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How to revert Dynamic Link with After Effects comp to original clip

A disabled copy of the clip above the dynamically linked clip provides an "escape hatch"

A disabled copy of the clip above the dynamically linked clip serves as an "undo"

On the Creative Cow Premiere Pro Basics forum, editor Gates Bradley ran into a common problem affecting Premiere Pro users that use After Effects via Dynamic Link.  Editor Jacob Kerns had the issue in the other Premiere Pro forum at Creative Cow. James Graham had the same issue on that forum, as well. This seems to be a common misunderstanding among Premiere Pro editors.

What is Dynamic Link first of all? Dynamic Link is the protocol that is used to translate clips and sequences between Adobe Premiere Pro, Encore, and After Effects. For example, you could replace a clip with an After Effects composition directly in the Premiere Pro timeline. The problem is that Gates and other users wish to get the Premiere Pro timeline back to its original state: before the clip was dynamically linked to an After Effects comp.

Why would he want to do this? After all, After Effects is the epitome of powerful software for video compositing. Well, there are times when you’ve gone far down the path of using After Effects with dynamically linked clip(s), and then you change your mind. Perhaps you wish to keep things simpler and rework the effect in Premiere Pro. Maybe you weren’t aware of the lowered playback performance of a dynamically linked After Effects comp in a Premiere Pro timeline. It’s also possible that a client comes in with a change that forces you to alter the shot well after you’ve started the project. For these cases (and others not mentioned here), you’ll sometimes need more than a simple “undo”, you’ll need a strategy to get you out from under Dynamic Link if you need to. Let’s take a look at some of the techniques to help you get there.

First and foremost, if you are working in a current project, you can simply choose Edit>Undo back in Premiere Pro after sending a clip to After Effects via Replace with After Effects Composition. Simple. The clip will be restored to its original state.

If you are beyond Edit>Undo, you can try one of the following:

  • Jeff Greenberg and Alex Udell offer that you can Edit>Copy the clip in After Effects and then Edit>Paste it back into the Premiere Pro timeline.
  • Tom Daigon recommends that you copy and paste the clip to an upper video track (and then go to Clip>Disable to turn it off) to act as a safety before you send the original clip to After Effects via Dynamic Link.
  • Ann Bens advises you to create a copy of the clip in the Project Panel for later use.
  • I suggest that you can delete the After Effects composition from the timeline, perform a matchframe using the audio portion of the clip, perform a mark clip, and then overwrite the clip back into the timeline.

With these pointers, you’re sure to be able to restore your timeline to its original state. Thanks to Colin Brougham, Jeff Greenberg, Alex Udell, Tom Daigon, and Ann Bens for their input on this topic.

Mouse Scroll Wheel Behavior in Adobe Premiere Pro

The scroll wheel on the mouse can be useful to speeding up workflow in Premiere Pro, that is, if you know how to use it. This is especially true if you are switching to Premiere Pro from another application. For example, Final Cut Pro editors are used to using the scroll wheel to move the timeline vertically to see more tracks. In Premiere Pro, the scroll wheel moves the timeline horizontally. This may seem disorienting at first, but you should know that you can use the mouse to scroll vertically. To do this, hover the pointer over the scroll bars in the timeline, then use the scroll wheel on the mouse to move the timeline vertically.

The scroll wheel has an additional function, and that is zooming in and out of the timeline. Sure you can type the = and – keys to zoom into and out of the timeline, but if you hold down ALT (Windows) or Option (Mac OS), and scroll with your mouse you can zoom in and out that way. Scrolling down with the modifier key enabled zooms out of the timeline while scrolling up zooms in.

Just a couple of tips for your scroll wheel that should save you time as you manipulate the timeline in Premiere Pro.

Using the Extend Edit Function in Adobe Premiere Pro CS5 & CS5.5

The extend edit function is available in most mature non-linear editing programs and Adobe Premiere Pro CS5 and CS5.5 is no exception. The way an extend edit works is to first place the the current time indicator (CTI) or playhead either before or after an existing edit, engage a keyboard command and then the edit point does a roll trim to the CTI or playhead. To clarify, an extend edit is merely a roll trim that is performed with the playhead and a keyboard shortcut. It’s really a time saving edit function that all should be familiar with.

