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If you're working in Premiere Pro and you're planning on doing some of the work for your post production and After Affects. There really isn't much that you need to concern yourself with in terms of formats and resolution, or frame rate, or anything like that. After Effects is going to be able to work with pretty much whatever you throw at it. What you do need to decide about is how you're going to incorporate After Effects into your workflow. Are you going to send individual clips into After Effects to work on them for special effects work? Are you going to embed After Effects, if you like, in the chain of post-production? But you're still going to finish in Premiere Pro.
Or, are you going to complete all of your work in Premiere Pro without really doing any effects work, and just send the whole thing to After Effects to finish off there? This is a very similar workflow to the one that you'll use. If you are sending work over to SpeedGrad, SpeedGrade really sits at the very beginning of the workflow or at the end not really in the middle. Depending on how you send your work to After Effects, you either going to have all of the clips in your sequence, but none of the effects apply to. And except perhaps things like speed change controls capacity, things that are native to the timeline anyway in After Effects.
Or, you're going to have the summary output, the mix down if you like, the result of your sequence. And that will incorporate your special effects, either dynamically-linked or using a file. You'll just go to the File menu, choose Export Media, chose a file type, and export that. And that just becomes a footage item that you import into After Effects. The only downside with that is while it's good you get your effects supplied, but you don't get the individual clips. There's a workaround for it, you can chop up the item you import into After Effects.
By default, you're just going to get one long clip that represents your sequence. One other little thing to be aware of is, if you do select multiple clips on the timeline in Premiere Pro and right-click. And choose to replace those clips with an after Effects composition, then you're going to have a composition that matches your sequence settings. But the individual items will retain their individual frame rates and frame sizes and so on. They'll be scaled if necessary but they are going to be individual items. Individual footage items, if you like, imported into your After Effects project.
If you take your sequence, here's my sequence here, and send that into After Effects. Then instead, you're just going to have a single footage item with the conforming settings for that sequence. If I go to my sequence settings here, I can see the frame rates and the frame size and so on. It's grayed out because I'm not allowed to change them once I've applied those settings in Premiere Pro. But these are the settings that the footage item will have. That means that it's quite possible. There's going to be some conversion going on, some conforming if you like of my media assets. If I have got mixed resolutions and frame rates inside that sequence before it, then gets further interpreted in After Effects.
So, just something to be aware of. Most of the time, I'm in favor of workflows where you don't need to know about or think about frame sizes and frame rates, or any of the other technology. You can just get on with being creative. But this is something you need to be aware of. Because if there is a conversion, it might not be great quality. Premiere Pro can duplicate fields, and it can blend things together. But it won't generate inter-frame content in the way that After Effects can. So, that's preparing your content for After Effects in Premiere Pro.
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