If you remember, back at Sundance, Adobe announced a new tool for Premiere called Productions. Productions provides a flexible and scalable framework for organizing projects, sharing assets between them and keeping everything streamlined. It is now available within the latest version of Premiere.
Productions for Premiere Pro was designed from the ground up with input from top filmmakers and Hollywood editorial teams. Early versions of the underlying technology were tested on recent films such as Terminator: Dark Fate and Dolemite Is My Name. Special builds of Premiere with Productions are being used now in editorial on films like David Fincher’s Mank.
Productions makes it possible to divide large or complex workflows into smaller pieces based on the existing Premiere project format. Productions connects the projects, making them into components of the larger workflow and enabling a variety of use cases. For example, an editorial team working on a film can use Productions to organize its 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.
Media referencing across projects means editors can reuse assets within a production without creating duplicates. And the new Production panel in Premiere Pro is a command center for managing multi-project workflows. Any projects that get added to the Productions folder become part of the production. Productions keeps everything in sync, meaning that any changes made on a Mac or Windows disk are reflected in Premiere Pro and vice versa.
Using shared local storage, multiple editors can work on different projects in the same production. Project Locking ensures that no one overwrites another’s work; colleagues can still access each other’s project and copy content from it, but they can’t make changes until a given edit is complete.
All projects in a Production share the same settings, including scratch disks. This means that preview files rendered by one editor can be available for all editors who use that project, ensuring smooth playback and time savings for the whole team.
The Production panel allows users to see all the projects and shows who is working on what so the team can track the progress.
How is Productions different than Team Projects?
Productions is designed for collaborators working on shared local storage. Team Projects is built for remote collaboration — assets can be stored locally with individual users; project files are securely stored in Creative Cloud.
The two tool sets are distinct and currently cannot be combined. Productions is part of Premiere Pro and is included with all licenses. Team Projects is part of Team and Enterprise licenses for Premiere Pro and After Effects.
In order to support users working from home due to COVID-19, Adobe is making Team Projects available to all users through August 17.