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Old 06-13-2013, 04:35 AM
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Default Compact and archiving

I'm going through old PT sessions and trying to minimise the amount of data stored. I've never used the Compact function, and it makes me a little nervous.

eg: If a file is compacted in one session but the original file is used in a different session, I'm guessing there is the potential to delete something that is needed.

Any tips on using this function whilst ensuring nothing significant is lost?
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Old 06-13-2013, 08:10 AM
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Hey Idris,

I have never used the Compact function. But anytime I'm preforming backups my workflow is to:
1. first Save a copy of my session with _cleaned or _backup appended to the end.
2. Select all unused audio from the playlist and remove not delete.
3. Then use the "Save Copy In" feature ensuring copy all audio files.
4. At this point I back up that folder or zip it and back it up.

The compact feature just scares me.

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Old 06-13-2013, 09:06 AM
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Default Re: Compact and archiving

Compact has worked flawlessly for me for very many years, including PT10. It is not the right choice when multiple sessions use common material, but for most of my workflows it saves many gigs of otherwise-wasted space. I make sure I have a non-compacted session until I KNOW the compacted session is flawless, but as I said, I've never had a problem that was not user error.
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useful to know Postman - thank you
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Old 06-17-2013, 02:50 AM
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Good to know. Thanks.
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Old 06-20-2013, 09:25 PM
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First save out a session copy, then you can compact to your heart's content. Every backup I do starts with removing unused clips, then save a session copy with all audio, then compact the copy. If something goes wrong, no problem - you still have your original session.
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