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Dynamic Link vs. round-tripping


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Video Production with Creative Suite 6

with Maxim Jago

Video: Dynamic Link vs. round-tripping

Adobe has quite rightly had a lot to say about its Dynamic Link technology that allows multiple applications to work on the same media at once. It really is fantastic because it allows you to, for example, use After Effects just as an effects tool for Premiere Pro. It's really wonderful technology, but not every application in the suite uses this feature. So, I feel like we've got two ways that you can share your work. You're either going to use Dynamic Link, or you're going to round trip your content, and I'll give you an example of the two.
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  1. 1m 25s
    1. Welcome
      1m 25s
  2. 14m 1s
    1. Introduction to multi-application post-production
      4m 46s
    2. Dynamic Link vs. round-tripping
      5m 22s
    3. One-way trips and the Edit Original command
      3m 53s
  3. 10m 53s
    1. Improving speech-to-text analysis
      5m 57s
    2. Using breakdown reports
      4m 56s
  4. 13m 16s
    1. Organizing projects with Prelude
      7m 53s
    2. Sharing rough cuts with Premiere Pro
      5m 23s
  5. 21m 10s
    1. Browsing in Bridge
      8m 35s
    2. Batch renaming with Bridge
      7m 26s
    3. Editing metadata with Bridge
      5m 9s
  6. 19m 22s
    1. Preparing images for video in Illustrator
      8m 32s
    2. Using Illustrator files in After Effects
      6m 27s
    3. Using Illustrator files with the Premiere Pro Title tool
      4m 23s
  7. 24m 38s
    1. Preparing images for video in Photoshop
      7m 52s
    2. Working with Photoshop files in After Effects
      10m 11s
    3. Working with Photoshop files in Premiere Pro
      6m 35s
  8. 27m 52s
    1. Creating audio for video with Audition
      11m 45s
    2. Sending work from Premiere Pro to Audition
      6m 32s
    3. Round-tripping a soundtrack from Premiere Pro to Audition and back again
      9m 35s
  9. 31m 19s
    1. Preparing content for Premiere Pro in After Effects
      7m 54s
    2. Preparing content for After Effects in Premiere Pro
      3m 36s
    3. Sending work from Premiere Pro to After Effects
      11m 14s
    4. Sending work from After Effects to Premiere Pro
      8m 35s
  10. 14m 39s
    1. Outputting pregraded shots for the edit from SpeedGrade
      5m 40s
    2. Sending work from Premiere Pro to SpeedGrade
      8m 59s
  11. 7m 31s
    1. Using Dynamic Link to share sequences between Premiere Pro and Encore
      7m 31s
  12. 10m 13s
    1. Sending work from Premiere Pro to the Media Encoder
      7m 12s
    2. Using the Media Encoder to output from After Effects
      3m 1s

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Watch the Online Video Course Video Production with Creative Suite 6
3h 16m Beginner Sep 24, 2012

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One of the great strengths of the Adobe Creative Suite Production Premium 6 is the seamless integration between the various applications. Even so, the best-practice approach to sharing media and creative work between applications remains mysterious to many users. In this course filmmaker and author Maxim Jago breaks everything down into simple, clear steps, offering guidance on project and file management and examples that demonstrate the best use of the technology. If you use Adobe Creative Suite CS6 for video post-production, this course can make your work faster, easier, and more efficient.

Topics include:
  • Improving speech-to-text analysis with Story
  • Organizing projects in Prelude
  • Batch renaming with Bridge
  • Preparing images for video in Illustrator
  • Working with Photoshop files in Premiere Pro
  • Round-tripping a soundtrack from Premiere Pro to Audition and back again
  • Preparing content for After Effects in Premiere Pro
  • Sending work from Premiere Pro to SpeedGrade
  • Using Dynamic Link to share sequences between Premiere Pro and Encore
  • Using the Media Encoder to output from After Effects
Subjects:
Video video2brain
Software:
After Effects Premiere Pro
Author:
Maxim Jago

Dynamic Link vs. round-tripping

Adobe has quite rightly had a lot to say about its Dynamic Link technology that allows multiple applications to work on the same media at once. It really is fantastic because it allows you to, for example, use After Effects just as an effects tool for Premiere Pro. It's really wonderful technology, but not every application in the suite uses this feature. So, I feel like we've got two ways that you can share your work. You're either going to use Dynamic Link, or you're going to round trip your content, and I'll give you an example of the two.

