With the release of Adobe Creative Cloud 2017, comes an intuitive workflow for adjusting and manipulating text templates inside of Premiere Pro. Join author Nick Harauz and take a look at how you can manipulate an After Effects template right within Premiere Pro, and then go to After Effects for further modification.
- With the new release of Creative Cloud, comes a very intuitive work flow for adjusting and manipulating text templates inside of Premiere. Let's look at how we can manipulate an After Effects template right within Premiere Pro, and go into After Effects for further adjustment and modification. - So in order to access the project file, you'll have been given a folder called Creating Templates, and if you double click this folder, we'll see that we have multiple chapters. One for chapter one and three, and one for chapter two. In the chapter one and three folder, just simply select the Ae project file.
And what you can do is you can double click it. Upon double clicking this is going to open up After Effects in the background, and within a few minutes you'll notice that After Effects opens with the project file. So, I'll meet you here in After Effects, and here is our project. Now for any reason if the Chapter 1_1 composition isn't opened, in the project panel you can hop inside your Comps folder. So I just press this the disclosure triangle to open it, and double click on that Chapter 1_1 composition. Inside of it what we have is a couple text layers, as well as a shape layer that reveals our text on screen.
And ideally what we'd like to do is save this as a template so that the After Effects user can manipulate it. Now as of the newest version of After Effects, there are two ways that we can send over this template. One is to actually select the composition, and from the file menu I'm simply going to choose export, and choose to export this composition as a text template. What this does is creates an intermediary file called a dot AECAP file. This dot AECAP file allows the editor inside of Premiere Pro to alter the text of the template, but what it doesn't allow is for him to open it up inside of After Effects.
So he's able to make manipulation and changes to the text, as well as to maybe any expressions that are tied to that text layer and updated inside of Premiere Pro without the ability to go back into After Effects and give the motion graphic designer essentially more control. So, in saving this file just keep that in mind, and I'm going to call it Chapter 1_1, and just to differentiate I'm going to call this Text Template. Okay? So, I'll press save, and you'll see that that gets saved out, and in a second what I'm going to do is join you inside of Premiere Pro.
So I already have Premiere Pro launched here in the background, and I have a project that you can access in that same folder that we just saw called Video AECAP, and inside of it what we're going to do is just bring in that After Effects AECAP file. So in the project panel here on the lower left hand corner we can double click, and after double clicking, head to your desktop where you saved that AECAP file, select it and choose import. It's going to open up that file and point to the compositions inside of it. There's only one. So we'll choose the Chapter 1_1 composition.
I'll choose okay, and you can see here that if we look at the project panel there is a cap underneath this file. Now let's just take this and bring this into a new sequence. How I'm doing that is just dragging down to the new item button at the lower right of the project panel. It gets added right away. If I move my play head we can see the animation there in the program monitor, and in order to edit this text, we need to do something special. We need to link back to the master text file, and how we do that is we select this text layer, and then we press F, and by pressing F when we go to effect controls, we're on the master tab, and here in the master tab is where we can make changes.
Here is the actual instance of the clip tab. So I'm just going to make a quick change. I'm going to type in Franklin instead, and then if I click in the gray area, that updates, and I'll just add in Nicholson there at the end. And you can see there that that gets altered, and my text template has been switched. The great part is I can always just take this text template, and in the time line if I option, click, and drag, and after I've done that I'm just going to release the mouse followed by the option key, I have a separate instance of this text template. So if I go inside of here, press F to bring up the master clip, go to effect controls, and let's just say I want to get rid of the Nicholson part, that will update, and let me just get rid of the Franklin part, and just make it Frank.
You can see there that this text template is indeed Frank Nichols. This one is still Franklin Nicholson. Now the only problem is when you usually deal with an After Effects file and open in editor, and the short cut here on a Mac is Command E, it will open up in After Effects, but with the AECAP File, it doesn't allow you to do that. So if you wanted to make other changes such as let's say, update the actual color of the shape layer behind the text, you would actually have to bring in the After Effects composition. So how you do that, I'm just going to double click, and right here on the Desktop I'm going to go to my Creating Templates folder.
Into my chapter one and three folder, and just select the Creating Templates project. I'll choose import. It's going to give me a link inside my After Effects Composition, and inside my Comps folder, I'm going to choose to bring in that Chapter 1_1 Composition. Once I press okay, it loads in the project panel. And if you notice a different icon here compared to the AECAP File, this is just the dynamic link icon. Okay? Dynamic Link projects automatically now allow you to edit unlocked text layers from your composition.
So when I bring this over the new item button and create a new sequence here called Creating Templates, not only do we have the ability to select this dynamic link composition, and press F, and go into Effect Controls to switch the text, but I can select this and also press Command E on my Mac to open in editor. And by opening this to the editor, I can go over here to the lower bar, this star shape right here, and inside of the lower bar here you can see it has this fill color. I'll click on this square here at the top, and just maybe switch this to a lighter color of choice without even having to press save.
I can't press save if I want to feel good, but I'm going to head back over to Premiere just to see that this dynamically links to that After Effects composition, and has updated. Notice that the text template files, or the AECAP files that we saved, it has no change on that. So you have a ton of creative controls for having the ability to manipulate text templates inside of Premiere Pro from After Effects. One, the AECAP File, keep in mind is not editable inside of After Effects, but you can edit the text inside of the Premiere. The other is the option of going inside an After Effects project, bringing inside your composition, and having any unlocked text layer automatically updateable inside of Premiere Pro, as well as the ability to round trip back into After Effects with the open and editor command.
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- Modifying AE text templates in Premiere
- Adding shapes and expressions to the text animation
- Understanding composition structure
- Modifying text and replacing visible graphics
- Adjusting global controls
- Breaking down your template idea
- Building a photo mosaic
- Creating basic animation
- Adding a camera to the animation
Skill Level Intermediate
Q: This course was updated on 06/26/2017. What changed?
A: New videos were added that cover text templates vs. Essential Graphics, building a template through Essential Graphics, adding supported properties to the Essential Graphics panel, and viewing the motion graphics template in Premiere Pro.