Adobe Workflows with Facilis

Facilis Shared Storage with Adobe Premiere CC 2018

Performance and Collaboration with Non-TCP Shared File System Storage

Facilis Technology has a long history of providing edit-in-place workgroups with Adobe Premiere Pro, avoiding the need for local attached drives for high bandwidth media access. Both Windows and Mac OS are supported for full functionality on Facilis shared storage systems. Facilis has been an Adobe Anywhere and Pro Video Development Partner for several years, and every release of Facilis Shard Storage is qualified with the latest CC applications. The Facilis Shared File System is optimized for the playback behavior of Adobe software, delivering more steady and seamless playback for our customers.

Project Sharing

For years, video editors have enjoyed collaborative editing with Adobe applications, and now with the latest version of Adobe CC takes that collaboration further with native project sharing. There are multiple ways to share projects in Adobe Premiere workgroups on Facilis shared storage.

Facilis Project Manager

The Facilis Project Manager is a cross-platform application that applies and tracks the ownership of an Adobe Premiere Pro project file. Once saved into a managed directory, the project file is given an owner (hostname), and all other clients are kept from writing changes to that project file. The ownership can be changed or removed if write access is required from another workstation. This enables multiple users to open the same project file, and avoid the risk of overwriting another editor’s work. If changes need to be made while in a locked project, simply save a new version of the project to the managed directory. The owner of the project can then access those elements from the Media Browser.

Adobe Team Projects

Team Projects is designed to support collaboration between teams, including distributed and remote workflows. The feature set is built into Adobe Premiere Pro CC, Adobe After Effects CC, Adobe Prelude CC, and Adobe Media Encoder CC and is available for Creative Cloud Teams and Creative Cloud Enterprise customers.

Video editors, motion graphics artists, and other postproduction professionals access the same team project file, stored in the cloud. Collaborators work within their applications in exactly the same way as they would on a standard project and share changes at any time. New versions shared with collaborators are tracked, so it’s easy to go back to previous versions, compare them with Multiple Open Projects, and copy over edits or other elements between versions. The Facilis Shared File System is fully compatible with Team Projects, and the media can be located through use of either local network path, C:\Volumes mount point (Windows) or drive letter/label.

Adobe Project Locking (Shared Projects)

Facilities that prefer to keep their production environments offline from the internet can use Shared Projects with Project Locking. In this workflow, users create shared subprojects within a master project. The Multiple Open Projects feature allows editors and assistant editors to tab between subproject Timelines. Timelines in use by one editor are locked, but remain visible to other users and content can still be copied between Timelines.

This approach is well known to many editors that have worked on other editorial systems, and has proven to be the most popular method to shared project collaboratively. Facilis has thousands of Adobe seats attached to the Facilis Shared File System, and facilis storage offers features that NAS systems simply can’t.

Facilis Shared File System

Facilis systems are not NAS, although we have the simplicity of connection common to network storage. Our shared file system is unique in the market, delivering video and audio data over Fibre Channel and/or Ethernet connections, through a custom protocol that avoids the overhead and latencies of network storage systems. Developed in 2009, the Shared File System is compatible with all major operating systems at the same time, on the same volume and with the same permissions structure. When avoiding the complexities of OS-based network file systems, our method of data sharing is simple, and interoperable with more applications than any NAS-based system.

The Facilis Shared File System in version 7 can mount network volumes as local-attached drives for better performance in Adobe applications. It's completely compatible with Mac OS special characters and naming conventions. All connections over Ethernet or fibre channel include automatic connectivity fail-over through software, and remote mount control for Administrators can control volume access on client workstations.