In April 2020, Productions became a new way to work with media and projects in Adobe Premiere Pro. What exactly is Productions? What type of workflow is it meant for? What are the benefits of using it? In this video, join Luisa Winters as she gives a broad overview of the Production Panel in Premiere Pro.
- You can use the Production panel to get a bird's eye view of all of your projects and to show you who is working on what so that you and your team can track your progress. Let's check it out. Go ahead and open Premiere Pro and choose File, Open Production. When the Open Production dialog pops up, click on Browse. Now navigate to where you saved the exercise files. Open the folder and single-click on the folder named Productions in Premiere Pro. Now click on the button that says Select Folder. This will open the Productions Panel. We have a bunch of folders in here, and if you expand, you're going to see that these folders contain projects inside of them. Go ahead and expand the folder named 01 Video Clips and then double-click the project named All Video Clips. Now Premiere opens in a more familiar workspace. If you need to, go to Window, Workspaces, and choose a Production workspace. In here now, you see the project panel here and there are several movies in here, you see a timeline that has no sequences, the Source panel, the Program panel, and of course on the left, the Production panel. Go ahead and expand the folder named 03 Working Projects and double-click the project named First Pass. In here now, we see that the timeline is populated by a sequence and you see that the Project panel contains two sequences, Drone Master, and Drone Media. Now, let's discuss the Production panel and what you see in here. We have these folders that are helping with the organization, and we also have the projects that are inside of these folders. The projects that are displayed here can be in one of three states, open, and read and write, which is what you see on the First Pass and the All Video Clips projects. You see my name is next to them, this is the name that I set under the Premiere Pro Preferences Collaboration. So if you go to Edit, Preferences, Collaboration, that's on Windows, on the Mac, it would be Adobe Premiere Pro, Preferences, Collaboration, you will see that the Username is set right here under Project Locking. Let's go ahead and click OK. We also see some projects in here in which the icon is shown as an outline. What this means is that this project is closed. To open it, we need to double-click it. Now you can see that the Branding project is showing with a red lock and you see the name Walter right next to it. What that means is that my colleague Walter is working on this project. I am still able to open it, let's try that. You can see that now the icon is no longer an outline, but I still have that red lock next to it. So this project is in open, but read only mode, so I can copy and paste from it, but I cannot modify this particular project until Walter closes it. It's the same with the First Pass and All Video Clips projects, Walter sees them with that red lock, and until I close them, he won't be able to modify those, but he can still copy and paste from those. Let's go ahead and close the Branding project. You can do that by going into the Project panel menu and choose Close Project. You can see now that the lock has disappeared from the Branding project. What that means is that Walter has closed the project. We can now open it and modify this particular project. To open it, all we have to do is double-click it. So in the Production panel in Premiere Pro, projects can show with different icons. The red lock means someone else is editing the project, an outlined icon means that the project is closed on your system, a solid icon means that the project is open on your system. The zoom slider here at the bottom makes the icons larger and or smaller. You also have in here icons to create a new project, a new folder, and of course the trash. If we had trashed any projects in this panel, they would show up in here and they would keep on showing up in this trash folder until they get deleted from the Productions folder in Finder or Explorer.