Most viewers decide if they want to watch a video in just the first 3 seconds, that’s why a solid opener is so important! We’ve put together a list of the best free Final Cut Pro opener templates available for download, and we’re going to share them with you below.
We’ve also included instructions for how to download, install, and use these opener templates to get you rolling with your new video openers. Let’s dive in!
Part 1: Our Newest Top 23 Opener Templates to Download Today
There’s a lot of content out there. If you want to capture your viewer’s attention, you’ve got to capture their attention right away–before they have a chance to get distracted and move on. These opener templates are a fantastic way to start strong right out of the gate. There’s something for everyone on this list, so browse on and choose your favorites.
Speaking of sports, this opener was custom made just for sports content. It’s high energy, colorful, and intense. Drop-in your footage and watch Glitch Sport transform dull clips into a powerful spirited montage. Consider this one if you’ve got any kind of sports content like powerlifting, martial arts, team sports, or workout content.
Combine your own footage together in a whirling, rhythmic ensemble with animated titles and even a placeholder for your logo. The Dynamic Stomp Opener is a bold, energetic starter starting pistol to begin with a bang! Great for YouTube channels, slideshows, introductions, advertisements, and social media videos.
If you’d like a professional, modern introduction that has energy and class, this might be the template for you. Minimal Opener combines your video or images together with smooth motion graphics, interlacing imagery with text placeholders where you can write your titles, credits, company name, or slogan. A wonderful choice for business presentations, sales videos, corporate advertisements and more.
Staticky, glitchy, energetic and cool. This intro template works great for media companies, trendy youth-oriented brands, or YouTubers with high production value videos. Drop-in your own footage and watch this opener transform your photos or clips into an engrossing animation sequence!
5. Urban Opener
This sleek and stylish opener has a lot going on. You can watch it a few times and still notice new details, which is the hallmark of a really good introduction. That’s why it’s perfect for a logo splash, TV show introduction or other openers that viewers might expect to see repeatedly. On top of that, its slick modular presentation makes it appropriate for fashion brands and urban content.
6. Vlog Opener
The title says it all, this opener plugin was designed for vloggers. It comes in 2 versions, cooking opener, and travel opener, but really you can add any of your vlog content, whatever it may be. There are some great dynamic text placeholders to include opening credits or information about your video–and it ends singularly with a logo placeholder, which is great if you’re trying to build a brand.
Unveil your fashion photography in style. The Dynamic Fashion Opener was designed for stylish content. It prominently displays your photos in a colorful arrangement with rhythm and flair. There are 8 drop zones for your photos, so that’s a ton of space to display your photography before opening up your fashion vlog or YouTube channel.
Got a travel or lifestyle channel with a lot of colorful HD video content? Let your content shine with Stylish Opener, a template designed to show off your content without anything else getting in the way. Just drop in your videos and watch them come alive in a captivating and punchy slideshow.
Strap on your seatbelt and get ready for liftoff, the RGB Glitch Opener is a rocket-speed ride. This opener is so exciting you could really use it as a standalone advertisement or video short if you wanted to. For opening video’s it’ll go great with extreme sports, travel, action, dance, and party content. You can use it to unveil new products, showcase your portfolio, or just an opener for a fun video channel.
10. Fashion Opener
Flashing between grayscale and vivid bursts of color, Fashion Opener combines your pictures or video content to form a flashy background and prominently overlays big, bold text on top. If you’ve got a verbal message you’d like to convey, such as your brand motto, and introduction to your content, or advertising slogans: this is a great opener to convey your message while capturing your audience’s attention.
11. Ink Opener
Quite different than the previous openers in the list, Ink Opener feels epic and classy. It’s a slow-paced unveiling of your photos through liquid splashes of ink, in a stylish grayscale scheme. This is a great opener template for documentaries, historical content, wedding videos, or any project where you’d like to convey a sense of grandiosity.
12. Summer Opener
Pack up the beach towels and sunscreen, summertime is here and it’s time for a road trip. Summer Opener is a warm, upbeat journey that breezes through your photos and videos. It’s full of zesty energy and it will make an excellent opener for your travel, party, adventure, or any other cool content.
13. VHS Retro Opener
Retro vibes abound with this hip VHS-themed montage. Complete with scan lines, tracking errors, and retro fonts–this title is a real journey through the ’90s. Use it for your video game, music, or tech content and wow your audience with a totally stand-out opening!
With 20 different drop zones for your photos, you can squeeze a ton of content into this short, impressive opener. It’s highly versatile, so you can use it for all kinds of content, just load up your photos and you’ve got an opener that will captivate your audience right out the gate. There’s also a cool black and white version!
15. Fashion Opener
Let your viewers know that you’re stylish and professional with this polished fashion opener. It’s got bold text placements to tell your story, and dynamic colorful animations to exhilarate your audience. This is a high-energy intro to get your audience pumped, so make sure to use it for your upbeat content–especially if it’s about fashion.
