Join Richard Harrington for an in-depth discussion in this video Moving from Adobe Premiere Pro to After Effects, part of After Effects Guru: Color Grading Footage.
- In order to bring a clip from Premiere Pro into After Effects it's a pretty straight forward process. You can take an individual clip by selecting it in the Project panel and then simply choose Edit, Copy. Then switch over to After Effects where it's really quite simple. Highlight the Project panel and choose Edit, Paste. You'll see that the clip is added to the Project panel. Let's remove those temporarily. I'll select them and press Delete.
You also can move an entire sequence over. I could choose the sequence in the Project panel and then select Edit, Copy. Switch back over to After Effects, highlight the Project panel and choose Edit, Paste. This will create a new Composition in After Effects with the same name and it moves a copy of the media over. You'll notice within the Composition that some of the effects may also translate. Some of the basics like color correction as well as any trimming or handles, position and scale will make the jump.
The handles are also useful because you could see the exact position of the clip and maintain the ability to trim or modify the duration. The media outside the handles will be available to After Effects but it might be hidden within the composition. You could see the used portion of the clip within the Comp. If you have a complex project with multiple edits this is a very easy way to bring the entire sequence in as well. With a simple Copy Paste operation it'll bring in the entire sequence along with the media and respect their in and out points that have been set.
If you don't want to have Premiere Pro running you could also choose File, Import File. This allows you to navigate to the Premiere Pro project. Simply select it and click Open. In the new dialogue that appears you'll be able to select one or more sequences and then click OK. You'll see that it comes in and the Premiere Pro project comes across as well. What this has done is imported the sequence directly with a link back to the original project. This has created a dependency or a Dynamic Link to the Premiere Pro project as well.
For example, if I make a change inside the Premiere Pro project I'll press Save and you'll see that the After Effects sequence has updated. This is because there is a Dynamic Link between the two. By importing a Premiere Pro project sequence into After Effects we've created a Dynamic Link or a dependency between the two project files. This is essentially the same thing as choosing File, Adobe Dynamic Link, Import Premiere Pro Sequence. If you'd like to learn more about Dynamic Link and other Adobe workflows be sure to check out my course available here on Lynda.com.
That goes into much greater depth about Dynamic Link.
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- Evaluating the shot
- Fixing white balance
- Fixing exposure and tone
- Adjusting color
- Converting to black and white
- Creating a film look
- Adding texture