Achieving an extend edit in Adobe Premiere Pro is very simple, however, you’ll have to customize the keyboard first in order to have access to the function in Premiere Pro CS5 (in Premiere Pro CS5.5, they are already set up for you, so the following steps are unnecessary).

Here’s how to set that up:

  1. Go to Edit > Keyboard Customization
  2. Ensure “Application” is chosen in the drop down menu.
  3. In the Keyboard Customization dialog, scroll down until you see Roll Next Edit to CTI and Roll Previous Edit to CTI.
  4. Select “Roll Previous Edit to CTI” by clicking on the name.
  5. Click once in the Shortcut field next to the command.
  6. Type “E” for extend.
  7. Repeat the process for Roll Next Edit to CTI, except use Shift + E for that command
  8. The Set command for the keyboard will now say [Custom]. You now have a custom set of shortcuts to customize as you see fit, name it by clicking the Save As button and then entering in a name for it.
  9. Click the OK button and the Keyboard Customization window closes.

Now that the keyboard has been properly set up, you’re all ready to go. Follow these steps to complete an extend edit:

  1. In the timeline, target the track(s) that you wish to do an extend edit.
  2. Move the CTI/playhead to a new position either before or after the existing edit point.
  3. Press E to extend an edit forward to the playhead or Press Shift + E to extend an edit backward to the playhead.
  4. Your extend edit is now complete.

This technique is the fastest way in the world to do a roll trim. It works great with audio tracks, as well.

Since we all have a need for a Roll trim in everyday editing practice, I encourage you to map your keyboard right now so that you’ll to be ready to use an extend edit in your next editing session. Doing an extend edit is far faster than reaching for the Rolling Edit tool and then clicking and dragging to make the trim.

Tip: If you target more than one track, the extend edit will function on all of those selected tracks. To see this in action, check out the following example:

Let’s say that I want to do a roll trim to line up the edit points on V2 and Title on V3 with the edit point of the clip on V1. First, I snap the CTI to the existing edit for the clip on V1. Then I select the V2 and V3 video tracks as shown:

Next, type Shift+E to Extend (or Roll) the edit point to where the CTI is positioned.

Note that all three edit points are now aligned quickly and perfectly. If the clip’s edit points are not aligned, one thing may have gone wrong: insufficient handle. An extend edit behaves just like a trim with the Rolling Edit tool and is also subject to the limits of media beyond the chosen in and out points, so be aware of that.

So, there you have it!  A great technique that is used by the pros every day. Because of this function, I rarely use the Rolling Edit tool to make roll edits. It’s just too slow if you know about the extend edit function! I find that the extend edit technique saves me a ton of time in trimming and manipulating edit points of clips, graphics, titles and audio and I hope it will do the same for you.

For more information about the extend edit function, check out this page on Adobe Premiere Pro Help. It’s also described in Help here, as well.

Update Feb. 11, 2011: Karl Soulé has just created a video tutorial for Extend Edit on Adobe TV. Check it out here.

Getting Started with CS Review in Premiere Pro CS5

Great New Feature for Client Reviews
More and more, editors are working in studios that may be far away from their clients. Be it cross town or half way around the world, we’ve all had a need for remote approval of our finished video sequences.

Remote approval has always been a pretty painful process of uploading and downloading compressed files with a lot of e-mails flying back and forth. Not very efficient, is it? I can tell you from personal experience, it isn’t.

Recently, a killer new feature sneaked into Premiere Pro CS5 (5.0.2) called CS Review. CS Review in Premiere Pro is the perfect solution for the problem I’ve just described, remote approval of your work. CS Review is one of a number “services” in the CS Live feature that are integrated into certain Adobe CS5 applications. This blog post aims to get you up and running with CS Review in Premiere Pro quickly and give you tips and resources on how to use this cool new feature.

