Premiere Pro driven After Effects Templates
Using the techniques in this video tutorial you’ll be able to control any keyframable parameter in After Effects from the Effect Controls panel inside of Premiere. Learn how to create extremely user-friendly After Effects templates that can be used in Premiere without even starting After Effects! These techniques use features added in the 2014.2 version, so make sure to update your software.
Update: Since I wrote this article, Adobe has introduced MOGRTs, Motion Graphics Templates, which provide much better control.
Why drive After Effects templates from Premiere Pro?
Because you can edit faster when you don’t have to leave the UI of Premiere to change the look, timing, content etc. in the After Effects comp. Or because you can keep the number of After Effects comps to a minimum, saving resources and making updates and changes much easier.
Also, editors can use the templates without even knowing how to use After Effects. All they need is to have After Effects installed on their system. Everything is controlled from Premiere, so they’ll work in a very familiar environment.
When I make Motion Graphics Packages for my clients, I always make sure they can be driven from Premiere. Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you want to hire me for a job like this. I’ll need access to your logos, style guides, graphical elements and such. Below is a frame from a package I made for Norwegian Air Ambulance.
So what can you achieve with these techniques?
That’s entirely up to your imagination and your coding skills. 🙂 Basically, any parameter for any effect on any layer in any comp can be controlled from Premiere. Use your imagination!
Anything that’s keyframable in After Effects can also be controlled by expressions – and you can control expressions with text links from Premiere.
The two expressions I use the most in this tutorial are parseFloat and sourceRectAtTime. If you want to download a complete list of the expressions I used, you can download them here.
If you like these techniques, you may want to learn more about advanced editing techniques in Premiere Pro. Take a look at The Cool Stuff in Premiere Pro, where you’ll learn how to edit faster in Premiere Pro using advanced editing techniques.
If you want to learn more about expressions, I highly recommend MotionScript.com, where you can learn to create expressions from the expressions guru Dan Ebberts.
Update: Adam Hark built on this tutorial and shares his solution
Adam combined the parseFloat technique with the linear(time, 0,0,0,0) expression to control the duration of a type-on effect. Using this combination, the Premiere Pro user can change the text and the duration of the type-on. Clever stuff!
I made a sample After Effects project using Adam’s technique, and you can download it here.
This is how I’ve always hoped that this web page should work! I share something > you take it a step further > we share the new stuff > someone else takes it even further > we make the updates available – etc. Thanks Adam, for letting me share this.
Covered in the tutorial
- Scaling bars by entering numbers in Premiere
- Make a lower third background automatically scale with the text
- Making a logo automatically move to make room for text
- Examples of what can be done
- Turning layers on/off
- Aligning text
- Turning animations on/off
- Control Opacity of layers
- Control duration of animations and clips
- Changing color of layers
- Scaling 3D text
OK, it’s time for you to watch the video tutorial. Make sure you watch it in HD. Enjoy!