I'm hoping that I can get an answer for this because it's effecting my workflow on multiple projects.
I work in documentaries and I have been using premiere's proxy workflow (import RAW footage into premiere, with the "ingest" botton clicked on the media browswer, pro-res proxies made in media encoder) to give footage out to editors. I send them a hard drive with the project file and the proxy footage. However when my editors try to open the project, they have to relink the footage and occaisonally the files will relink incorrectly or just offline media even though the proxy versions are on the drive. Most of the time they have to relink files one by one and every so often they get an error sayiny "proxy media and full resolution media must have matching audio channels" which is frustrating because the proxies were made in premiere and are a pro-res rewrap (and more importantly, only happen for some of the clips but all were shot on the same camera).
My questions are the following:
1.) Is there a proper way of sharing a premiere project file by only using the proxy files made internally through importing into Premiere and Media Encoder?
2.) When using premiere’s proxy system, is there a way to export an XML or Premiere Project that relinks to only the proxy files? That will help sharing sequences without having root media handy.
I'm considering moving to Da Vinci and using that round trip workflow if this isn't fixed!
You don't have to make proxies on Ingest, you can also make them after importing the raw media by right-clicking and selecting the create proxy option.
The way I would share media is this: create a project with all raw media imported. Create proxies, using ProRes Proxy options; they will automatically attach. If there's an audio channel mismatch (which there shouldn't be if they're ProRes) then you can discover it here and try to fix the issue. Then: send your editors the project file and JUST the proxies. They should not import the proxies on their end, just open the project. The raw media will show up as offline and that's normal; but the proxies should remain attached and will show up in the project.
Thank you for your reply. We have been sticking to that workflow (only difference is most proxies have been made on Ingest) and we have been running into the following issues:
1.) We have selected "offline" to the RAW media, but premiere is also asking to relink to the "CLIPNAME_Proxy" files as well. If you select "offline" to those as well, then the entire project is offline.
2.) If you start to relink to the proxies, about 50-75% of the footage relinks quickly, whereas the last 25% give the error:
"proxy and full resolution matching audio" - which is frustrating because they are all made with the premiere pro setting "pro res - low resolution proxy" setting.
3.) If you offline that 25%, you find that you must hand relink that last 25% by locating it in the project, selecting it, clicking "link media" and then for some reason it links fine.
4.) After linking all the media, you see about 10% of the footage links INCORRECTLY and you notice those zebra clips in the sequence where the clip in the sequence where the clips in the sequence don't match in the project.
5.) I have tried offlining all the footage and then selecting all the media inside the project and selecting "attach proxies" and manually attaching each clip, which takes forever (90 shoot days).
Our project is at an empass and considering scratching the premiere pro proxy system and going with the Da Vinci round trip system. I'm sure the premiere proxy system works on paper, but defintely not to scale. I don't see why this proxy system had to be "invisable" when you just need it to be reliable.