How do I use Adobe Premiere Pro Creative Cloud with Wasabi?

Adobe Premiere Pro is the leading video editing software for film, TV, and the web. Adobe Premiere Pro does not natively support cloud storage such as Wasabi Hot Cloud Storage. In order to use Wasabi's low-cost and high-speed cloud storage service, we have partnered with LucidLink to deliver a seamless experience to any Adobe user. 

 

Table of Contents

1. Reference Architecture

2. Prerequisites

3. LucidLink Configuration

3.1. Creating a LucidLink filespace

3.2. Initializing the filespace

3.3. Moving media into the filespace

4. Using Adobe Premiere Pro with LucidLink filespace

5. Joint use cases for Wasabi - LucidLink - Adobe Premiere Pro solution

5.1. Collaborative video editing

5.2. Quick access to video segments

5.3. Active archive of video assets

6. Troubleshooting

7. Appendix

7.1. Adobe Premiere Pro settings

7.2. LucidLink filespace settings

 

Reference Architecture

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Prerequisites

  • Adobe Premiere Pro application and active subscription
  • Lucid Link application and an active subscription
  • Wasabi cloud storage account with active subscription

 

LucidLink configuration

Creating a LucidLink filespace

1. Log in to your LucidLink web portal account at https://www.lucidlink.com/webportal/login

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2. Click on "Create your first Filespace" or "Create a new Filespace" (depending on the options presented in your account)

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3. To use Wasabi with LucidLink, select either Basic or Custom Filespace. If you don't have a Wasabi storage account, you can sign up for Wasabi storage via LucidLink or directly via Wasabi.

If you already have a Wasabi account choose "Custom Filespace".  If you choose to sign up via LucidLink, click on "Basic Filespace". Click "Next".

In this example, we will proceed to create a Custom Filespace.

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4. Provide a name for your Filespace and click "Next"

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5. Select Wasabi cloud from the list of storage providers.

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6. Choose the desired cloud storage region and click "Next".

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7. Review and confirm the configuration choices and click "Create".

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The filespace will be displayed on the dashboard.

 

Initializing the filespace

8. Once the Filespace has been created, click "Initialize"

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9. In order to Initialize the Filespace, LucidLink client application needs to be installed and operational, click "Launch the desktop client"

Note: To Install the LucidLink application, click here

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10. Once the LucidLink application launches, input your Wasabi S3 keyset and click "Next".

Note: Review the following article to create Access & Secret keys via the Wasabi console

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11. Set LucidLink's root account password and click "Initialize"

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12.Once initialization completes, LucidLink will create a local copy of your filespace metadata (the file index), whilst the data itself will reside in Wasabi Cloud Storage. Once complete, click "Open the folder". 

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At this point, all of the videos to edit and/or alter can be moved or migrated to this folder on your workstation via a drag and drop or other file copy operations.

 

Moving data into the filespace

13. Your LucidLink Filespace namespace will appear as a shared drive on your workstation as shown below. Video assets can be moved to this drive. In this example, I moved an asset called "P1000385.mp4"

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14. The "adobedemo" LucidLink namespace points to the Wasabi storage account bucket name "adobedemo.wasabilucidlink-" All of the data stored on "adobedemo" will physically live on Wasabi cloud storage as objects. These objects aggregate up to all the assets stored on the "adobedemo" share.

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Using Adobe Premiere Pro with LucidLink filespace

In order to access the LucidLink filespace from Adobe Premiere Pro, you will need the following - 

  • Adobe Premiere Pro application installed 
  • LucidLink application installed on the same workstation
  • Wasabi cloud storage configured in LucidLink application as a storage target.

15. Launch Adobe Premiere Pro and start a new project (or open an existing project)

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16. Provide the project a name. In this example, I used "AdobeTest".

To configure the location for your project to be saved, click "Browse". Choose "adobedemo", the filespace we created earlier and click "OK" on the "New Project" window

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17. Adobe Premiere Pro's media asset pane shows all available assets for use in this project. 

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At this point, all of Adobe Premiere Pro's feature set is available at your disposal. 

 

Joint use cases for Wasabi - LucidLink - Adobe Premiere Pro solution

Below are some of the joint use cases validated for the Wasabi - LucidLink - Adobe Premiere Pro solution

  • Collaborative video editing 
  • Quick access to video segments
  • Active archive of video assets

Collaborative Video editing

This use case allows for multiple users to work simultaneously on copies of the same video project. Providing instantaneous access to the media assets, allows for multiple users to work on & finalize the project, instead of having multiple users work on copies of assets within different locations that require large swaths of data to be uploaded and re-downloaded, which is ineffective. 

 

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Here is how it's achieved:

18. Log in to your filespace using the root user account. Click "Open control panel" to manage the filespace and create users.

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19. In the Control panel, navigate to the Users tab.

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20. Click on "+" to add user.

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21. Provide a username and password and click "Add user"

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22. The user will be listed under the users. To provide the user access to the required folder, expand "add share". Select the desired path under Share path. Check the desired access level - "Read" or "Read and Write" and click on the "+" .

