Working with Premiere Pro Transition Templates

Motion Array Premiere Pro January 19, 2019 3 min read

In this easy to follow Premiere Pro video tutorial, we will show you how easy it is to work with our Premiere Pro transition templates. Make a boring edit feel great with professional templates that enhance your edit.

In this video, we will show you how to replace media on placeholders to get transitions working correctly even on existing edits. This tutorial will make it easy to work with Premiere Pro templates.

Option 1: Head to Tail Method

Step 1: Raise the transition two layers above both your footages.

Step 2: Raise your second footage a layer above your first footage, so it in between the transition and your first footage.

Step 3: Stretch your first clip to match the ending of your transition layer.

Step 4: Move or extend your second footage layer to the beginning of your transition layer.

Step 5: Make cuts to the beginning and end of your clips to match the start and end of your transition layer.

Step 6: Copy (Ctrl or Command + C) your first footage layer and paste (Ctrl or Command + V) it into the Edit > Transition folder > Shot 1 section. Do the same for your second footage into Shot 2. Make sure both footages pasted into Shot 1 and Shot 2 start all the way from the beginning.

Now you can go to the main composition and see the final version. You’re all done!

Option 2: Sequential and Stacked Method

The Sequential method works with most transition presets that you download.

Step 1: Import your Presets by going to Effects > Presets > Import Presets

Step 2: Once it is installed into the Effects panel, you can review the different transitions found in the preset. 

Step 3: You will notice In and Out versions for all your transitions. Use Out for your first clip (going out from that footage) and In for your second clip (going into the next footage).

Step 4: Make sure to use the In and Out versions of the same transition by dragging and dropping them into your timeline. And voilà!  

Some transitions might leave black space in the transition, so the Stacking method is another way to use these transition presets. 

Step 1: Select the Out version of your transition and drag it to the first footage. When working with stacked footage transitions, you do not need to also apply the In version.

Step 2: Move your first footage one layer above to be able to stack both clips. 

Step 3: Move and drag your second footage so that it overlaps with the first footage. You can also do the reverse and stack the second footage on top of the first.

And you’re done! The transition will show a smoother transition to impress your audience. 

Option 3: Adjustment Layer Method

When working with adjustment layer presets, you will notice there are no Out or In versions. So this will help you differentiate that these presets are made to be used in your adjustment layers. 

Step 1: Create an adjustment layer to add over your footage by going to Project Manager > New Item (right-click) > Adjustment Layer 

Step 2: Drag the Adjustment Layer on top of the cut between your two clips. Make sure the layer is in the middle of the cut. 

You can edit the length of the adjustment layer according to the length of the transition you want to apply. The shorter the adjustment layer, the faster the transition will occur, and vice versa.

Step 3: Drag and drop the preset to the adjustment layer. Boom! That was easy! 

If you want to adjust the speed after you have applied everything, you will need to redo the process by deleting the applied transition, editing the adjustment layer length, then reapplying the transition again. 

Option 4: Drag and Drop of Unnested Sequences Method

Step 1: Import the transitions via the .prproj project file. Make sure Allow importing of duplicate media is checked ON.

Step 2: On your timeline, make sure the button for Insert and overwrite sequences as nests or individual clips is turned OFF

Step 3: You can drag the imported nested sequence onto your timeline. The transitions are laid on top of your edit. The green marker will indicate where the cut should be located.


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