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In this course, author Ian Robinson introduces Adobe After Effects CS6 and the world of animation, effects, and compositing. Chapter 1 introduces the six foundations of After Effects, which include concepts like layers, keyframes, rendering, and moving in 3D space. The rest of the course expands on these ideas, and shows how to build compositions with layers, perform rotoscoping, animate your composition with keyframes, add effects and transitions, and render and export the finished piece. Two real-world example projects demonstrate keying green screen footage and creating an advanced 3D composition with the expanded 3D toolset, an important addition to CS6.
Now Adobe Premiere and Adobe After Effects do communicate extraordinarily well together. The two main ways of sending files or projects back and forth are Dynamic Link and importing. So for example, from inside of After Effects, I can import a Premiere Pro sequence or I can connect to a sequence via Dynamic Link and there is a slight difference, I will definitely show you that as we go through this video. So to get started, let's go to our Exercise Files folder, and under Footage, go to the 06_Premiere folder and open the ECO_Edit.prproj.
Let's preview our sequence. I'm just going to click in the timeline to make it active and press the Spacebar. (video playing) So as you can see, I have an edit here. It's a short edit but it's an edit. I have multiple video clips and an audio clip. There is a cross dissolve and this second clip, if we right-click and go to Speed/Duration, you can see it's set to Reverse Speed.
I'm just going to click OK. Any time from within Premiere, you can highlight a section within a sequence and right-click and say Replace With After Effects Composition. Now that's not what I want to do because it will send all the files over to After Effects, but then there is going to be a Dynamic Link between the two. Meaning anytime I wanted to make any changes to this edit, I would have to go back to After Effects because I replaced this section with an After Effects project. Now most of the time, when I'm creating graphics and I'm integrating Premiere, it goes the other way.
I created Premiere edit, and I just import that edit into After Effects and there's no link back and forth. I just bring it in and then I can continue working natively inside of After Effects. So let's jump in to After Effects and then I can show you the different ways to import Premiere projects. If you go to file, there is an option for Dynamic Link. And then here, if I say Import Premiere Pro Sequence, I can navigate through my exercise files to that sequence we were just looking at, and it would bring it in as a flattened composition.
That's not what I want because then again, if I wanted to edit this, I have to go back to Premiere. What we want to do is under the File menu go up to Import. Now under Import, choose Adobe Premiere Pro Project. Let's navigate in our exercise files. In the Footage folder, we have a Premiere folder. In there, I have my ECO_Edit. So let's click Open and it's going to give me the option, if I had multiple sequences I could bring them all in. Since I only have one, I'm going to choose that one ECO_Edit.
Now you could choose to import the audio or not. Since I did have the audio, I'm going to go ahead and import it. So if we click OK, notice now we have a composition inside of our After Effects project. It does have our audio file, as well as the two video files that we edited. Now let's see what came across. If we double-click the ECO_Edit project, first thing you may notice is this looks slightly squashed or distorted. If you click this button to the left of the Fast Preview button, right here, that will adjust for the Pixel Aspect Ratio.
So if we look at our sequence settings, notice it's set to 960x720. If I open it up by right-clicking and saying Composition Settings, in here you can see the Pixel Aspect Ratio is for HDV DVCPRO, so it's not a square Pixel Aspect Ratio. Let's click OK. If you look at our comp, you can see I have all the edits and if I select Layers 1, 2, 3, and press U to open up any animation, you can see my Cross Dissolve came through, as well as this little area right here, notice the line is red.
Well if I select that layer and go up under Layer > Time, look at the Time Stretch section. In here you can see its set to -100, meaning it's playing backwards, so Cancel. All right, so as you can see, I brought this in. Now in bringing this in, I'm still referencing these QuickTime files in my folders. So if I right-clicked on the video source, I could say Reveal in Finder or Reveal in Windows Explorer and it would take me to my Video folder where I have everything organized.
This is yet another reason why you want to keep your projects organized in a very organized fashion. That way when you're in all this different projects you'll always know where your footage is. Now let's jump back in After Effects. So that being said, we could continue editing this inside of After Effects; apply Filters, what have you. All of this footage is saved here in After Effects and it's completely separate from that Premiere Pro sequence. We just imported the sequence and since Premiere references the QuickTime files off the drive, After Effects can do the same thing.
It's just we brought in all of the editing that we had done from Premiere. So yes, Premiere and After Effects are pretty well integrated.
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