I have had a number of Relinking problems with clients doing something to confuse Pro Tools. So I scanned around and came up with this procedure for forcing Pro Tools to relink to files you know are there but it won’t find.
- Open the session with the relinking problems, and skip the ‘automatic find’ options as you will already at the point where these haven’t worked for you. Once the session opens, there will be, of course, a number of sky blue regions denoting media Pro Tools can’t find.
- Go into the Window menu and select Project Browser. In the Project Browser go into the session’s audio files folder and select an audio file you want Pro Tools to relink by force. Go into the Toolbox menu and select Relink, this will put that file into the Relink window.
- Now open the Workspace Browser from the Window menu and find the file you would like Pro Tools to link to but for some reason it can’t find. Drag that file into the Candidates section of the Relink window. Click on Relink button to the left of the file in the Candidates section and then click on the Commit button at the top of the Relink window and the file will be relinked and very quickly the blue regions relating to that audio file will regain their normal look.
- If the file you relinked was not inside the session folder you might want to consider using this final step to fix it. In the Project Browser select the relinked file and from the Toolbox menu select Copy and Relink. This will get Pro Tools to make a copy of the audio file and put it into the session’s audio file folder and link to that copy rather than the file somewhere else on the system. It is always safer to have all your audio files inside the session’s audio files folder.