Recognized
Problem:
The session was saved with MachineControl,
but now opens without it being selected in the
Transport window. When opening a session
saved with MachineControl, a dialog warns that
there were “problems initializing MachineControl.” When spotting a region, the “Capture Machine Time” button is grayed out.
Possible Solutions:
‹ Choose Setup > Peripherals, click the Machine
Control tab, and confirm that the correct 9-Pin
Serial port is chosen for your MachineControl
operating mode. Make certain that all cables are
securely connected at both ends.
‹ Verify that the machine is powered on.
Choose Setup > Peripherals, and click the Machine Control tab. Reset the 9-Pin Serial port,
and close the dialog. This causes Pro Tools to
scan the serial port for 9-pin devices.
Pro Tools Transport Not
Controlling Machine
Problem:
Though the MachineControl dialog indicates
that Pro Tools recognizes the machine, nothing
happens when you use the Transport in
Pro Tools (the machine doesn’t respond to commands). When spotting a region using the “Capture Machine Time” button, an incorrect time is
entered.
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Possible Solutions:
‹ Most controllable transports need to be
placed in a “Remote” or “Ext” mode to allow
them to be slaved to other devices. Verify that
the device is in this mode. Refer to the documentation that came with your device for more
information on Remote and Local modes.
In the Transport window, check the status of
the “Transport = Pro Tools” or
“Transport = Machine” setting.
‹
Time Code Inaccuracy
Problem:
The time code locations shown in the Selection
and Position Indicator boxes do not match machine time code.
Possible Solutions:
For best performance with Serial Deck Control
mode, connect the machine to an available serial or COM port (or serial adapter connected to
a USB port) on the host computer. Use the 9-pin
ports on a SYNC peripheral for non-linear video
decks only.
‹
‹ In some cases, the Time Code values reported
by machines are not in sync with the time code
that is played from their time code ports. (One
example of this is when the machine's time code
reader is looking at VITC while Pro Tools is chasing LTC.)
‹ If the values get progressively farther and farther apart, check the frame rate. Make sure you
have set Pro Tools to the same frame rate as the
movie/machine frame rate. Also check the
frame format (drop or non-drop).
‹ If the values differ by a significant margin
(such as an hour or more), the Start Frame number may be set incorrectly. Open the Session
Setup window and check the Session Start Frame
number.
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Changing Session Start Time, Dropped
Frames, and Drop Frame Time Code
When you change the session frame rate from a
non-drop to drop rate, or from drop to nondrop, the session start time and material in the
Timeline may be affected.
Non-drop Changed to Drop: The Session Start
Time is changed to the next possible supported
frame if the current one is not supported in DF.
For example, changing from non-drop to drop
frame in a session that starts at 00:59:00:00 will
change the session’s start time to 00:59:00:02
(due to the method by which frames are
dropped in each rate and format).
Every event in the Timeline is moved back two
frames, maintaining each event’s relative time
code location (relative to the start of the session).
Drop Changed to Non-drop When going from
drop to non-drop, no compensation is applied
to the session start time. This is done because all
frames in drop exist in a non-drop Timeline (a
drop rate Timeline is a subset of its corresponding non-drop rate Timeline). So, when changing
from a drop rate to a non-drop rate, Pro Tools
keeps events at the same location relative to the
start of the session.
appendix c
Machine IDs
The following table lists the machine profiles
supported in MachineControl by their Pro Tools
hexadecimal ID.
Machines, by ID number
ID number
Machine
0x2020
BVW-60
For special IDs to support 48-track arming, see
“48 Track Profiles” on page 48.
0x2021
BVW-65
0x2022
BVW-95
Machines and Hex ID Numbers
0x2023
BVW-96
0x2024
BVW-70
0x2025
BVW-75
0x2125
BVW-75P
0x4000
DVR-10
0x4003
DVR-18
0x4002
DVRC-10
0x4020
DVR-20
0x4022
DVR-28
0xF019
AJ-D350 (D3)
0x3011
DVR-2100
0x3000
DVR-1000
0x0010
BVH-2000
0x0011
BVH-2000
0x0110
BVH-2000 PS
0x0111
BVH-2000 PS
0x0018
BVH-2180
0x0020
BVH-2500
0x0120
BVH-2500 PS (UI wrong)
0x0030
BVH-2700
The first 0x signifies hex value. The next four
numbers signify the machine ID. The name of
the associated machine follows.
