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Old 06-22-2020, 06:30 PM
jgiannis jgiannis is offline
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Default Compacting adds 250GB!!!???

PT Ultimate 2019.10.0

Hi. I have a PT session that comes in at 6.23GB. This includes a 700MB video.

I want to upload a copy of this session to my boss. However, there's lots of excess in here, so I want to downsize it without losing any vital audio.

So I first do a Save-Copy-In. This ensures that only this clips which are in use will carry over into a brand new session folder.

This new session folder is now only 1.93GB. That's only from eliminating files of audio which I did not use.

But now I want to do even better. From the audio which I did use, I want to eliminate those portions which aren't in use. For this, I am selecting to "Compact" my audio.

But the result is that the session is now a whopping 265.54 GB!!!

I deleted it. Went back to the original (6.23GB file) and did another Save-Copy-In. Again, I'm at 1.93GB. This time, I "ungrouped" files (thinking that maybe these were wrecking havoc). But no. Same result!

Anyone have any idea how I am making this session 137x bigger???
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Old 06-22-2020, 07:09 PM
Darryl Ramm Darryl Ramm is offline
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Default Re: Compacting adds 250GB!!!???

Oh that must hurt, but OTOH it's kinda funny.

What are you using to look at the size?

I would look for what the large file actually are on disk and then look at them more to see what is being reported. I would start by running the following command in Terminal, cd to the session audio file folder and run....

$ du -m -s * | sort -n -r

This will give sorted list of the file sizes in MB. du is a low level utility that may report data different than the finder.

If it's real and only one or a few files you could skip compacting them, etc.
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