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Adobe teases a major team organization boost for Premiere Pro

After beta testing the tool in major Hollywood-level productions like Terminator: Dark Fate, Adobe is teasing a new update coming to Premiere Pro. Productions is a set of tools designed for managing projects, including organizing and sharing assets, designed for both large teams as well as individuals.

The Productions workflow uses a new panel designed to serve as a command center for large projects and projects made up of smaller videos. Adding projects to the Productions folder adds them to the Production in Premiere Pro and vice versa, keeping files synced whether they were adjusted on Premiere Pro or in the folder itself. The Production panel Adobe says, offers a quick overview of your projects to more easily track progress.

Productions allows video editors to chunk up big projects into smaller pieces, dividing projects into episodes, seasons, or scenes. The ability to divide up larger projects helps editors quickly find what they need, like a title sequence, Adobe says. But video editors won’t need to duplicate frequently used items exactly — media referencing reuses assets without duplicating them, creating smaller file sizes.

Productions also opens up team-based tools, even without working from the Creative Cloud. The update allows teams to work on the same project from a local shared storage or a hard drive, locking out the project when one edit is in progress. When a project is locked, collaborators can view or copy, but to avoid overwriting the edit, they cannot edit or save the project. Because projects share settings like scratch disks and GPU rendering, Adobe says that shared previews allow for faster and smoother playback for the entire team.

Professionals can also designate projects to specific clients for further organization.

Teased during the Sundance Film Festival, Adobe says the tool is based on feedback from filmmakers at the festival over the years. Productions have already been beta-tested on productions like Terminator: Dark Fate and Dolemite is My Name.

“The Adobe creative applications are continually evolving, meeting the real-world needs of modern filmmakers,” Adobe wrote in a blog post. “Productions will provide established professionals and aspiring storytellers alike with new tools for staying organized, managing projects efficiently, and collaborating easily.”

Adobe says the feature is coming soon.

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