What Does Collaboration Mean in Video Editing?

Published on in Advice / Tips & Tricks

By Steven Niedzielski

"You Keep Using That Word, I Do Not Think It Means What You Think It Means” – Vizzini (from The Princess Bride)

If you work in a team of any kind, you probably hear the word "Collaboration" used constantly.  It's a great word, very positive and welcoming, and is often used vaguely to imply teamwork.

Three kinds of collaboration

When it comes to video production its meaning becomes more specific.  Let's explore the three main definitions for what collaboration means within video teams.

Many projects – one set of media

In this use case, a video team has a collection of media from one shoot or event that will be used to generate many different deliverables.  This is very common in agencies and corporate video as well as journalism, sports video, etc. 

The Hand-off

This is more common in narrative filmmaking and television, but also used in high-end commercial production.  In this environment, different team members perform their specialized roles sequentially culminating in a finished product.  An assistant editor may organize the media and start a rough cut.  The editor works on a final picture lock before sending it on for color, visual effects, motion graphics, etc.

Real-time simultaneous

In this environment, multiple team members can open the same project and work on different parts of it in real-time.  This has been gaining in popularity in the past few years as most major platforms in post-production (i.e. DaVinci Resolve, AVID, and Adobe) have enabled this type of collaboration.  This is incredibly helpful when you have tight deadlines and are able to leverage the talents of many team members to work on editing, color, VFX, audio mixing simultaneously.

The one solution to rule them all

Working in these different collaborative workflows requires not only different communication and processes, but different hardware setups.  In the first two types, it is possible to work off of separate hard drives; but this approach requires a significant amount of wasted time as you copy media from one drive to others.

If you're working off separate hard drives, then the third type of collaboration is inconceivable.  Shared storage such as the Jellyfish allows multiple editors to connect to the same file structure and work simultaneously from the same pool of media.


Let's look at how this improves each of the three types of collaboration.

In the first type, each user has their own timeline that links to the same source media.  The Jellyfish not only makes this possible, but it has the raw power to enable many users to edit simultaneously without any dropped frames even when working with original camera files.  Transfer time is completely eliminated and relinking becomes a thing of the past.

In the hand-off type of collaboration, Jellyfish allows instantaneous hand-offs.  No waiting for files to copy to a shuttle drive before the next team member can begin their work.  This becomes amplified when the inevitable revisions require multiple loops back through the same hand-off process.

Real-time simultaneous editing is only possible in a shared storage environment.  The Jellyfish makes this ultimate form of collaboration not only possible, but seamless and easy to set up.  Working in this way can be extremely efficient and provides the opportunity for a high number of iterations and feedback between team members.  This enables highly polished work within tight deadlines.

Jellyfish is designed by video editors for video editors and powers some of the most innovative workflows in the industry.  You can ask it to do anything, and its response will always be, "As you wish." 

To learn more about the many advantages of using a Jellyfish in your post-production workflow, visit https://eshop.macsales.com/shop/jellyfish-nas-storage

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