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Old 02-16-2005, 10:48 AM
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Default Long file names

Recently i finished copying all my sfx cds to my hard drive.
Using I-tunes i retrieved their descriptions from the net and after a couple of days i had a very organized
sfx library.
My problem is that protools shortens the file names to 32 characters or less and so many of the long descriptive file names are shorter and its impossible to search them effectively from within protools.

is there a way to create a catalog without shortening the file names?
or maybe a way to batch copy all the long file names from the finder into the comments?
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Old 02-16-2005, 11:24 PM
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What you want to do is save all the files as BWF files and import the comments into the BWF Description field... which is where Pro Tools saves the comments in the DigiBase. I don't know any apps which can do that.. although it would be pretty simple to implement.

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Old 02-17-2005, 09:56 AM
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I dont want to convert them to bwf, i have about 200 giga worth of sfx.
What i need is a utility that can batch copy the names into the comments.
Is there such a utility?
And if not is there someone who can make such a utility?
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Old 02-17-2005, 10:01 AM
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So what file type are all your SFX audio files?

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Old 02-21-2005, 05:55 AM
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Theyre a mixture of sd2 and aiffs.
Any ideas?
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Old 02-21-2005, 09:56 AM
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Perhaps... but it would require me writing a utility. Do you have any XP systems, or only Macs?

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Old 02-21-2005, 10:03 AM
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I understand why you would not want to convert... but the problem with what you want to do is that finder comments are very susceptible to loss. Lots of maintenance functions can erase or replace them (unless this has changed significantly in OSX). Also you will still have to deal with the truncated garbage that PT will turn your names into, so while you can search in the digibase you wont be able to search your region list. I hate to say this but if I were you I would seriously look at buying something like the "ripper" or better yet Soundminer with the ripper and re-digitizing the CD's. I think actually that Soundminer Le might do what you need with out re-digitizing, by copying the file name to the description and then renaming based on the description.
Other than that join the crowd that's bugging Digi about this really big ooops.
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Old 02-22-2005, 03:05 AM
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I'm working on a mac with osx.
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Old 02-22-2005, 03:11 AM
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The whole point of the protools catalogs is that i wont need any other software to manage my files.
All i want to do is copy the entire name into the database comments collumn in the protools catalog and then search the comments. I can live without having the full name in the regtion list with the hopes that it will be fixed in the future.
I hope there's a good reason for this stupid 32 letters limit in protools.
Is it that hard to change it?
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Old 02-22-2005, 09:28 AM
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The 32 file name limit is required for backward compatibility with OS 9 Pro Tools systems. The first region in a file also has to be the same name as the sound file, so it would mean a major rewrite to the region handling and memory management of the Pro Tools app... I'm sure it'll be changed one day, but it's not a simple change... it's highly invasive.

I'm planning to get a Mac Mini development system in the next month... I'll see about writing a utility to copy the comments from the Finder to the audio files.

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