Reconnecting Media Files

Because Soundtrack Pro multitrack projects contain references to media files, and not the files themselves, a multitrack project cannot play back if the media files it uses are erased or moved. When you open a multitrack project in Soundtrack Pro, the application checks to see if the media files it uses exist in the same location as they did when the project was last opened. If the media files are not in the expected location, Soundtrack Pro displays a Can’t Find File dialog with three choices:

If you choose to open the project without reconnecting its files, you can reconnect individual audio files from the Timeline or the Bin tab and reconnect a video file in the video track in the Timeline. You can also use the Reconnect Offline Files command to reconnect multiple files.

Important: When reconnecting media files that include QuickTime movies, the reconnect operation obeys the Referential QuickTime Movies option set in the Soundtrack Pro Preferences window. For more information, see General Preferences.

To reconnect an audio file
  1. Do one of the following:

    • Select the clip in the Timeline, then choose Clip > Reconnect [filename].

    • Control-click the clip in the Timeline, then choose Reconnect [filename] from the shortcut menu.

    • Select the clip in the Bin tab, then choose Reconnect [filename] from the Media pop-up menu.

    • Control-click the audio file in the Bin tab, then choose Reconnect [filename] from the shortcut menu.

  2. In the dialog that appears, locate the audio file you want to reconnect.

  3. Click Open to reconnect the file.

To reconnect a video file
  1. Control-click the video clip in the video track, then choose Reconnect Media Files from the shortcut menu.

  2. In the dialog that appears, locate the video file.

  3. Click Open to reconnect the file.

To reconnect all offline files
  1. Choose File > Reconnect Offline Files.

  2. In the dialog that appears, locate the file requested by the dialog.

    If “Use selected path to reconnect other missing files” is turned on in this dialog, Soundtrack Pro will search the same directory for any other missing files.

  3. Click Open to reconnect the files.