Is Adobe’s New Collab Tool 'Productions' Right for You?

Adobe adds new collaborative workflow Productions feature to Premiere Pro. Plus, Team Projects is free for everyone until August 2020. 

In January Adobe teased a new toolset for multi-user collaboration called Productions for Premiere Pro. You might be thinking what about Team Projects? Well, the latter is used in conjunction with Creative Cloud, which is ideal for those in different locations, while Productions is intended for collaborators working on local storage.  

Key Features 

  • Improve performance with smaller project sizes
  • Organize and cross-reference assets
  • Collaborate with multiple editors
  • Securely control media

Premiere Pro has always been based on single project files. With Productions, multiple projects can now be opened at the same time and users can work seamlessly with them. The new feature allows for instant scalability and cross project references. 

The foundation of any good collaboration is when multiple editors can work on a project at the same time and that work doesn't get overwritten. Productions can be segmented into smaller file structures based on existing Premiere Pro project formats. For example, television shows can be broken up into episodes and acts, while films can be separated into reels and scenes. It can be organized to how you see fit. 

Productions Panel 

To manage everything Adobe has introduced a new Productions panel in Premiere Pro. Any media or project added to the Productions panel becomes part of the production, and any changes made on the local storage will be reflected in Premiere Pro to keep everything in sync.

What's also noteworthy about the nice Productions panel is that any user can organize the media. So let's say you need to start cutting a scene right away and you just dump the footage into a temporary folder. While you're cutting, an assistant editor can then come in and start organizing the folders into the appropriate structure. Then everything syncs on its own. 

Project Locking 

To make sure no work is overwritten, there is a Project Locking tool, but it still provides users access to the project where they can copy content. The only thing other users can't do is save changes to the edit until the project has been unlocked.

Additionally, all projects in Productions share the same global settings and scratch disks, so preview files rendered by one editor can be available for all editors. This is a great hack for those with slower machines. The editor with the faster computer can complete the CPU and graphics card hungry aspects of the edit, while other editors can cut scenes and lay in temp audio.   

Cross Project References 

To keep file sizes to a minimum, Adobe overhauled the data structure. Previously when you physically moved a sequence from one project to another, it would duplicate all the master clips. With cross project referencing, sequences and clips maintain their relationship and will remember their relationship throughout an entire production. 

Now all you have to do is move the sequence and Premiere Pro will reference the clips without making a copy. When you want to "right-click" to reveal the media in the project, Premiere Pro will correctly reference the media no matter what project it was created under. 

Productions also allows you to add any project to the panel if an editor happens to be working remotely. Let's say you're on set cutting the footage for that day. Once you're done, you can still add that project to the Productions panel which will then be shared with everyone. 

No Cloud Needed

Since Productions uses local storage there is no need to transfer files into the cloud. How fast you can access the media will depend on the speed of the storage device. The only data that is sent to the cloud is the data you choose to upload.

If you're in need of Adobe cloud collaborations, Team Projects is the route to take. As of now, Productions and Team Projects cannot be combined in any way. Team Projects is part of Team and Enterprise licenses for Premiere Pro and After Effects, while Productions is included for free with all Premiere Pro licenses. 

Team Projects available for free

With that said, Adobe is making Team Projects available for free to all Creative Cloud users from April 14 to August 17, 2020. If you do plan on taking advantage of the offer be sure to finish the edit prior to August 17, 2020 and save all the work locally in case you need to access it at a later date. 

Adobe Live Streams 

Adobe is also launching a livestream series in the wake of NAB being canceled. Hosted by Jason Levine, the series will run from April 14 to 17. 

Tuesday, April 14

  • 9:30 AM PT: Organized & Efficient, So You Can Get to Great Faster
  • 10:30 AM PT: Bob Lindeman, Just the FAQs (USA Today): Remote Workflows & Fast Turnaround

Wednesday, April 15

  • 9:30 AM PT: Access Everything Easily: Creative Tools in Premiere Pro
  • 10:30 AM PT: Eric Demeusy: My Budget Indie Feature Film has 400 VFX Shots

Thursday, April 16

  • 9:30 AM PT Smarter Tools for Faster Workflows in Premiere Pro
  • 10:30 AM PT Alyssa Salter, Fine Brothers Entertainment: How Adobe Changed our Workflow

Friday, April 17

  • 9:30 AM PT: New Public Beta Program for Creative Cloud Video and Audio Apps with David Simons 
  • 10:30 AM PT: Penelope Nederlander & Amanda Gotera, Shine: Title Sequence for Birds of Prey 

You can view the Adobe livestreams here.      

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Has anyone used this? Is it plagued by crashes like Adobe Premiere has been in recent years?

April 14, 2020 at 2:54PM

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Billy Boyd
Director of Plutocracy
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Another money making scheme that crashes... just sailing along with FREE Resolve 16.

April 15, 2020 at 3:16AM

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Jerry Roe
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I tried to cancel my adobe plan today and noticed they charge a 20 dollar "early cancellation" fee -so shady. I wish more filmmakers would just boycott this company already so we see a change in their pricing scheme.

April 15, 2020 at 3:25PM

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Stephen Herron
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You're upset that a company has charged an early cancelation fee on a product you earlier agreed to a yearly contract for? I don't get it. I'm not a super fan of Adobe stuff but I use it a lot for work and this just doesn't seem like anything unusual for any company ever that does this sort of thing.

April 16, 2020 at 3:53AM

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I'm not upset just think their pricing scheme isn't worth it. You literally never own the software. If you want photo and video it's bundled with a bunch of crap you don't need to try to justify the price and I personally find their software extremely unreliable. Premiere crashes and has more errors than any editing program I've ever used. The yearly pricing thing was not obvious to me, thought it was a monthly thing I could cancel whenever I want so yeah, it's shady. I use if for work too but I'm done using it for personal projects. Philip Bloom, a long time supporter recently pulled the plug on Adobe too after the program burned him on a big project.

April 19, 2020 at 1:00AM

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Stephen Herron
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Hey Jerry, have you tried it? Is this what happens? Also, it doesn't seem like it costs more money than before, so I'm not sure how it's a money making scheme.

April 16, 2020 at 3:51AM

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