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Folders in the Region List

For better region management i would like to see folders in the region list. It would be great if you could assign one or multiple tracks to a folder in the region list and all the recordings and edits of the track(s) end up in the designated folder in the region list. This folder could then also be created in the Audio Files folder for even better file management.


Submitted by Bortraws 5 years ago

Comments (36)

  1. Rich B Merged

    Region bins or subfolders in the region list.

    5 years ago
  2. zerobeat Merged

    A way of organizing huge numbers of audio regions/files into subsections.

    5 years ago
  3. needed since the very beginning!!! audio BINS in pro tools!!!

    5 years ago
  4. mikbar Merged

    that we can create folders and put our audio files in order to find them much easily.

    For post-production each location could have it folder containing night ambiances, day ambiance etc...

    For music : by instruments for exemple or much more.

    5 years ago
  5. this would be amazing.

    5 years ago
  6. 5 years ago
  7. Personally I think to get rid of the regions list and move it's functions into the browser. A separate window, that I can hide, sort, serach or resize....

    5 years ago
  8. joelstearns Merged

    1. Folders in the region bin

    2. Toolbar with basic Audio Suite Plugs. Gain, Reverse, Pitch, Time Compress...

    4 years ago
  9. Yes, region bin folders. I will use maybe 8 tracks to record, edit, sound design, mix and consolidate a bunch of stuff to end up with a single region of prepared audio. Then using this process I might end up with 20 or more regions of prepared audio that I will use to create a composition. It would be nice if all of my finished regions could be put in a folder so I could see at a glance what I have. Also one could put all the left over stuff that I used to create each region in another folder.

    It has been suggested that I use Playlists to organize my material. but I find that impractical. Playlists are great for loop recording, auditioning, and combining.

    4 years ago
    1. py

      Playlists are definitely not for organization, I totally agree.

      3 months ago
  10. I would like to see the regions list with tabs on it to also access the workspace from the same right side pull-out. Logic has this down perfectly. I work with a lot of loops and samples and would love to see this incorporated.

    4 years ago
  11. That would be wonderful.

    3 years ago
  12. OMG please do this!!!

    3 years ago
  13. This was announced in v5 over 10 years ago


    "- Bin structure for file management. Not currently in PT 5.0 but part of the development plan."

    3 years ago
    1. py

      "Bin structure for file management." ...says it all. Will one day be a "How did we ever do without?"

      3 months ago
  14. Just make the parent audio file the folder holding all the regions associated to it, viewable by the drop down arrow....

    there is no need to remove the parent audio file from the session when there is a region used from it. that file management feature is counterproductive...

    Just make the parent audio file have a drop down arrow to show the regions underneath it...

    3 years ago
    1. py

      Ok idea but does not address the need to organize related files with UN-related names.

      3 months ago
  15. Bortraws Idea Submitter

    Having audio files unfold and show the regions that belong to it could be a nice touch at the region level but it still wouldn't group and manage all the takes (different audio files) that were recorded on the same track(s).

    If you could create folders In the region list (which would also automatically be created in the audio files folder) and assign one or more tracks to that folder, all audio files recorded to that folder would be organized in your region list as well as in your audio files folder.

    Each audio file could then still be unfolded to reveal any regions that belong to that particular file.

    But we need a sorting system on file level. Imagine recording a drum kit with ten mics and you could appoint the target recording folder from within eg the View Selector. All your drum kit files would end up in the designated folder which is also automatically reflected in your region list.

    This would make file and region management a bliss. I believe many would love such a system. I know I would ;-)

    3 years ago
  16. I agree and like the the idea a bunch. But if helps, When I'm working on a big session I use the "Window Configuration" option (page 188 on Pro Tools Reference Guide).


    3 years ago
  17. Bortraws Idea Submitter

    I also love the Window Configuration Function. But in what way do you relate that to the management of regions and audio files by having folders in the region list and in the audio files folder? (which is what this topic is all about)

    3 years ago
  18. Make Sure you all Vote for "Pro Tools 64-bit Application" to get that as a number one!

