Saving Projects

Saving a project works the same way in Color as it does in any other application you’ve used. As with any application, you should save early and often as you work.

To save a project
  • Choose File > Save (or press Command-S).

To revert the project to the last saved state
  • Choose File > Revert (or press Command-R).

Color also has an automatic saving mechanism which, when turned on, saves the current project at an interval set by the Auto Save Time (Minutes) parameter in the User Prefs tab of the Setup room. By default, automatic saving is turned on, with the interval set to 5 minutes. For more information, see Auto Save Settings.

Note: Whenever you manually save a project, an archive is also automatically saved with the date and time as its name. When a project is automatically saved, an archive is not created. This prevents your archive list from being inundated with entries. For more information, see Saving and Opening Archives.

What Is a Color Project?

The only shots that are in your project are those in the Timeline (which are also mirrored in the Shots browser). Color projects only contain a single sequence of shots. Furthermore, Color projects have no organizational notion of shots that aren’t actually in the Timeline, and so they contain no unused media.

The Contents of Color Projects

Color projects are actually bundles. Inside each Color project bundle is a hierarchical series of directories, each of which contains specific components belonging to that project, which are either image or XML files. It’s possible to open a Color bundle using the Show Package Contents command in the Finder. The directory structure and contents of these bundles are described here.

  • Archives directory: Contains all the saved archives of that project. Each archive is compressed using both .tar and .gzip compression (a “tarball”) and is identified with the .tgz extension.
  • .lsi file: This is an image file that contains the frame at the position of the playhead when you last saved.
  • .pdl file: This is the XML-based project file itself, which contains all the information that organizes the shots, timing, and grades used in that project.
  • Shots directory: Each shot in your project’s Timeline has a corresponding subdirectory here. Each subdirectory contains some or more of the following:
    • Grade1 (through 4) subdirectories: These directories contain all the correction files associated with that grade.
    • ShotName.lsi file: This is that shot’s thumbnail as displayed in the Timeline.
    • file: This file contains that shot’s name, media path, and timing information.
    • Primary correction description
    • Secondary correction description
    • Color FX correction description
    • PanAndScan subdirectory: This directory contains a .kfd file that stores keyframe data and a .pns file that stores pan and scan data.
    • shot_notes.txt file: If a note is present for that shot, it’s saved here.
  • StillStore directory: This directory contains all the Still Store images that you’ve saved for reference within that project. Each reference still has two corresponding files, an .lsi file which is that image’s thumbnail icon and a .sri file which is the full-resolution image (saved using the DPX image format).

Important: It is not recommended that you modify the contents of Color project files unless you know exactly what you’re doing. Making changes manually could cause unexpected problems.