First of all, you're going to get Dynamic Link from After Effects, Encore and Premiere Pro. Here, I've got a timeline in Premiere Pro which is called Paladin, it's a sequence called Paladin. I've got a few clips in this project, and you can see I've been pretty lazy about organizing my bin, but that's not too important right now. I've got two copies of this media. First of all, let me just turn the Audio off here. I've got my three clips actually in my sequence, and then I've got three clips that I've sent over to After Effects. I've done this by selecting them. Right-clicking and choosing replace with After Effects composition. Now that I've done that, I've got that composition that was created automatically in After Effects inside my bin in Premiere Pro. And on the timeline, I've got one single segment that represents that composition. If I toggle over to After Effects, you can see if I put a color effect on here to make it really obvious, let's go for a gold dip. I'm going to drag this on to the first clip in that composition. And you can see before I get into it, I've got the three clips and I've got the composition.

These were all handed over to After Effects and generated automatically. There's my composition with the effect applied. I'm going to toggle back to Premiere Pro, and immediately you can see the effect has appeared inside the Premiere Pro timeline. Now, the important distinction here is that I haven't had to save, export, import, update, click any button in particular. All I had to do was say, well, make a change. And automatically it's displayed inside Premiere Pro. So, Premiere Pro is getting a live view of this composition.

I get a similar result with Encore. Now, if I load up Encore, I've actually already pulled this sequence from Premiere Pro into phone call and I'm using it in a timeline. There we go. You should be able to see there the gold dip effect has been applied automatically. If I go back into After Effects and may be I'll select this and go to my effect controls, and maybe I'll choose a different color. Maybe I'll go for a kind of a pale blue. So I've just updated, I haven't saved.

You see this little asterisk at the top here by the name tells me that I haven't saved the changes. Have a look in Premiere Pro, takes a moment, and it's updated. Take a look in Encore, again, very very quickly it's updated. That is Dynamic Link, and hopefully you can see immediately how powerful it is. Now, of course, there are a number of other applications in the suite, and they don't all use this Dynamic Link instant update technology. If I look at Premiere Pro again here, you can see I've got another sequence where I've got a piece of video with some audio that I might want to fix in Adobe Audition.

If I right-click on this and choose Edit Clip in Adobe Audition, Premiere Pro is going to replace the original audio with a copy. Because all of these applications they just don't want to make changes to the original files. Audition is perhaps the exception, because it's a standard workflow for post-production sound to work destructively. That means to work on the original file. Very unusual if you come from a non-linear video editing background. To avoid those two classic workflows clashing Premier Pro, duplicate the audio and gives the duplicate to Audition.

So here in Audition, I've now got a file and I can make changes to it, do whatever I like to it, and this is not going to update in Premiere Pro until I save. If I press Ctrl or Cmd+S, that little asterisk disappears by the name. And now back in Premiere Pro, I'm going to have well, virtually. >> Committed to helping. >> Virtually no level at all. Because it's so much quieter. I've still got some level there. So, this is the distinction. There are applications where you need to save and applications where you don't. In fact, you'll have a very similar experience if you're working with something like an imported Adobe Illustrator file. You can make whatever changes you like when you save the file and jump back into Premiere Pro.

You're going to get the results of that change appearing automatically. And this happens for a very simple reason. Premiere Pro doesn't take copies of things when you import them, it just links to the original file. So, any changes you make to the original file, it's going to update dynamically as soon as the play head reaches that point in the media. It's just going to play whatever it finds on your hard drive. This, of course, is good and bad. If you compare to Avid where you have a more narrow workflow, where all of your media gets imported and copied into a specific folder, it gives you a bit more control.

But at the same time, let's say, a little bit less freedom. As long as you know what to expect, you can use this feature to your advantage. So, I just wanted to highlight that distinction for you between Dynamic Link and round tripping within the Creative Suite.

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