7 Replies Latest reply: Apr 7, 2013 4:30 AM by RalphDCW RSS

    Can't export an After Effects project as an Adobe Premiere Pro project

    RalphDCW Community Member

      I've created a really simple After Effects composition (Comp 1): One animated text layer that uses the Animate In - Straight in By Word Preset.

       

      I tried File - Export - Adobe Premier Pro Project.

       

      But when I open the new file in Adobe Premier Pro,  I get the following message:

       

      The preset used by one of more sequences in this project requires third-party components that could not be located. These sequences will be modified to use a custom sequence setting instead. To continue editing using the original preset, quit the application without saving the project, re-install any third-party components that are required and reopen the project. OK

       

      When I press OK I just get an empty Premier Pro Workspace. Comp 1 appears in the Project box - but that's it!

       

      I do have some 3rd party components. They are all in a folder in Animation Presets beside the official folder called Presets. But the Preset I've used is a standard Adobe Preset - nothing third party. I also wondered if the problem was the text? - but I've tried it in Arial and Helvetica and still get the same message.

       

      PS. The reason I wanted to try this message was to see if layer under the text would be transparent - please let me know if there is a better/alternative way of doing this?

        • 1. Re: Can't export an After Effects project as an Adobe Premiere Pro project
          Dave LaRonde Community Member

          please let me know if there is a better/alternative way of doing this?

           

          Yeah:  Use the AE Render Queue for your AE comp.  Rewnder it in the media container and codec of your choice.  Import the file into Premiere.  Done.

          • 2. Re: Can't export an After Effects project as an Adobe Premiere Pro project
            RalphDCW Community Member

            Hi Dave

             

            Thanks for getting back to me. I've looked at the choices for Render Settings and Output Module in the Render Queue. I'm confused about the options.

             

            As I said, all I'm looking for is the easiest way to create something in After Effects that I can transfer to Premier Pro so that it has a transparent background that shows the lower layers.

             

            My current solution is to create two movies in After Effects: 1. Coloured text on a white background. 2. The same text coloured black on a white background (the mask layer). Then I place both movies in the Premier Pro timeline with the mask layer on top. Then I add a Track Matte Key to the lower layer with the Matte set to the mask above. This works fine but I just wondered if there was a more direct solution.

             

            I would appreciate it if you would let me know:

             

            1. If your suggestion of rendering using a different media container / codec is quicker and easier for importing After Effects into Premier Pro with a transparent background? And if so, can you give me an example of which media container & codec will do the trick?

             

            2. Back to my original question: Even if exporting an After Effects project as an Adobe Premier Pro Project doesn't actually solve my problem of needing a transparent background, does it work at all? Because it seems to me that my test (single text layer with one single Adobe Preset Text effect applied) is about as simple as you can get with After Effects. So it that doesn't output to Premier Pro, what can?

            • 3. Re: Can't export an After Effects project as an Adobe Premiere Pro project
              Rick Gerard MVP

              There is no need to set up your project to give you two files. Either render to a codec that supports an aplya chanel or open the AE project directly in Premier Pro. You do need matching versions to do this. CS6 AE and CS6 PPro. I would not export the AE project as a PPro project, I would add your AE project to PPro.

              • 4. Re: Can't export an After Effects project as an Adobe Premiere Pro project
                Fuzzy Barsik Community Member
                1. If your suggestion of rendering using a different media container / codec is quicker and easier for importing After Effects into Premier Pro with a transparent background? And if so, can you give me an example of which media container & codec will do the trick?

                E.g. PNG, TGA, which are installed with Adobe Suite and available as both image sequence and QuickTime movie. UT Video, DNxHD, ProRes (Mac only) requires separate installation and available in either AVI (UT Video on a PC) or MOV container. Etc.

                2. Back to my original question: Even if exporting an After Effects project as an Adobe Premier Pro Project doesn't actually solve my problem of needing a transparent background, does it work at all? Because it seems to me that my test (single text layer with one single Adobe Preset Text effect applied) is about as simple as you can get with After Effects. So it that doesn't output to Premier Pro, what can?

                When you export your AE project as PrPro project, PrPro tries its best to convert keyframes, effects and everything else in the same way as if you copy and paste an AE layer into PrPro sequence. However, it can't convert to anything those things, which do not exist in PrPro. See this and that help sections.

                 

                See also this help section on rendering.

                 

                As Rick said, aside from rendering your AE composition you can use Dynamic Link so as to bring your AE compositions into PrPro project. Although you can import into PrPro project AE compositions from different Suite versions, so that Dynamic Link would work as a two way road (i.e. so that you would be able to send a clip or a group of clips from your Timeline in PrPro project into AE via Dynamic Link) you need matching versions of PrPro and AE. What is more, prior to CS6 Adobe Dynamic Link requires Production Premium or Master Collection installed. Since CS6 you need just PrPro and AE.

                • 5. Re: Can't export an After Effects project as an Adobe Premiere Pro project
                  RalphDCW Community Member

                  Brilliant!

                   

                  Many many thanks.

                   

                  I've always had the Master Collection but somehow I've failed to spot/grasp/understand Dynamic Link. I've now tried it - its so easy and so quick - and solves all my problems! I can't believe how many hours I've wasted exporting and importing the old fashioned way!

                   

                  So thank you Fuzzy for your detailed explanations but in particular for mentioning the key phrase: Dynamic Link. Because without it I wouldn't have grasped what Rick Gerard (no offence to him) meant when he advised me to "open the AE project directly in Premier Pro".

                   

                  On a very minor note, having read through your three help sections, I still can't see why I got the error message that originally prompted this discussion. But it doesn't matter because I now absolutely don't care! With Dynamic Link, who needs File - Export - Adobe Premier Pro Project anyway?

                   

                  Cheers

                  • 6. Re: Can't export an After Effects project as an Adobe Premiere Pro project
                    Fuzzy Barsik Community Member

                    PrPro doesn't have such thing as a text layer. What you can create in PrPro Titler is a different story. That's why you get an empty sequence in your PrPro project.

                     

                    For better understanding, when it is wise to rely on Dynamic Link and when - on a digital intermediate, see this thread in PrPro Forum. Pay attention to Todd's comments.

                    • 7. Re: Can't export an After Effects project as an Adobe Premiere Pro project
                      RalphDCW Community Member

                      Hi Fuzzy

                       

                      Thanks for enlightening me about the text layer

                       

                      Re. Dynamic Link.

                      I've now read the whole thread on: PPro with AE dynamic links slow to render. I now realise that Dynamic Link isn't always the golden panacea. I suspect that it won't be a problem for me with my use of After Effects because my simple effects only take seconds to render. So even if Premiere Pro doubles the time that won't be an issue. On the other hand, if I do discover that Dynamic Link makes render times intolerably long then I'll have to render the After Effects comps in After Effects - but using one of the techniques you describe in Post 4  - so I can import After Effects movies with a transparent background.