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Adobe Premiere Pro - Advanced Training

Using Free Template Transitions in Premiere Pro

Daniel Walter Scott

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Hi there, in this video we are going to look at these, these kind of, like overlay graphic transitions. We'll look at the ones built into Premiere Pro, where to import them from, other free places, and when you do get a hold of them, what you can and can't change, on the different varieties that are out there. All right, let's jump in. 

So like you saw at the intro, we are doing kind of like a graphic overlay transition. So less of that kind of like cross dissolved barn doors, and more of an overlay, and you will find lots online. There are like, you can pay for them, but there are actually some pretty good free stuff around at the moment. The kind of term you're looking for is our graphic transitions, or graphic overlay, for Premiere Pro. Also, maybe this word mogrt, because without mogrt you might just get transitions like that Light Leaks one. That Light Leaks one here, remember, is just a graphic that we dump over the top, and we get some small control over that color, and say though like--

There's lots of places to get it from. I get lots from Motion Array, I've got some really good templates in here, and you can see, these one's free, but let's have a quick look at these. Can you see, they're quite like shapes over the top, kind of hiding transitions. So I guess, there's lots of that sort of stuff, and that's what we're going to cover in this video. Let's look at the things built into Premiere Pro. 

So let's open up our Essential Graphics panel. So this is where we find these kinds of transitions, the more traditional ones, are under our 'Effects', and under 'Audio Transitions'. We've got our Dissolves, and there's only so much in here, that you can deal with, wipes and slides and stuff. So we're going to look at Window, and have I opened it? I haven't. Essential Graphics, open that one up, and you've got Browse and Edit, let's be on 'Browse', and let's look at 'Adobe Stock'. Adobe have some really good free ones. They turn this on and off every now and again. Sometimes it only shows your premium ones. 

If you're in the future, and there's no free option, dig around, it'll be in there somewhere, or go to their website,, they have got free-- way of searching for free that way. If you do download one outside of this method, go to Edit, nope, go to 'Browse', and go back to 'My Templates', and you can see this button down here, this will import a mogrt. Now if you're doing the Light Leaks version, where it's just a video over the top, just import it like we did in the last video, but if you have found a dot m-o-g-r-t, '.mogrt', you can click on this, import it this way. 

We're doing it slightly different, we're going to go to 'Adobe Stock', we're going to say 'free', and we're going to try and put in 'transition', and see what we've got now. I think, by default the-- see the slider on the bottom here, I think it's quite high, so you can only see like one or two. So I'm going to scrub mine down, until it becomes a little bit more appropriate, and yeah, these are my transitions, at least my free ones. I do have a premium subscription, so I could turn that on, but I know, not everyone does. 

The weird thing about this is previewing them, and watch this, you hover above it, you don't have to do anything, sometimes clicking on it helps, and just kind of moving your mouse left and right. I'm not clicking, so watch this, I'll go to this one. I'm just moving left and right, nothing, nothing, nothing, depending on your internet connection, and how well Premiere Pro decides to play today, it will preview it. 

The other thing to note, that often the transition happens in the first little bit of the video. So make sure you're scrubbing in this first, like little corner. When I say scrubbing, I'm just moving my mouse back and forth. You'll notice that it's not working, click on it, come on. Oh, it's at the end, this one. Oh, and the beginning, they are tricky to preview, hopefully this gets better in the future. 

So those are the previews, and when you're ready for one, hit this little icon here, this little Cloud 'License and Download', because we're on free, we don't actually have to pay it out of our license. I've downloaded this one to start with, you can do whatever you want. I'm going to show you two variations that you're likely to get from Adobe. 

So to use them, once it's downloaded, you get a little tick, you can drag them on. I'm going to use it to straddle this here, and basically that's it, if it works out of the box, let's have a look. I've got some in and out points, let's clear that. Let's set some in, remember I for in, O for out, to set some in and out points, hit the 'Return' key. So it renders it nice and smoothly, and it's going to loop. You can see, that's my transition, I'm going to use that to hide the, you know, the shift between two different clips. You'll notice instantly it's too small. 

So what I'm going to do is right click the clip, it might be too big, depending on which one you get. Remember, 'Set to Frame Size', and now let's 'Enter'. It's going to render, it's a really quick render, because it's only doing some real basic graphics. I guess the trouble is scaling it up, it depends on how it's made. This one here has been made in After Effects, there are some little glitches on the edges here, a bit of pixelization, and if-- for my purposes here, it's moving too fast, and I don't care enough to go and find a 4K version of it, but you might, depending on what you're doing. 