If your video’s personality is refined, graceful, and modern–then the Atmospheric opener could be a perfect fit! It’s so smooth it could be a standalone advertisement, or you can load it up with interesting content to open up your TV show or corporate presentation.
17. Comics Opener
Comics Opener is whimsical and cinematic at the same time, like only comic book movies can be. It’s a very unique template that befits a certain type of video. If your content is funny and offbeat, light-hearted, or just happens to be about comic books–this is a great way to set the mood early with your audience.
18. Upbeat Opener
Wow. This opener tells a story with striking animated titles and energetic flashy graphics. It’s definitely a stand-out intro for your up-tempo content. Capture your viewers’ attention with scroll-stopping action. The Upbeat Opener is perfect for promo videos, music videos, youtube videos and more.
19. Grunge Opener
Denim textures, flashy muted colors, & grimy fonts – a testament to the style that is grunge. You can customize the titles and photos to suit your video, especially if your content is about music, events, or style. Impress your audience and leave them with something to remember!
Unlike other glitch intro templates, this one is slow and brooding. It feels like the opening sequence for an investigative mystery show. If you’d like to open your videos with a confident creeping pace, combined with some cool glitchy graphics, then this is the opener for you.
21. Dynamic Opener
Here’s a fresh modern introduction with eye-catching deep colors. It’s a good choice for fashion reels, short intros, product demos, and more. It uses dynamic typography which you can customize and ends with a final message that you can use for your video’s title or slogan.
22. Fast Stomp
Here’s a one-of-a-kind introduction that will surely stand out to your viewers. It’s got some wild animated text effects and eccentric animations that will really give your video’s introduction a lot of character. On top of all that, it’s short and to the point, so it’s great for a social media introduction for YouTube or elsewhere.
The name says it all, this trendy sequence is nothing but style. It’s short and lively, yet smooth. It never stops moving until the final logo reveal, which makes it a nice punchy beginning for your videos. Perfect for promotions, commercials, segues and more!
Part 2: How to Get Started with Final Cut Pro Intro Templates
Once you’ve selected a template above, there are just a few easy steps you’ll need to take to load it into Final Cut Pro. Once you’ve downloaded it and placed it in the right folder, your new opener will appear inside Final Cut, right alongside all the built-in generators.
Step 1: Download the Template
Use any of the above links to download a template. On MotionArray, you might need to login to your account first.
- Download the opener template file.
- Find the folder where you’ve downloaded it (probably the Downloads folder).
- Unzip the file by double-clicking on it.
Step 2: Copy the Files
Now that you’ve unzipped the files, you’ll need to copy them into the correct folder for Final Cut Pro. If you have Motion installed the destination folder will be different than if you just have Final Cut. We’ll explain both options below:
- If you have Motion installed, the folder you should find is:
Movies/ Motion Templates/ Generators
If you do not have Motion installed then you need to find this folder:
Applications/ Final Cut Pro/ Contents/ Plugins/ MediaProviders/ MotionEffect.fxp/ Contents/ Resources/ Templates/ Generators
- Copy your new template files into the appropriate destination folder listed above.
Step 3: Find your New Opener in Final Cut Pro
Now that you’ve loaded your new opener template into Final Cut Pro, it should appear inside the Generators Sidebar right alongside all your other built-in generators.
- Open Final Cut Pro.
- On the top left, open the Generators Sidebar by clicking the icon at the top of the screen.
- Click Generators to open the list of generators.
- Scroll around or type in your templates name in the search bar to find it.
- Drag your template down into the Timeline to add it to your project.
- Click the template in the timeline and open the Inspector. This is where you will modify the template’s settings, including adding photos & video clips to Drop Zones and changing the text.
A Few Helpful Tips
Keep in mind the audience for your video. If you’re sharing this video over social media, their attention span will be very short–so you may want to keep your introduction to less than 10 seconds. If you’re producing videos for a film festival or business presentation you can get away with longer introductions.
Don’t forget to take advantage of the opportunity to make your brand visible during the introduction. If you’re going to start off every video with the same intro, then that’s what viewers will associate with you–so it’s a great place to showcase your logo and channel name.
Memorable jingles can add a lot of personality to your intro. You can find royalty-free music in Final Cut Pro’s Sound Effects library as well as on Motion Array.
That’s it! Hopefully, these openers were just what you needed to build your video’s personality and start off on the right foot with your viewers. We’ve covered 23 of the best new openers available for download, as well as, instructions for installing new templates so you can use them in Final Cut Pro.
But the intro is just the beginning! There’s plenty more work to be done producing quality content, and if you’d like to find fantastic tools for all your video editing needs, check out the rest of what MotionArray has to offer. They have thousands of Final Cut plugins and templates available for download!