Adobe Anywhere: Hello Collaboration, Goodbye Proxies

Here at Videomaker, we pass video projects around from time to time. It's a bit of a process to get all the assets moved from one computer to another, and then of course we have to relink everything, and hope all the assets are there. Inevitably, there's usually one or two stragglers. Of course the project the first editor created on a higher end machine doesn't necessarily play flawlessly on the second editors lower end machine.

Adobe Anywhere promises to allow users to collaborate using Prelude, Premiere Pro, and After Effects in a truly unique way. Using a central server, connected users can use the same source footage all around the globe. All the heavy lifting is done on the server, so end users don't have to have a top notch system to get a responsive editing experience. And the new Mercury Streaming engine is capable of rendering everything at full resolution, in real time, including all the effects and format conversions.

Go ahead, read that last line again. Full Resolution. Real Time. All Effects and Format Conversions. This means no proxies. Another great feature is one that was intentionally left out. There won't be any locking out of projects when they are in use. While this does open up the possibility of two different users working on the same part of the project, Adobe has created a feature that then allows you to compare the two different versions, and move forward with the one you prefer. Imagine having multiple users, across the globe, using the same source footage from one machine, working on different parts of a project simultaneously, and you can see why this peaked our interest. This would allow producers to choose a team without regard to location. Plus, no need to learn new software, as Prelude, Premiere Pro, and After Effects function in the same way they always have.

Adobe Anywhere is expected to be released in 2013, so we'll all have to settle for the demo until we get to experience it for ourselves. tags: Adobe Anywhere,Adobe,Adobe Premiere, Adobe After Effects

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Greg is a Media Production Specialist for Chico State University.