Remote work seems like it’s here to say for most knowledge workers, and creative teams are no exception. On the one hand, working with your team remotely allows you to expand your talent base and work with collaborators across the country or the world.
It also allows your team members to work where they feel most comfortable, whether it’s their loft in the city or a bungalow in Bali (which we’re not jealous of at all).
However, to effectively collaborate on a video project from a distance, you need high-quality tools to add to your project workflows and enable your team to stay in sync and effectively communicate through every step of the creative process.
Does Adobe Premiere Pro offer a native collaboration feature?
Yes, Adobe has recently released their shared and team projects feature to allow creatives to collaborate on projects in Premiere Pro, either over a local or remote connection.
Shared projects allow multiple editors to work on a single project file and source clips and other media from a shared project database. It also allows for project locking so that editors don’t overwrite the work you’re doing while you’re doing it.
These features are giant leaps forward for Premiere Pro becoming more remote work-friendly. However, there are still drawbacks. Most notably, this is simply a collaboration utility tool that allows shared changes to projects. It does not include feedback tools or live communication tools, so you can talk to your co-collaborators while you work. To do that, you’ll need additional software. Do you really want to rely on trying to stream Premiere Pro over Skype or Zoom?
It’s time to revamp your production panel. We’ve compiled some of our favorite tools that will enable you to better collaborate with your team in Premiere Pro whether or not you’re using team projects or shared projects.
Tools that can help your team collaborate in Premiere Pro
Tool #1: Evercast
Evercast is a video streaming and communication platform specifically built for creative teams that need to stream professional editing tools while chatting with their team.
It was built by creatives, for creatives, with a design intended to get you as close as possible to the feeling of a live in-studio editing session. Your next Premiere pro project can run smoother than ever.
- Ultra-low latency (less than 150ms on average) means that you’ll be able to chat and take notes in as close to real-time as possible.
- On-screen annotation and timestamped notes help you keep project notes organized and frame-accurate (no more hunting down the “thing” your co-collaborator was talking about).
- The platform allows for simultaneous video chatting, text chatting/note taking, and workstation streaming, all under one clean interface.
- No additional software is required for participants who are just joining a meeting. They simply need to click a button to join.
- Requires some setup time and configuration for editors who want to stream their workstations (this is just a one-time setup).
- A bit more expensive than other tools.
Tool #2: Frame.io
Frame.io is a fantastic platform that you can custom-fit to your workflow to allow you to share, annotate, and manage all of your media throughout a project.
The best part of Frame.io is that thanks to their recent acquisition by Adobe, you can now render your timeline to Frame.io within Premiere Pro, making it easier than ever for everyone to collaborate on projects.
- Integrates directly with Premiere Pro
- Comments made on projects in Frame.io will automatically appear as markers in Premiere Pro.
- One-click comment/task clearing
- Version tracking for all video editors
- While everything can be done inside Premiere Pro, there’s no video chat integration, so you can’t talk face-to-face while you edit.
- You need to upload your project files to make comments and notes, which can take time for more extensive projects.
Tool #3: Wipster
Wipster is a video review and proofing platform that was built to help video streamline their draft review and approval process for both internal collaborators and external clients.
- Supports the review and approval of a wide variety of media files such as video, audio, PDF, and images.
- Includes version tracking so you can see how the project has changed over time and which versions are currently in review.
- Includes on-screen annotation and other feedback tools to make it easy for collaborators to make clear notes on the master project.
- People just giving feedback don’t have to download additional software.
- Not designed for a “live” feedback session. Instead, files are uploaded, and then collaborators make notes as they choose. System memory and local storage could still be limiting.
- Not a lot of storage included in the free or team accounts. New productions? You may need more space.
- Team accounts are priced by the user, which means costs can add up quickly.
Tool #4: Vimeo
Vimeo has recently released a set of collaboration tools designed to allow video creators to collaborate remotely. It includes tons of annotation tools similar to Wipster and Frame.io and has some features unique to its platform, like video notes.
- Review features are supported on any device
- Includes unique feedback tools like video notes where collaborators can record themselves giving feedback and get notifications when team members view or comment on their recording.
- All plans include ample storage space (1TB minimum) for larger assets.
- Not designed for a “live” feedback session. Instead, files are uploaded, and then collaborators make notes as they choose.
- No Premiere Pro integration
- Lowest-cost plans have a weekly upload limit of 20 GB, which may not work for larger projects. You don’t want to find yourself back at square one, sharing Dropbox files.
The right tools should “disappear” and allow you to work together without complications or distractions
The one thing we want to highlight when you’re looking for collaboration software is to ensure that the tools you’re using are simple, intuitive, and designed to help create “flow” during your editing sessions without too much in-between. No matter your technical preferences, this is a must.
The best creative work is done between people. So you want your collaboration tools to prioritize that personal connection and design features that allow production teams to communicate in whatever way they feel is best across different projects.
We could not be more thrilled to see how many tools are now available to help creative teams do better work at a distance, and we can’t wait to see what they’ll enable you to create next.