Conforming a Pro Tools Session

Conformalizer can automate the process of conforming your Pro Tools sessions using the change EDL listed in the 'change' panel.

Because the change EDL is absolute (as opposed to the relative AVID change notes) running the conform 'as is' would cause your session to be conformed over top of itself. It is for this reason that you must conform from one hour code to another.

If, for example, you wanted to conform your session for reel 3 (03:00:00:00 to 03:19:00:00), you could have the conform re-assemble at hour 2 (02:00:00:00 - 02:19:00:00) and you'd then shift the newly created material by 1 hour once the conform is finished. It is also possible to shift the source material to any other location (e.g. hour 4) and have Conformalizer assemble to the correct hour (03:00:00:00).

1. Setup
Make sure you have the correct change EDL loaded in the change panel and that the 'session/file settings' preferences are set as you wish (see the setup page for an explanation of these settings).

2. Nudge timecodes
Use the small arrow buttons to shift the source and/or master timecodes to the desired hour code. Half hour increments can be achieved by holding the SHIFT modifier. Obviously these new times should reflect the session you are about to conform.

3. Prepare session
Verify that Pro Tools is running and that you have the correct session open. Check also that the settings in your session match those in the Conformalizer setting panel, and that the source material is at the same hour code as the change list you nudged in step 2. This is also a very good time to check that Automation Follows Edit is switched on!

You may also want to simplify your session by setting to a small number of undos, deactivating heavy-duty plugins and switching to an empty video track.

4. Select tracks
In Pro Tools use the I-beam tool to shift-click into the tracks you wish to conform. The conform will be performed on all tracks where the timeline cursor is present (including the markers track).

5. click the 'Conform' button and review the information in the window which appears. When you click 'OK' the conform routine will begin.

A small progress window will appear showing you the current status of the conform. At any stage you can click the 'abort' button to kill the conform.

If you are set to conform one edit at a time the 'next' button will become enabled as each edit is completed. This feature is useful if you wish to see in detail the steps taken to arrive at the conformed cut or to locate a bad edit in the conform.

An Audiosuite helper plugin should also appear. If it does not you should open it manually and launch the conform again. Once the conform is finished, you should manually close the helper plugin window to avoid unnecessary system load while not conforming.

Post conform optional routines

There are two separate optional routines which you can choose to include after the conform has completed. The first is the addition of markers at every cut point and the second is a dual automation cleanup pass which removes potential snaps at cut points. The automation routine will first select any gaps in the conform and execute a 'cut' command to create a glide across the gap for all parameters. It then makes a 2 frame selection over every cut point and executes a 'Cut Special - All Automation' to create a glide across the cut point.

These can both be run independently from the events menu if required.

When framerates are different

Occasionally, the timebase of your EDLs and cutlists is different to the timebase of the sessions you are working in. Conformalizer is capable of converting timecode values to match your session but mathematical rounding errors are inevitable and can cause errors of up to a frame for any conformed region. In most cases it is better to temporarily switch the timebase of your session to match that of your change EDL while running the conform.