I am doing a video project now where one of my goals is to learn proper video editing. I will make some effects in After Effects, but will doing the cut in Premiere. I know these softwares will be a good synergy, but I have a question about the process. Should I fix all the clips with different effects (some keyframe animations etc.) in After Effects first, and then import into Premiere? Or should I do everything in Premiere first, and then do the rest in After Effects? What would be the best approach for this?

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Use Dynamic Link. This feature has been introduced by Adobe speficically to make it easiert to work with Premiere Pro and After Effects in combination. With dynamic link, you can replace clips in Premiere Pro with After Effects compositions and have them updated in the Premiere Pro project whenever you make changes to the composition in After Effects. You can also import existing After Effects compositions from After Effects project files or create a new one from within Premiere Pro and use them as assets in your Premiere Pro project, in the same way you can work with media assets.

(Note: I'm assuming you have a Creative Cloud subscription. If you use older versions of the programs, dynamic link might not be available.)

  • Dynamic link has been available since CS.
    – stib
    Commented Jun 24, 2015 at 6:02
  • introduced in cs4.
    – p2or
    Commented Jun 24, 2015 at 7:45
  • Note that dynamic link requires a beefy computer because you have both applications open at the same time.
    – kazanaki
    Commented Jun 25, 2015 at 12:45

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