Reversioning Pro Tools mixes with EdiLoad

Over the years we've had several clients ask for help with jobs where they've wanted to use EdiLoad to re-cut a finished mix to create a new delivery version of a TV show or film. We call this process "reversioning". This task can be performed in a number of ways, depending on how the picture editor creates the new delivery version. So to help, we've created the demo video below which shows how the completed mixes of 12 TV episodes can be recut to create the sound track of a feature film length version. The video not only shows how you re-cut your Pro Tools session with EdiLoad, but what you need to supply your picture editor in order to perform this task in the most efficient manner.

This reversioning process is in some ways a combination of two processes that EdiLoad can perform: 

• Conforming (assembling) location WAV files to match the audio edits in an AAF. This uses a single audio EDL.

• Re-conforming a Pro Tools sessions to match an updated picture. This uses two video EDLs which EdiLoad compares.

The reversioning process that is shown in the video uses a single audio EDL, but here individual tracks of the EDL are selected and used to re-conform a Pro Tools session. This is achieved with EdiLoad's unique ability to show events for a particular EDL track and allows sound editors to replicate the audio edits made by a picture editor when they have used individual stems to create the sound edit of the new delivery version.

If you need more information on Conforming (assembling) location WAV files, see this blog post. For more information on re-conforming a session when picture changes occur, see this video.

Reversioning Pro Tools mixes with EdiLoad v3 (Durn 22:12)

Note: EdiLoad v3 exported conform reference tracks as a ptx file. With EdiLoad v4+ these are now exported as an AAF file.

I hope this video helps you to re-cut your mixes to create the sound track for an alternate picture delivery. Let me know if you have any questions or feedback in the comments below.

Last modified on Monday, 31 August 2020 03:52
Mark Franken

Mark Franken is an award-winning software developer and founder of Sounds In Sync, specializing in cutting edge solutions for sound post-production. His work as a sound editor on some of the top feature films and television shows has inspired him to develop these programs that are used by sound professionals word-wide. He can be contacted via the Sounds In Sync website.


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