At Sundance Film Festival 2020, Adobe has shown off for the first time Productions, a new feature set, coming soon to Premiere Pro CC. The just-announced functionality provides new tools for managing projects, sharing assets between them, and keeping everything organized, whether you’re working on your own or collaborating with a team.
Productions was designed from the ground up with input from top filmmakers and Hollywood editorial teams. Early versions of the underlying technology were battle-tested on recent films such as Terminator: Dark Fate and Dolemite is My Name. Special builds of Premiere Pro with Productions are being used now in editorial on films like David Fincher’s MANK.
Managing larger projects with Productions
Productions allows users to divide large or complex projects into smaller pieces. For example, an editorial team working on a film can organize their workflow around reels and scenes.
Episodic shows can be grouped by season, so it’s easy to access other shows to retrieve things like title sequences or audio elements. Agencies can allocate a Production to each client, so they can quickly reference and retrieve assets from existing projects.
Organized, and synchronized
Media referencing across projects means video editors can re-use assets within their Production without creating duplicates. This helps them keep individual projects light and fast.
The new Production panel in Premiere Pro provides a command center for managing multi-project workflows. Any projects you add to the Productions folder become part of the Production. Whether you are working on macOS or Windows, any changes you make on disk are reflected in Premiere Pro as well as all changes are applied on disk. The new feature set keeps everything in sync.
Designed for collaboration
Using shared local storage, multiple editors can work on different projects in the same Production. Project Locking ensures that no one overwrites your work: your colleagues can still access your project, and copy content from it, but they can’t make changes until you’ve completed your edit.
All projects in a Production share the same settings, including scratch disks. This means that preview files rendered by one editor are available for all editors who use that project, ensuring smooth playback and time-saving for the whole team.
All in all, the Production panel gives users a bird’s eye view of all their projects and shows who is working on what so the entire team of video editors can track their progress.
Security: you control your media
With Productions, you have full control of your content. Your projects and assets can live entirely on your local storage. Nothing is on the cloud unless you put it there. If needed, you can do all your work without an internet connection.
Modern tools for modern filmmakers
The Adobe creative applications are continually evolving, meeting the real-world needs of modern filmmakers. Productions will provide established professionals and aspiring storytellers alike with new tools for staying organized, managing projects efficiently, and collaborating easily. There’s no particular release date for Productions yet. All we know is that this new functionality will be available in Premiere Pro soon, probably with the next official Adobe CC update around NAB 2020.
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