Working With Premiere Pro Edit Templates

Motion Array Premiere Pro January 17, 2019 4 min read

In this quick and simple Premiere Pro video tutorial, we will show you how easy it is to customize one of our Premiere Pro templates. Even if you are just starting out in Premiere Pro, this tutorial makes it easy to understand the process.

We will cover how to open Premiere Pro templates, import your media, add your media to placeholders and replace titles.

Hi guys, this is Jordan with Motion Array and in this video we’re looking at how to use our awesome Premiere Pro templates!

If you’ve downloaded one of our Premiere Pro templates then, Awesome! We really hope that you’re liking the experience so far! But if you’re here because you’re having trouble using your template, well you’re in the right place. We’re going to look at an example template to show you how to use your own.  So let’s dive into it!

How To Use Premiere Pro Templates

The first thing we want to do is locate the Premiere file that comes with the download and double click it.  You should have premiere pro open up and you should be greeted with a blank template.  These templates are designed to be blank so that you can just drag and drop your own materials into place.

In our example here we have very clearly labelled “placeholder slots” where we can see more or less where our images and videos could go.  So to start actually working with our template let’s go to the project manager over here.  The first thing you should notice is that you have folders, and your folders will likely be very similar if not exact.

You should have an edit or media folder.  A final folder.  And a assets folder.  Don’t worry about either the assets or final.  We just want to worry about the edit folder.  Drop it down and you should see that you should have another set of folders.  Again yours will be very similar.

Logo – which we won’t worry about for now,
Shots – or yours may say media
And titles – or yours might say text

We’re going to be focusing on shots and titles.

Click the drop down and you should see that there’s a lot of text files you can choose from. These are numbered and their number corresponds to when they appear in the project.  So we can assume that title 1 appears first and then followed by title 2.

And if we scrub through here and look for the first piece of text we can see that it appears here, shortly followed by the next.  So let’s open up text 1 by double clicking.  We will likely get the legacy text screen pop up and we can begin working with our text.  If the background is distracting, you can turn it off here and just see your text.  Nice.  So let’s make our text say Motion Array.  Half way there.  Nice.

Every time a new piece of text appears you know that it can be changed by the next title option in the dropdown.  But now that you know how to work with text, let’s start putting some media into these slots.

Go to the shots or media folder and drop it down and you should see something familiar to titles.  And when you double click on one you should see that the sequence will either be completely empty, or it will have a little placeholder like we do here.  To get rid of that you can either click and delete it, or you can keep it and just place something overtop of it.  It’s totally your choice.

But now in order to actually place our own clips and pictures into this sequence we need to have them in premiere pro.  Either double click on your project manager, or just find the files you want on your computer.  I prefer to have them already sorted into a folder so that you can just drag and drop the folder into premiere.   And there we go all our elements are here ready to go.  Now let’s find one, and let’s drop it into this sequence.  It’s a little too big so let’s just resize it.

Great!  But now in order to actually see what’s going on we need to go back to the final composition.  In order to do that, either go back to the render composition here.  Or, if you accidentally removed it. Go back to your final folder and double click the final or render timeline.  This will show you your final result.

Great! And we can see that our photo is already integrated into our project and has life and animation.  It’s really easy.  Our example here has a lot of slots for media, so I’m going to quickly fill all these so you can see what it looks like, it can seem like a big task but I find what helps is to open up each of the slots in a row and then drag and drop your media into them rapid fire.  It can really help to make sure that when you drop these in, you stretch them out to a good length so that they don’t cut off at any point during the template (speed up). There we go! It’s all done.

But what’s really nice about these templates is that you can add videos too and they’ll work just as well.  So let’s take our video here and make sure it looks good. And then drop it into place.

And it’s perfectly integrated into our video!  And guys if you want to take this template and put it inside of another video project you’re working on, you can as long as you’re up to date with premiere pro CC.  Just open up another project that you’re working on, and you can copy and paste or drag and drop clips between the projects.  So now our template is integrated into another video I was just working on!

I hope you found this video helpful! If you wanted to check out the template that I used in this video, I’ve linked it in the description below!

We’ve got lots of other tutorials for Premiere Pro, After Effects, and filmmaking in general!  If you’ve got any questions or want to see another future article topics, leave us a comment down below.