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Creating and Selecting a User Profile

The first time you launch an Xpress Pro XDV system, you should create your own user profile and give it a unique name. Thereafter, you should always switch to your own user profile after launching a project. That way, you are always working with your user preferences and not Xpress Pro's default preferences or those of any other editor.

Plus, once you've created a user profile, you can always carry it with you to other workstations. (See the sidebar "Transferring Your Custom Settings to a Different Xpress Pro Workstation" earlier in this chapter.)

To create and select a user profile:

  1. In the Project window, select the Settings tab.
  2. Click the User Profile pop-up menu and choose Create User Profile ( Figure 3.2 ).
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    Figure 3.2 You can create multiple profiles by clicking the User Profile pop-up menu and choosing Create User Profile.

  3. In the Create User Profile dialog box that appears, give your new profile a unique name, such as James User Settings ( Figure 3.3 ).
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    Figure 3.3 Give your new user profile a descriptive name.

  4. Click OK. The name of the new user profile now appears in the title bar as well as in the User Profile pop-up menu. The interface will change to reflect your user settings. Xpress Pro stores your user profile folder, which contains all of your personal user settings, within the Avid Users folder, in a folder named after the system user who is currently logged in to the workstation CPU ( Figure 3.4 ). (For the location of this folder, see the sidebar "Transferring Your Custom Settings to a Different Xpress Pro Workstation" earlier in this chapter.)
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    Figure 3.4 Xpress Pro puts your user profile folders in the CPU user name folder, which is within the Avid Users folder. Pictured is the Windows (above) and Mac (below) path.

To choose an existing user profile:

Do one of the following:

  1. When you first launch Xpress Pro and the Select Project dialog opens, click on the user profile menu and choose an existing user profile from the list that appears. Then, you can select your project and enter the Xpress Pro interface.
  2. Within the Xpress Pro interface, go to the Project window and click the Settings tab. From the User Profile pop-up menu, choose an existing user profile ( Figure 3.5 ).
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    Figure 3.5 To make a user profile active, click the User Profile pop-up menu and select the name of the profile.

To import a user profile:

  1. (Optional) If importing a user profile from another workstation, mount the drive or disk containing the user profile on your desktop.
  2. In the Project window, click the Settings tab.
  3. Click the User Profile pop-up menu and choose Import User or User Profile.
  4. In the Select User Directory dialog box that appears, navigate to the user profile folder to be imported and select it.
  5. Click Choose. The User Profile pull-down menu in the Project window now lists the name of the imported user profile. Also, Xpress Pro automatically copies the user folder you imported to the CPU user name folder, which is in the Avid Users folder.
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