Hey guys, wanted to see how your workflow would go under these circumstances...
1- Editing something in PP
2- then needing to add special effects like a muzzle flash and bullet impacts in AE
3- then needed to add sound FX for the gunfire and newly created VFX in PP
4- Finally being fine tuned color graded in Speedgrade.
How would your workflow go to accomplish something like this? I understand you could just render it every step of the process, but that doesn't seem efficient and quality could get bad (?) I also know you can use DL to connect it from PP to AE, but would you be able to do this for step 3 of the process without rendering? Any help is appreciated.
So you would use dynamic link to take the Edited PP into AE, then add the effects, and would you then render it? Or are you able to now take the AE comp and through dynamic link bring it back into PP with all the new VFX?
So you would use dynamic link to take the Edited PP into AE, then add the effects
No, no. I'd do it for each clip individually that required effects. Right click>Replace with After Effects Composition.
I think I get it... Really there are two main ways to do it...
Jim, you suggest making the tweaks to the clips in AE (assuming I know exactly what part of each clip I am using), then inserting them into my PP sequence.
Or, you can make a sequence in PP use DL to bring it into AE and add the FX, render it in a Lossless Codec, and then bring it back into PP.
Is this correct, or am I still a little confused?
Edit your project in PP as normal. For any clips that need effects in AE, right click on that clip in the sequence and choose Replace with After Effects Composition. This loads that clip in AE and keeps it Dynamically Linked to PP. So any changes you make to that clip in AE show up automatically in PP, no export or intermediate files necessary.
If you start from PrPro, the best way is to select a clip or a group of clips in PrPro timeline, right-click and chose 'Replace with AE Composition'. Bear in mind, you should take care of handles. See e.g. this workaround.
Very good idea on duplicating the layer and expanding it to keep the transitions! So you suggest right clicking in the PP sequence on the clip and chosing "replace with AE Comp" (same as what Jim said), then you would just render that AE comp after you are done and replace the original PP clip with the new AE Comp (instead of dynamic linking the AE Comp back into PP). Correct?
Correct answer is to plan your workflow. If your PrPro project contains just several simple AE compositions, you don't have to render digital intermediates. If those comps are complex ones, render DIs out of AE and replace dynamically linked comps with them.