Postlab, an cloud-based collaboration tool that allows editors to share a single project, has released a major update. Now you can use Postlab for Premiere Pro!
It almost feels like a cliché to start a news article talking about the Coronavirus these days, but this news is particularly relevant to editors working in isolation. Postlab is a service that hosts your project files in the cloud, and thus allows multiple editors to share one project. It stores the master far away, and then distributes copies to the users. And, until now, it has ben exclusively compatible with Final Cut Pro X. To learn more about how it works and what it does, you can see our previous coverage here.
How to Use Postlab for Premiere Pro
If you choose it install Postlab, the workflow is very simple. Postlab acts essentially as a launcher for Premiere, running as a layer above it. You either create a project through their interface, or you can import one you already have. To edit, you navigate to the project through their interface. You then do all of your editing, save, and close the project when finished. The last step is to upload your version back to Postlab for other users to access. Postlab saves EVERY version of your project, with notes from you and your other editors attached. These can be reopened or designated as the master at any point in the process.
Other New Features
Postlab have also created “temp members,” who can be invited to projects by anyone with a pro account. This allows freelancers to easily slot in and contribute without having to buy an account.
Postlab also saw a need with larger organizations, and has introduced a new plan above their Pro plan – Teams. A Teams plan has even more storage, for projects and for documents, as well as dedicated support and the option to use your own private servers. For the power users out there, they are pulling out all of the stops.
Pricing and Availability
Postlab offers a monthly option now, as well as a 15-day trial. Plans start at $9/month, or $99/year. Unfortunately, for now it is still Mac only. Sorry, PC editors.
They have also added a 30% educational discount, for individuals as well as institutions. Shoot an email to [email protected] to get started.
In my previous coverage of Postlab, my top feature request was support for Premiere Pro, to save me from the madness of sharing a project folder over Google Drive. I am excited to see that it has finally arrived, and equally excited by the more flexible pricing plans that would allow me to decide whether or not to use it on a project-by-project basis.
Looking for projects to try out Postlab with during these troubled times? Check out our guide on how to find work during Coronavirus. Let us know in the comments whether Postlab would be a welcome addition to your Premiere workflow, or whether it is one add-on too many for you.