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Better Dynamic Link functionality [Premiere Pro & After Effects]

New Here ,
Dec 20, 2022 Dec 20, 2022

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I use dynamic link all the time. When it works it's magic, but when it doesn't it costs a lot of time and energy to correct.

 

There are a few simple things that I think are critical to making it better:

 

1. Basic organization, renaming & project selection functions when selecting "Replace with After Effects Composition"

When you're working in a large project (or lots of small sequences in one premiere project) it's easy to rack up a LOT of dynamic linked files. They are all named generically and incrementally. You can't set any preferences to name it after a sequence, or to input a custom name when creating the file. It means that you're always on the back foot when keeping your projects organised.

Likewise, you aren't able to nominate behaviour like dropping the linked files in a bin in AE, so the AE project becomes unwieldy *very* quickly unless you stay on top of it manually.

 

On the Premiere side, when you Replace with AE Comp, the only behaviour is to either dump the new composition in whatever project is open in AE or, if no project is open AE will create a new project and dump your premiere files into it. It would be great if you could assign a project (or simply offer a prompt) so you don't accidentally create linked comps in the wrong AE file, and especially when no AE file is open it would be great for AE to prompt you with a dialogue box asking whether to open an existing project first or to create a new one.

 

2. Allow for universal project updating between AE and premiere.

AE and premiere projects are not backwards compatible with prior versions of the software. This means whenever you update your Adobe version you currently need to separately update the AE project and manually re-link your assets inside your premiere project.

If you don't, the project will play back in premiere fine until you want to edit a dynamic linked file, at which point you're usually prompted by the latest version of AE that your project must be converted to be opened. This creates a new version of the AE project but it doesn't update the relationships to all your linked comps in premiere and if you're in a hurry you can easily end up managing two (or more) versions of AE linked comps with different changes applied to different versions of the project.

 

Premiere would benefit greatly from a conform option that automatically updates and relinks your AE comps to the newest version of AE.

 

3. Offline Media notifications for linked AE clips (not comps!) inside Premiere

When you're working between multiple machines it's easy to get offline media coming up as drive letters get swapped or projects change directories. Re-linking the files in premiere doesn't re-link the files in After Effects and there's no notification built into premiere to say a file has gone offline INSIDE your linked comp.

Sometimes, this is obvious because your premiere media goes offline and you also see colour bars pop up in your current sequence indicating your AE files are also offline. You relink in premiere, then you open AE and relink in that. But sometimes it's less obvious -- files go offline in after effects but *not* in premiere. This may mean a sequence you've completed and isn't top of mind is suddenly missing assets, or a large sequence you're working on is missing one or two assets deep inside the timeline and it isn't immediately clear there's a problem.

Having a notification in premiere or a way to audit your project that identifies when clips INSIDE your linked comps have gone offline would be extremely useful, too.

 

4. Better Media Encoder functionality.

 

Media Encoder doesn't like dynamically linked clips at all. Sometimes it works fine, sometimes it creates glitches, sometimes files go offline midway through the encoding process. Motion Blur seems to be more miss than hit.  All these behaviours are unpredictable.

 

Render & Replace is another option but it isn't encouraged, notified, or an option when exporting, so you can easily spend a long time encoding a file only to come back and discover offline errors, glitches, or other anomalies that aren't present in the Premiere project.

 

I don't know what the solution is here - but it would be nice to have a more bullet proof means of exporting clips without having to identify any dynamic linked comps, replace them with an intermediate render and then send to media encoder.

 

5. Better offline functionality.

After effects crashes during dynamic link frequently. It's getting better but it's still an issue. I don't know how dynamic link works but when the link goes down ALL your linked comps abruptly go offline inside of Premiere & you need to relink them. Sometimes it's simple, sometimes it's a giant pain depending on the amount of AE projects are linked (see project management above) and how the files are named (see also: above).  If you save your project after AE crashes & relaunch your Premiere project, the offline linked comps are saved in an offline state and don't automatically relink.

 

Instead of the comps appearing offline and losing their directory linking in the process, in the instance of a crash it would be far preferable to have a different function occur -- the comps bring up an alert but are NOT offline in premiere, giving you the chance to refresh, or save and restart without having to re-link your files.

 

These aren't big picture ideas, just functionality improvements to make the experience less frustrating when things (as they do) go wrong & to help keep projects neat and tidy so they can be properly managed.

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Crash , Editing , Export , Performance , User interface or workspaces

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6.  Don't create duplicates of a file every time it gets brought into AE

 

Sometimes you'll use the same clip or image across multiple dynamically linked comps.  AE currently brings in the file an additional time every time you create a new dynamic linked comp.  This means you can end up with four, five, or more duplicates of the same file cluttering up your AE project.  When a file is set to the same location on the drive, I don't see the benefit in having duplicates of it appearing in AE.

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