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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.
Setting aside the option to use the Render Queue or the Media Encoder to generate a regular video clip. There are a couple of really cool shortcuts for sending your work from After Effects into Premiere Pro. I just want to highlight a little gotcha as well that's associated with that. I'm going to select these three clips that I've got in my Project here, sending from AE to PR. And I'm going to drag these down onto the new Comp button. And I've got a couple of options. First of all, do I want a single composition or multiple compositions? Well, I want a single composition. I'm going to choose which clip is going to give me the dimensions. These are all the same actually.
I don't need to add this to the Render Queue yet, and still image duration isn't particularly important because I don't have any stills. But down here, I've got this option to sequence the layers rather than to have them stacked up one above the other. And in this case, that's exactly what I want to do. I want these three clips to be staggered so that they play in a particular order. The order they appear in the Project panel. If I choose to overlap these, then After Effects is going to automatically give me an overlap that I can use to create a transition effect.
Either no transition, or to have a dissolve, or a cross-dissolve over the front and back. Pretty simple stuff. Now to demonstrate what I want to show you, I'm going to do this both ways. I'm going to have an overlap and I'm going to not have an overlap. So, first of all, this is with the overlap, and I'm going to click OK and there's my composition. And you can see if I just zoom in with the Plus key on my keyboard I've got this Dynamic Preview option. So, it's going a bit blocky, but you can see there's my cross-dissolve between the two. If I expand out this top layer, and there it's just a keyframe on the Opacity for the layer. So, now I'm going to do this again.
I'm going to take these three clips and I'm going to drag them onto the new Comp button. This time, I'm going to turn off the Overlap. So, I'm going to sequence the layers but I'm not going to have that transition effect. And the result is very similar, except if I zoom in again, you can see where one clip ends the next clip begins. Very, very simple. So, of course really what I'm going to do here is I'm just going to choose whatever options I need to create the composition that I want. And this is a pretty unusual example, because this is just straight video clips. I'm not doing any fancy compositing, and layering, and animated text, and so on.
I'm just putting some clips together with, maybe some effects on them. The interesting part comes when we send this into Premiere Pro. Now, there are a couple of ways of doings this. The simple obvious way is if I just well if I pull this window out of the way and then open Premiere Pro. Let's make a new project and let's call this well, let's call it Sending Work from AE to PR. And I'll leave that in the After Effects directory there.
Click OK, I don't need a sequence, I'm actually going to jump back to After Effects. And I'm going to take these two compositions, I'm just going to Lasso them and drag them directly into the Project panel in Premiere Pro. When I do that, I'm creating two dynamically linked assets that are actually being played live from inside of After Effects. So in Premiere Pro, I can turn each of these into a sequence. Let's do, that's Bridge 1 and Bridge 2. And what you're going to get is this nested sequence effect, if you like. Although, there are three clips here, I'm seeing them as one long clip. This is a very similar effect to the results you get when you right-click on several clips on the timeline and send them into After Effects. So, pretty simple.
If I go back to After Effects, let's make this full screen again, and maybe I'll just put a simple color effect on so you can see the result. Let's have a blue wash. There we go. Nice and obvious. And then in Premiere Pro, which one is it now? There we go. So, you see this updates dynamically. So that's one way, and it's a very good way. And it gives you a dynamically-linked composition from After Effects that you can use like any footage item in Premiere Pro. Now, there's a very important warning to give here. Which is that, in fact if you look at the name of this asset, never mind the name of the sequences that I've just created in Premiere Pro.
But look at the name of the asset. The asset is called Bridge _ 2/Sending from A to P or begin to AP. So, actually the asset is this. Sending from A to P or begin. Inside of that asset is this particular composition. So, it's very, very important that you save your After Effects projects when you make changes to them. Because if you don't, they're going to revert to the state they had before and you'll lose the changes that you've made. Premiere Pro will use whichever version of the asset that's available on the disc, but it doesn't seem that way. Because of course, we're making changes, and it's updating live without saving. So, I'm just going to toggle back and I'm going to save. So, this is one way you can do it.
You can just Drag and Drop, take items from the Project panel in After Effects and drop them directly into the Project panel in Premiere Pro. But there is another way as well, and let me just save this as a complete version so you've got that as a reference. Back in After Effects, and let's just double-click to make this full screen. I'm going to go to the File menu and I'm going to choose Export. And I'm going to choose Adobe Premiere Pro Project. Fascinating.
So now, let's save this into our After Effects folder. And let's make this something really obvious so it's easy to find. Let's call this Example Exported AE project. And I'm just putting this in my After Effects directory, so I'll save that. And then over in Premiere Pro, I can just go to file and open project, or use whatever method you want. But after the file, double-click on it. Doesn't really matter. And let's get our example exported after effects project this is now actually a Premiere Pro project that's been generated automatically based on the After Effects projects, so we'll click Open.
And here we have it. I've got the clips, the media, the footage items that were included in the After Effects project. They've just been handed over to Premiere Pro. And here are those two sequences which they are now. They were compositions. But now, of course in Premiere Pro, they're sequences. Here's Bridge number 2, which is exactly as you would expect it. I've got the clips one after another lined up in the sequence. And I'm ready to work on them. Notice I've even got a color correction effect. If I just go in here, you can see this is actually a compatible set of effects.
That color wash I applied wasn't really an effect in its own right. If I toggle back over to After Effects, choose that layer, and then go to the Effect Controls panel. You'll see this is actually color balance. And well, there's an HLS Hue, Lightness and Saturation, or Luminance and Saturation effect. And then there's a regular color balance for RGB values. These are compatible with Premiere Pro. If I toggle back over, you can see these actually exist inside Premiere Pro as well. So, Premiere Pro can translate that effect. Not all effects will translate in this way.
So, you do need to experiment a little bit before you count on it. But it's pretty cool that you can do that without having to think too much about the Ingest and Export settings. But now look at this. Bridge 1 was created by overlapping and applying a transition effect. And if I open this up, you can see we've got a little bit of a problem, we've now got each clip on its own layer. Which is fine if you're working with just three clips as we are here. But imagine if you're working with 300, or even just 25, you're going to have an awful lot of tracks in Premiere Pro.
So it's just a bit of a gotcha. Something to be aware of. You might want to consider finding another way to apply transition effects here. If you're intending to generate the media in After Effects but then send it over to Premiere Pro, I have to say it's a pretty unusual way to work. To generate and edit in After Effects and then decide no we'll do it in Premiere Pro. It's pretty unusual but it's very cool that you can do it. If you're collaborating and maybe one side of that collaboration is totally happy to work in After Effects, and another side is totally happy to work in Premiere Pro. There's a bit of an opportunity to hand off between one and the other. So, that's sending work from After Effects CS6 into Premiere Pro CS6.
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