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Emmanuelle Antolin
How to work on PP file efficiently from two seperate workplaces
on Sep 23, 2017 at 5:05:59 am

Greetings CC Community,

I am trying to create an efficient workflow so I can work from home and office by just using my laptop and not lugging my 8TB drive on the bus!

Here is my situation:

I have a drive at home, and a drive (different brand) at work. I set up the film's folders in exactly the same way on each drive. The drives aren't exact copies of each other (they have different projects on each drive, but both have the film).

So far, every time I switch back and forth, I have to go through the tedious work of relinking, and it takes a while.

I am wondering what I've done wrong, as I thought I'd made the same path on both drives. I launch the Premiere project from my laptop's local drive.

The whole goal is to either skip the relink process altogether or streamline it so to make it very quick.

Lastly, I may be able to use a different laptop at work, with maybe a different MacOS. Would this change anything?

Any advice sincerely appreciated!!

Thank you!

Emmanuelle Antolin

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Walter Soyka
Re: How to work on PP file efficiently from two seperate workplaces
on Sep 25, 2017 at 10:26:53 am

Do both drives have the same volume name?

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Emmanuelle Antolin
Re: How to work on PP file efficiently from two seperate workplaces
on Sep 25, 2017 at 5:17:31 pm

Hi Walter,

They don't have the same name and also have different info on the drives besides the folder for the film which has the same name and internal file structure.

Thank you !

Emmanuelle Antolin
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Walter Soyka
Re: How to work on PP file efficiently from two seperate workplaces
on Sep 25, 2017 at 5:54:50 pm

It's ok if there are other things on the drives (outside of your project's folder; keeping that clean lets you sync media more easily across systems if you must).

However, if the volume names are different, nothing will automatically relink. I'd suggest you rename one volume to match the other and see if that addresses your issue.

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greg janza
Re: How to work on PP file efficiently from two seperate workplaces
on Sep 25, 2017 at 6:00:46 pm

if both drives had the same name and file paths then the re-linking would be simple and quick.

If that's not possible there's another way to avoid manual re-linking but it's a bit of a pain. I stumbled onto this solution on another forum.

Here's what was posted:

I had to deal with the same issue before and did the following. If you open the project file in a text editor (e.g. notepad), you'll notice that it's nothing but an XML file with hardcoded file paths for your media. I simply run a "search and replace all" text command to replace the old file paths with new file paths.

For example:

If currently you have assets on M:\Assets, the project file will have entries such as M:\Assets\Clip1.avi and M:\Assets\CLip2.avi, etc.
If after you move to another computer your assets are on X:\Assets, you can run a search and replace all command to replace "M:\Assets" with "X:\Assets".

I would probably first backup the project file in case you mess up something. This search and replace is especially useful if you have tons of project files on a backup drive and few years later you plug it in to work on the project and the external drive now shows up under different drive letter. You can then use a third party tool (not sure if windows does it, I use Utlraedit) to do the "search and replace all" command in all project files on the harddrive.


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Walter Soyka
Re: How to work on PP file efficiently from two seperate workplaces
on Sep 25, 2017 at 6:35:46 pm

An extra step is required for newer .prproj files. For the last several major versions, .prproj files are gzipped XML files, so they must be decompressed before editing and recompressed afterwards.

I actually wrote a utility a while back that handled mass file relinking, but the idea of manipulating the project file directly was a bit too scary for me to consider releasing it. I was always worried that I'd wreck something that wouldn't be immediately noticeable.

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greg janza
Re: How to work on PP file efficiently from two seperate workplaces
on Sep 25, 2017 at 9:23:44 pm

[Walter Soyka] "An extra step is required for newer .prproj files. For the last several major versions, .prproj files are gzipped XML files, so they must be decompressed before editing and recompressed afterwards."

thanks walter, I forgot about that essential step.

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