The motion graphic template (MOGRT) format is a popular way to work with Adobe After Effects graphics in Adobe Premiere Pro CC. They allow the editor to make simple updates without going back to After Effects. In this video, Richard Harrington demonstrates the updates to working with infographic MOGRTs in Premiere Pro.
- The MOGRT, or Motion Graphic Template format, is a popular way to work with both After Effects graphics and Premiere Pro simplicity. It allows a project to move over and make it simple for the editor to make updates without having to have a lot of knowledge about After Effects. This is technology that's been around for a little bit, but it just keeps getting better. In this latest release, they've expanded control for infographics, a popular category that allows you to do tasks like data visualization.
Now, most of this is gonna happen over on the After Effects side, so be sure to explore other courses that talk about After Effects workflow. But let's take a look at what a Premiere Pro editor needs to know. The latest version of After Effects offers new ability for data-driven graphics. Now, we've seen this before with different formats, but now these data-driven graphics can actually hand off information to Premiere Pro. Typically what happens is this. A CSV or tab-separated text file is created.
In this case, a CSV can be easily made in a spreadsheet, and if we take a look at this file, you'll actually see that it contains information. For example, let's go ahead and edit this here, and it opens it up into a spreadsheet application. On my Mac, it opens up with Numbers by default. And you see there that we have two columns, Animals and Actions. If we go back to After Effects, this is added here in the field, and if I twirl this down, I can actually see the data, Animal versus Actions.
Let's maximize this panel for a moment. Now what we can do is attach that data. So if we look at the source text here, you'll see with the pick whip. Now, you can't choose a category as a whole, but what you could do is select one of the items here, like such, Animal 2, and let's go down here to Actions, and I'll connect Action 2. There we go, let's just make sure that those are properly connected. And now you'll see that the text is updated off of that file, which is pretty cool.
Now, there are more advanced options here, and you can actually have this change over time or do things. This is not an After Effects course, so be sure to explore this, and if you're interested in After Effects check out the online library as well as Adobe's documentation for these new features. Now, let's load up the Essential Graphics panel there, and I can choose the Master template here and then give this a name. Let's call this Title DDG.
And I can click Solo Supported Properties. What this does is open up the properties that are supported. For example, maybe I don't wanna give them any control over modifying the text, but only choosing from inside the spreadsheet. So what we can do is come down here, and actually grab this, and drop it in. And you see what it does is it allows us to grab the item.
Here's the spreadsheet. And I see the number of rows to be included, and which set I want to use. So this makes it easy to choose. Now we can create the motion graphics template. It's gonna want to save the project first, and then decide where this gets stored. I can install it directly in the library or target a particular folder for a manual installation. Let's click Save, and the MOGRT file is created.
Now, I can switch over to Premiere Pro, and go to a sequence. And let's go to an empty sequence and switch to the graphics workspace. Over here in the Essential Graphics panel, I'm gonna import my MOGRT. So I'll install the template. Let's sort by date here, and grab that newest one, and click Open, and it's added. I can actually start to type in here, and it will filter the results.
There it is. And let's find that one called Title, there it is, DDG. And I can drag that into my sequence. After a moment, it loads in, and there's the text. If we take a look here at the controls, you'll see that we can actually do a couple of things. One, the spreadsheet can actually be updated, so if that CSV is being accessed remotely, someone could actually go in and change the text.
Maybe it's being dynamically generated or edited in a simple text editor. In any case, it will update. I can also click Edit Spreadsheet and it brings it up. And you see here all the different choices. So this makes it easy to choose. Now, you won't be able to actually select which row is being used here, but you do have the ability to control which information is included. And you see that you can adjust how many rows are included, or modify the information.
Additionally, you can click Browse if you want to and point it at a new spreadsheet. Now, in this case, I'm gonna choose the same one, but when I click Open, you see it imports the data and loads it in. And now I can map this. Choose what I want and click OK, and now that new data has been read. Now, that's pretty simple, and this gives you great flexibility, and remember, if needed, you could just go in and modify the data here.
Now, let's just go to a simple text editor, and I'll open up that file. There it is. You see the comma-separated text, and let's rearrange the words here. And hit Save. It now updates. Let's go ahead and save there, and we switch back, and you see it updates. So this text file is a live connection. This means that a producer or client or even a data source can be updating this on the fly.
Let's go ahead and move this. There we go. And save. And when we switch, it updates. So you see that we've got that live connection from the template to the text file. You just may need to actually edit which spreadsheet is read, but it gives you the flexibility of having dynamically updated graphics inside of Premiere Pro. This can also be quite useful, because it means you can send that text file to a client.
Maybe there are several names for titles here and speakers. You can just send this file to someone for proofreading, and then drop it back in your folder and have the graphics update.
- The Video Limiter effect
- Auto Color matching
- New panels: Learn and Timecode
- Hardware acceleration for H.264 video
- Working with RED footage
- Ripple deleting gaps
- Writing keyframes in the Audio Mixer
- Customizing label colors
- Managing multiple open projects
- Saving After Effects template in the Essential Graphics panel
- VR workflow changes
Skill Level Intermediate
Q: This course was updated on 10/15/2018. What changed?
A: New videos were added that cover improvements to usability, format support, Lumetri color, audio, and motion graphic templates in the 2019 version of Adobe Premiere Pro CC.