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An Introduction to Adobe Dynamic Link

The principal goal with Dynamic Link is to minimize time lost from rendering or exporting. The beauty of Dynamic Link is that you can pass elements between applications in the Creative Suite and minimize your need to create extra media and renders. The functionality exists between several applications but behaves a little differently depending on the pair of apps being used. Dynamic Link is currently supported by the following Adobe products:

  • After Effects
  • Audition
  • Encore

Linking to and from Adobe After Effects

There are several ways to integrate Adobe Premiere Pro and After Effects to easily exchange projects in both directions. This seamless ability to exchange files is driven by the role each application serves. After Effects provides Adobe Premiere Pro with advanced titling, compositing, and special effects. Adobe Premiere Pro adds robust audio controls and video capture to After Effects. Here are a few workflows worth trying.

You can work with After Effects in three general ways.

  • Replace with After Effects Composition. You can select clips in a sequence and then choose File > Adobe Dynamic Link > Replace with After Effects Composition. The clips are exchanged with After Effects, and a new linked composition is created. We explore this workflow in Chapter 12.
  • New After Effects Composition. If you need a blank canvas (for example, to create an animated title), you can choose File > Adobe Dynamic Link > New After Effects Composition. An empty composition will open in After Effects. Save your content in After Effects when you’re done, and the Adobe Premiere Pro link will update the content in your project or sequence. We explore this workflow in Chapter 13, “Creating Titles.”
  • Import After Effects Composition. In Adobe Premiere Pro you can choose File > Adobe Dynamic Link > Import After Effects Composition to bring an After Effects composition into an Adobe Premiere Pro project. Once added, the After Effects composition will look and behave like any other clip. If you make changes in After Effects, they’ll automatically update in the Adobe Premiere Pro sequence.

You can work with Adobe Premiere Pro material in After Effects in two ways.

  • New Premiere Pro Sequence. This creates an empty “clip” in After Effects. You can switch to Adobe Premiere Pro and add multiple files and even tracks into the sequence. When you switch back to Adobe Premiere Pro, you can treat the clip as a single video file. Any updates in Adobe Premiere Pro will appear in After Effects as well.
  • Import Premiere Pro Sequence. In After Effects, you can choose File > Adobe Dynamic Link > Import Premiere Pro Sequence. This allows you to use a sequence as a single layer in your After Effects composition without having to render or export. If you make any changes in Adobe Premiere Pro, they will be automatically reflected in your After Effects comps.

Linking to and from Adobe Encore

As you finish your work, one common distribution format is disc, either DVD or Blu-ray Disc. You can take any sequence and send it to Adobe Encore. Simply choose File > Adobe Dynamic Link > Send to Encore. This method allows you to pass a sequence to DVD, Blu-ray Disc, or Flash without having to render it first.

Encore will open and let you choose the kind of disc you’d like to make (Figure 4.24) as well as what sort of default transcoding you should do. Encore will also recognize chapter markers from the Adobe Premiere Pro sequence, which allows for more precise chapter markers. Similarly, you can dynamically link an After Effects composition to an Encore project.

Figure 4.24

Figure 4.24. In the Encore New Project window you can choose the type of disc you’d like to build as well as the basics for transcoding.

Linking to and from Adobe Audition

Starting with Adobe Production CS5.5, Adobe Audition is included in the suite. Check out Chapter 10, “Audio Mixing and Repair.” Adobe Audition permits adjustment fixes of single audio clips to Adobe Audition for multitrack mixing and audio restoration.

To send a single clip, select a clip either in the browser or in a sequence. Choose Edit > Edit in Adobe Audtion > Clip. The clip will be replaced by an extracted audio clip. There is also a method of sending a sequence (see Chapter 10) that isn’t a dynamic link.

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