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5 ways to connect Premiere Pro and After Effects

There are a variety of ways to connect Premiere Pro and After Effects. Premiere is used primarily for editing video and audio in a clean timeline. After Effects is most often used for Visual Effects and Motion Graphics. They are both available in the Adobe Suite and are essential tools for any video editors.

1.  Replace with After Effects Composition

File > Adobe Dynamic Link > Create New After Effects Composition

 

This replaces a clip with an After Effects Composition.

Use this option for long-form video, when you need to do something to a clip(s) that Premiere Pro can’t do, like 3D space, tracking, After Effects only effects and scripts, and difficult Warp stabilizer jobs. Both apps have Warp Stabilizer, but After Effects can remove tracking points that cause issues where PP doesn’t.

When using “Replace”, Duplicate the clip to the track above (option/alt and drag up) as the AE composition will replace the PP clip and this way you have the original clip if you change your mind. It is very difficult to go backwards later in your workflow, so this redundancy can prove extremely useful.

If you are looking to add an overlayed graphic then we suggest using a Color Matte in your Premiere timeline and stretching it to the length you need before replacing with a dynamic linked After Effects clip. You can right click it from your timeline and replace from there. Save your After Effects project and see it auto-update in Premiere!

 

2.   New After Effects Composition

File > Adobe Dynamic Link > New After Effects Composition

 

This creates a blank linked Composition in the project panel. Anything you create in AE will show up in PP. If you create text, it is now automatically editable in PP.

Let’s say you reopen PP for a new editing session. To edit the linked AE Comp, sect it in the project and press Command/Control + E, to edit the original AE file.

 

3. Import After Effects Composition (Dynamic Link).

File > Adobe Dynamic Link > Import After Effects Composition

 

This is useful when you want to use an animation or titles created in After Effects as a clip in Premiere Pro.

 

 

4. Import Premiere Pro project into After Effects.

File > Import > Premiere Pro Project

 

A dialog box opens with options: bring in all the sequences, select a sequence and whether or not you want to import audio.

This workflow is handy when you are doing short promo style videos in Premiere Pro, and want to finish in After Effects using third party plugins/scripts and features Premiere Pro doesn’t have (3D, tracking and advanced VFX for example).

It is easier to work with audio in Premiere Pro, and your audio markers for sequences and clips will be sent over to After Effects.

 

 

5. Create Templates in After Effects and Modify in Premiere Pro

Select Composition in Project, then Composition > Open in Essential Graphics.

 

You can also use the Essential Graphics Workspace.

In the Essential Graphics Panel, select the Composition that you want to create a template from.

Click “Solo Selected Properties” to add properties you want to be able to modify in your template.

Drag them to the Essential Graphics Panel. Name your Template, and click “Export Motion Graphics Template”.

You can now open the template in Premiere Pro and modify it there.

 

 

 

 

 

Fluid Ink Transition Effects

Download 4K HD ink fluid effects here.

Video transitions are one of the critical aspects of editing, connecting two different shots together. Since the dawn of digital editing, we have seen creators begin to take transitions even more seriously than before, especially in the vlog format.

Whip-pans, spins, fades and light leaks have all become a popular choice for Premiere Pro editors, but one other is a particular favourite of ours. Fluid transitions!

4K Fluid Ink Transitions for Premiere Pro

Otherwise known as ink bleeds, these can be some of the most stylish and beautiful effects, and add a whole new dynamic to your video.

To make your own, you’ll need three things. Your clips, an editing platform, and one of our fluid ink transition effects (which you can download here).

4K Fluid Ink Transitions for Premiere Pro

It’s then as simple as setting your clips alpha to match the brightness) of our transition effect. This can be done by placing the effect above your second clip and adding a “Track Matte Key” to the clip you’re fading into. You then select the ink-effect in the “Matte” option.

4K Fluid Ink Transitions for Premiere Pro

4K Fluid Ink Transitions for Premiere Pro

The “composite using” is what this effect uses to calculate the alpha value of the second clip, and since our ink effect is black and white, we’ll be using the luma value as our source.

Have fun with these awesome 4K ink fluid effects. If you want to hear about more ways you can use our range of effects, take a look at our blog!

Free Aspect-Ratio Plugin (Premiere & After Effects)

 

Finally, one-click aspect-ratio bars for Adobe Premiere and Adobe After Effects. Download Windows Version Here or Download Mac Version Here

AutoCinemabar is the free alternative to using aspect ratio templates to give your video the cinematic edge you need!

Stumbling through hundreds of different pre-made templates has always been the least exciting part of an editors workflow. So we’ve decided to give everyone an early birthday gift, our free plugin!

The plugin gives you the power to create the essential aspect ratios that your video needs. It takes your videos width and height into account, meaning that the aspect ratios you create will be mathematically perfect for any resolution, whether that is 1080p, 2K, 4K, 8K, 16K and beyond!

We have considered the most popular aspect ratios used in the industry and added them onto a quickly accessible preset list! This includes 2.35:1, 2.39:1, 1.9:1, 1.85:1 and more! We have even set the default value to the cinema standard of 2.35:1, meaning you will have your aspect ratio built out in an instant! Leaving you with more time to build out your projects creative side.

If you’re hungry for extra features, this plugin gives you the power to:

  • Set custom aspect ratios ranging from 1-3000!
  • Adapt to any resolution
  • Choose from preset templates including such as 2.35:1
  • Grow or shrink the letterbox with the “constrain” tool
  • Set colors for your aspect ratio
  • Use a horizontal or vertical orientation
  • Toggle transparency in different areas
  • Speed up your workflow, and master the art of making your video look cinematic – fast!

Using the plugin is the easiest part of the process. Simply select your video, go to the “ProductionCrate” category in your effects list, and choose “Auto Cinemabar”. Your video will have an aspect ratio within the blink of an eye! If you have multiple clips that you need to apply the aspect-ratio to, then you can apply our plugin to a black solid layered above the entire composition, and check the “transparent image” button. This will make the black layer transparent in the centre, allowing you to see your wonderful video beneath!

Free Aspect Ratio Video Template