How Does it Work?
CS Review has two major components: the online Web Client (located at and the Review Panel in Premiere Pro. After you’ve finished editing your sequence, you’ll create your Review using the Review Panel. You’ll encode your movie with Adobe Media Encoder and then send a link to the Review for your client.

On the web client will be a web page with a movie file is embedded into it and a side panel for comments. Your client opens the link, views the footage and then makes comments in different places in the movie. After your client completes making comments, they send an approval message back to you.

Back in Premiere Pro, you’ll be able to see the results right in the Review Panel with comments showing each place in the movie that needs a change. Click on a comment and the CTI snaps to the exact location of your comment, ready for you to make that change. Pretty dang nifty.

This video from Adobe Evangelist Terry White shows you the whole process on Adobe TV. It’s well worth checking out.

While the video is very informative, there are a few things to know before you get started with CS Review. The following section should clear up any problems you might encounter before trying out your first Review.

Getting Started

To get started in using CS Review in Premiere Pro, you’ll need to go through some important steps. The first of which is to update to Premiere Pro CS5 (5.0.2). CS Review didn’t exist until the 5.0.2 release so you definitely need to update. For instructions about how to update to Premiere Pro CS5.(5.0.2), go to this web page and follow the instructions.

Now that you’ve updated to Premiere Pro CS5 (5.0.2), you can begin to get access to CS Review. Click on the CS Live button in the upper left of the Premiere Pro interface. A menu will appear with some choices. Sign in with your Adobe ID by clicking on the link that says: “Sign In”. Don’t have an Adobe ID? Go here to here one. By the way, your client must also have an Adobe ID and Flash installed in their browser in order to participate in the Review, so be sure to alert them.

To create a Review, you’ll also need a CS Live ID. You should be able to do so within the CS Live tab. Click on “Create New Review” and you should see a “Welcome Screen”. Follow the steps in the Welcome Screen to create your CS Live ID.

If you are unable to create a CS Live ID from the Welcome Screen, do so from this link. You’ll need to register Premiere Pro from the link in order to take advantage of this feature. After registering, you’ll have access to CS Live for 12 months, free of charge.

There are a number of different ways you can begin a Review. If you want to create a new Review, you can click File > Create New Review. You can also access the Review Panel by clicking Window > Extensions > CS Review. Of course, you can also click the CS Live button in the upper left of the Premiere Pro interface and then click “Create New Review…” (right). Once you have your CS Live ID and have signed in, you can create your new Review.

Gotcha Notes: There may some gotchas preventing you from using CS Review. A number of users have reported the following problems.

  • Can’t sign in to CS Live? You may need to Quit Premiere Pro, restart the application, then sign in once more to CS Live. The second log in usually does the trick for log-in privileges.
  • Don’t have access to the Review Panel in Premiere Pro? You may need to sign in to CS Live, then sign out again from CS Live to have access to the Review Panel. Once you have done that, then the Review Panel in Premiere Pro should be enabled.
  • Clicked on the CS Live Tab and all it said was, “Learn More”? Click where it says, “Learn More” which will take you to the CS Live site online. Sign in with your Adobe ID and then go to the CS Review main section. In Premiere, click the Sign In option at the top of the CS Live option list and then sign in. Quit then restart Premiere. You should now have the CS Review Home and Create New Review under the CS Review options. If the techniques in the above section did not work, repeat the steps above until you have access.

Here’s a list of links that may be of help to you in finding more about CS Review in Premiere Pro CS5.

Premiere Pro Forum Post  – Troubleshooting CS Review
What is CS Review?
CS Review Forum
Adobe TV: Using CS Live
Adobe TV: Take a tour of the CS Review Web Client
Premiere Pro FAQ: CS Live

With these resources and advice above, you should have little trouble generating your first review using CS Review and Premiere Pro. Be sure to post any other issues or problems you may have in the comments section below so that others can be helped in creating their own Reviews.