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Looking to replace google drive for remote workers, does Adobe have a solution?

Explorer ,
Feb 22, 2023 Feb 22, 2023

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Hello all, Has anyone used the 'cloud-documents' as a central storage place to work remote? 

 

My team is physically spread out and we work on documentaries for the government. This creates a problem for any NAS system. Our films are fairly light weight in file sizes (seldom above 30-50 GB in total) and delivered in HD only. Occasionally we intertwine interviews that are 2 cam 4k ~1hr long and that then adds bulk.) Solution for the past 4 years has been using a shared google drive that we all access.

(And has worked pretty well if I need to jump in a PrPro file / AE file, it's already sync'd to my computer)

 

We have LOVED the FrameIO integration and with the 100gb included it got me thinking if there was an Adobe solution to replace google drive.

 

Also, if I host have all the files on my computer. Historical footage/project files/etc... and it is 30 gb... does that count on every user that is working on the project? Or does it not effect their storage limit/space?

 

 

 

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LEGEND ,
Feb 22, 2023 Feb 22, 2023

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There's a number of things one can do.

 

If say you work in Pr's Team Projects mode, the project file lives on Adobe's cloud. But each user needs 'local' access to the media. So you can use say dropbox type services to pass the media around.

I would NOT access the stuff in Pr from any folder that is auto-synced by such a service, however.

 

Or if you use a transport service like LucidLink, the whole thing can be up 'there' somewhere. And this is best done in a Premiere "Production", which has the only-one-user at a time sequence locking and such for safe, sensible and logical working.

 

For example, my partner is in Cape Town, South Africa. I'm in Monmouth, Oregon (USA). We're almost dead-on on opposite points on the planet.

 

Our joint project files "live" on an Amazon S3 server in London. We use LucidLInk as the transfer service. And it is nearly magical. L-L is degned to transfer video assets rather than documents. So it sends the first packet and all subsequent ones based on what would be needed to start immediate playback. While the file is being transferred!

 

(He's all Mac, we're all PC btw ... )

 

I get a call on Whatsapp from Mo. He's uploading a folder via L-L as we speak. In seconds, my L-L 'virtual folder' in my machine shows the folder appear, then subfolders and files. As soon as a file name appears on that virtual drive in Windows Explorer I can go into Premiere and import the file.

 

Then add it to a sequence, and start playback. And the upload isn't even finished from Cape Town to London yet!

 

There's a lot of folks using L-L for pro video post work with "distributed" teams around the world. You do need internet speeds above say 200Mbps with low latency for decent working. Though if some files don't work well on some users, they can 'pin' the file on their machine, and L-L downloads that file to their machine, and will then access it from local storage.

 

Neil

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Explorer ,
Mar 07, 2023 Mar 07, 2023

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Neil, welllll now you got me looking at L-L 🙂 We will be doing a trial in a few weeks (they are finishing up some construciton). Two conserns,

 

1. It's on a miltiary instalation so we have some restricitons... that being said, there is a 'commercial wifi' that we would use. It's still restricted a bit but we get away with using Google Drive. And that brings me to

2. They SURE dont get 200Mbps! Our stuff is HD at most. A lot of old low res historical footage though. 

 

Thanks so much for the detailed response!

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Mar 07, 2023 Mar 07, 2023

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LucidLink is used heavily by major productions where security is a massive legal requirement. They are very good about talking about that with either potential or current clients.

 

And again ... it just works. That's what I appreciate most.

 

Neil

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