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Adobe Premiere Pro - Advanced Training

Replace with After Effects composition from Premiere Pro

Daniel Walter Scott

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Hi there, in this video we're going to take regular old footage like this, send it to After Effects, and make it look like, oh, this, with a kind of a camera move. Mainly we are exploring how we get from Premiere Pro, send a regular bit of footage into it, kind of the pros and cons, and tips and tricks, and round tripping from After Effects, back into Premiere Pro, and in this case, we're going to do this After Effects camera trick, slow movie pandoli thing, look at that. All right, let's jump in and actually do it. 

Let's bring it in, so let's go 'File', 'Import', I've got a normal old, what is it called, it's called 'Micro Interactions.mp4', so bring in that, and what we'll do is, we'll fit it into our sequence somewhere. I realize this particular video isn't particularly in theme with my Co Working thing, but hey, we're just going to jam it in here, because we're in the After Effects bit. 

So I'm going to add this video to it, hold down my 'Command' key on a Mac, 'Ctrl' key on a PC. So it is part of that, it's too big at the moment, so I'm going to right click it and say, 'Set to Frame Size'. So it fits in there, it's now HD instead of 4K. So it's in here now, what I want to do is, add that cool camera effect you saw at the beginning. So that's something After Effects does, it has separate cameras, you can fake cameras, and you can do amazing things in After Effects. 

So what you do is, if you want to send this to After Effects, you can obviously import it into After Effects directly, and then bring it in later on, but it's easy to get it in position, get it the right size, which is HD, right click it, and then you can just say, replace this with an After Effects composition. What will happen, After Effects will open, it'll ask you to save your brand new, so it's going to create a new After Effects file for you. It's going to say save it, and I'm going to say, cool. 

I'm going to put it in my Exercise Files with everything else, in Co Working, and this one's going to be called 'Micro Interactions - Screen Move'. I like adding those little screen moves to kind of, I don't know, just sex them up a little bit, it's a little bit boring. So to add that camera movement, again, this is not an After Effects course, if you want to, yeah, I've got a couple, of After Effects courses to check out. What I'm going to do is, I'm going to make sure-- I can't help myself doing a mini tutorial in here, make sure you can see this little cube here, we're going to 'Layer', 'New', add a 'Camera', we're going to leave it all by default, click 'OK', that little reminder says, don't forget to tick that box on your little mp4. 

So that got imported from After Effects, let's have a little look at what's going on in Premiere Pro. Back in Premiere Pro, it looks the same, you can see it's got a pink color, because it's an After Effects composition. You can see over here, it is, what's it called now, 90 Replace with After Effects, it's got a bad name. If I hover above it, it's kind of using my file name from up here, ignore the 90. It's how I keep track of these tutorials while I'm doing them, but it does say in that little link there, it says micro interaction screen move.aep 

Let's see if it's over here, micro interactions, there it is. It's not connected in there, do I know why, I don't know why, that's it there. It's used my file name, and the actual long version of it. So there it is, so it's in here, and it's using that dynamic link. So it means, when I make changes over here, so I've got my camera, it can be seen by the camera, at the beginning here, I'm going to say, actually, let's go to 'Transform', I'm going to set my Point of Interest and Position, Keyframes, I'm going to grab my Orbit tool, and I'm going to kind of just adjust this a little bit. 

I want this, like slow movie pan thing, I want to adjust the pan, just so I can do it there. I want to zoom in a little bit, there we go. There's a lot of toggling between those, there are shortcuts between those tools, but I want that, I want this kind of angle, and I want it to kind of slide across. So at the end, maybe not right at the end, somewhere around here, Orbit tool again, I just want to kind of like change it, here we go. So that it kind of does this, like slow move, it's not as slow as I hoped, you get the idea, right? 

Trying to make it look like I'm filming my screen, when I'm not. So I've done this, let's check in Premiere Pro what's happening. You can see, dynamic updating, woo hoo. I'm on Full Resolution, and it's, my computer's, the fans are on, making a racket, but yeah, it's a bit jumpy. So when you are doing lots of updates, you want to check how it fits in, like over here, and with all of this, so you need to probably just move it down to a quarter or an eighth, if you're working in 4K, there you go. This is lower, but it's playing back a nice enough speed. 

So if I want to preview this, and you know, better, I can use my In and Out points, hit my 'Enter' key and render the In and Out. You can see, it's a bit time consuming, so it's better just to lower the resolution, but at least now I can play it back and see the full resolution. Do you notice, even if it's on 1/4, it's playing back lovely because it can, it's like, well I can, so I will, even though you've said, be 1/4. 

So let's, the one thing to note though, is if I do make a change, so I go into here and I'm like, go to this end part, and what I want to do is, get it to zoom right in. So I'm going to grab my zoom, and I'm going to say, get it to like, do this whole transition, where it just kind of like pixelates and goes right in, go into the sun, let's do it. I feel like there's some sort of, I don't know, deep meaning to this, into the sun. You'll notice that over here, you see the red, it's, the green bit's gone, now it's red, so you have to re-render again. So that's a little bit annoying, so it's up to you, how you want to do this, but it's cool, that it dynamically links and watch this last little zoom, ah, what a transition, sunlight to coffee. I feel like there's something in there, all right, and then you get to a point where you're like, actually, I like that now, and I'm going to move it around, and it's not going to change it, you might go to the right click and say 'Render and Replace'. 

Now for me, often, Render and Replace, I do more, oh, file importer detected inconsistent. So if you get an error like that, and it goes away too fast, you can ignore it, and just go about your work, and hope it doesn't come back. Let's click on this and let's have a look, yeah, inconsistent file. I'm fine, something wrong with the Metadata, I don't need the Metadata, famous last words, I'm going into the ignore pile, it doesn't seem very critical, and there's it playing, let's go back to full; ignore that. 

Anything else I want to share with you, what was I showing you, there, got distracted. So yeah, Render and Replace, oh, I normally only use the Render and Replace, when it's like intros, reusable stuff that I'm going to use in different projects, and over again and yeah, because this might change, when I get, you know, comments back, and I'm not going to move it and reuse it. It's just going in this one document once, I'll just turn it down to 1/4, and just use my Render In and Out effects when I need to test it. 

One last thing you can do is, especially with After Effects, is with it selected you can go 'Command E', or 'Ctrl E' on a PC, that's a generic, you know, thing to say, open the original, so if I click on this and go 'Command E', it'll open up the file in After Effects, oh no, because I've rendered and replaced it, that's interesting, because I rendered and replaced it, with the mov, it's opened up in QuickTime, in my case, it'll open up different on your computer. 

So if I get rid of that Render and Replace, and I have it selected, and I go 'Command E', it'll open up in After Effects, nice. All right, Command D works on lots of things, but it depends on, like if you've got a Photoshop document, I don't have one, if you have it selected here, have a psd, it will open up in Photoshop if you hit, 'Command E' on a Mac, 'Ctrl E' on a PC, what have it got, cool, is it, not that, ooh, where's that logo, for import? 

All right, one last thing I'll show you, and we'll go, there was Tourism Island, remember we had the graphics, we had this thing, if you've got that, it's Adobe Illustrator file, with it selected, 'Command E', 'Ctrl E' on a PC, instead of trying to work out what, you know, what created it, and open up Illustrator, and then find it on the Finder, and load it in, you just say 'Command D', it'll open up in the original creator file, and you don't want to see me open up Illustrator, so we'll end the video here. 

So replacing stuff with After Effects compositions, you just right click it and say, bring, replace with After Effects, and do your After Effects business, it will connect it nicely for you. All right, Ireland Awaits You, in the next video, at least.