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How to move seamlessly between Adobe Premiere Pro and After Effects within one project

To illustrate this process, look at this example from a documentary on earthquakes. In the timeline, we see the title, a Photoshop CS file brought into Premiere Pro, over a shot of the San Andreas fault line in California.
Let’s animate the title as if it was in an earthquake. By using "motion sketch" in After Effects, you can move an object on the screen and have After Effects "record" that movement in real time-a great way of directly animating on the screen. (To try Motion Sketch in After Effects, check out this tutorial: www.adobe.com/motion/tips/aftmsketch/main.html).
Clips in Premiere Pro can be copied and pasted into After Effects. We can then apply motion sketch to one of the layers and copy them back into Premiere Pro. Simply, copy and paste.
Premiere Pro and After Effects share keyframe information, such as ease-in and ease-out, position, opacity, rotation, and scale properties, which also move between the applications.
For this example, to move clips, including transformations, cross dissolve transitions, and filter information, select the clips in the timeline and choose "Edit > Copy."
In After Effects, create a new project, and a composition of the same size and aspect ratio as that of the Premiere Pro project, and select "Edit > Paste."
At this point, you should see the footage in After Effects.
The contents of the timeline may look different than in Premiere Pro, but the results are the same. After Effects retains trimming information for clips and where the clip existed in time (i.e., if you copied a clip from 15 seconds into the timeline in Premiere Pro, AE will place the pasted clip at 15 seconds in the AE timeline).
Nested sequences in Premiere Pro become nested compositions in AE. For example, the "Earthquake Title" layer is an AE composition made from the two Photoshop layers of the original title.
If you hold down the Alt key and double-click the Earthquakes composition, this will open the Earthquake "comp" allowing you to see the two Photoshop layers inside.
To animate the word "Earthquake" using Motion Sketch in After Effects, select the layer, choose "Window > Motion Sketch" to bring up the palette, and click the "Start Capture" button.
After Effects will now wait for you to begin moving the layer, and record its movement in real time. This can be done with a mouse (or a Wacom tablet for a more natural feel). At the end of the clip, After Effects will stop recording and Motion Sketch creates position keyframes on the selected layer.
In previous versions of Premiere Pro and After Effects, users would now need to render a movie out of After Effects for use in Premiere Pro. Now you have the option of copying and pasting footage back from After Effects to Premiere Pro.
Select the Earthquake Photoshop layer in the Title composition, and choose "Edit > Copy." This will copy the layer along with any keyframe information attached to it.
In Premiere Pro, delete the existing layer from the Earthquake title sequence, and choose "Edit > Paste" to paste in the animated version from After Effects.
The original "Intro" sequence now contains the animated version of the layer including the keyframe information and those keyframes remain visible and editable inside Premiere Pro.
Admittedly, this was a very simple example. A much more common scenario is copying footage from Premiere Pro into After Effects, adding effects or compositing information to it, then rendering the results back out for use in Premiere Pro. For simple effects, it’s very easy to move elements back and forth.
Remember: While effects like the Motion Tracker cannot be moved from After Effects to Premiere Pro, layers to which motion tracking has been applied can be moved, since the Motion Tracker applies position keyframes to the targeted layer.
Daniel Brown, Video Evangelist, Adobe
With a traditional design background, Brown founded the core Web development team at Metagraphics (now artmachine.com) in Palo Alto, California. He joined Adobe in 1998. You can contact him at www.adobeevangelists.com.
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