I'd like to suggest a new Save Version option both as a keyboard shortcut and under the File menu.
This would function similar to Save a Copy, with some exceptions. First, the Save Version command would start with a normal Save operation on the currently highlighted project. (Colored tabs for different open projects makes this easier.)
Next, while Save a Copy opens a Windows dialog for the user to set a name and location, the save location for Save Version would be preset in the Project Settings, and the file name would be the current project name, an underscore, the date, underscore, the time.
So if I'm working on the Smith Wedding and initiate a Save Version at exactly 3:05 PM on June 21st, the file name would be "Smith Wedding180621150500.prproj"
This would be more reliable than an AutoSave because it's always user initiated. You KNOW it saved because you saw it save.
It's faster than Save a Copy because the save location and file name are predetermined.
And it offers the editor a very clear trail of work to fall back on for safety.
Myer Pjani commented
Good feature! I agree with Averdahl on the file name format. Perhaps we can use a template for that: I name mine like he does but I put a small x between the YYYYxMMxDD. Makes it slightly easier to read (for me). Also, using the yyyy-etc format makes the list sortable by name. Finally I would just like an option to not see the dialog once the path and file name header are known. Just do the save.This is much better than SAVE AS as we then constantly have a new file name we are working on. I want to always work on the one known file. Thus currently I save a copy before each new session, (in the OS) but inline saves in the program would be advantageous.
Jim Simon commented
The problem I see with relying on the OS date and time is file naming. You couldn't have a dozen copies of just "Smith Wedding". You have to have a different file name for each.
You could just use consecutive numbers, but I do feel the proposed date_time would be more useful.
Franklin Nin commented
We can already see date and time in Finder or Explorer, I think that's enough. What I think Premiere needs is an option in the File menu, such as File - Open Previous Version or Auto-saved version, and display the saved version with a date and time in a legible way.
That way it is not necessary that we leave Premiere and look in the auto-saved folder to open an auto-saved version.
******** this is a good idea.
If it comes with a management tool inside Premiere, even better.
It could be sorted like a folder tree by Original project file name > Day > Version/Time of day
That would allow the user to easily delete all the backup saves from a finished project, or versions from last week which we know we'll never go back to
Jim Simon commented
I think the full four digit year isn't needed. The first two digits will be 20 for long enough that it can just be assumed. It also makes it easier to quickly determine "this year", "last year", "two years ago", etc.
I think the seconds could be valuable. Save Version now. Make a small but critical change, Save Version again.
Stanley Jones commented
My only comment is also about the date. Which is evidence of how good Jim's suggestion is.
I agree with the YYYY style, but like having the seconds. But having a preference setting is good.
My guess is that the Adobe programmers might rely on OS support for date style, although it does not look like they such a date form anywhere yet? Autosave is a simple number. OS support may address European date style etc.
Roger Averdahl commented
It sounds great!
The only thing i would like to change is the way date and time is written. I prefer "Smith Wedding_20180621_1505.prproj" iow "Name_YYYYMMDD_HHMM.pproj".
If seconds are added to the time as you suggest, there is actually no problem only a personal preference. I still think that the year should be in the YYYY-format. Is easier when one open an old project when one can see directly what year it is created. "Project_180619_1745.prproj" can in a stressed situation be interpreted as the project was created 2019 instead of 2018.
The time/date option can be added in the Preferences so the end user can decide the preferred formats such as the option we have in Windows: http://privat.bahnhof.se/wb792290/regional.png