Join Maxim Jago for an in-depth discussion in this video Exploring Creative Suite Production Premium, part of Premiere Pro CS5 for Avid Editors.
The integration between Premiere Pro, and other applications in the Creative Suite, like Photoshop, or After Effects, or Soundbooth, is just pure rock and roll. It's absolutely lovely, and it's one of the reasons that so many people, even in the high level broadcast are really rushing for Premiere Pro right now. Because it lets you really benefit from all of the best aspects of those applications without having to worry about importing and exporting and file formats and all of the Compression settings. I would like to just show you a few examples of how this works, and how easy this is to do. First of all, let's look at Photoshop documents.
If I import a document to my Project panel, which I can do by just double-clicking, and let me see now, I've got a Photoshop document right here. Let's open this up. Now, when I open a Photoshop document into Premiere Pro so I'm just importing it like any other document. I get several options. I get the option to merge all the layers effectively into a flattened image. I get to merge selected layers so I can say, all right, I can have these ones, for example. I can choose individual layers, which means I'll get separate items for each layer in my Project panel, or I can import as a sequence.
Now if I import it as a sequence, Premiere Pro will generate a sequence and put each layer in its own position. And I can then have each layer at its own size. So, for example, I've got some text here, that'll be a small frame size, or I can have document size, where each layer is set to have the same size as everything else. And that option is usually better because it maintains the position on screen for each of those layer elements. So, I'm going to choose Sequence and click OK. And then what you will get is a folder that contains each of the layers plus a sequence that represents the total image.
I'm going to Drag and Drop this straight into a sequence that I've got already on the Timeline. And just take a look at that. There it is. Now this is a graphic with, I love this guy's expression. I'm just going to stretch this out a little, let me just Zoom In a bit. There we go. So, this is made from multiple layers all embedded together into a single sequence and there it is on my Timeline. Now the thing about doing it this way, is that the sequence will, itself, have a finite duration. You can probably just see the little triangles, just there, and just there at the top right-hand corner. I'm getting my Trim Handles, when I hover the mouse over the edges. I can't trim this out at all, because the sequence has a finite duration even if individual graphic elements don't.
So, if I go into that sequence, I'm going to double -click on it and I'm going to re-size my Timeline so you can see what's going on a bit better. There we go. If I Zoom In using the Plus key on my keyboard, you can see I've got my standard 150 frame duration for my graphics and these can be extended. So, I'm just going to lasso all of them and drag them way out, maybe, I don't know, I'll get a minute's worth or so. If I now toggle back to my other sequence, which I can do by clicking on the tab at the top of the Timeline panel here, you'll notice that one of those triangles has disappeared. That's because I've now made the sequence longer.
And I can trim this down if I Zoom Out a bit as long as the sequence now is in its own Timeline. So now, I've got my graphic in place, and if I want to, I can, for example, go back to that sequence and turn off the Background layer, at least turn the Visibility off. If I now go to my paletted Master Sequence that that's embedded into, you can see I've just got the Foreground layers in that title, which means I can see the background behind it. So again, all I've done here is, I've just double-clicked to import a file, chosen a Photoshop file, clicked Open, I've chosen one of the options from the Import dialog and that's turned up on my Timeline as a complete sequence. Now, another way of doing this as I mentioned is if I import this again, and this time, I'm going to choose, Merge All layers is fine. And there it is as a single item.
And I'll edit that onto my Timeline, it doesn't really matter where, I'll put that over here and this, I can expand out because I'm looking at the original graphic. If I decided I wanted to change this, I can simply right-click and choose Edit Original and this will load up Photoshop and it will display the image inside the Photoshop interface. Which, of course, is a much more comprehensive interface for working on graphics. And in this interface, I can maybe turn on these layers that are switched off at the moment. I can save. And I'm going to Alt + Tab back to Premiere Pro and there they are, the adjustment has been made. And of course, if I go back to Photoshop, I could do some masterful painting work perhaps, if I just choose my Background layer here, a nice big brush.
There we go. Amazing bit of graphic design, save that, Alt + Tab back to Premiere, and there's my incredible improvement to the title graphic. My point is I am now using Photoshop as the Title tool for Premiere Pro. So, while I'll grant that the Title tool in Premiere Pro, it's very good but it can't compete with Photoshop. Effectively, if you buy Production Premium, which includes Photoshop and Illustrator and Flash and After Effects and Premiere and Encore, and all of these applications, you effectively can used After Effects as your finishing effects tool and Photoshop as your graphics tool.
