Advanced Video Editing

After Effects Workflow Instructions


You can go from Premiere into After Effects or the other way around.  It’s as simple as importing footage to your project.

There are three ways you can do this:

 1. Use Import

  • From After Effects, Right click in the Project Panel and choose Import > File.
  • You can then choose an Adobe Premiere project. When you open it, you can choose which sequence to use from the Premiere project. Choose it and when it comes into AE, it will retain all of the original properties it had when it was in Premiere.

The projects are also dynamically linked, meaning that when you update the Premiere project it will automatically update the version in AE.

  • From Premiere: In the Project Panel, right click Import  and find the AE project (which is a .aep file).


2. Copy and Paste.

  • Open both programs.
  • In Premiere, select footage in the timeline. Copy them.
  • Go to AE, select the timeline and just paste!

Note: the clips you copy from Premiere and paste into AE will be trimmed according to the way they were in Premiere. But when you paste the clips into AE, the clips will appear in the timeline at the same time they appear in the Premiere project. If the clips appear 20 seconds into Premiere, they’ll appear 20 seconds into AE. Therefore, the copy and paste method can be a bit clunky.


3. Use Adobe Premiere’s built-in replace function.

  • In Premiere, select the clips you want, then right click and choose Replace with After Effects Composition.

You will now have a new AE Composition that is linked dynamically to your Premiere project. Whilst in AE, apply whatever effects you want to the clips. When you go back to Premiere, you’ll find the same changes have been applied.

NOTE: In Premiere, you sometimes might want to duplicate the clips you select so that originals still appear in the timeline. Copy the clips and move them to the tracks above.