Adobe Premiere Pro CC

Take advantage of After Effects in Premiere Pro

Learn several ways to work in Premiere Pro with Live Text templates and masking and tracking that are enabled by After Effects, and use Dynamic Link to eliminate intermediate rendering. (Read, 34 min)

FromAl Mooney

Adobe Premiere Pro CC integrates with other Adobe creative applications, most notably Adobe After Effects CC.

Integrating some features from After Effects directly into Premiere Pro makes it easier than before for editors to complete certain tasks without ever leaving the editing environment.

After Effects compositions can “live” in a Premiere Pro sequence. Changes made in After Effects are immediately reflected in Premiere Pro using Dynamic Link. This technology gives users a render-free editing and graphics workflow.

Watch the following video to see how you can work on video files in both applications simultaneously, seeing updates immediately in either application.

Send clip to After Effects (0:50); Apply effects to comps (3:10 & 4:10); Drag sequence to After Effects (5:05); Drag comp to Premiere Pro (5:50)

Live Text templates

There are certain graphics operations that editors do so regularly that presenting them inside the non-linear editor is preferable to switching (even momentarily) from one tool to another, because it allows them to stay in the editing mindset.

Live Text templates enabled by After Effects behave exactly as you'd expect: Text fields show up in the Effect Controls panel in Premiere Pro as simple text fields that you can edit as necessary. This feature addresses a common workflow where you need to change the text in a motion graphic that was designed originally in After Effects, such as a lower-third. The following visual tutorial shows you how simple this feature is to use.

Use text templates from After Effects in Premiere Pro
Use a text motion graphic created in After Effects inside a Premiere Pro sequence.

If you need to make other adjustments — such as changing the text’s scale or color, or altering the motion in the graphic — you can use Dynamic Link to go into After Effects to make those alterations and see them updated in the Premiere Pro project instantaneously.

Change comp settings (1:15); Make template changes (3:05); Change text in Premiere Pro (3:25)

Masking and tracking

Editors frequently need to be able to blur out a portion of a frame and track that blurred portion as the object moves across the screen — especially in news workflows and documentary filmmaking. Think of license plates or people’s faces that they cannot show for some reason.

Apply effect to clip (0:40); Create mask (1:40); Explore mask path options (2:30)

Note: If you want to try this out for yourself, go to the tutorial page and download the practice files.

This masking feature enabled by After Effects works with almost every effect in Premiere Pro. You could use it for things like secondary color corrections, highlighting areas of the frame in a special way, and so on. To refine the way the mask looks or access more complex mask tracking features, just send it to After Effects. Everything that was done with the mask in Premiere Pro is translated via Dynamic Link in the After Effects timeline.

Open clip in After Effects (0:50); Track mask (1:40); Fine-tune mask (2:50)

Al Mooney

Al is the senior product manager for Adobe Premiere Pro.