I am in a facility that has about 20 Mac machines on a network. We all work off files located on a SAN. I am experiencing a problem with getting preview files to stay linked when the project is open on a different machine.
I ran a bunch of tests with a rendered section on my own machine. I rendered a section, saved, closed reopened on the same machine. Renders were fine. I then changed the location of the project file several times, and the renders were STILL fine, so the project path didn't make a difference (by the way, the scratch disk location is set to a folder on our SAN, NOT the default "Same as project").
Then I ran tests by rendering a section, saving and reopening that project on a different machine, and the renders disappear. Red bars all accross. Has anyone else experienced this? I tried combinations of checking and unchecking the Media cache box, as well as pointing that path to a location on the SAN instead of a local user application support folder, still no luck. Without a distributed processing option, we need to be able to render, say, overnight so the exports don't take forever.
Also, I have double checked to make sure the preview files are in fact there, and they haven't moved. I can play them in qt or quick look)
Most of our machines are of the following configs
Mac OS X 10.6.8
Premiere Pro 6.0.2
Codec: ProRes LT 720 59.94
16GB RAM 1066 Mhz
Quad-Core 2.4 Ghz 2008 models
GeForce 8800 512MB (a couple boxes have Quadro 4000s 2GB, ran the tests across both configs...same problem across those options)
Premiere Pro can work with network storage if it's mounted as a network volume (Mac OS), and the OS-level device driver does not mark the volume as removable. Are you set up this way?