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Preparing content for After Effects in Premiere Pro

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Video: Preparing content for After Effects in Premiere Pro

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.

Preparing content for After Effects in Premiere Pro

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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  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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