PlumePack VS Premiere Pro Project Manager

August 5th, 2021
Premiere Pro has its own native Project Manager : in this article we will explain its differences with our plugin PlumePack so you can choose what's best for you

TL;DR : Pros & Cons

Straight to the point, here's a summary of our findings !
And if you want to try PlumePack after reading this article, you can run the Analysis in TRIAL version on your existing project to see what PlumePack can do.

Why would you want to use our plugin PlumePack in general ?

  • Get rid of Project Manager "Unknown Error" bug
    . See also next section "Project Manager Known Bugs and Limitations".
  • PlumePack Premium Panel will allow you to
    lossless Trim your files
    , removing the unused frames, keeping the
    same quality, codec, metadata and codec features
    .
  • Get a
    proper data structure
    : the output folder will be organized using
    Premiere Pro Bins structure
    .
  • COPY : Better Support of AE Compositions.
  • COPY : Full Support of AEgraphics elements and their dependencies.
  • When selecting only a sequence to keep, it also keeps
    all nested sequences
    recursively.
  • available before launching full process and Detailed Report exported next to the new exported project.
  • Support : we're here to fix your issues and answer your emails
    .

Why would you want to use Premiere Pro Project Manager in general ?

  • Basically the fact that this is a
    native solution
    and therefore
    free
    is an advantage of using Premiere Pro Project Manager instead of PlumePack.
  • If what you are looking for is
    transcoding your clips
    , then Project Manager is the solution. PlumePack does not offer a re-encoding option for now.

Trim instead of Transcode

The biggest difference between PlumePack and the Project Manager is the
process used to create trimmed files
based on their use inside your project.
The Project Manager has the capability of
re-encoding
your files using a given Preset while PlumePack will just
remove extra frames without re-encoding
your files.
Lossless Trimming
a file will allow you to keep frames intact
without any quality loss
.
If you want to pack your project to send it to a VFX artist or if you want to archive your project but being able to re-edit it in the future with the same image quality then you should definitely use PlumePack.
Another advantage of lossless trimming process is that you will be able to
use the Source Settings of your RAW codecs
(BRAW, RED, ...), compared to transcode where you will lose this ability.
There are some limitations for both solutions in special cases. You can find all codecs supported for trimming and limitations of PlumePack here.

PlumePack Detailed Analysis and Report

The Project Manager does not give any details about the process contrary to PlumePack where you will know precisely what will be done to each of your files thanks to its
detailed Analysis
.
Autokroma PlumePack Premiere Pro Analysis
Autokroma PlumePack Premiere Pro Analysis Details
At the end of the process you also get a full report where you can see if anything went wrong.

Project Manager Known Bugs and Limitations

Limitations

The Project Manager does take into account
only one level of nested sequence
, if you have a nested sequence inside a nested sequence, it won't be kept inside the output project. To be sure to take every single sequences you need, you will have to check one by one each sequence
PlumePack Premiere Pro Project Manager Nested Sequence Limitation
Other annoying problem with the Project Manager is that
the output folder data structure is flat
, everything is put inside one folder.
Neither Premiere Pro project bin structure nor the folder structure on hard drive is used for the output folder.
If you have multiple file with the same name it can become a total mess.
For a project structure like this:
Premiere Pro Bins Data Structure
The Project Manager will create a flat data structure for the consolidated project folder:
Premiere Pro Project Manager Flat Data Structure
PlumePack on the contrary uses Premiere Pro bins structure for its output folder:
Premiere Pro PlumePack Bins Data Structure

Known bugs

If there are multiple Project Items for one media, this media will be
duplicated
the same number of times in your final project.
For instance if you have imported twice a file, or you have created a subclip or a merged clip out of it, in the output folder you will have your file twice.
Premiere Pro Project Manager Duplicated Files Error
Sometimes the option "Exclude Unused Clips" does not work properly and collects all files from the entire project into the new folder, however the project items linked to these media are well deleted from the new project.
Project Items' Markers can be shifted if you use the transcoding option.
Last but not least unfortunately the Project Manager is known to have regularly
"Unknown error"
happening.
Premiere Pro Project Manager Unknown Error
If you are facing this issue here is a list of things you can try to solve the problem:
  • Uncheck "Include Audio Conform Files"
  • Uncheck "Include Preview Files"
  • Delete all your proxies
  • Check if you have special characters in your video/photo/work files naming like "+", "#", "$", ...
  • Delete Adobe Premiere Pro Cache
  • Uncheck "Exclude Unused Clips"
If you want to know more about Premiere Pro Project Manager issues, here are some users posts on the official Adobe forums and Reddit :

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