Join Chris Meyer for an in-depth discussion in this video Text templates, part of After Effects: Creative Cloud Updates .
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Now that we have our font situation straightened out thanks to Type Kit, I'd like to show you one of the most significant new features in this update for Premier Pro users who prefer to use After Effects for their text. It's called Text Templates. We'll go through the old work flow, and then talk about the brand new work flow. Now I've recorded an entire separate course on using After Effects to create nice lower thirds for Premiere. I have an effects project where I have a shape layer to create my lower third bar, a couple layers of text, including a bit of text animation.
I've added an adjustment layer using the transform effect, to fade the text and its lower third bar in. And out at the end. I'll zoom out here. And what I've also done is I've taken my footage that I've designed over, and decided to be a layer, guide layer. That way I can see the here and after effects, but it won't actually render when I go into Premier Pro, for that matter if I rendered this straight out of After Effects. Now previously, you'd go to Premiere Pro, and have to import this composition out of this After Effects project.
I CC updates. And you'll see I get a list of everything inside this project. All of the source files, my solids, and all of my compositions. Perhaps including some design comps that I don't want the Premiere Pro editor to see. And inside each of the folders are each of my comps. I will select a comp, import it as an item, drag it over my footage, and if I needed to make any changes, I would have to edit the original back inside After Effects to go ahead, and edit the text et cetera if I had another lower third I needed to create.
I needed to duplicate that comp, and after effects, and import that as well. There's a much better workflow now. I'm going to undo to get rid of this addition to Premier. And go back to After Effects. Once you have a composition that has some text layers, you can set up your After Effects project to only give the Premier Pro editor access to these compositions. And more importantly. You can let them edit, select text layers in that composition without having to go back to after to effects.
I'm going to open up my composition, composition settings, go to my events tab, and there's this brand new option called template. When template is checked, only template compositions in this project will be visible to Premiere Pro. Also very important, is that only the unlocked text layers will be editable in Premiere Pro. So I'm going to enable this as a template project, and a template composition. Enabling a template comp makes a whole project a template. And then only comps that have this checked in the advanced tab will be visible.
And in this case I have two layers, I have the name of the show, and this particular scene, if I did not want them editing one of these text lines to just name the show, I can lock that text layer to prevent them from doing so, but I'm going to let them have full freedom here to edit the name of the show. As well as the name of this segment or the chapter they're working on. I'll save my project like to do that just to be safe, even though Adobe App are very good now of automatically picking up changes even when you don't save. Tap back to Premier Pro, Import>Select my After Effects project, and now you'll see I only have access to that one composition not everything else that was inside that project file.
I'll open up this composition as a source item inside the project panel in Premiere, and I will open up this comp in the source viewer. Once you've done that you can switch to effect controls, and have access to the text in that composition. Just to show this working, I'm going to go ahead, and drag this into my current sequence. There is my text animation with my current spelling. Note, that the text does not appear in the effect controls for this clip in a sequence.
You need to make sure that you open up the source back in your project panel then go to effect controls, now say the producer that's looking over the editor's shoulder says,. Colosseum, you know a lot of people are not going to recognize that particular spelling. Just go ahead and call it, how most people are used to seeing it spelled, the Roman Colosseum. Press enter to accept the change. And you see it's now updated over here in my program viewer for this sequence. My styling's intact. My text animation is still intact, but the text can be easily updated.
Now let's say that you had another clip, that is also supposed to get a lower third. Normally you'd have to back after effects, and create a brand new composition for this new lower third. But with this new workflow, you take this comp that you've imported. Don't duplicate it in the sequence. Duplicate it in the project so you have a new source. Duplicate. Drag that over your new clip. Open it up in the source viewer. Go to effect controls. And then rename that particular clip. You notice that by duplicating, it went back to its original source text.
The village of Gordes, France, enter, updated in my sequence. Animation, and styling still intact. And my original lower third is still intact as well. Much better work flow when you're doing things like text, chapter heads, lower thirds, captions, et cetera, between Premiere Pro, and After Effects. I think these text templates are going to find a lot of use.
The September 2013 update brought the new Rigid Mask Tracker, as well as additional ways to scale up footage cleanly, while the highlight of the December 2013 update was the ability to convert parametric shape layers to Bézier paths, and Bézier paths into shape layers. The NAB 2014 update shows off important new integration with Adobe Premiere Pro and Typekit, as well major updates to effects. Smaller yet still important new and enhanced features in each release are also touched on throughout. As always, Chris doesn't just show you where these new features are, but how to apply them to your own projects, along with preferred working practices and potential gotchas.
Note: This course was created and produced by Chris and Trish Meyer. We are honored to host this content in our library.
- Integrating with CINEMA 4D
- Using the Refine Edge tool to fine-tune mattes
- Applying Reverse Stabilization
- Preserving scale while stabilizing
- Working with layer snapping
- Finding missing footage, fonts, and effects