Media 100 Tutorial – Part 22: Sending Your Timeline To After Effects


By Kevin P. McAuliffe (doddleNEWS)

In our last lesson, in our look at Media 100, we talked about doing some very basic keyframing in the Motion Editor (click here for the tutorial). For this lesson, I think it would be great to kick off talking about effects work by showing you how to send a timeline of clips from Media 100 to After Effects.

One huge advantage you have in Media 100 is you can use the Boris XML transfer tool, which is automatically installed when you install Media 100, to move your entire sequence, so you have access to all the raw clips in After Effects.

Once your timeline is done, you’re going to need to export an XML file, but not in a way you might think. In the export window, you’re not going to want to choose XML but, instead, choose the After Effects Option. This will export a “Boris XML Transfer” friendly file for you to import into After Effects. Once you’ve selected the After Effects option, you’ll be asked what in you sequence you’d like to export.


Once your XML file is ready on the desktop, and keep in mind the file will be relatively small as it’s exporting information only, head into After Effects to FILE>IMPORT and choose “Media 100 via Boris XML Transfer.” With the import window opens, navigate to your exported XML file, and click “Open.”

Depending on the length of your Media 100 sequence this could take a few seconds to a minute to open, but when it does, you’ll now have an After Effects version of your timeline with all the raw clips placed exactly where they need to be, for you to start compositing!


Click here to learn more about Media 100, and it’s now free! Check back soon for more Media 100 tutorials!

Kevin P. McAuliffe is one of the Senior Editors at Extreme Reach in Toronto, Canada. His current clients include Paramount Pictures, Warner Bros. Pictures, Walt Disney Pictures, and E1 Entertainment to name a few. You can follow him on Twitter @kpmcauliffe.

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