ASCII project files
Please provide an option to save project files as ASCII files instead of binary. This is particularity needed for source control (such as when checking in Premiere Pro projects into a Git repository) and for traceability (i.e., who/when changed what) but also allows project issues to be easily rectified with a simple text editor (such as performing search-and-replace of media paths or replacing one plug-in with another and do it across projects in a fraction of the time that it would take to do it manually).
Note that all professional content creation software support ASCII files including Maya.
It is not the case that all professional content creation software supports ASCII files.
Premiere Pro project files contain both XML representations of project and timeline items, as well as chunks of binary data (from third parties as well as Adobe). No user editing or modification of .prproj files is recommended, or supported. Our media asset management partners use PPro’s APIs to export representative projects, as needed.
After Effects already provides an option the export a text-only version of the AE project; .aepx files.
Andreas Toth commented
This should be an option for After Effects projects as well: https://adobe-video.uservoice.com/forums/911311-after-effects/suggestions/34953394-ascii-project-files