Learn the pros and cons of copy and paste between Premiere Pro and After Effects.
- [Instructor] In this movie, I'll show you another way to move media and metadata, meaning markers and effects, between Premiere Pro and After Effects. As before, the condition for this to work is to make sure that you are running the same versions for both After Effects and Premiere Pro. So, this is how it works; it is super simple. Basically, what you want to do is to select everything that you want to copy and then paste it inside the other application. And it works both ways, by the way.
So, in this case, I'm just going to select everything by going to the Edit menu, and choosing Select All. Then I'm going back to Edit menu and choosing the Copy command, or of course, you can press the keyboard shortcut, command c, or control c, if you're working on the Windows side. Then I'm going to switch to After Effects, and I'm hoping to find the Paste command available, but it is dimmed over here. And the reason here is because I have an empty project. I've cleared everything from before, so in order to paste this information, I need to make sure that I'm creating a composition, which is similar to the dimensions and frame rate that I'm using inside Premiere Pro.
So first, I'm going to click on the New Composition button over here, and then I'm going to switch back to Premiere Pro, going back to the Sequence menu, and choose Sequence Settings. Here, I can see that my Timebase is set to 25 frames per second, and the Frame Size is 1920 by 1080. This is all I need to know. Alright, I'm going to press enter on the keyboard, in order to close this dialogue. Return to After Effects and over here, I've already got the correct dimensions, the only thing that I need to change is the frame rate, and you don't need to worry about the duration.
After Effects is going to fix it for you automatically. Alright, I'm going to say OK over here, I'm going to leave the name "Comp 1" for the moment, and then I'm going to go to Edit menu, and now I have the Paste option available. So let's just choose it, wait patiently, and After Effects is going to populate the project panel with all of the clips as well as recreating the timeline over here inside the comp window. So I'm just going to zoom out, and then I'm going to take this window full screen by double-clicking on the words Comp 1, just so you can see that everything, well almost everything, is surviving this journey, meaning that we have our Time Remap keyframes, we have all the markers, including some that we probably don't need, for example this marker doesn't really belong to this clip, but we are in a very good shape.
So, I'm just going to treelap those triangles, I'm also going to double-click once again, in order for us to see the whole interface. You probably suppose that in the background, After Effects needed to reanalyze some of the effects, in this case the Warp Stabilizer effect, but even going to just scroll over here, we can see that just like that, we've managed to recreate the Premiere Pro timeline, so in other words, we are ready to start the process. However, there is couple of disadvantages in this method, and I just want to name them in case you are choosing this method.
So the pros obviously is that you can access now individual clips, markers, time remapping, and effects. Note that the transitions are not working, and just to call your attention, I'm going to switch back to Premiere Pro and see that over here for example, in the first title, we have some sort of gradient transition. Note that I want it so much in the After Effects side, but it would've been nice if this is going to cross through this copy-and-paste, but it didn't survive.
So, if I'm going to back and just scroll the timeline, we can see that the transition over here is gone. Also note that we are disconnecting from the original media. So, we are not using dynamic link here. If you are going to change anything in the Premiere Pro side, After Effects won't care. Those are two separate projects, which means that you can move this project between other fellows, or hand it over via your network and continue working on the edit if this is something that you need.
Also note that the project panel here inside After Effects is a complete mess. I'm going to select it and then press F2. This will deselect all the clips that we are seeing over here, and you can see that everything, except of After Effects solids folder that was created automatically is in the top hierarchy level of the After Effects project, meaning that we lost all the organization that we did inside the Premiere Pro interface. However, this is still a decent way to move media, as well as effects and markers between Premiere Pro and After Effects.
Once again, using the copy and paste command. But, I think there is even a better way to work, and I'm going to demonstrate it in the next movie.
- Concept and client presentation
- Premiere Pro and After Effects integration
- Fixing footage
- After Effects plugins for compositing, color correction, lighting, and particle effects