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  • Grant Van Zutphen

    May 19, 2021 at 1:20 am

    All you need to do is change timeToTimecode to timeToCurrentFormat, like this:

    L = thisComp.layer(“your layer”);

  • Grant Van Zutphen

    April 26, 2021 at 2:02 pm

    This is a very delayed response to your original post, but if Adobe hasn’t addressed this issue since 2018, I believe you could resolve it using the HDMI Instant Lock feature on the Blackmagic Design Mini Converter SDI to HDMI 6G – detailed here in this video:

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  • Grant Van Zutphen

    March 29, 2021 at 1:25 pm

    I’ve found the best technique is to create a new adjustment layer above everything else in the comp and apply the Levels effect. This will clip only the highlights. Reduce the Input White value gradually and ensure the Output White value is identical to Input White. Keep reducing those two values until you achieve the desired result.

  • Grant Van Zutphen

    August 19, 2020 at 2:35 am

    A bit late to the party, but you can use this free Film Fade transition from videocopilot:

  • Grant Van Zutphen

    December 1, 2017 at 4:47 am

    Yeah, scale to frame size is the issue. I always use ‘set to frame size’ in premiere rather than ‘scale’ for this reason.

  • Grant Van Zutphen

    November 10, 2017 at 2:59 am

    I can confirm Transcriptive works like a charm. I’ve only tested it with Speechmatics as the transcription engine, but it’s fast and accuracte.

  • Grant Van Zutphen

    April 19, 2017 at 3:39 am
  • Grant Van Zutphen

    October 28, 2015 at 11:48 pm

    I’ve just had the same issue. The 3 Way Color Corrector needs to be applied before the Lumetri effect. It’s a bit counterintuitive, but you can use the YUV vectorscope while adjusting the skin tones with the 3 Way to ensure skin is the right hue. Hopefully Adobe addresses this.

  • Grant Van Zutphen

    September 17, 2015 at 1:22 am

    You can move position by 0.1px increments by revealing the layers position value (P), highlighting the X Y or Z value and holding ctrl while hitting up or down on the keyboard.

  • Grant Van Zutphen

    November 12, 2014 at 3:12 am

    Hi Wayne, here is my workflow for creating subtitles in After Effects and importing into Premiere via dynamic link.
    This process is for PC however a similar approach should work for mac. You’ll need to use Adobe After Effects CS6 & Premiere Pro CS6 (not CC or CS5) and the pt_ImportSubtitle script from aescripts.

    You mention you have the transcription as a word doc, however this workflow will require either a UTF-8 plain text (.txt) file or an Adobe Storyline Script (.astx) file. You can transcribe audio to text with Premiere via Adobe Media Encoder, but it’s only accurate if you have the transcript in the formats specified (containing dialogue only, no timestamps).

    Adobe Media encoder will create an .xml with timecodes which you can then use to create an .srt file, ready for use in After Effects with pt_ImportSubtitle.

    • Download Subtitle Edit here:
    Tutorial here:

    • Download pt_ImportSubtitles script here:
    Demo video here:

    • Additional language models for Adobe Speech Analysis can be found here:

    1. Import MP3 or MP4 file with audio into Premiere CS6 (must be MP3 or MP4 format in order to store speech as metadata)
    2. Select the MP3/MP4 in the project panel, right click > Analyze Speech (or go to Window > Metadata, and Under Speech Analysis, click Analyse). Ensure MP3/MP4 is writeable (ie. not read-only) to allow metadata to be written to file.
    3. Ensure Speech checkbox is checked. Select correct language. Set Quality to High.
    4. Add Reference Script (must be either a UTF‐8 Plain Text file (.txt) or an Adobe Story Script (.astx) file.
    5. Check ‘Script Text Matches Recorded Dialogue’ checkbox. Hit Ok > Ok.
    6. Adobe Media Encoder will launch automatically. When analysis is finished, right click on the output file and select ‘Reveal Output File’.
    7. Open Temp folder (C:\Users\*USERNAME*\AppData\Local\Temp).
    8. Ensure windows explorer is in ‘details’ view, and sort files by ‘Date modified’.
    9. Locate the newest file with suffix ‘_stt.xml’
    10. Launch Subtitle Edit and drag in .xml file (must be version 3.3.12 or later containing Flash Cue Point capability).
    11. Go to Tools > Merge short lines. Leave ‘Max characters in one paragraph’ at 43, and set ‘Max milliseconds between lines’ to 400. Hit ‘OK’.
    12. In List View, select all lines (Ctrl + A) and click ‘Unbreak’.
    13. Go to Tools > Fix common errors > Next > Apply selected fixes > OK.
    14. Go to Spell Check > Spell Check and make spelling corrections if needed.
    15. Ensure video and waveform windows are visible. Go to Video > Show/Hide Video and Video > Show/Hide Waveform. Drag video or audio file into video window.
    16. Click in Waveform window to build waveform. Hit play in video window and check timing of subtitles. Drag handles in waveform window to adjust duration of text visibility to match video/audio.
    17. At top of the main window in the Format dropdown select SubRip (.srt). For Encoding select Unicode (UTF-8).
    18. Save the .srt file in the same location as the video/audio with the same filename.
    19. In Premiere, locate the video in the project panel and drag to the ‘New Item’ button create a new sequence.
    20. Click the New Item icon again and create a new adjustment layer. Drag adjustment layer from the project panel to the timeline on the uppermost video layer.
    21. Extend adjustment layer to the end of video sequence. Right Click > Replace with After Effects Composition (After Effects will launch automatically if the same version is installed as Premiere – ie. Premiere CS6 & AE CS6).
    22. In After Effects, go to Window > pt_ImportSubtitles. Set format to, Text Flow to Center, Vertical Alignment to Bottom.
    23. Select the Type tool. Draw a rectangle in the center of the composition high enough for two lines of text, and no wider than the Title Safe area. Ensure paragraph alignment is set to Center Text.
    24. With the text frame still active, hit Import Subtitles.
    25. Format the text and position as required.
    26. With the selection tool, ensure the text box is selected and align to horizontal center of comp (Windows > Align > Align Layers to Composition > Horizontal Center Alignment
    27. Save After Effects project. Return to Premiere where After Effects text should now be visible over base video layer via Dynamic Link.
    28. If the Premiere edit is still a work-in-progress, locate the sequence in the project panel and drag to the New Item icon. This will nest the text and video layers within a new sequence, which can then be treated as a single clip.
    29. If at any time you need to make style changes to the text, do so in After Effects and save to update in Premiere.
    30. When edit is complete, export video from Premiere or Adobe Media Encoder.

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