Machines, by ID number
ID number
Machine
0x0000
Generic 1
0x0001
Generic 2
0x1000
BVU-800
0x101C
BVU-950
0x1019
BVU-920
0x1080
BVU-900
0x104C
VO-9850
0x1048
VO-9800
0x102C
SVO-9600
0x2000
BVW-10
0x2001
BVW-40
0x2002
BVW-11
0x2003
BVW-15
0x2010
BVW-35
Appendix C: Machine IDs
47
Machines, by ID number
48
Machines, by ID number
ID number
Machine
ID number
Machine
0x0040
BVH-2800
0xA0A1
SoundMaster ATOM
0x0048
BVH-2830
0xD0E1
Pro Tools
0x0050
BVH-3000
0x20E0
HDW-500
0x0060
BVH-3100
0x20A0
SRW-5000
0x0150
BVH-3000 PS
0x0160
BVH-3100 PS
0x2041
PVW-2800
0x1211
ASC Virtual Recorder
0x1011
Fostex D-10
0xF027
Otari R-DAT
0x7001
PCM-7030
0x7001
TASCAM DA-88
0x7003
PCM-800
0x7000
PCM-7000
0xA088
AG-DS555
0xA084
AG-DS770
0x0001
AG-DS7750
0xF033
AJ D640
0x2051
UVW-1800
0xB000
DVW-500
0xB010
DVW-500
0xA050
V1
0x1021
SVP-5600
0x2124
BCB-70
0x2101
BVW-40P
0x8017
DSR-1500A
0x6007
3348HR
0x6005
3348HRV
0x6003
3324
MachineControl Guide
Tascam DA-88 and other decks can be set
to emulate other machines. If a deck is set to
emulate another type of machine, the machine type being emulated will be displayed.
48 Track Profiles
The following are special IDs to support 48-track
arming.
Machines
IDs for 48-Track Capable Machines
ID
Machine
0x6007
3348HR
0x6005
3348HRV
0x6003
3324
Pro Tools
IDs for 48-Track Pro Tools Arming
ID
Machine
DX01
Pro Tools
appendix d
9-Pin Cable Pinouts
Serial Deck Control Mode Cable:
D Sub 9-Pin Male to D Sub 9-Pin Female (Windows Only)
1
Appendix D: 9-Pin Cable Pinouts
49
MachineControl Master/Slave Adapter
50
MachineControl Guide
Serial Deck Control Cable:
Mini DIN 8 Male to D Sub 9-Pin Male (Mac Only)
Appendix D: 9-Pin Cable Pinouts
51
Remote 9-Pin Deck Emulation Cable:
Mini DIN 8-Pin to D Sub 9-Pin Female (Mac Only)
Shielding
The outside shielding of the D-Sub 9-pin (female) should be wired to the outside shielding
of the Mini DIN 8-pin (male).
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index
A
I
Allow Track Arm Commands in Local Mode option
42
arming
safe (ignore) 40
Assemble mode 32
authorizing MachineControl 8, 9
Auto Edit 32, 39
Auto Spot 14, 26, 28
IDs (machine) 47
Ignore Track Arming option 38, 40
iLok USB Smart Key 8
Incoming Time 24
Insert mode 32
installing MachineControl 8
C
cables
included cables 1
wiring diagrams 51, 52
Chase LTC mode 37
configuring a paddle device 42
control track 32
Create Machine Track Arming Profile 30
cueing
hi-speed mode 28
search mode 28
D
Delay After Play Command option 38
Delay Before Locking to LTC option 20
Delay Before Locking to Time Code option 20
E
External Time Code Offsets 24
H
L
layback 34
Local/Remote 27
M
machine
pre-roll 18
profiles 30, 47
Transport Master 14, 26
Machine Chases Memory Location option 20
Machine Cues Intelligently option 20
Machine Follows Edit Insertion/Scrub option 20
machine IDs 47
midnight boundary 33
Minimum Sync Delay option 20
N
Non-Linear Transport Error Suppression option 20
O
Online (Transport window) 13
Online options 21
On-Screen Selections 33
hi-speed mode 28
Index
53
P
S
paddle device 42
configuring ports for 42
connecting to a Pro Tools system 41
preferences
Remote mode 38
pre-roll
compensating 18
machine 18
setting for machine from Pro Tools 18
Pro Tools
Transport Master 14, 26
Punch In Frame Offset 38
Punch In/Out 32
Punch Out Frame Offset 38
Sample Offset (Sync Offset) 24
search mode 28
Serial Deck Control mode 10
serial time code 19
servo lock 18
start time 23
Stop at Shuttle Speed Zero option 20
Sync Offset 24
system requirements 2
R
record modes 32
Record Online at Insertion/Selection option 21
Record Online at Time Code (or ADAT) Lock option
21
record protocol 32
Auto Edit 32
Punch In/Out 32
recording
Remote mode 39
Redefine Current Time Code Position 25
Remote 9-Pin Deck Emulation mode 10
Chase LTC 37
connections 7
preferences 38
see also Remote mode
Remote LTC mode
Transport Master 16, 36, 37
Remote mode
and track arming 40
Auto Edit 39
commands 40
playback 39
recording 39
Transport Master 16, 36, 37
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T
time code
quick signal test 24
redefine current 25
track 32
track arming
48-track IDs 48
and Remote mode 40
create machine profile 30
IDs 47
ignore 40
remapping tracks 31
tracks
remapping 31
Transport Master 11, 14, 27
machine 14, 26
Pro Tools 14, 26
Remote 16, 36, 37
Remote LTC 16, 37
selecting 13
toggling 14
transport master 26
Remote LTC 36
toggling 27
Trimmer
when Transport = Machine 14, 26
V
video track 32
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