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You can follow the above steps to create multiple users.

 

23. Users can log in to the Lucid application using their accounts as shown below. 

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With multiple users created and entitled to use the same share - metadata of the video assets will be made available to all users simultaneous video editing. 

 

Quick access to video segments

Uploading data to Wasabi account via the LucidLink application has several benefits:

  • LucidLink application chunks up the data into 256KB objects before uploading data to Wasabi
  • LucidLink is a distributed file system that splits the data and the metadata layers allowing simultaneous user access.
  • LucidLink streams, prefetches data, and offers caching support.
  • Wasabi re-encrypts once the data makes its Wasabi storage.

With this flow in mind, when a video asset is being altered, the LucidLink application only downloads the segments that require alteration - this behavior makes accessing the asset to be altered and re-uploading much quicker than traditional methods. 

 

Active archive of data

Wasabi cloud storage services are 100% hot. With no tiers in service and complications of lifecycle policy, all of your video assets are available 100% of the time. With traditional designs, video assets are aged out to low-cost storage via lifecycle policies and have a long retrieval time. With our joint offering, customers will benefit from active archiving ability with instant data availability. 

Troubleshooting

To troubleshoot any performance or connectivity related issues with your Wasabi - LucidLink filespace you will need to know the following: 

  • Your Wasabi Account ID or email address associated with your Wasabi account
  • Your Wasabi Bucket name
  • The Wasabi region in which your bucket is located.

If you are using the Basic LucidLink filespace and have signed up for a Wasabi account through LucidLink, you may not be aware of the above details. You can retrieve the Wasabi bucket and region information using the “lucid status” command.

To get this information, follow these steps:

Open a command prompt window or Terminal from your machine connected to the LucidLink filespace and run the command “lucid status”.

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The command provides the information about the filespace including the details about the Cloud storage provider, bucket name, region, and endpoint URL.

C:\Users\wasabi>lucid status
Client state: Linked
Filespace object store state: connected
Filespace object store download latency: low
Filespace object store upload latency: low
Filespace service state: connected
Filespace file index: up-to-date
Filespace name: partner-engg.wasabilucidlink
Filespace id: ffa6f0c3-21bc-448b-8b4d-606c867ebf25
Filespace block size: 256KiB
Filespace encryption mode: full encryption
Filespace bucket name: lucidlink-files
Filespace compression: lz4
Filespace maximum file size: 512TiB
Filespace object store bucket name: lucidlink-files
Filespace object store protocol: https
Filespace object store provider: Wasabi
Filespace object store type: s3
Filespace object store region: us-east-1
Filespace object store endpoint: s3.wasabisys.com
Filespace object store virtual addressing: off
Filespace object store location constraint: on
Filespace mode: live
Filespace version: 3
Root directory: C:\Users\wasabi\.lucid\
Mount point: L:
Root point:

 

Now that you know this information, you can check to see if you can reach that region and bucket. There is a Knowledge Base Article to help with this I am not seeing the network performance I'm expecting - what should I do?

Essentially, you’ll want to make sure you can reach the appropriate endpoint URL by using the ping or traceroute commands.  (For region-specific URLs, please refer to What are the service URLs for Wasabi's different storage regions?)

You may also want to run a Speed Test between your local system and the edge of the Wasabi Region. Instructions on this area are in the KB article above, or you may go directly to http://wasabi.speedtestcustom.com/  (Please contact Wasabi Support for the password). 

If you are still unable to resolve your issues and there are no specific error logs that the Lucid Link team has identified,  please have the following information ready when you reach out to Wasabi support - 

  • Account ID or email address associated with your Wasabi account
  • Bucket name
  • Wasabi region in which your bucket is located.

Appendix

Adobe Premiere Pro settings

It is recommended to use the proxy workflow when editing video files using Adobe Premiere Pro - LucidLink - Wasabi joint solution.

For more information on working with proxies in Adobe Premiere Pro, please click here.

24. To create a proxy file, right-click on the video file in the Media Browser and select Import.

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25. The video file is imported into your project. Right-click on the file and select Proxy → Create proxy.

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26. Select the desired resolution preset for the proxy file. Select the desired destination and click OK.

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27. LucidLink recommends disabling the 'Automatic audio waveform generation' in Adobe Premiere Pro to take utilize the streaming capabilities built into LucidLink. For more information, please click here

 

LucidLink filespace settings

LucidLink writes the files to Wasabi in 256 KB block sizes. This is the default setting when creating a filespace. We have noticed that increasing the block size to 512 KB provides improved performance.

Note: The block size is set during the filespace creation process. It cannot be changed once a filespace is created. 

To change the block size of your filespace, follow these steps:

28. During the LucidLink filespace creation process at Step 6, select the “Configure advanced settings” checkbox and click Next.

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29. Select the block size as 512 KB and click "Next".

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Review the filespace configuration summary and click Create. 



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