Collaborative video editing in Adobe Premiere Pro

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By Studio Network Solutions

Posted on 09-18-2020

You’ve got your storyboard up on your wall, your cinema camera ready to roll, and an all-star editing team working in Adobe Premiere Pro. Now it’s lights, camera, action!

Or is it?

You can shoot beautiful, high-resolution, 4k footage for days, but what good is that perfect aerial shot if your team can’t find it when they need it?

Storing your media is just as important as shooting and editing it. And the way you store your media can have a huge impact on how your team works together, how long your projects take, and how much time you spend on creative vs. non-creative tasks.

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From passing hard drives around the studio to spending hours manually backing up your files, so much creative time is wasted on an inefficient workflow. Because of this, it’s not unusual to see media storage as an annoyance in an otherwise fluid production process.

But media servers are more than just storage space for your video files. The right solution can take your workflow to new heights by building a more collaborative environment, keeping your media organized, automating manual tasks, and giving your team the freedom to work remotely.

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Creative collaboration

When all of your team members have access to shared storage (also known as shared local storage or networked storage), true creative collaboration is within reach.

With a network-attached shared storage server like EVO, multiple users can access and collaborate on footage simultaneously from a secure, centralized location. That means your entire team — editors, VFX artists, audio, motion graphics, etc. — can work together on a video editing project without overwriting each other’s work, needlessly duplicating media, or misplacing hard drives containing precious, once-in-a-lifetime footage.

For those already using Productions for Premiere Pro, you are likely familiar with the collaborative capabilities of project locking. This allows team members to open footage in read-only mode so they don’t accidentally overwrite ongoing work.

If you aren’t using Productions, you can still protect your projects with EVO. EVO has built-in project-locking features for any file type — including Premiere Pro, After Effects, Photoshop, Illustrator, and other creative apps in the Adobe Creative Cloud suite — to keep your team collaborating and creating.

No matter how many editing bays you have in your office or the number of remote editors collaborating on your content around the world, a shared storage workflow server can bring the entire team together and help you reach your collective goals faster.

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Organization on point

Looking for b-roll from last year’s shoot in the Florida Keys? Or that thunderstorm time-lapse you’ve been saving for a rainy day? Organizing your media with tags, comments, and custom metadata can make finding your footage a breeze.

Media asset management (MAM) software lets you tag, filter, search, and comment on media in real time. These tools are perfect for finding b-roll, the best takes of a scene, or music to fit the mood. With custom metadata, you can even track information like director of photography, client name, or other details that are important to your production.

Did we mention that you can have artificial intelligence (AI) tag your footage for you? That’s right. If you want to find all ocean-related footage but haven’t gone through and tagged your material, our AI feature will automatically categorize your footage so that it’s instantly searchable by your post-production team.

And if your MAM comes with a free panel extension in Adobe Premiere Pro and After Effects like ShareBrowser (included free with every EVO shared storage server), your team can do all this from within the NLE itself. No need to navigate away from your creative happy place to find the media you need for your project.

Check out our tutorial video at Adobe MAX to learn more about ShareBrowser and the entire EVO suite of workflow tools.

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Automating repetitive tasks

MAM software can help your editing team find what they need faster, but finding media isn’t the only bottleneck in a post-production workflow. Transcoding media, creating backups, and moving files can take valuable time out of a team member’s day, especially if they’re using their workstation to do it.

With the right workflow server, all of this can be automated.

EVO’s built-in automations engine, Slingshot, lets you schedule file automations at regular intervals. Backup your files daily, weekly, or monthly. Move all new files from the last week to cloud storage. Delete scratch renders after 30 days of inactivity.

Why waste your time on these monotonous, repetitive tasks when your workflow server can do them for you overnight? Automate the repetitive elements of your workflow so you can focus your time on more creative endeavors.

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Freedom to work from anywhere

Remote editing is no longer reserved for freelancers and early adopters. Using a virtual private network (VPN) or remote desktop software, you can access your media from home, edit offline, and remotely render your final projects for a seamless work-from-anywhere workflow.

Downloading high-resolution files can take a lot of time and space on your local workstation. Since proxies are much smaller than your full-resolution original files, proxy workflows are the best option for remote editing. Luckily, Adobe Premiere Pro proxy editing is a fast and simple workflow that gets even better when paired with EVO’s remote editing tools.

EVO automatically generates proxy files for you upon media ingest. Using Nomad, EVO’s remote editing utility, you can parse a Premiere Pro project file and quickly download the proxies or source media to your remote workstation. After editing offline, simply connect back to your shared storage system via VPN to render remotely from the comfort of your home. Your local proxies follow the same folder structure as your high-res originals, helping you avoid broken links when bringing your media back online.

We get it. The quiet mumble of a storage server isn’t quite as invigorating as the sound of a clapperboard or the director announcing “that’s a wrap” at the end of a shoot. But the media production storage solution you choose has a huge impact behind the scenes.

It’s time to stop struggling with the inefficiencies of a lackluster storage device. Experience a better workflow with EVO, the high-performance shared storage server solution purpose-built for creative media production.

Learn more about EVO shared storage workflow solutions at Adobe MAX or at studionetworksolutions.com.

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