Archive for November, 2013

How to get text and graphics from After Effects into Premiere Pro

Replace with AE compAs an editor, I’ve never been totally satisfied with native NLE titling tools. Sure, they’re great for down and dirty lower thirds, but I always end up wanting to animate certain elements of a line of text or some graphics using a dedicated titler or motion graphics package. Using Premiere Pro, you can use dynamic link to get material from After Effects into Premiere Pro. Why not? After Effects is the single greatest tool for creating dynamic titles and motion graphics.

Most people looking to import text or graphics into Premiere Pro probably send the clip or clips to After Effects via the Replace with After Effects Composition command. I’m all about ease of use, and this is a pretty easy way to get this work done. However, there is one issue: I do not like text applied to my clip, I prefer to have text and graphics as separate entities. It gives me more flexibility to make changes to clips without having to redo the text and graphics. Other post-production workflows might require this for various reasons, as well.

How do you create text and graphics on their own so that they are not applied to the clip? You can use this trick:

  1. Edit an Adjustment Layer or Transparent Video  in a track above the clip.
  2. Right click (Windows) or Ctrl-click (Mac OS) on the clip or clips and choose “Replace with After Effects Composition.”
  3. Once in After Effects, create the text and/or graphics treatment.
    1. If you are using Transparent Video, delete that layer in After Effects
    2. If you are using an Adjustment Layer, it is not necessary to delete it.
  4. Save the After Effects composition.
  5. The text and/or graphics are now visible in the Premiere Pro sequence.

You now have a method for getting text and graphics into Premiere Pro using After Effects with the advantage of having them as separate clips, not embedded into clips.