Pasting from Premiere bug - Duration change and no "Paste At Current Time"
Being able to paste from Premiere into After Effects is awesome, but there is a bug when pasting footage/audio from the Premiere timeline into an already existing composition in After Effects. The After Effects composition will automatically change duration without your input and it won't respect "Paste At Current Time". Do this to re-create the problem.
- Create a new After Effects comp, either from Premiere's "Replace With After Effects Composition" feature, or an independent project. Make it something like 10 seconds.
- Copy any footage or audio clip from a Premiere timeline into an After Effects composition. But make sure the copied clip is from a spot that is well into the timeline, lets say 2 minutes in.
- In After Effects, you'll notice that the copied clip is pasted at the same timecode that it exists within Premiere, at that 2 minute mark. Which is fine, it's a little annoying to have to bring it back to the beginning of the composition, but I can live with it. The trouble is that it automatically changes your composition duration to 2 minutes aswell. It doesn't respect your current composition settings.
- Every time you paste into After Effects your duration will change to a completely random duration depending on where you copied that clip in the Premiere timeline. Try it with different clips in Premiere at different times. Super annoying.
- I've tried "Paste at Current Time" in After Effects hoping that it would paste where I wanted it to, but it still pastes that clip at 2 minutes.
I understand having the ability to paste into After Effects at the same timecode that's in Premiere, that can come in handy alot. But lets have an option to just paste that clip wherever the playhead is, just like you can pasting layers within After Effects. And then lets also not have the After Effects composition change the duration settings on you every time you paste. I can't imagine a situation where you would actually want the comp duration to change on you like that, but if there is an need for this that I can't think of, can we atleast have it not be the default behaviour?
Thanks for this post.
One of our engineers, James, has posted a comment in the thread below. Let us know if you have additional questions.
Philip B commented
Okay thanks James and Tim! I appreciate the quick response. That sounds like a great plan.
Really I think the biggest annoyance comes into play when you find yourself copying and pasting multiple times from a Premiere timeline throughout the day, and having to keep on changing the duration back to the original every time. Like if new assets come in or the edit changes a little, which we all know can happen many times. So if this preference option you've suggested can help manage those headaches I would be very grateful!
James Landy commented
The behavior you’re describing is by design. I understand why this is perceived as a bug, and your idea for a solution is a good one, “Paste at current time”. We could also add an option/preference to only extend comp duration if clip in point timecode is beyond the end point of the target comp in AE. I’ll add a feature request to our database. Thanks for you input.