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Final Word on Remote Collaboration

PostPosted: Mon Sep 20, 2021 3:49 pm
by superbe
I need the final word on collaborating with remote editors and colorist. I have read every guide, forum and help doc, and watched every video and setting up a PostgreSQL server.. and whether it will work for our needs is still unclear. I see many people using Postgres servers, but it seems like mostly an in house solution... when it comes to remote work, that's where things get quite fuzzy.. some people use it, other people tell me it's such a nightmare to not even bother...

Our business is conducted remotely, we have no central office.. our editors are in Ukraine, Turkey, Romania, and really all over the place. So we need a solution similar to Adobe Teams. Teams works great and I have no complaints.. it's just that our work is very high volume (20 hours of video edited and colored per month) and the roundtrip process between premiere and resolve is really causing us problems.. therefor I would like to switch everyone over to 100% resolve.

We store our high res files on a cloud server and edit from tiny proxies, so I don't need a solution for media. I need a solution for the resolve database to be shared by multiple editors and colorists so changes are updated for whoever is next to work on a project.

We do not need realtime collaboration.

I have been told that even with a Postgres server sitting in AWS or on our NAS we will have too many problems. Latency, all users need static IP's, or a dozen other caveats.

So does that mean that Resolve just can not be used by a remote team like ours? Or have I been given the wrong information?

And if it will work well for us, how do I find someone to set this up? It's beyond our teams IT abilities but we just can't find anyone to hire with any knowledge of Resolve....

And finally little bitching.... how can Adobe Teams have solved this problem so effortlessly but for Resolve it requires hours and hours of research and an IT department?

Re: Final Word on Remote Collaboration

PostPosted: Tue Sep 21, 2021 8:36 am
by Peter Chamberlain
There are a few ways to look at this;

One is totally house everything in the cloud and connect in from wherever.
https://aws.amazon.com/marketplace/pp/p ... 5tef4cq6sg
https://aws.amazon.com/blogs/media/crea ... ve-on-aws/
https://docs.aws.amazon.com/nimble-stud ... magic.html

Another is to house the DB and media in your own or other managed data center.
If you don't need real time collaboration then a central DB and users importing and exporting projects to local machines, even with remote media, is used in a number of facilities.

Or you can sync proxy media to the local sites and publish the project to then render the hi-res master at the end.

I can discuss other options offline too.

Re: Final Word on Remote Collaboration

PostPosted: Tue Sep 21, 2021 1:27 pm
by mpetech
superbe wrote:I need the final word on collaborating with remote editors and colorist. I have read every guide, forum and help doc, and watched every video and setting up a PostgreSQL server.. and whether it will work for our needs is still unclear. I see many people using Postgres servers, but it seems like mostly an in house solution... when it comes to remote work, that's where things get quite fuzzy.. some people use it, other people tell me it's such a nightmare to not even bother...

Our business is conducted remotely, we have no central office.. our editors are in Ukraine, Turkey, Romania, and really all over the place. So we need a solution similar to Adobe Teams. Teams works great and I have no complaints.. it's just that our work is very high volume (20 hours of video edited and colored per month) and the roundtrip process between premiere and resolve is really causing us problems.. therefor I would like to switch everyone over to 100% resolve.

We store our high res files on a cloud server and edit from tiny proxies, so I don't need a solution for media. I need a solution for the resolve database to be shared by multiple editors and colorists so changes are updated for whoever is next to work on a project.

We do not need realtime collaboration.

I have been told that even with a Postgres server sitting in AWS or on our NAS we will have too many problems. Latency, all users need static IP's, or a dozen other caveats.

So does that mean that Resolve just can not be used by a remote team like ours? Or have I been given the wrong information?

And if it will work well for us, how do I find someone to set this up? It's beyond our teams IT abilities but we just can't find anyone to hire with any knowledge of Resolve....

And finally little bitching.... how can Adobe Teams have solved this problem so effortlessly but for Resolve, it requires hours and hours of research and an IT department?


You should be able to set up a shared Postgres SQL database. I suggest using a VPN to share the in-house server.
I have not done it with real-time collaboration via WAN network (e.g. 2 editors on the same timeline at the same time) so I cannot speak to that. But we do it internally (HP z420, SSD local drive, 10Gb to network, SSD backup drive).


IMHO, Adobe Teams is a mess. Production is a bit better but the underlying trait of a Premiere project file (slow and huge resource hog) makes both sharing method not quite as good as..... Avid.
I like DR Postgres method more than Adobe's. I just don't like Postgres in general - at least for this purpose.