Post Production Essentials: Proxy Workflow

Post Production Essentials: Proxy Workflow


Imagine a world where you can seamlessly collaborate, upload faster, and preserve your precious internet allowance while effortlessly editing high-resolution videos. Well, get ready to be introduced to the post-production essential known as the Proxy Workflow.

Picture this: you’re working on a project, let’s say, a beautiful documentary film. The original project files alone take up a whopping 100GB to 750GB of space. It’s enough to make your hard drive weep! But fear not because proxies are here to save the day. Proxies are low-resolution video files that work in tandem with your original high-resolution files. They act as a stand-in, reducing the file size by up to a staggering 80%, and work on any editing software like Premiere Pro, Resolve, or Final Cut. 

In this article, we delve deep into the world of proxy workflows and explore how they can transform your post-production process.

Advantages of Utilizing Proxies 

Now, let’s dive into the world of collaboration and explore the numerous advantages of utilizing proxies with a trusted partner like Motion Edits.

Smaller File Size, Bigger Convenience

When it comes to submitting your work online, smaller file sizes are the name of the game. By employing proxies, you can significantly reduce the size of your files, making them a breeze to upload and share with remote editors and post-production companies. Say goodbye to endless loading times and hello to swift and seamless sharing.

Time is of the Essence

In the fast-paced world of post-production, every minute counts. With proxies, you can save valuable time during the upload process. What used to take days can now be accomplished within a matter of hours. This means more time for creativity and less time waiting around for files to transfer.

Internet Allowance Savior

For those on limited data plans, proxies are a true hero. Utilizing lower-resolution files consume less of your precious internet allowance. No more worrying about exceeding your data cap. It’s a win-win situation for your creativity and your wallet.

Multitasking Made Easy

Proxies will become your new best friend if you’re a busy professional handling multiple projects simultaneously. With a smaller could storage service account, you can keep dozens of projects on the cloud, ready for access whenever you need them. 

Embrace the Power of Efficiency

Editing videos with high-resolution files can often be a daunting task for your computer system. But fear not, as proxies come to the rescue once again. By reducing the requirements on your PC, proxies enable super-smooth scrubbing in the timeline, even when working with resource-intensive 4K videos. Save money on frequent system upgrades and invest in a more budget-friendly computer without compromising on performance.

Motion Edits Worklog 

So, how does this workflow actually play out? Let’s take a peek into the process that we at Motion Edits use:

Step 1: Save all the media for each project, which can easily exceed 500GB depending on the shoot, to two or more locations for added security.

Step 2: Create a Project File in your editing software, the foundation of your editing masterpiece.

Step 3: Let your computer work its magic overnight and render the proxies. These proxy files can be conveniently saved to a Dropbox or Google Drive folder.

Step 4: Once the proxies are ready, together with the project file, simply send a link to Motion Edits. This way, you can provide us with 50GB of proxies, ensuring smooth collaboration and hassle-free review processes

Instances Where Original Files are Required

There are still instances where you might need to provide original files instead of proxies. 

  • You require Motion Edits to render an Exported Film
  • Do you require color correction or grading services

In such cases, the high-resolution original files are indispensable.

Summing Up 

The Proxy Workflow is a game-changer for the world of post-production. It empowers editors to work faster, collaborate seamlessly, and optimize their resources. So we can say goodbye to long upload times, costly internet bills, and sluggish editing experiences. It simply makes the logistics of transferring data very easy!

At Motion Edits, we use proxy workflow to make its processes faster, effective and deliver stunning results. It allows our creativity to soar while saving time and money. With us, you can unlock the true potential of post-production and ensure your videos shine brighter than ever before.

If you need professional assistance with video post-production, we’re here to help! Get in touch with us today and join the ranks of filmmakers and videographers who trust Motion Edits to achieve brilliant post-production outcomes. 

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