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  • PPro CS4 undo dynamic link to AE?

    Posted by Jim Arco on April 21, 2010 at 4:26 am

    For some of my projects, I do editing in Premiere Pro CS4, then choose all the clips in a given scene and FILE > DYNAMIC LINK > REPLACE WITH AE COMP. I can color grade, add effects, and tweak in After Effects CS4 and the results show up in PPro. (Yeah, there’s a performance hit even on my Core i7 with 12g of RAM. I still don’t understand why it sometimes takes Dynamic Link longer than if I exported the sequence from AE and imported it into PPRo. But I’ll address that question when I’m not up against a deadline.)

    Right now I need to undo the dynamic link and get all my original clips back in the PPro timeline so that they can be re-worked to accommodate a bit of a change in direction from the client. Of course, I could make a list of the clips from the After Effects comp and then import them into the Premiere timeline, trim them, and rearrange them in the Premiere timeline to match my original edit. But there are over 70 clips (40-minutes total) that have been carefully trimmed and rearranged.

    I haven’t found it in the help files but surely there is a command or menu that allows me get my original timeline back in Premiere?

    Santosh Reddy replied 10 years, 11 months ago 4 Members · 6 Replies
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  • Alex Udell

    April 23, 2010 at 9:44 pm


    there is no uncollapse.

    this is a gotcha of the workflow….

    always always save a safety version of your sequence before you start dynamic linking…otherwise you get stuck.

    Check your autosave projects and pull a sequence from one that was before you sent to AE….



  • Jim Arco

    April 24, 2010 at 2:00 am

    Thanks Alex.

    I hadn’t thought of autosave. (Still, it seems like a real oversight that there is no uncollapse. After all, After Effects knows exactly how the clips are sequenced and trimmed.)


  • Taryn Graham

    May 12, 2010 at 3:20 am

    i know it’s too late…

    but i had this same problem and found that if you copy the sequence from the project tab and then open a new project and paste the file in there, it’ll open up like nothing happened.

  • Jim Arco

    May 13, 2010 at 12:30 pm

    Thanks for taking the time to respond. It’s not really too late, I have other projects that might need the technique one day.

    I followed your directions, but I must be doing something wrong. In my project, I go to the project tab, copy the sequence, open a new project and click on the project tab. When I paste the sequence into a new project, I just get the linked material on the timeline. I would like to get my original edited timeline back.

    I am using CS4.


  • Taryn Graham

    May 17, 2010 at 10:09 pm


    maybe i just got lucky? i’m using cs4 as well. did you use shortcuts? i didn’t, maybe that could help.

    you’re not clicking anything in the timeline right?
    i clicked the sequence name in the project tab, then clicked edit, copy from the toolbar. i didn’t close the project but just clicked open new project. it opened a new window and i simply clicked edit, paste and it was there unlinked.

    sorry if this doesn’t work for you!

  • Santosh Reddy

    December 16, 2012 at 2:22 pm

    Just copy all the layers in after effects and open premiere, go to starting frame and paste it.

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