We are in the late stages of editing a 4K feature documentary filmed over a nine-year period, so we have tons of footage, plus animation and lots of news & archival, high-res still images, and many audio tracks too. All in all, that means long complex sequences and many different formats of material. My editor and I are working in two different cities and have been passing Premiere project files back and forth, but lately our project files are behaving in an extremely sluggish manner, taking a VERY long time to open and to save, and sometimes we are also experiencing long delays in performance.
This has made us think that using the Productions workflow could be helpful, allowing us to have smaller project files. However, we also understand that Productions is designed for a shared media storage environment, which is not our situation. (As I mentioned, we are in two different cities.) Has anyone successfully used the Productions workflow to collaborate using a different media storage approach, such as mirrored drives? In other words, would it work if the editor and I each have our own storage RAID, with identical files and folder structures? I ask because -- aside from the fact that Productions was designed for shared storage solutions -- it seems ideal for a large project like ours.
I'll add that a previous editor and I attempted to use the Teams workflow at one point, and were not happy with the results.
Please help us out, especially if you have advanced experience working with Productions and with large projects like ours. Thanks community!
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I've used Productions both for my own one-man shop, and for collaboration with a partner in Cape Town. I've also use Team Projects.
With both of you having fully shared storage, Team Projects might work although you do need to get some learning in. TP ain't like stand-alone work, and that trips a lot of those new to it up.
They've improved many funtions that used to stump people though. And once you get the hang, it's pretty impressive really.
Productions also works well for collaboration, especially on larger projects like yours. I've only worked with LucidLink services providing a virtual drive for my partner and I, with our shared storage in London. (I'm in Oregon, USA.)
And with the entire Production living on that shared storage, it's pretty freaking incredible via LucidLink.
As to mirrored (but not linked) storage ... I would think it possible, though somewhat difficult.
@karlsoule is really the person with the best knowledge on this, and especially in larger project workflows. Hopefully he can pop in.