It is great that Adobe has added the proxy workflow feature to Adobe Premiere Pro. How do you know if this workflow will benefit your postproduction process? Is it something that needs to implement on a project by project basis? Author Jeff Greenberg walks you through things to consider when pondering if you need to implement the proxy workflow.
- Just because Adobe has added this feature doesn't necessarily mean that everybody needs a proxy workflow. Here are some real optimum reasons to use it. The old school workflow, again, was to conserve drive space, was to only recapture, only have high quality what you need. What we're gonna look at instead is this idea that we've totally different reasons, starting with older hardware. Now, at the time of this recording, my laptop's about two years old. I'm buying new hardware every about 18 to 24 months.
But I know some people are working with systems that are three, four, five, six, and seven years old. Older hardware is a great reason to have a proxy workflow. Long GOP codecs such as h.264. Now, h.264 is in so many places, on phones, on GoPros. You should know that this long group of pictures basically means every 15 frames or so, you have all the information. And the frames in between just have the changes. This is why we get such an aggressive compression for a Long GOP format.
That's why we can fit 4K on our cellphones. But we may find that it does not perform terribly well, and that's another reason to go proxy. 4K media, especially Long GOP or high frame rates may give you struggles on your hardware. And if you're not working Long GOP, if you're working with a nearly uncompressed or a totally raw workflow, you're gonna find the data demands, even maybe a Thunderbolt Drive, might not be fast enough for you to be able to play back your footage in real time.
This is a great reason to use proxies. And last, we love our laptops. We love the idea that we can take our footage everywhere. But it's no good if you're gonna have 10 terabytes of footage. It's just not gonna travel with you. It'd be really nice to have a tiny copy you could put on an external drive and just carry with you, and then later come back to the office and re-link it to fully quality media. These are some great reasons to use an offline/online or a proxy-based workflow.
- Understanding proxy (aka online/offline) workflows
- How (and where) to create proxies
- Creating proxies at ingest
- Adjusting settings
- Viewing proxy metadata
- Attaching full-resolution clips to a proxy-only system
- Building custom proxy presets
- Outputting high-quality masters and low-quality proxies