Let's have a look now. While we're talking about integration with After Effects, let's take a look at that. If I want to transfer a sequence between Premiere Pro and After Effects, well, where's my sequence now? And here's my sequence in my Master Sequence Bin. I'm just going to toggle over to After Effects to check that it's running, toggle back to Premiere. If I re-size my window so that I can see both of these, After Effects in the background and Premiere in the foreground. And I must say, the interface is so standardized now between these applications which is great for learning but I do sometimes find myself wondering which interface I'm looking at. It's like a world traveler and wondering which part of the world you're in today. So, you want to look for these icons in the top left-hand corner, After Effects and Premiere, to be sure about which interface you're working with. Although there is a fundamental difference between the way the Timelines in Premiere Pro and After Effects behave.
If I just make this Full Screen again, Premiere Pro can have multiple clip segments on each video track. In After Effects, every item gets its own layout in the Composition panel. Okay, I'm just going to Drag and Drop my sequence from Premiere into After Effects. And now, I have a dynamically linked sequence which I can put into, for example, another composition. And there it is, I'm now seeing the results of my Premiere Pro sequence. If I toggle it back to Premiere Pro and perhaps make a big change to this, maybe I'll take that Paladin graphic, knock it up to Video 3, and just zoom out a bit and have it cover the entire beginning of the sequence. There we go, that'll do.
If I now toggle back to After Effects, you can see straight away, that should update. Oh, yes, I just need to move the graphic towards the beginning a little bit, because the composition is a bit short. There we go, I've got the update. So, the point here is that I haven't saved anything. All I've done is gone into Premiere Pro, and I'll just remove that to illustrate the point, toggle back into After Effects and it's updated. So, I can still be working on my sequence inside of Premiere Pro and see it update in After Effects. And it works the other way.
So if I re-size my After Effects panel, and, you know, just Drag and Drop one of these compositions into Premiere Pro, there it is. And I can put this into, not, not the same sequence because that's going to cause a bit of a loop that could drive After Effects and Premiere Pro a little bit crazy. But if I make another sequence, let's maybe get one of these and then drop that into the sequencing Premiere Pro. So, I'm now looking at an After Effects Composition inside of Premiere. If I toggle back to After Effects again and make this Full Screen, and now I'm going to open up that composition. And just to quickly reflect on After Effects, this Project panel is very much like a Project panel in Premiere Pro.
A Composition or a Comp in After Effects is very much like a sequence in Premiere. I've got a Monitor Window, I've got Effects, I've got an Info panel. It's very, very similar really to the way Premiere works except that you've got very much more focus on the detail work. If I want to, for example, let's say, I'll just put a simple effect on here, I'll put a Levels effect just so you can see the change which I'm making. And this automatically brings up my Effect Controls panel, just like in Premiere Pro and I'll just crank up the levels a bit so it's nice and visible. If I toggle back to Premiere Pro, there's the updated effect. Now, if you think about the level of detail that you get with the Effect Controls inside Premiere Pro, the difference is quite extraordinary in After Effects.
If I expand out this track, I can see my Audio, I can get my Levels Controls directly on the Timeline, my wave-form if I want it. An awful lot of detail, and I haven't really done anything yet to work on this clip. The big difference is that you get so much of the control right there inside the Timeline with After Effects. In Premiere Pro, most of the Effect controls are displayed in the Effect Controls panel. Once again, I think you can probably see the benefits to working with After Effects and Premiere Pro in this way. You don't need to think about whether you've got the right resolution, or whether the Codec is correct.
You really can just Drag and Drop between these applications, and it will just tend to work. Because of the dynamic link engine that's operating in the background, Premiere Pro, After Effects, and Photoshop even, are sharing engines. They're sharing media content and they're sharing engines. That means they're sharing assets and they're sharing effects renders. So, that's working with Photoshop, After Effects, and Premiere.
- How Premiere Pro works
- Getting set up
- Creating sequences
- Applying effects, color correction, and opacity
- Titles and metadata
- Integrating Premiere Pro with other applications
- Working with audio
- Outputting video