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    Is it possible for more than one person to edit the same project on different machines at the different times using Premiere Pro? There are a group of us who are working on a documentary and would like to edit it however we can it being anything other than a one man job,

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    Not sure if this helps but ...

    in PPro you have the notion of sequences - your film is made up of a bunch of sequences strung together - you could decide on some sequences and have different people editing them in a pipeline - so the color correction guy works on the sequence after the audio guy is finished with it - that way everybody has stuff to work on - you can bring all the sequences together at the end

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    Quote Originally Posted by AsherM View Post
    Is it possible for more than one person to edit the same project on different machines at the different times using Premiere Pro? There are a group of us who are working on a documentary and would like to edit it however we can it being anything other than a one man job,
    It's something we've done a LOT of. You obviously can't be editing the same timeline quite as easily, but you can all edit in parallel and merge your edits later. Is that what you have in mind?

    As an example, when editing a conference one editor can take the morning and the other the afternoon. Once completed, one of you will then import the sequence from the other person and merge them on to a single timeline. It's quite easy.

    However, I have one recommendation. Assume that Editor A is going to merge from Editor B. Get a copy of Edit B's project on to Editor A's system and open that as a standalone project (don't merge it yet). Make sure that everything opens up perfectly and all media is connected. Anything that isn't there (i.e. media connections), fix it here first and then save the project again. This way there should be no errors when merging them. If you go ahead and merge them without first ensuring all media is connected then things can get a little strange and Premiere Pro doesn't always deal with it gracefully.

    Once merged then you're good to go.

    If you just want a single project to be passed back and forth between multiple editors then of course you all need a copy of all the media and you're just passing the (relatively small) project file back and forth. It's very important that you maintain identical paths to media etc on each machine otherwise you'll spend lots of time having to find and reconnect media when you get your updated copy.

    Use some naming / numbering convention to know which is the latest rev from each editor.

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    If different people are going to do the cutting for different sequences as David suggests, you should all agree on some ground rules or the finished product will be a dog's breakfast - e.g. - primary shots 4-6 seconds - 2-second reaction shots - etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zamiotana View Post
    If different people are going to do the cutting for different sequences as David suggests, you should all agree on some ground rules or the finished product will be a dog's breakfast
    Of course, if you're editing an advert for Winalot then this might be desirable
    Tim

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