After pulling my hair out for the better part of a month, I think I’ve finally identified the steps to trigger a bug affecting After Effects, Premiere Pro and Adobe Media Encoder and, steps to work around it.
The Problem: When exporting videos from Adobe Premiere Pro that contain a rendered clip (like a title sequence) from After Effects that uses the Animation Codec, the AE clip turns blue when exported through Adobe Media Encoder.
In short, clips that should look like this:
look like this instead.
Others have been bedeviled by this problem and it’s finally nice to have a reliable workaround until the problem is fixed.
The Trigger: The bug seems to be triggered only by a specific set of steps. They are as follows:
1) Export a clip from After Effects using the Animation codec.
2) Import the clip into Premiere Pro and add to the timeline
3) Export a new video from Adobe Media Encoder using the “Queue” option instead of “Export” and export to one of the common QuickTime formats (Animation, ProRes, Cineform, DNXHD). Interestingly, exporting to H.264 does not trigger this problem.
The Workarounds: There are three workarounds that I currently know of:
1) Export clips from After Effects using another codec. I’ve been reliably using ProRes 422 and have not seen the problem on recent projects.
2) Replace the affected QuickTime movie within the Premiere Pro timeline with an After Effects Composition.
3) Within Premiere Pro’s export module, select the “Export” option instead of “Queue.”
I’m curious to find out whether this is a problem affecting specific machines (e.g. a broken piece of QuickTime locally, or whether it affects all users of Premiere Pro CS5 and CS5.5. If you’d like to give it a try to help me find out, I’ve posted the source files and project files for download. (375 MB)