After all the great feedback and responses to my post about “The Pancake Timeline”, I decided to find out the maximum amount of footage that one could place into a Premiere Pro CC sequence. I discovered that the limit is 24 hours. That should definitely be more than enough for most projects! The bigger surprise was that I found that playback and scrolling through the sequences was not the least bit sluggish even though bogged down with so much media. To share with you what it looks like…here are 3 giant Pancake Timelines from my previous and current projects.
First up is a 13-hour sequence that I cut down to a final 5-minute sizzle reel. It is for a TV Reality Show I worked on that hasn’t aired yet so I can’t disclose the name. Hopefully it will air one day so I can reveal it!
Second is the 17-hour sequence of all the raw footage for the Comedy Special I shot and am editing for Dave Coulier. It contains 5Dmkii h.264 footage, P2 DVCPRO HD footage, Uncompressed 422 quicktime footage from a Black Magic deck and .CR2 stills.
Lastly is the big daddy…a 24-hour selects sequence from the film “Möbius” directed by Vincent Laforet. As the film’s editor, I received a total of 48 hours of media that included production footage and the BTS footage. In the photo you can see I actually double-stacked the footage in the 24-hour sequence. I could then enable/disable the layer I was viewing to access either 24-hour section. Again…I had snappy playback and scrolling with nary a trace of lag. That’s pretty insane!
If you would like to try out “The Pancake Timeline” for yourself in Premiere Pro…please download this TEMPLATE for Adobe Premiere Pro 6 that is already set up with 2 stacked timelines and also includes my basic bin structure to tackle any project. Until next time…
UPDATE: I’m now using a Double Stack Pancake Timeline to pull assets from 3 active timelines and dump them into my main timeline located on the bottom of the stack. It’s very easy to plow through a lot of footage and the Program panel and my external monitor always reflect my current active timeline.
UPDATE: Download the NEW Adobe Premiere Pro CC Template HERE