In this step-by-step tutorial on using Live Text templates, learn to import and edit animated text motion graphics created in After Effects in a Premiere Pro sequence.

About Live Text templates

Live text templates in Premiere Pro let you edit text layers in After Effects compositions directly in Premiere Pro. 

Editing text in a Live Text template

Editing text in a Live Text template
Editing text in a live text template
Brian Maffitt

Using Live Text templates

Important: To use Live Text templates in Premiere Pro, you require the 2014 release of After Effects CC installed on your computer.

You can use Live Text templates in any number of Premiere Pro projects and sequences. Any changes you make to the template file are propagated to all the projects and sequences that use that template.

The following workflow outlines the steps to create text template compositions in After Effects containing source text that is editable in Premiere Pro.

  1. Create an After Effects composition with one or more text layers.

    For more information about creating compositions in After Effects, see Composition basics.

  2. Animate the text and apply any effects as required. For more information on animating text, see Animating text in After Effects.

    If you don't want any text layer to be editable in Premiere Pro, click the Lock icon for that layer in the Composition panel.

    Note:

    When a layer is locked in After Effects, you cannot select it in either the Composition or Timeline panels. If you try to select or modify a locked layer, the layer flashes in the Timeline panel.

  3. In the Advanced tab of the Composition Settings dialog box, select Template (Unlocked Text Layers Editable In Premiere Pro).

  4. In Premiere Pro, import the After Effects composition by doing one of the following:

    • Use the Media Browser to navigate to the After Effects composition.
    • Select File > Import and choose the composition to import.
  5. Load the composition in the Source Monitor by selecting Open In Source Monitor from the context menu.

  6. The Effect Controls panel in Premiere Pro displays the editable text templates. Each line of text in the After Effects composition is seen as a separate line of editable text in Premiere Pro.

    When there are multiple lines of editable text, extra blank text boxes are displayed to let you manage line breaks and the text placement effectively.

    Multi-line text template in the Effect Controls panel
    Multi-line text template displayed in the Effect Controls panel

  7. Edit the source text items as required in the Effect Controls panel. You notice that the changes are automatically reflected in the imported composition without having to go into After Effects using Dynamic Link.

Important notes

  • Any changes you make to the text layers in Premiere Pro are stored in the Premiere Pro project and do not affect the original material in After Effects. Thus, preserving the unaltered template state of the original composition in After Effects.
  • If you modify the source text of a text layer in After Effects after changing the corresponding text in Premiere Pro, the changes are not reflected in Premiere Pro.
  • If the imported After Effects composition has been edited into a sequence, the Effect Controls panel does not display the editable text (or any other master clip effects). Use the Match Frame feature to load the master clip into the Source monitor and expose the editable text blocks for revision. Because all changes to the master clip automatically ripple down to the sequence track item instances, any changes are updated in the Program monitor.

Creating duplicate templates

When you use Live Text templates for editing animated lower-third graphics created in After Effects, you have to create duplicates of the template.

For example, if you are interviewing multiple subjects, you may need multiple templates with different textual content but the same animated lower-third graphics. You can then create duplicates of the After Effects composition and edit only the textual content while retaining the same animated lower-third graphics.

You can duplicate the imported After Effects composition in the same way as you would duplicate any media or sequence in Premiere Pro. In the Project panel in Premiere Pro, right-click the source item, and select Duplicate from the context menu.

Note:

The duplicated composition is a duplicate of the original After Effects composition that you imported into Premiere Pro. Any textual changes you make to the composition in Premiere Pro are not reflected in the duplicated composition.

Using a live text template capsule (.aecap) file in Premiere Pro

As an After Effects text template author, you can also compress a project with all its assets into a single capsule file (*.aecap) to be used by Premiere Pro. If you use an After Effects template for animated lower-third graphics in your video, you can quickly customize the editable text in Premiere Pro without returning to After Effects.

You can import an After Effects text template (.aecap file) by either of the following three ways:

  • Select File > Import and choose Adobe After Effects Text Templates (*.aecap) to see the After Effects text template files that are available to import and choose the file.
Importing an After Effects text template
Importing an After Effects text template

  • Select File > Adobe Dynamic Link > Import After Effects Composition to choose an .aecap file on the left side of the dialog.
  • Using the Media Browser:
    1. Use the Media Browser to navigate to the After Effects capsule composition (*.aecap) file.
    2. Select File > Import and choose the composition to import.
    3. Select Import in the context menu of an .aecap file (left tree view) and double click the capsule master composition. Drag the capsule master composition (*.aecap) file to the project panel.

Any changes that you make to the text layers in the composition does not alter the imagery or graphics surrounding the text.

Step-by-step tutorial

How to use text templates from After Effects in Premiere Pro

In this 10-min tutorial, learn how to import a text motion graphic created in After Effects into a Premiere Pro sequence and make text edits without opening After Effects.

The tutorial provides you sample files to try out the feature for yourself.


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