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It’s Important to to have a good time. Always.

February 5, 2013 by Steve Modica

Steve ModicaIf you use Adobe Premiere for post-production projects, then you may have come across the problem where the application re-conforms and recreates peak files for projects every time the project opens or when changing back to Adobe from using another application, i.e. hide/show.
If you see this problem occurring, check that all systems are time synched with each other (IE NTP is enabled in the Time and Date preference panel). If you do not have internet access on the systems, make sure all the systems are at least locked to the server time.

The cause of this problem is that Adobe is creating new files on the server. If the server has a time that is “in the future” – relative to your client – Adobe Premiere will see these future files and decide that the project is out of date. Then it will want to rebuild all the files. When using any application – including Final Cut, Adobe Premiere or Avid across a NAS or SAN – it is imperative that all of the machines agree on the time and date so the applications can tell when a project is up to date and when it needs to be updated.

The issue above will also occur with other applications in a network based client-server environment. Using the Small Tree Titanium Server as an example, one can setup NTP so that it can synchronize its clock the same way and to the same NTP server as the Mac clients do.

To enable NTP client code on Titanium Server:

-Login to the Titanium GUI.
-Ensure that the Titanium has a Network Interface defined on your local network,
intranet, such that you statically define or use DHCP to obtain an IP address.
-Define a default router and DNS server using the
SETUP -> network -> interfaces GUI area. If you need to add a default router, make sure you apply the IP address of the router to the appropriate network interface.
-Go to:
HARDWARE -> setup
find the “Current server time” area and set/click on “Use ntp”,
then define the NTP server, i.e., as an example and
-If you have the network IP address, default route and DNS setup
properly, it will come back with the correct Date/Time. If not,
you will need to revisit your network settings to correct.

If you’re having workflow issues with Adobe Premiere and your server, contact me at

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