How To Use Adobe After Effects With Premiere Pro

Adobe After Effects and Premiere Pro are robust software applications for editing videos and creating special effects. Although they have their separate capabilities, they integrate seamlessly together. This blog post will provide you with instructions on how to utilize Adobe After Effects in conjunction with Premiere Pro.

Step 1: Start Your Project in Premiere Pro

Begin by creating your video project in Premiere Pro. Set your sequence settings, import your raw footage, and complete your basic edits. This includes cutting your footage, adding transitions, and syncing audio.

Step 2: Dynamic Linking

Once you’re ready to add special effects, it’s time to switch to Adobe After Effects. Instead of exporting your Premiere Pro project and importing it into After Effects, you can use a feature called Dynamic Link. Dynamic Link allows the two programs to work together seamlessly.

To use Dynamic Link, right-click on the clip you want to send to After Effects. From the dropdown menu, choose Replace with After Effects Composition. This will automatically open After Effects if it’s not already open, and your selected clip will be ready to edit.

Step 3: Edit in After Effects

Now that your clip is in After Effects, you can use any of the program’s features to add special effects. This could include things like motion tracking, green screen keying, 3D effects, or advanced color grading.

Step 4: Save and Return to Premiere Pro

Once you’re finished editing in After Effects, save your project. This will automatically update the clip in Premiere Pro. You’ll see your After Effects edits whenever you play your Premiere Pro project.

// To save in After Effects:
File -> Save -> Save As -> Give your project a name -> Save

This process can be repeated as many times as necessary throughout your project. You can dynamically link multiple clips, or even entire sequences, from Premiere Pro to After Effects.

Step 5: Export Your Final Project

When you’re completely finished with your editing and special effects work, return to Premiere Pro to export your final project. Premiere Pro is the better program for final exports because it has more format options and is more efficient.

// To export in Premiere Pro:
File -> Export -> Media -> Choose your format and settings -> Export


That’s it! You’ve just learned how to use Adobe After Effects with Premiere Pro. By using Dynamic Link, you can easily move between the two programs and take advantage of the unique features in each. Happy editing!