Join Todd Kopriva for an in-depth discussion in this video Using Pro Import After Effects for projects from other applications, part of After Effects CS6 New Features Overview.
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After Effects CS6 has the ability to import projects from many other applications. These projects can be in AAF format, OMF format, final cut pro fmxl format or Apple Motion format. Importing of these various kinds of projects is made possible by a new plugin called Pro Import After Effects. Which is a descendant of the automatic Dark Pro Import AE plugin. Let's begin by creating a new project. Go to File >New >New project.
Then choose File> Import> Pro Import AfterEffects. The Importer dialog box opens. And asks us where our project file is located. Navigate to the importing directory in your access folder and choose sequence one. We're going to be importing a final cut pro xml project. I'll leave the settings up there to default, but you can click the Modify Settings.
See what options are available. The Layer Organization, Layer Step Up and Comp refers to the layer stacking order of clips that in Final Cut Pro would've all be on the same track. If rather than having every clip on a seperate layer in After Effects, you want to precompose you can choose this option. But I'll accept the default and click Cancel. And then import. The plugin is giving us a message that tells us that some video footage files are missing.
This is common using pro import aftereffects, because very often you've moved a project from one computer to another, or even from one person to another. To use this plugin, I'll just click OK, and sequence one has been imported. And here are the footage items associated with it. Notice, they're showing the Color bars that show missing footage, but we can simply double-click on one of them. And then navigate to where we know the footage item is. Once we've told After Effects where one item is, it'll look in the same directory for the other items.
And in this case it's telling us that it found them. I'll double-click Sequence One, to open that composition. And Drag the current time indicator through. And we can see that the clips came through as expected. Notice that these two characters are on different layers. If I turn off the eyeball switch, the visibility switch. Then we can just see one at a time. So the Pro Import After Effects plugin will preserve all of the basic information.
And even much of the more advanced composite information from a Final Cut Pro XML final project. The process for importing AAF, OMF, and Apple Motion files, is all very much the same as that for Final Cut Pro XML files.
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