Join Richard Harrington for an in-depth discussion in this video Replacing with an After Effects composition, part of Premiere Pro Guru: Dynamic Link and the Adobe Workflow.
You've seen us add a new After Effects composition into a Premiere Pro project but how about taking something in a Premiere Pro timeline and sending it to After Effects? That's really easy too. In fact, it's just a right-click away. In the timeline here, I'm going to select this footage shot and I want to send that over to After Effects. By right-clicking I could choose to replace this with an After Effects composition. After Effects launches. The comp is automatically added. And it enumerates to number 2.
That's because it was the second comp added to the project. What I'd like to do here is a little bit of stylization as well as resizing. After Effects has really good scalers. In fact, they're better than Premiere Pro's. And what I'd like to do is adjust the size of this clip, blowing it up to 150%, and then I'm going to adjust its position and I'm essentially creating a footage frame. What I'd like to do is see the sunrise.
But make an open area here where some photos are going to go. Let's toss on an Adjustment Layer. And on that Adjustment Layer, we're going to put a little bit of a Fast Blur. Blur that out. And change its blending mode to something like Soft Light. There we go, I like the color. Let's try Overlay, that looks good. Now remember you can always use the keyboard shortcut Shift+ or Shift- to step forward or backwards through that list, letting you try out different blending modes.
I like that one there. And what I want to do is just lift things up a tad, so I'm going to apply one more Adjustment Layer. Let's rename this one Shadow Highlights. And we'll toss on that effect. Looks good. Brought out those details. And what I want to do is apply a bit of temporal smoothing so it doesn't flicker from shot to shot.
That looks great and using my Preview controls here I can invoke a Ram Preview. It's currently set to do the full quality and because this is 30 seconds long it will take a little bit But this is a fast computer and you see it starts to plow through. Those frames are being cached and, if I switch back over to Premiere, those frames will become available. However, you might not need to do a Full Quality Preview. Let's break that for a second. And instead we'll switch that to Half Quality. And notice that the preview is that much faster because it's only doing half the width and half the height.
So in fact it's about four times faster. Switching over to Premiere, you'll see that that shot is going to update here in just a second. Clicked and it did the update Everything has been repositioned, the shadow highlights been applied, the soft lume look has been applied. And when we press play, (MUSIC) you'll notice that there's a little bit of flicker there. But now, it's all coming in. Some frames are dropping during playback but overall, not too bad of an experience.
And the more that this sits here, the more the frames are going to be passed from one application to another. In fact, you'll see here that some of those frames went blue. That was indicating that they were cached and handed off over to Premiere Pro. If you really want to take advantage of caching, over in After Effects, make sure you check your Preferences. And that you have the Media and Disk Cache enabled. By default this will be on, but this allows you to choose a specific folder. And you may want to even choose the folder for the project.
Specifying inside the common media folder a specific scratch folder. What this will do is cache the frames and make it easier to hand them off. Again notice, that as it sits here After Effects is continuing to build out preview frames and those frames are going to be handed off to Premiere Pro. As such, the earlier part of this composition plays back smoothly. As it keeps going the frames will need to continue to cache. If you get impatient you can always choose to do a quick Sequence Render over here in Premiere Pro.
And you could just say, Render Effects Into Out. What'll happen here is it will build those frames and start to hand those off. You'll notice in this case it jumped right to frame 300, because After Effects had already processed 300 of the frames. Again, the relationship between Premiere Pro and After Effects is very smooth, and the streamlining makes it easy to hand things back and forth. These Intermediate Renders though are just for previews, and typically if you wait long enough they'll happen on their own naturally. Otherwise, if necessary, just invoke it by using the Sequence Menu.
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- What is Adobe Dynamic Link?
- Creating and importing After Effects compositions
- Using Render and Replace
- Editing clips and sequences in Audition
- Creating and importing Photoshop files
- Editing Premiere Pro footage in Photoshop
- Sending clips and metadata from Prelude to Premiere Pro
- Working with slow motion
- Creating merged clips and subclips