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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. (Watch, 17 min)

FromAl Mooney

Use After Effects inside Premiere Pro

The integration of some After Effects features directly within Premiere Pro makes it easy for editors to complete certain tasks without 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 you a render-free editing and graphics workflow.

The video at right shows how you can work on video files in both applications simultaneously, seeing updates immediately in either application.

Jump back and forth between video and motion graphics editing using Dynamic Link

Using 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. 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 tutorial at right shows you how simple this feature is to use (click to view).

Use text templates from After Effects in Premiere Pro
Use a text motion graphic created in After Effects inside a Premiere Pro sequence (click to view)

Editing Live Text templates

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. Watch the video at right to learn how.

Create a Live Text template in After Effects and make the text editable by others in Premiere Pro

Get files Sample files to practice with (ZIP, 255 MB)

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. (See Blur a moving face with masking and tracking to learn more about doing this in Premiere Pro.)

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 — as shown in the video at right. Everything that was done with the mask in Premiere Pro is translated via Dynamic Link in the After Effects timeline.

Add and shape mask elements in After Effects that move accurately through your Premiere Pro sequence

Get files Sample files to practice with (ZIP, 103 MB)


Al Mooney

Al is the senior product manager for Adobe Premiere Pro.