Adobe has released a new guide, titled *deep breath* Adobe Premiere Pro Best Practices and Workflow Guide for Long Form and Episodic Post Production. And, yes, it’s exactly what it sounds like. The company says they’ve drawn on insights from longtime Creative Cloud users as well as early testers such as David Fincher, Kick Baxter, The Coen Brothers and the American Cinema Editors (ACE) in order to create it.
The guide has been in the making for three years and dives deep into many areas of post-production, with an obvious heavy lean towards Premiere Pro, covering topics such as working with remote and cloud-based workflows to multi-camera editing and a ton of stuff in between.
While there are multiple different workflows you can use in Premiere Pro or just about any video editing application, the new guide from Adobe is an attempt to help standardise things to help you work in a collaborative environment as part of a team so that everybody’s on the same page. It goes over some of the pitfalls and techniques you might use when working solo that could potentially spell disaster when working in a team, even on simple things like syncing audio with video.
It also walks you through some guidelines for optimising your configuration for the best performance and how different settings can help benefit your workflow efficiency. It goes over how to deal with dailies and non-destructive workflows so that everybody can work from the same version of the files to make sure everybody’s seeing the same thing and how to setup the various metadata fields to keep everyone and everything in sync.
The guide covers a whole bunch of other topics including working with proxies, using effects, file system structures, multi-cam setups, audio processing, Adobe’s Dynamic Link with other applications in the Creative Cloud suite and so much more.
If you’re using Adobe Premiere Pro for your video editing workflow, it’s definitely worth having a read, even if you’re only creating solo content right now. Whether you’re working in a team or not, there are tips here that will definitely help speed up your workflow and make your life easier. And when you do find yourself working in a team that also uses Premiere Pro, you’ll be glad you know!
And if you don’t edit video in Premiere Pro… well, some of the ideas in here could potentially be adapted to help speed up the workflow in whatever editing application you do happen to use.