Join Mark Christiansen for an in-depth discussion in this video What is Team Project?, part of After Effects CC 2017: New Features.
- [Instructor] Team Projects is a whole new way of looking at projects and how you collaborate on them. In this lesson, I'll diagram a top level view of how it works and what it's for. So in the past, only one person could work on an After Effects project at a time. And that's still the case without Team Projects. This is true, not only in the case of After Effects, but with Premiere Pro as well, while other editing applications have added collaborative features. The collaboration model in Creative Cloud has involved features like Dynamic Link, which are great, but don't actually facilitate collaboration.
If two After Effects artists want to work on one project, they do their best to split it up, without overlapping one another. But the shared areas that are updated on both sides became gray area, that's difficult to resolve. In most cases, productions will attempt to avoid this pain, by forcing one artist to work at a time, rather than undergoing this kind of trouble. So Team Projects is designed to allow multiple people to work on one project, at one time.
It's also designed to consider a project to include multiple applications, not just After Effects, but also Premiere Pro and Prelude, with the possibility of even more Creative Cloud applications in the future. Each artists works in his or her own sandbox, and gets and shares changes, to and from the Team Project when ready. The system is designed to track and manage any conflicts that may occur if more than one team member changes the same item, right down to the properties of a single layer.
It notifies you if you've submitted a change that creates a conflict, and offers options to resolve it. The Cloud is used only to store the projects themselves, not the source media. Media is accessed locally. This can be on a shared server, accessible to all team members, if they're in one basic location. Or each of them can map media to their own local drive. Now if all of this sounds interesting, keep in mind that Team Projects is beta for this release.
Also, at least to begin, this feature set is only available to Creative Cloud account holders with a team or enterprise account. Regular, individual Creative Cloud account holders don't have access, for now. In the next lesson, let's take a look at how it actually operates.
The November 2016 release is just the first of many for After Effects CC 2017. Mark will update the course as soon as new features are released. Check back often for new tutorials.
- Using the CINEMA 4D renderer
- Workflow improvements
- Syncing with Typekit
- Applying Unmult as an animation preset
- Performance enhancements
- Collaborating on team projects