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Pro Tools 2020.5 Download and Release Notes

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Pro Tools 2020.5 Download and Release Notes

Pro Tools 2020.5 was released on May 21, 2020 and the update affects Pro Tools, Pro Tools Cloud Collaboration and Pro Tools Ultimate.


Control Surfaces

EuControl Softkey updates:

  • Folder Track commands
  • Suspend All groups command (for Multi DAW Sync)

Cloud Storage Services

New preferences have been added to aid collaboration with cloud based file synchronization services such as Dropbox, Google Drive, and Microsoft OneDrive.

Prevent Others from Overwriting Open Session

The “Prevent Others from Overwriting Open Session” preference allows multiple users to work with a session in a synchronized shared location. It prevents two or more users from opening a session file at the same time and saving over each other.  Enabling this will cause a temporary file to be created directly next to the session file as long as the session is open. Other users who attempt to simultaneously open the session will be blocked from directly saving, and notified that you are using the session. They will be able to ‘Save As,’ if desired.  When the original user closes the session, the temp file will be removed, and other users will be able to open and save over the session once again. Further details about this feature can be found in the latest Pro Tools Reference Guide.

Keep Unused Folders on Session Close

It is helpful to minimize unnecessary file syncing operations when working with file syncing services. By default, Pro Tools removes unused folders within the session folder. This includes, but is not limited to, Clip Groups and Video Files folders. You may enable the “Keep Unused Folders on Session Close” preference to leave these folders in place when closing your session. Ths prevents additional synchronization operations. 

Local Waveform Cache Versions

The existing “Local Waveform Cache Versions” preference will now work with sessions on drive shares when the “Prevent Others from Overwriting Open Session” is enabled. This will help lower the amount of syncing operations. When a value greater than zero is used, the session waveform cache will be created and updated outside of the session folder.  The waveform cache will be copied into the session folder upon session close. This allows you to have a single sync operation, instead of many, during the course of your work.  

Bug Fixes 

Cloud Collaboration

  • Fixed an issue where project synchronization never completes when closing a shared project. (PT-261007)
  • Fixed a crash that can occur when opening or creating a project/session on a case sensitive APFS drive. (PT-261018)
  • The progress bar no longer freezes when opening a project's revision history. (PT-261025)
  • Fixed a series of errors that can occur when creating a new project. (PT-261156/PT-261129)
  • Improved reliability when uploading and downloading media to and from the cloud. (PT-261443/PT-261140)
  • File transfers are now successfully canceled when signing out. (PT-261552)

Crashes and Errors

  • Fixed crash on quit while launching. (PT-258817)
  • Fixed crash on quit after authorization failure. (PT-261020)
  • Fixed a crash that may occur when closing menus. (PT-261023)
  • Fixed crash that occurred after removing iLok then experiencing volume mount. (PT-261518)
  • Fixed crash that occurred when pressing "Show Last Saved Setup" in I/O Setup. (PT-260747)


  • Optimized Clip Effects to remove short SWOD after saving. (PT-249992)
  • Fixed assertion when selecting a clip containing a fade-in with Object Grabber tool. (PT-253723)
  • Fixed an assertion when unarming an Instrument track after changing timebase. (PT-257119)
  • Manually linked channels of a multi-mono plug-in are now saved. (PT-258044)
  • Rendering duplicated clips with Clip FX or Clip Gain no longer generates blank audio. (PT-259446)
  • Fixed a discrepancy in selection length when entering the values in the 'Start/End' field of the transport, versus the 'Length' field at 59.95 DF. (PT-25975)
  • Fixed an assertion when moving clips with layered editing enabled. (PT-260489)
  • Fixed a crash when dragging a VCA track into a nested folder under certain circumstances. (PT-260779)
  • Fixed an issue where All or Pan Automation on Stereo Tracks would paste on the wrong tracks. (PT-260939)
  • Entering a value in the 'Length' field of the transport will no longer force the selection to the grid when in Slip Mode. (PT-261073)
  • Fixed an error that can occur when using Paste Special on a folder track. (PT-261366)


  • Fixed an issue that prevented import of certain OMF files. (PT-260941)
  • Dragging files over the timeline, when a video track is present, will no longer cause a disruption to playback. (PT-261511)


  • The Pro Tools installer will no longer remove the AVX2_Plug-ins folder when co-installed with Media Composer on Windows. (PT-261136)


  • Command Shift + U now always selects unused midi clips. (PT-243181)


  • Fixed assertion stemming from having mixed timebases on alternate playlists. (PT-258370)

Production Management

  • Clip boundaries are no longer incorrectly adjusted when round-tripping rendered audio FX through Production Management. (PT-260909)
  • Importing a higher than 30fps sequence from Production Management will no longer incorrectly informs user that session TC rate will change (PT-261152)


  • Fixed incorrect error dialog when activating track in a folder under certain conditions. (PT-260739)
  • Fixed device naming issue in resulting dialog when interface is removed. (PT-260770)
  • Select All now works properly in Comments & Type Ahead search. (PT-260911)
  • Copy and paste commands in the comment box no longer affect selected clips on the timeline. (PT-261400)


  • Fixed an issue where some systems would only display black picture. (PT-260602)
  • Fixed several cases where video clips would have an extra frame of black on the end. (UME-1584)
  • Fixed a frame offset that may occur if the encoded audio within a QuickTime file did not start at the same time as the video. (UME-1586)
  • Fixed an issue where VFR H.264 video will show an "Invalid Bounds" message when opening a session saved in an earlier version of Pro Tools. (UME-1593)
  • Video files with special characters in the name will no longer cause picture to be black (PT-261066)

Release notes by Avid.

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