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Jason ConnollyMultiple AE User Project Check-in Solution?
by on Nov 29, 2012 at 10:03:16 pm

Hello, the COW-

OK, here's the situation: I've got multiple AVID edit rooms that need to use an After Effects project to execute graphics for specific spots. I'm pretty sure that this product doesn't exist yet, but is there a way to check AE projects in and out over a shared network vis-a-vis AVID's Interplay solution?

Thanks!
-Jason



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Joseph W. BourkeRe: Multiple AE User Project Check-in Solution?
by on Nov 29, 2012 at 10:20:17 pm

Jason -

I don't know whether this will do the job, but check it out:

http://diaquest.com/ProductionLinkForAdobe/index.html

It sounds as if you want actual access to the projects without having to render off clips. I also wonder whether you've run across the Automatic Duck products - the company is inactive, but all their plugins for interconnectivity of timelines are free:

http://www.automaticduck.com/products/

Joe Bourke
Owner/Creative Director
Bourke Media
http://www.bourkemedia.com


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Jason ConnollyRe: Multiple AE User Project Check-in Solution?
by on Nov 29, 2012 at 10:37:12 pm

Thanks, Joe! I'll take a look.

Yes, I am well versed in Auto Duck and have used Wes's apps often, mainly to go from Avid or FCP to AE. Very useful and very much a life saver! However, my understanding was that AE 6 added Auto Duck's import feature - meaning you could take Avid AAF's and FCP 7 XML's into AE, correct?

At any rate, that may be overkill for what we need to do. (I hope!) A little more detail:

Just to be clear, all rooms are on the same shared network and every room can see all of the other rooms. Ideally, I'd like to house all of the AE source files in one location, and have duplicate copies of the AE project broken out into each edit room. Editors make their session specific graphics in AE, render them out, and then import those renders into their AVID session. Now where it gets tricky is that I'll need to hand off that AE project to the second shift editors on different edit stations on the same network. The second shift editor will make changes based on client notes and will need to access the previous editor's work in AE. This is where I'd like a "check-in" and "check-out" feature.

Anyway, let me check out ProductionLink and see what it can do.

Thanks again!
-Jason



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Joseph W. BourkeRe: Multiple AE User Project Check-in Solution?
by on Nov 30, 2012 at 1:39:50 am

As a matter of fact, Wes is now in Adobe's employ:

http://blogs.creativecow.com/blog/5968/wes-plate-joining-adobe-a-very-big-m...

So it would make sense that the AE6 features are Wes's accomplishment. While I can think of several ways to make the files available for different shifts, it could get complicated, and less than foolproof (as they used to say on Rocky and Bullwinkle, "Foolproof yes...idiotproof...no!").

I've devised and had the responsibility of shepherding a team of graphic artists, and believe me, if there was a way to screw up or avoid adhering to the system, they'd find one. So it sounds as if you need something which is almost automated (something like Microsoft's Synctoy comes to mind, but more robust, I would think), so that there would be no way to screw it up (maybe some scripting). Monkey proof, as I used to call it - we used to have a Dubner graphics engine at the station in the early 90s, and I would create scripted templates which would allow the CG ops to input the data (weather, for example), and it would then automate the correct font size, style, color, and background graphics. Monkey proof...

Joe Bourke
Owner/Creative Director
Bourke Media
http://www.bourkemedia.com


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