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Adobe Premiere Pro CC - Essentials Training

Saving your own motion graphic template in Premiere Pro

Daniel Walter Scott

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Hi everyone, in this video we're going to take our Essential Graphics animation, this 'Swipe up to Pre-register', and turn it into a template, using something called Motion Graphic Templates. The easy way is just to click on it, right click it, and go to 'Export as Motion Graphics Template', and most of it, or the majority of it is self-explanatory, but hang around, there's a couple of little tips for some other bits, but yeah, let's go and make our own graphic template. 

Now why would you want to? I hear you ask, or not ask, is brand consistency. So you need to send this to your team, so other people can use it, so it's all the same. You might design it, send it off. Handy things like this, where your social media needs to look the same, where it might be, in cards for YouTube, you put a bit of effort into it once, you can save them as a template to reuse them, add a bit of consistency for yourself. Might be title sequences for your TV show, in credits, that you spend a while getting ready. You get the idea, they are templates, you can make them, reuse them. Let me show you a little bit more detail with them. 

First thing is, you need an Essential Graphics element. We've got our animation that kind of slides up, "Swipe up to Pre-register". So we've done it already in our Essential Graphics, in the last couple of videos, and now we want to get it out. All you need to do is have it selected in your Timeline, right click it, go to 'Export as Motion Graphics Template', all pretty easy, and in here give it a name. I'm calling mine 'Swipe Up Instagram Story'. You need to add some keywords in here, because, where you've got to find it can get lost in the pile of other stuff. 

So add as many keywords as relevant, like add the client name, so in this case it's BYOL, add Daniel IG, whatever you want for Instagram, just kind of add a bunch of keywords because it does make it helpful later on. Now let's talk about these two destinations. The first one here, is the default one, Local Templates folder is the one you're going to use most of the time. We'll come back and talk about this other one in a second, but basically you just click on that, and click 'OK', and it's going to do what you imagine it does. Means that later on, let's pretend, you know, let's fake pretend, that we've got this other animation we're working on, and we're like, "Ah, I've got that Essential Graphics thing that I've got," let's go and bring it in. You have to go to Essential Graphics panel, go to Browse, and then here's the search. There it is there, mine's at the top. Yours is not always going to be the top, but if you can see it there, you can just drag it on. If you can't see it there, most of the time, you can type it in, like 'IG' should get me there. All my different Instagram bits and pieces, you won't have them all. If I type in 'Daniel', so you can see how the keywords are quite useful. 

Drag it in. and all you get is a duplicate. Comes along with all the extra bits, like the animation. You can kind of see it over here, and if I want to edit it still, it's not connected to the original, like sometimes, if you come from Photoshop land, like smart objects or symbols, so you can click on it, and it's all fully editable, and you're not really changing the original, so change the formatting, double click it to add down, so you can edit it quite easily. So that part of it's easy, and that's what you're going to be doing most of the time, adding random text boxes. 

Also, what I've done-- let me get rid of those. Let's talk about the other things you might do. Gone, gone. So let's say we want to do it to this first bit now. I'll show you the other option, Save Locally. So we're going to-- there's a little bit of animation going on here, for our 'Coming Soon', kind of swipes up. So I'm going to select it, right click it, 'Export as Motion Graphics Template', and we'll just pick this other option. Local drive just means I'm not going to put it in my Templates folder, my default templates, I'm going to pick the folder it goes to, on my local drive, I was going to stick it onto my desktop, and I'm going to call it, 'Coming soon number #2'. I got a different keyboard, here we go. 

So I've got number two because I've already done this previously, and I recorded on the wrong microphone. So it sounded bad, so re-doing it. So let's click 'OK'. It's going to save it to my desktop, and it's going to do something kind of weird. So there's the original one; goodbye. So this one here is on my hard drive, which makes it easy to send to someone. You just drop this in an email, and go, "Here you go, here's that Motion Graphics template to use." Great for kind of brand guidelines style stuff, where you need a bit of consistency across a bunch of people. So you can make it as the designer, and send it out to the people that need it. 

The weird thing is that it doesn't get added to your Essential Graphics browse. You'll notice in here, if I go into here, and go, ‘Coming Soon’, there's everything but that thing. So weirdly, by doing that, it kind of just yanks it out of here, and puts it onto your hard drive, doesn't actually put it in here, you can later on. So what you do is, if you drop this into an email to someone, you say, "Here you go, here's the Motion Graphics Template," what you'll need to tell them is, say, "Go watch Dan's course, he is a great teacher." Right after you're finished saying that, you should say, open your Essential Graphics panel, click on the little icon in the bottom right, and click on that, and they should be able to work it out from there. 

So there's my 'Coming Soon', click 'Open', and it should be part of the gang, and because I've typed in 'Coming' in there, top ones at the top, this hasn't been my-- I've been using this for a little while, and it hasn't always worked like this, with the new ones at the top. You can go into here and go, Sort by Recent and Sort by Title. I'm not sure what the default is in here but anyway, add some keywords to make life easy for yourself. 

Now if you're sitting there, going, "Can we just, like open up our old project," go 'File', 'Save As' and just change stuff, and I don't have to create templates, and you're like, "Yep, you totally can." A lot of the jobs that I do, repetitive stuff, so I wouldn't bother going into making templates, I would go and just reopen the old one, do a 'File', 'Save As', give it a new name and just go and change the text, that's totally okay. I guess I want to show you this process because in the next couple of videos I'm going to show you how to import them. Basically I'm going to show you how to click that button, but also show you where to get other people's ones, free ones, paid ones, some of the pros and cons for using them. You need to know how they are originated, how they get born, and it's basically just right clicking an existing one, and making it, nice and easy. All right, that's it, I will see you in the next video.