I have been using Premiere Pro CS4 for three or four years. As I take on more ambitious projects, I have begun learning AE as well, since it offers many capabilities that PP alone doesn't.
I am puzzled about how best to use the two programs, since much of their functionality overlaps.
I typically import my raw footage from the camera into PP and do the basic editing and tweaking as required. I record the audio separately, so I import and sync the audio into PP as well.
I generally shoot in front of a green screen, key out the green, drop the background in, then add titles during the stream.
I have done all this in PP up to this point, but I am looking for the most efficient way to integrate the two applications. It seems to me that rendering a PP project that is linked to AE content takes a lot longer than I am accustomed to.
Can anyone shed any light on the best way to take advantage of the strengths of both programs together?
If you're happy with the chroma key you get, I wouldn't change a thing. Oh, maybe I'd make an animated lower-third background or some classy-looking backgrounds in AE. But if it ain't broke, don't fix it.