Sync lets you synchronize files between your local Mac and Postlab Drive, without leaving Postlab. Sync is especially useful when your workflow requires syncing files from shared storage – such as an Avid NEXIS – to Postlab Drive.

Add a Sync Job

In Postlab, go to Preferences > Sync and click to add a Sync job.
Give your Sync job a helpful Name, then make sure it's Enabled ☑️.
Click SOURCE, then select the folder from where your files will sync.
Click TARGET, then select the folder to where your files will sync.
Next, decide if the sync should be One-way or Bi-directional. Click the > (or <>) to change the sync type.

One-way (>)

One-way jobs sync the contents of the SOURCE to the TARGET. By default, all new Sync jobs are One-way.

Bi-Directional (<>)

With Bi-Directional jobs, files on the SOURCE sync to the TARGET, and vice versa.
When setting up bi-directional sync between multiple Team Members when there's a lot of data involved, it's best practice to first push all data to Drive One-way.
If multiple members need to upload data, don't do it into the same folder to prevent sync conflicts. Have each team member upload their files into a subfolder and consolidate all files when uploaded into a single folder. Then, when all data is uploaded, switch to bi-directional sync.

Sync Options

Fine-tune your job with these sync-specific options:
Sync Job Type
Optimize for small files
One-way, Bi-directional
If the files to sync consist primarily of smaller files (e.g. .txt, .xml), Sync performance will improve when enabled.
Archive deleted files
Files that are deleted on the SOURCE will be archived on the TARGET in a new folder called -ARCHIVE- and sifted into subfolders based on when it was deleted. Subfolders are created using this naming convention - YYYYMMDD-HHMMSS.
Archive replaced files
Files replaced on the SOURCE will be archived on the TARGET in a new folder called -ARCHIVE-. Subfolders are created using this naming convention - YYYYMMDD-HHMMSS.
Ignore files or folders matching...
One-way, Bi-directional
A comma-separated list of folders or files Sync will ignore. The default values are -ARCHIVE-, .Trashes, .TemporaryItems, Render Files, *.lck.
It's good practice to set up separate Sync jobs for mutable (projects, bins) and immutable files (media, assets). That way, syncing media doesn't hold up tiny changes to bins.


To perform your sync, make sure the SOURCE and TARGET volumes are connected and available.
Next, make sure your job is Enabled ☑️ then click OK.
Toggle Drive Sync from OFF to ON and Sync is now fully operational.
Sync runs every minute and starts as soon as you connect your Drive.

Modify a Sync Job

To modify an existing Sync job, toggle Drive Sync from ON to OFF, double-click a job in the list, then change the job settings.

Delete a Sync Job

Toggle Drive Sync from ON to OFF, select a job in the list, then click .


Why should I use Sync when I can upload directly to Postlab Drive?

Sharing files from your on-premise shared storage can be tricky and traditionally slow.
With Sync, you can keep those files in your on-premise shared storage and sync them to Drive. Once the files are on Drive, you can either use Drive as your shared storage in the cloud or set up another Sync job for each Team Member to sync those files from Drive to a local volume.

Why isn’t Sync working?

If a job’s SOURCE or TARGET becomes unavailable, Postlab disables that Sync job, listing it as grey ⚪️.
A SOURCE or TARGET becomes unavailable when:
  • a volume used as a SOURCE or TARGET was ejected or powered off.
  • a volume or folder used as a SOURCE or TARGET was renamed.
If this happens, Postlab will alert you:
Sync jobs disabled
Then, take these steps to re-enable your Sync job:
1. When prompted, click Open Sync preferences, or click Ok then go to Preferences > Sync.
2. Toggle Drive Sync to OFF.
3. Double-click any Sync jobs listed as ⚪️.
4. Reset the SOURCE or TARGET to the desired volume or folder.
5. Click Enabled✅, then Save.
6. Toggle Drive Sync back to ON, and Sync will resume.

I just realized -ARCHIVE- is a special folder and I deleted it from Sync's Ignore files or folders matching... list. How do I tell Sync to ignore it again?

Copy/paste -ARCHIVE- back into the Ignore files or folders matching... list, separating it from the other entries with a comma. You can also copy/paste the default values for Ignore files or folders matching... from here:
.Trashes, .TemporaryItems, -ARCHIVE-, Render Files, *.lck.