Pro Tools Reference Guide
Relinking Catalog Items
If files are ever missing from a Catalog, use the
Relink window to locate, copy, and relink files.
For more information, see “Linking and Relink-
ing Files” on page 300.
To delete a Catalog:
Select one or more Catalogs in the Workspace
Press the Delete key, or choose Delete Selected
from the Browser menu. A warning dialog ap-
In the warning dialog, do one of the follow-
• Click Cancel to cancel the delete operation.
• Click Delete Files to delete aliases and asso-
ciated files from disk.
• Click Delete Aliases to delete only the
aliases and not the associated files.
This operation cannot be undone.
Importing Catalog Items
You can import online and offline items from
Catalogs into the current session.
Importing Online Items from a Catalog
Dragging and dropping audio files to the
Pro Tools Region List and Timeline is identical
to dragging and dropping from Volume brows-
Importing Offline Items from a Catalog
With Catalogs, it is possible to search and im-
port files that are offline. For example, if you
have a music cue that you know you want to
use, but it resides on a CD-ROM or other un-
mounted volume, you can spot the file from a
Catalog to the session Timeline, and it is auto-
matically imported into the session when the
volume is mounted.
The first step is to add files to a Catalog (files
must be online to be added to a Catalog). Once
added to a Catalog, if the items are taken offline
they are listed in italicized text.
Offline files can be dropped from a Catalog to
the Timeline just like online files. When you
drop the files, a dialog appears asking if you
want to relink the files or skip relinking. Click
Skip All to load all the items as offline files (in the
Timeline, their regions appear in light blue). In
the Project browser, these items are listed in the
Render Sources folder, to ensure that Pro Tools
remembers that these items need to be relinked.
Whenever the volume containing the offline
items is mounted, Pro Tools automatically starts
to import the files, in the background. This is
true even if you have saved the session, quit,
and relaunched Pro Tools.
Once the items are completely imported, they
appear as online items in the Timeline, Region
List, and in the Project browser.
If the offline items match the session sample
rate, bit depth, and file format, no conversion is
necessary. As long as the volume is playable, the
items become playable in the session as soon as
the volume is mounted.
For more information, see “Importing Files
with Drag and Drop” on page 326.