Join Richard Harrington for an in-depth discussion in this video Organizing, and backing up, presets, part of Premiere Pro Guru: Better Transitions.
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- If you've built a transition that you want to save it's pretty straight forward to back that up. If you have a transition that you're happy with, you could simplify the sequence into just the effect. Let's go into the Project Panel here and duplicate this. And I'll rename this... OrangeIrisLowerRight. And I'll highlight that, and let's just copy that so the name is handy.
Now, we've got a duplicate copy here. Open it up, and simply close everything else. Close other timeline panels. Now, I'm gonna work with just this transition. So I can delete away anything I don't need. So this isn't dependent upon media, I recommend you make some Color Mattes. We'll make one here that's red, and just call it Red. And another that's blue, and call it Blue.
Remember it's very easy now to select a clip and hold down the opt or alt key to swap out a replacement. There's the Blue, let's click the second clip here, and opt or alt drag the Red in. Looks great, I can delete away the audio by just alt dragging to highlight it, or opt drag and delete. So now, we have a sequence that only contains our transition, there it is.
Let's delete away some of that extra space. And we've got a simple sequence now that contains just our effect. Once you've got the sequence built, it's a good idea to store this as it's own project, and this is quite easy. In Premiere, just highlight the sequence that you made that contains just the effect and choose File, Export, Selection as Premiere Pro Project. I recommend you navigate to someplace that's easy like your Creative Cloud files folder.
And make a new folder called Transition Presets. Now, store that folder and just put that project in there. I'll call it OrangeIrisLowerRight. And when I save it, it becomes its own Premiere Pro Project. Let's close this and open that up. Now that that's created, I'll just open that project up for a second so you see it. Let's go to our Creative Cloud Files folder.
There's my Transitions Presets, and that project, called OrangeIrisLowerRight. If I open that project up, you see it just contains a single transition, and that's pretty simple. Now, you could of course start to put more things in here as you build, but it's pretty easy. Feel free to remove things from the project if you don't think they're needed. We'll store the media away, there we go.
And Recovered Clips we don't need so I'll just delete that. You see we've got our simple transition from blue to red. All right, works well, little bit of clean up, and save. Now because that's stored in my Creative Cloud's folder, it's accessible from any of my machines that I work with, including if I'm using them offsite. If I'm working with a new project, or any project for that matter, and I need that transition, it's a piece of cake.
Let's just make something called NewProject. And now using the media browser it's easy to navigate. Remember, you can see all of your material. Now, your Creative Cloud folder is not in the media browser by default, you can find it if you navigate to your system, it gets a little tricky, Users, go into your User Folder, and there it is. But what I recommend is you go right to that Transitions Presets folder, find it here in the list, and then right-click, and add that to your favorites.
At the top now you'll see a Favorites Category for Transitions Presets: this makes it easy to go right to that folder. If I need to, and I want to bring this in, with a double-click I'm looking inside that project, and it browses. May take just a second to find it but there it is, there's the sequence. I can double-click to load it in preview. And there's that transition that I want, that works. With a single right-click I could import that into my project, there it is, and you'll see that it added it to the sequence.
And that sequence is now stored in my project. With a simple Copy and Paste I could reuse this effect, like you learned earlier. Now I would love to see an effects presets for transitions, just like we have normal effects presets. And it appears that that's starting to happen, under the hood. Maybe in the future this will go away. But earlier you learned about really complex effects, like layer transition stacks, as you used multiple effects, and built these up with key frames. The ability to spin off a sequence into it's own project, means that you can easily back that stuff up.
And if you clean it up a little bit by simplifying it down, swapping out media for things like solid color mattes, this becomes much easier. Then, simply store that on a synced location, like your Creative Cloud folder. Then, whenever you go offsite, it's available. You switch rooms, it's available. Yes, it is a little bit cloojy. But it does work and hopefully with these different strategies I've shared with you, you can at least get around some of the limitations Premiere Pro has, when it comes to creating Transition Presets.
- Applying transitions between clips
- Positioning transitions in the Timeline
- Customizing default transitions
- Trimming shots
- Combining effects and transitions
- Creating a blur transition
- Creating and applying custom gradients
- Saving transition presets
- Working with third-party transition plugins like Red Giant and CoreMelt