Dynamic Linking with Adobe After Effects, Photoshop & Audition (Premiere Pro Tutorial)

Learn how to dynamic link from Adobe Premiere Pro to After Effects, Audition and Photoshop to create high quality video edits and effects.

Dynamic linking with adobe Premiere Pro

One of the best features of Adobe software is the fact that you can use dynamic links between different programs. What does that mean? Well it means that I can import projects from another program into Premiere Pro and alter them in the original project without causing any problems in Premiere Pro.

Linking with Adobe After Effects

One of the most common uses for dynamic linking is with Adobe After Effects. Often times Premiere Pro isn’t strong enough to track something or you need to use advanced effects or masking so you want to bring your shot into After Effects. A first tip is to always duplicate your shot in your timeline before bringing it to After Effects. That way you always keep an original video clip in case something goes wrong or needs to be altered. Right click on the duplicate and select replace with after effects composition. This will bring the shot into After Effects.

From within After Effects you can apply effects to your clip or track a text on it for example. If you do that last thing, make sure to dissable the original video layer so that only the tracked text is visible before saving. If you then open Premiere again, the linked file will only contain the text. That way you can still colorgrade your original video clip in Premiere.

The best part about this is when you move back over to After Effects, apply some changes and save it, it will automatically apply those changes to the linked file in Premiere Pro. And that’s dynamic linking!

Linking with Adobe Photoshop

If you’re working with character introductions, like we’ve done in the past, you most likely want a nice freeze frame. You can export a freeze frame with the export frame button in the program monitor. Import this png in your project panel, right click on it and edit it in Adobe Photoshop.

In Photoshop duplicate your screenshot, then disable the bottom layer. Then you can use the subject select tool and if it’s not that good, use the select and mask option to refine the edges of your selected mask. Once done, save it as a PSD file. Import the Photoshop file into Premiere Pro and it will have a transparent background. So now you can place anything underneath it if needed. If anything needs to be altered, make the changes in Photoshop and save it again. They will automatically be applied to the linked file in Premiere Pro.

Linking with Adobe Audition

Adobe Audition is mostly used for editing audio or placing effects on it. What I like to use it for is the ability to extend or shorten music clips. So if you’re editing your video to a music track and it appears to be too short or too long, go over to the edit menu and edit the sequence in Audition. Then in Audition, select the music track go to the remix tab and enable the remix, then make it the desired duration and it will do it’s best to create it. Keep in mind that it will duplicate or cut repetitive parts from the song. So if it contains vocals these can be cut too.

Once done, save your file and export it to Premiere Pro as a stereo mixdown. Then in Premiere Pro, import the XML file and add it to your sequence.

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