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Converting Protools Sessions from Mac to PC

Discussion in 'Pro Tools' started by SuprSpy79, Jan 5, 2007.

  1. SuprSpy79

    SuprSpy79 Active Member

    I'm moving my setup from my Mac to my PC. Im using the 001 and going from LE 5.2 to LE 6.4 on XP. Is there a way to convert my sessions so I can continue working with them?

    I noticed in the upgrade manual it says you can save a session copy and for pc compatability, but i dont think 5.2 has that. any insight will be greatly appreciated.
  2. sheet

    sheet Well-Known Member

    Yes it does. When you create a session, at the bottom it has a little box to check: "Enforce PC/MAC Compatibility" Click that box.
  3. SuprSpy79

    SuprSpy79 Active Member

    But what about already current sessions that werent created like that, does 5.2 support the save copy command to select pc? (ill check later today to be sure but im not in front of my computer right now) I didnt check the manual and it looked like it said you could.
  4. Kev

    Kev Well-Known Member

    were the Mac seesions using dot wav or are they dot aif ... or SD2 ?

    been a while since I was looking at a ver 5 PT session but

    Session Save as ... I don't remember when this feature arrived
    this allows you to export all data and I think it allows for slight changes that may cover the Mac/PC compatability that Sheet mentioned
    with a change to dot wav and handle some plug settings and automation
    you can tag for ALL audio files and plug settings
    or just the used audio etc

    experiment on one session until you ... get it

    you could try
    create new session in 6.4 XP
    track import from the old Mac PTLE 5.2

    it may import and convert and bring the edit with it

    I've NOT done this so I've no idea if it will solve your problem here

    otherwise you will have to set up an archive from PTLE5.2
    basicaly it is to send out, track by track a simple single dot wave file for each track
    you will lose the re-edit capability
    all files will be the same length and size
    this can then be imported into any DAW

    don't forget to output the Midi file and relavent data to create the new midi in 6.4
  5. SuprSpy79

    SuprSpy79 Active Member


    I saved a session copy from 5.2 and I had to select WAV instead of SD2 (the default) in order to force compatability. So i installed Mac Drive on my PC and just have to move everything over and test it.

    Ill let you know how it goes.
  6. Kev

    Kev Well-Known Member

    if you were to put the data on CD then it should be ok to go without MacDrive

    I guess you are trying to read the Mac Hard Drive ?

    writing to the CD or DVDrom does give that BackUp that might come in handy one day
  7. SuprSpy79

    SuprSpy79 Active Member

    I actually used mac drive and copied the converted sessions to my local hd. Turns out using macdrive adversly affects the performance of the hd as I could run my sessions with the plugins i had and kept getting cpu and dae erros, so i formatted the hd for the pc and it works insanely better. Im happy with it so far.

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