New Premiere update duplicates all folders and files to upgrade Productions.

Community Beginner ,
Mar 10, 2021 Mar 10, 2021

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Hello, I just updated to the new version of Premiere (March 2021)

 

Testing out things I tried to open an existing Production. Turns out that Premiere copies EVERY SINGLE FILE of the old Production into a new folder to upgrade it into a 2021 Production (adding V15.0.0 to the folder name), so you get yourself a whole duplicate of everything. If you have to go back to an older Production and do whatever change you need Premiere will duplicate everything unless you have installed the version of Premiere where you created the Production. Now, I just finished editing a feature film that needs around 25 TB of space. The project was created as a Premiere 2020 Production so if I need to change anything in the future and I don´t have Premiere 2020 installed it will be converted to the latest version (2021 or whatever it is) but duplicating everything. I will take a long time and requires another 25 TB.

 

Unless I am doing something wrong, really there is no way to convert just the Production and Premiere Project files without duplicating the whole thing??? Because, to me, this makes using the Production workflow impossible, specially in projects with lots of material.

 

Just tried this in different Windows machines with different specs. All with same result.

 

Sergio

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Adobe Employee , Mar 10, 2021 Mar 10, 2021
Hi @Sergio_User I think there's a fundamental issue here – you should not store any media files inside your production folder. Premiere Pro expects to have full control over what is in there, and there should only be project files (.prproj), folders, and the occassional lock file (.prlock) for any projects that are opened. When you upgrade a production to a new version of Premiere Pro, it first makes a duplicate of the Production folder since the process involves Premiere Pro going through and u...

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Mar 10, 2021 Mar 10, 2021

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Hi @Sergio_User I think there's a fundamental issue here – you should not store any media files inside your production folder. Premiere Pro expects to have full control over what is in there, and there should only be project files (.prproj), folders, and the occassional lock file (.prlock) for any projects that are opened.

When you upgrade a production to a new version of Premiere Pro, it first makes a duplicate of the Production folder since the process involves Premiere Pro going through and upgrading each project file. In case there was ever a problem that happens, we wanted there to be an untouched backup.

 

It sounds like you had your 25 TB of media inside the production folder. We recommend against this for two reasons:

  1. The Production panel does not show this media, so you don't have a view into what is stored where
  2. Premiere Pro expects that you are not putting media there, so in cases like this it is not expecting that the upgrade process would involve 25 TB of media.

 

If this is the case, you now have a v14 Production folder with media inside it, and a v15 Production folder with media inside it. Both productions are going to be linking to the media in the v14 folder. So, you can safely delete the media in the v15 folder so that your upgraded v15 folder has only folders and project files in it. Then, move forward using the v15 production to work out of.

 

Let me know if that doesn't make sense or if you have further questions.

 

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Thank you Matt, pefect answer. I could not understand where my mistake was. After moving some folders here and there and deleting the duplicate files all is fine and working as it should. Thank you again.

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