    3 years ago
  19. It´s been on my wishlist for decades. Ask any videoprofessional if they´d be ok without the folders in Final Cut or without the bins in Avid workstations. It oftens takes a while before they understand what you mean because it´s so fundamental to their work. I´m old enough to have been working in Avid Audiovision. In those days we had bins and a host of other features that made especially sound for film a lot easier and faster than it is today. Belive me I´m not kidding you.

    3 years ago
  20. This should have been implemented in the 90s... It would be great. I often edit huge amounts of dialog and it would be great to be able to dump all the edited dialog into a folder and get it out of the main region list.

    3 years ago
  21. Why is this taking so long to be implemented? It is a basic function of file management that should have been included 20 years ago. It is very disheartening when you see the 38 already completed feature requests above. Out of those only 4 had more than 100 votes and some even had negative votes yet they have been implemented. I guess this will be added at some point as a paid upgrade and we should all be happy to fork over more money for a basic function that has been missing for years.

    3 years ago
  22. Bortraws Idea Submitter

    I think we will see this function in the next major update.

    Well, at least I keep my fingers crossed.

    3 years ago
  23. Seriously. Since ProTools 3 (back in the early 1990s) this has been a constant request. Is it too difficult to figure out over the course of 15 years? Come effing on. Working on sound design for an hour show with lots of narration that has over 500 regions that I can't hide, drop into a folder or shrink in any way. I could consolidate it in the original VO session and dump out all the tracks but when the producer wants to try different takes, "what happened to all the sound design and music?" "That's in a different session." "How can I tell if the new take works with the music?" "Let me export this take and open the other session. Give me a couple of minutes." "That didn't work, can we hear another." "Give me a couple of minutes...." Rinse, repeat. WTF.

    3 years ago
  24. - Just make the parent audio file the folder holding all the regions associated to it, viewable by the drop down arrow.... YES

    - Show the waveforms in region List

    - Give the ability to listen anywhere in a region, not only from the beginning.

    - "Show the file in Finder" fonction in the contextual menu of region list

    - In general, be inspired by the Logic's Bin.

    AVID please be inspired by APPLE


    2 years ago
  25. Yes, like AVID AudioVision.

    2 years ago
  26. This has been a HUGE request since the 90's, and "in development" for at least 10 years (or so the Germans would have us believe).

    2 years ago
  27. Could be something like the digibase features, but directly in the region list...

    I#m waitin' and requestin for that feature since version 3 too.

    I mean, since when Digidesign is AVID? May be they should release a Media Composer without bins - Filmeditors would run amok.

    2 years ago
  28. we need it when we have tons of files in one session. we need to organize them!

    2 years ago
  29. Honestly, even more than this, I'm realizing what I'd really love is multiple project browser windows - with bins. So, say I have a bin for 'hits' - that's it's own window, that I can keep up and active at the same time as 'whooshes' - now I can cut a fight scene that much more quickly, without having to scroll around in the region list (even with bins, it's still one list). I just grab a whoosh, drop it in, grab a hit, drop it in, etc etc.

    Basically I don't just want multiple bins in the region list, I want multiple region lists that I can have open at once, ideally disconnected from the main edit window. Hell I'd probably buy a third monitor just for my region lists, if that were the case.

    2 years ago
  30. logic 4 had this in 1995, to me its a no brainer

    3 months ago
  31. py

    I would be very happy with a separate "finder style" window for clips. A very simple CMD-key would toggle it open and closed in the same state and position. A tabbed window could show multiple finds, sorts, and hierarchies and never lose them until you choose to close a tab. Ala OSX 10.9 finder. Including the simple expedient of dragging and dropping, creating new folders, etc.

    And please don't tell me Digibase does this. It does not.

    3 months ago
  32. I've been waiting for Folder organisation in the region, now Clip List for years.

    Has there ever been an official response as to why this can't be implemented? It seems crazy. They've managed to do offline bounce, but not folders.

    27 days ago
  33. py

    Possibly the coders think that Clip Groups is a solution, but it is an entirely different thing. Groups are great for editing, period. ClipBinFolders are for organization. Anyone there listening? Clips in folders should remain inside that organizational item regardless of moves, edits, etc done in the time line. I spend WAY too much time scrolling a list that would extend 5-6 feet. Absolutely crazy. It is analogous to a strictly flat finder with no containers.

    26 days ago

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