7 Replies Latest reply: Jul 5, 2012 2:31 AM by lasvideo RSS

    dynamic link and precomps

    WebOfWebs Community Member

      Maybe this should be in PPro forum - sorry if its wrong.

       

      I've finished my PPro project and all is looking good. But there is one clip i'd like to work on it AE. So i did "replace with AE comp", worked on my AE project, saved and closed.

      and all is good.

       

      However, now i've tried more advanced work,

      so i opened the AE project, did a few things, made a precomp, did a few more things, etc

      saved and closed.

       

      But PPro is still only getting the original comp.

      All the subsequent work on the nested comps do not show up.

      (the final comp is fine if i render it out, but i dont want that in PPro as i loose opacity)

       

      How do i get PPro to see my final comp ?

       

      (soory if any terminology is wrong)

        • 1. Re: dynamic link and precomps
          cfg_2451 Community Member

          WebOfWebs wrote:


          But PPro is still only getting the original comp.

          All the subsequent work on the nested comps do not show up.

          (the final comp is fine if i render it out, but i dont want that in PPro as i loose opacity)

           

          How do i get PPro to see my final comp ?

           

          Sounds like you haven't yet imported your new nested composition into PPro. In PPro File...Adobe Dynamic Link...Import AE composition and select the new composition. Your new comp will show up as an asset in the project panel. Drag it to your timeline and you should see it. You may want to delete the old comp off the timeline and replace it with the new one.

          • 2. Re: dynamic link and precomps
            lasvideo Community Member

            Web, what version of PrP are you using?

            Another way to do this is to open PrP, then select the AE DL clip, then select Edit Original. Then make your changes and save. Tab back to PrP and it should update.

             

            CFG, he doesnt need to import anything in PrP. Thats the beauty of dynamic linking. In CS6 if I open up and exiisting AE project that is DL, any changes I make will show up when I bootup PrP.

            • 3. Re: dynamic link and precomps
              cfg_2451 Community Member

              lasvideo wrote:

               

              CFG, he doesnt need to import anything in PrP. Thats the beauty of dynamic linking. In CS6 if I open up and exiisting AE project that is DL, any changes I make will show up when I bootup PrP.

               

              If it's an old comp that's already been imported, then yes, that's true. If it's a new comp that hasn't yet been imported, even if it's in the same AE project, then you have to import it. It's not dynamically linked until it's imported.

              • 4. Re: dynamic link and precomps
                Rick Gerard MVP

                You've got a saving error somewhere in your workflow or you're working on the wrong comp in AE. There's no magic going on. There's no way that an edited comp that's nested in another composition or project is going to not reflect the changes. PPro cannot point to a composition that doesn't exist.

                 

                The only thing that could possibly be going on is that a Preview generated by PPro is being played back instead of the AE comp. Delete the preview and you will be good to go.

                 

                From PPro, select a clip, Open in AE

                     AE asks you to save the composition then opens up the clip as a comp. You can add as many elements inside AE as you want. You can add as many additional clips or groups of clips from PPro as you like. You just need to make sure that you are editing the right composition in AE. Save the AE project. Save the PPro project, and the next time you open AE and make a change, when you open PPro the change will be there. It can't work any other way.

                 

                From AE, Create a composition then import the comp into PPro and use it in a timeline. The same thing holds here. If you're editing the right composition, the one that's in the timeline, then the changes will show up.

                 

                If you fail to save along the way, or you are not editing the right composition then Dynamic link won't work. It's as simple as that.

                • 5. Re: dynamic link and precomps
                  lasvideo Community Member

                  "so i opened the AE project, did a few things, made a precomp, did a few more things, etc

                  saved and closed."

                   

                  CFG:

                   

                  Well, based on my interpretation of what is being said here, it sounds like he opened the exiting DL project, made changes and saved it. If he saved it to the existing file then hes fine. If he saved it under a NEW file name, then you are right, there is no link.

                  • 6. Re: dynamic link and precomps
                    WebOfWebs Community Member

                    Solution ++++

                    Heres what i've discovered: When doing a dynamic link from PP to AE,

                    PP will link to the default comp thats automatically created. Any other comps created (precomps) are ignored.

                     

                    When i chose File->import->my AE project, i was presented with a list of Comps and i could choose the final comp. But this defeats the benefits of directly 'dynamic' linking as far as i can see.

                     

                    So this is another example of Adobe releasing unfinished software. The correct method (programming) is there, in File-Import, but its not accessible where you'd want it, in some kind of DynamicLinking Update/options.

                     

                    For the oldtimers: this is version cs6, none of the projects were saved with new names, updating in PP does work for the original comp only. This precomp failure has been recreated in new projects.

                     

                    THanks all.

                    • 7. Re: dynamic link and precomps
                      lasvideo Community Member

                      Heres what i've discovered: When doing a dynamic link from PP to AE,

                      PP will link to the default comp thats automatically created. Any other comps created (precomps) are ignored.

                       

                      From my expereince dynamic link works as designed by Adobe. I think you minsunderstand the way dynamic link operates. The link is made to the inital clip you select and send to AE.

                       

                      If you create other versions, they will not automatically be DL. Whait I do is import those new AE versions ( with different name ) into the project and put them on the timeline. I then have crated a new DL for that new version.

                       

                      If you are having failures, something might be problematic with your work flow.