Join Richard Harrington for an in-depth discussion in this video Adding and populating After Effects lower-third templates in Premiere Pro, part of After Effects Guru: Effects and Preset Management.
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- Alright, now that we've got a working lower third, let's save it as a template and then I'll show you how to take it into Premiere Pro. With the project done in After Effects, I'll just press Command or Control-S to capture my changes, and then switch over to Premiere Pro. Remember, you have the ability to import into Premiere Pro and point it at a project. Let's just grab that one we're working with here, and I'll choose Import, and it detects the one that we marked as a template. All the other compositions are hidden because they're not part of that project.
Only the ones with templates show up. Now I can click OK and it comes across. You'll see I can drag that into my timeline and there's the animation. Now, in order to access the property for the source effect, I'm going to press F for match frame. There's the source loaded. Now, with that loaded here, or if we double-click, you'll see it. You'll notice that you have additional controls. Under the Effect Controls, there's the speaker name, so this can be modified.
For example, let's just type in John Wilson. And if I play this, you'll notice that the generic speaker text was replaced with the new text. Now, this may look a little strange when you pause it because it's not yet rendered, but this is a simple element. When you choose to render that selection, it'll produce a new movie inside of your After Effects comp. And this means that you can easily make changes without having to exit. There we go. And let's decide we got that wrong.
We found out that it wasn't John Wilson, but John Winslow. Well, easy enough. Come on over here and make the change. Just load up the original, take a look at the Effect Controls, make the change and it updates. There we go. And the new text was swapped in. Simply composite over your video and hit render as needed, and you have additional elements.
If you decide you need multiple names, just duplicate this item here at the bin level- you can do that by right-clicking and choose duplicate, load up that duplicate, and you can swap out the content. Let's take a look here at the Effect Controls. There we go. Put that one into the sequence. You see we have John Winslow and there's Susan Branch. So both of them are totally independent.
By taking the time to build your own lower third templates, and using that cool feature that allows for hand off between After Effects and Premiere Pro, you make it very easy for a video editor to make tweaks. So, whether it's yourself, who's doing double duty as motion graphic artist and editor, or if you're collaborating on a team, this template feature means that you can make quick changes inside of Premiere Pro without having to constantly switch back to Affect Effects, or re-render everything and export new movies.
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