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Using Photoshop and After Effects to Enhance Your Video Projects

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This excerpt from Adobe Premiere Pro CS5 Classroom in a Book explores the unique integration between Adobe Premiere Pro, Photoshop and After Effects for powerful and timesaving techniques.

Replacing a clip with an After Effects composition

There are times when you’re editing an Adobe Premiere Pro project and you want to apply some special effects that are available in After Effects. You could create a new After Effects composition and import it into Adobe Premiere Pro with Adobe Dynamic link, but there is an even faster way to do it. You can convert a clip or clips on an Adobe Premiere Pro sequence to an Adobe After Effects composition right from the Timeline. Let’s give it a try:

  1. Open Lesson 19-3.prproj. This project already has the After Effects title sequence linked via Dynamic Link in the Video 2 track.

    You want to apply a special effect to the Behind_The_Scenes_SD.avi clip to make it look like bad TV reception. After Effects has this effect as a preset.

  2. Right-click the Behind_The_Scenes_SD.avi clip in the Practice sequence, and choose Replace With After Effects Composition.
  3. You will be prompted to name the new After Effects project. Name it writers bad tv.aep in the Lesson 19 folder, and click Save.
  4. Locate the Bad TV 2 – old effect in *Animation Presets > Image – Special Effects, and drag it to the Behind_the_Scenes_SD.avi clip.

    Without saving the After Effects composition, switch back to Adobe Premiere Pro, and notice the Bad TV 2 effect is applied to the writers clip. You may need to render the sequence in Adobe Premiere Pro to see it play back smoothly. This is a fast way to apply special Adobe After Effects effects to a clip in Adobe Premiere Pro.