4 Replies Latest reply on Mar 11, 2009 1:04 AM by (Jack_Daubs)

    Importing Premiere Pro project into After Effects ???

    fredou_79 Level 1
      When I import a Premiere Pro project into After Effects, it splits every shot onto a new track, ending up with a couple of hundred tracks at the end.

      Is there a way to avoid this ?

      Particularly, since I'd want to keep the option of bringing the project file back in Premiere for further editing.

      My colorist suggested that I nest reels of my timeline and split it that way so that when he imports it he has nests on one timeline and the multiple tracks in each of those nests. Still, this feel very clunky.
        • 1. Re: Importing Premiere Pro project into After Effects ???
          Andrew Yoole MVP & Adobe Community Professional
          Thats the way AE works, sorry - strictly one footage element per layer. Your colorist's suggestion sounds like a good workaround to me.
          • 2. Re: Importing Premiere Pro project into After Effects ???
            Mylenium Most Valuable Participant
            As Andrew said - "as designed". AE is layer based (which is what you see), not track-based. Editing and trimming stuff to AE merely means that you cut off a layers visibility or content for processing, beyond that there is no relation of the temporal layout of elements on the timeline per se. Nesting is advisable of course, but if you are on CS4, you should also consider actually linking your Premiere project via Dynamic Link. this will keep it all in one layer per sequence. You'd still have to render the result and replace the modified clips in Premiere, but it may provide a slight improvement, even more so, as it would update any last minute changes you may make in Premiere when you open the project this way in AE....

            • 3. Re: Importing Premiere Pro project into After Effects ???
              Level 1
              Did you see Stu Maschwitz's ProLost blog post?

              • 4. Re: Importing Premiere Pro project into After Effects ???
                Level 1
                An editor at work was using our Avid to do a grade on a short promo and I
                wanted to see what I could do in After Effects. So when he was out of the
                office I exported the timeline as an AAF and copied the OMFI media. When I
                brought the project into After Effects I ended up with a massive number of
                layers and freaked at first at the idea of doing anything with it.

                However I thought about it again and decided to precompose all the layers,
                as this gave me just one layer to work with. I then added a couple of
                Adjustment Layers above it; one with a Levels effect added and the other
                with HSL. I also added Masks to the Adjustment Layers so I could vignette
                any effect.

                The key to working like this was to use Hold Keyframes at the beginning of
                each new shot for each effect, Mask Shape and Feather. I could then adjust
                that shot, scrub to the next shot add new Hold Keyframes adjust that shot
                and so on. When I wanted to repeat any effect settings on a shot, I just cut
                and pasted the relevant keyframes. Mixes across shots can be tricky but you
                can always go back to work with the original shots on their separate layers
                if you need to.

                I ended up with a quick grade that stood up nicely against the one done on
                the Avid and I only had work with 3 layers on my timeline!