Having been an Adobe Audition/CEP user for almost ten years recording my own music recently I've come into the problem of using Protools for my uni work and also some short films I've been working on.
I had seen a classmate who was a protools user "consolidate" some of the edits we were doing in class work. I'd seen this before in a post production studio I did IT for, but had never needed to use it myself.
So the short films I've been working on had edits all over the place and not enough time to complete in the studio. I consolidated each track to the length of the film and as some of you may guess, I got home and found I had nothing I could work with.
Next day I had some more time to read help files, so I consolidated and then saved the region as a new file. Although I haven't used these files yet, they are all the same size so I would assume should all align on my program.
So back to the main topic, Why do you consolidate in protools?