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Working With Premiere Pro projects

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Video: Working With Premiere Pro projects

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.

Working With Premiere Pro projects

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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After Effects CS6 Essential Training

78 video lessons · 55179 viewers

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  1. 1m 8s
    1. What is After Effects?
      1m 8s
  2. 2m 53s
    1. Welcome
      1m 40s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 13s
  3. 1h 8m
    1. The six foundations of AE
      5m 3s
    2. Introducing the interface and the workspace
      7m 51s
    3. Understanding compositions
      8m 48s
    4. Getting comfortable with layers
      7m 33s
    5. Getting started with animation and keyframes
      8m 30s
    6. Understanding effects
      3m 26s
    7. Moving in 3D space
      7m 41s
    8. Rendering your first animation
      8m 20s
    9. Specifying preferences and cache settings
      5m 44s
    10. Staying organized
      5m 15s
  4. 38m 6s
    1. Creating compositions
      7m 19s
    2. Importing footage and compositions
      7m 54s
    3. Preparing compositions for animation
      8m 7s
    4. Introducing renderers
      3m 15s
    5. Understanding precomposing
      7m 16s
    6. Relinking missing footage
      4m 15s
  5. 59m 58s
    1. Defining layers
      6m 23s
    2. Creating type
      5m 58s
    3. Creating layer solids and shapes with masks
      7m 55s
    4. Building shape layers
      6m 17s
    5. Understanding switches and blend modes
      8m 26s
    6. Crafting custom shapes and masks
      6m 18s
    7. Creating variable-width feathered masks
      5m 1s
    8. Rotoscoping with the Roto Brush
      8m 20s
    9. Refining with the Roto Brush
      5m 20s
  6. 1h 8m
    1. Understanding keyframes
      6m 1s
    2. Adding and adjusting keyframes
      9m 54s
    3. Interpolating keyframes
      8m 5s
    4. Adjusting keyframes in the Graph Editor
      7m 17s
    5. Understanding positional keyframes
      7m 0s
    6. Controlling animation with parenting and the pick whip
      9m 57s
    7. Understanding animation paths
      6m 27s
    8. Timing to audio
      4m 41s
    9. Trimming and sliding edits
      5m 31s
    10. Swapping images
      4m 1s
  7. 29m 7s
    1. Layering multiple effects
      9m 13s
    2. Generating graphic effects with adjustment layers
      7m 28s
    3. Building backgrounds with effects
      6m 50s
    4. Creating animated strokes
      5m 36s
  8. 40m 15s
    1. Introducing cameras
      10m 3s
    2. Working with 3D layers
      6m 37s
    3. Positioning layers
      6m 13s
    4. Adding lights and working with Material Options
      9m 21s
    5. Using 3D precompositions
      2m 5s
    6. Adjusting depth of field
      5m 56s
  9. 28m 31s
    1. Caching and prerendering
      6m 33s
    2. Understanding the alpha channels
      5m 18s
    3. Using the Render Queue
      4m 34s
    4. Rendering with Adobe Media Encoder
      7m 15s
    5. Archiving finished projects
      4m 51s
  10. 44m 27s
    1. Creating type animators
      12m 16s
    2. Animating type in 3D space
      6m 35s
    3. Adding and animating type on a path
      8m 45s
    4. Composing 3D type
      8m 41s
    5. Animating shape layers
      8m 10s
  11. 32m 45s
    1. Creating stylized video
      6m 47s
    2. Retiming video footage
      9m 31s
    3. Retouching with the Rubber Stamp tool
      10m 19s
    4. Smoothing shaky camera footage
      6m 8s
  12. 14m 19s
    1. Understanding keying
      3m 19s
    2. Creating a garbage mask
      4m 27s
    3. Getting started with Keylight
      6m 33s
  13. 15m 56s
    1. Importing Photoshop documents
      6m 11s
    2. Importing Illustrator files
      4m 24s
    3. Working With Premiere Pro projects
      5m 21s
  14. 1h 15m
    1. Adjusting ray-tracing quality
      8m 19s
    2. Tracking footage
      8m 15s
    3. Extruding shapes
      8m 39s
    4. Bending layers
      8m 38s
    5. Adjusting ray-traced lighting and materials
      9m 22s
    6. Adding environment maps
      4m 58s
    7. Beginning compositing
      8m 52s
    8. Creating render passes
      10m 17s
    9. Building a final composite
      8m 14s
  15. 1m 8s
    1. What's next
      1m 8s

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