So that's one version, you'll notice here, that has some controls, so with it selected, I'm under 'Edit', you can see, I can change the color here. So I can go, you know how to change the color, and it's going to go and change it, oh, horrible, but know that you can Now the one thing about it is, can you see, there's a note that says, colors 1 and 2 blend to make another color. So these two obviously, let's, can I-- how bad can I make it? Yeah, red; red, and green. Yeah, it's bad. 

So you get some control, that's because this thing here was created in After Effects, this one here, this Essential Graphics template was created in After Effects, and the creator of it only gave us some controls. The creator can decide on how much complexity we can change, so that's bad and good. It's nice and clear, they've given us color changes, which is handy. You might not even get that, you might find a template, and it's got nothing, you're like, "Why can't I find the changes?" It's because the creator of the mogrt said, no change, and you're stuck with whatever they've decided on. 

So this one has a limited control, and there's not much else you can change. Let me show you another one that's being made natively inside Premiere Pro, for us, here in Premiere Pro. So let's find another one, Let's go back to my 'Browse', let's go 'free', I've already found one that had it, where is it? That one there. I'm using Circle Pop transition, I've downloaded it. I'm going to-- oh, before we do that, notice, in my Project file, can you see, I've got this new folder, when I downloaded this, when I dragged on to my Timeline, it ended up in here. So if you're looking for it, that's it, here. This thing's the bit that came across from, After Effects, is actually a little bit of footage. 

The difference between bringing something in from Premiere Pro, let's have a look here. I'm going to drag it over this one. You'll notice that nothing appeared in here. So the way that they're created will give you a different result in the end, and in this, case let's set my in point, remember I and O, I'm going to hit 'Return', that's my transition. Now the difference between this and the other one, is there's a lot more control. I'm going to select it, I'm going to go to my 'Edit', can you see here, turquoise circle, yellow circle, orange circle, not just the colors, but, let's move to a point where I can see it all. 

So my turquoise circle, I can change the size of it, the position of it, I get a lot more control, mainly because somebody used the Essential Graphics panel to create this, and not After Effects. Why would you do either? After Effects gives you a lot more scope for motion graphics. A lot more cool things you can do, but something simple like this, it's great that it's been done in Premiere Pro, because I have all this control. I can distort it, I can change it, I can play with the scale, the color, I can add a stroke to it if I need to, so there's a lot of control here. 

The other thing, I'm kind of, not reluctant to show you, but I don't want to get into right in this video, is Easing. We're going to look at it later on in the course. There's going to be a whole section here with motion graphics. So look down in the Timeline for things, like Keyframes and Easing in the video playlist, if you want to jump ahead to that, but I just want to quickly point you in the right direction at least. I've got it selected, I'm going to go to 'Effect Controls', and you'll notice-- depends on how twirled down this might be, you can see, I've got those three shapes, that do this transition, and you can see over here, I'm going to hit my Tilde key, '~' on my keyboard, the little wavy thing, and you can see, there's all my keyframes. 

So I can twirl this down, I can start to see the easing, that's gone on in them, and the timing. So I can start playing around with the timing, and adjusting the easing, add my own keyframes. At the moment it's just Scale, you can play with the Position, but again we're not going to cover that right now. What have I done to it? I've wrecked it. 

So those are different transitions that you might get from either, definitely from mogr; mogrt's going to give you some sort of control, if it's from After Effects you might have just as much as this, potentially, depending on who created it. If it's Premiere Pro created you get all this lovely good stuff. One thing you might do is, for either of these ones here, is changing the timing, like this After Effects one, you might be like, "I need it to be longer or quicker," you can kind of, like fudge it. You can grab the right stretch tool, let's try and figure out where it is. I don't use this very often, ah, there's a right stretch tool, and I can make it longer, and it will slow it down. 

It's kind of messing with the original file depending on how-- if you just need it to change a little bit, nobody will notice. So I'll make it longer for my Selection tool, drag it, so it's a bit more in the middle. You'll notice it goes-- it takes a lot longer, in and out, 'Return'. So we've messed with the-- we've slowed it down. The problem with slowing this one down, is that because it wasn't-- it was made for HD, you can start to see a little bit of the pixels on it. How much does that bother you for your project, when it's going like that, I still, I'm still okay with it. Actually, no, I probably wouldn't get away with that, it's too slow, a little bit pixelated. 

How would I fix this? I'd probably just go make my own in Premiere Pro, which would take me a couple of hours, which wouldn't be fun, or I'd try and find another one that was close to it. So that's it, so that is using kind of free template transitions, from either Adobe, using our Essential Graphics browse option, or going to find them, called mogrts, and just make sure you go, browse my templates, and you can upload them using this. All right, that's it, I'll see you in the next video.