Pro Tools® 5.1.3 for Macintosh TDM Systems

Pro Tools® 5.1.3 for Macintosh TDM Mac OS 9 Systems

Pro Tools 5.1.3 is not a general upgrade, but rather is a version with enhanced features for specific users. The new features are powerful, but Pro Tools 5.1.3 is only useful if you exchange files with Avid workstations and use DigiTranslator, AVoption, AVoption|XL, or Avid Unity MediaNetwork shared storage systems. There are no audio enhancements from previous versions. If you are not one of these users, there is no reason to upgrade to Pro Tools 5.1.3 from either 5.1.1 or 5.2.

For more information on "What's New in Pro Tools 5.1.3", see the Pro Tools 5.1.3 Addendum in the Technical Document Library section of Support/Technical Support on the website, and the Pro Tools 5.1.3 announcement in the News section.

DigiTranslator 2.0 functionality in Pro Tools 5.1.3 requires the separate purchase of DigiTranslator, or an upgrade from DigiTranslator version 1.0. Please Contact Digidesign Customer Service for upgrade information.

See also: DigiTranslator Compatibility Information

Interaction and Differences between Pro Tools 5.2 and 5.1.3

Pro Tools 5.2 and 5.1.3 each contain exclusive features not available in any other version of Pro Tools software. Pro Tools 5.2 gives users DigiStudio online collaboration capabilities. Pro Tools 5.1.3's unique features include enhancements for AV and Unity users. For this reason, if you require all of the above functionality, you'll need to install both versions of Pro Tools software. Both versions of the applications can reside on the same hard drive, and either 5.2 or 5.1.3 can be launched in order to provide the features unique to that version.

If you are a user of either Pro Tools 5.2 or 5.1.3 and decide to add the other version, that new version will be installed in the Pro Tools application folder within the Digidesign folder. Both Pro Tools 5.2 and 5.1.3 will have the version number included in the application title so you can easily identify and open the appropriate version for your session. To avoid losing important information, you must keep in mind a couple of simple procedures for alternating between versions of the Pro Tools application.

For more details on using both of these versions of Pro Tools, please see below.

Running Pro Tools 5.1.3 and Pro Tools 5.2 on the Same System

Pro Tools 5.1.3 and 5.2 each contain unique features. Pro Tools 5.2 provides DigiStudio online collaboration capabilities, while Pro Tools 5.1.3 has enhancements for AVoption|XL, Media-Manager, DigiTranslator, and Avid Unity(tm) MediaNet users. Both Pro Tools 5.1.3 and 5.2 can reside on the same hard drive, but cannot be launched at the same time.

To install 5.1.3 and 5.2 on the same hard drive:

  • Run the installation disk on a machine currently installed with the other version. In this case, running the installation disk will not disrupt the previously installed version. Both versions will be added to the Pro Tools application folder (with version numbers clearly stated) within the Digidesign folder.
  • If both versions of Pro Tools are installed on your hard drive, you should not open a session by double-clicking on it (you will not be able to choose which version of Pro Tools you want to work with).

To open a session when both versions (5.1.3 and 5.2) are present:

  • Launch the Pro Tools version that contains the features you intend to use, then open the session through the file menu.
  • Or just drag and drop your session onto the icon of the desired version.

If you open and save a Pro Tools 5.2 session in Pro Tools 5.1.3:

  • You will lose the Local > Online track associations.

If you open a Pro Tools 5.1.3 session in Pro Tools 5.2:

  • You will loose the ability to work with the DigiTranslator option, MediaNet storage and 24P video clips.
  • You will be unable to play audio imbedded in an OMFI sequence file.
  • Pull-downs will only be allowed at the standard frame rates.

Pro Tools AVoption and AVoption|XL users:

  • You will have the full capabilities of your video system while using Pro Tools 5.2 online with DigiStudio, with the exception of 24P support.