Create Text Animation Presets (. MOGRT files) for Adobe After Effects and Adobe Premiere Pro | Chris Brooker | Skillshare

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Create Text Animation Presets (. MOGRT files) for Adobe After Effects and Adobe Premiere Pro

teacher avatar Chris Brooker, Filmmaker & YouTuber

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Lessons in This Class

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    • 2.

      What is a MOGRT File?


    • 3.

      Creating and Animating a Title


    • 4.

      Linking into Essential Graphics


    • 5.

      Export into a .MOGRT file


    • 6.

      Importing and Testing in Premiere Pro


    • 7.



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.MOGRT files (Motion Graphic Template files) are a way for you to create text animation presets for Premiere Pro and After Effects. But, how does it work? First, you need to build some text animation in Adobe After Effects, then you link this into the Essential Graphics panel in Adobe After Effects, export from Adobe After Effects then import into Adobe Premiere Pro and make any desired changes that you like.

But, what's the point of this? Building .MOGRT's is a great way of streamlining your video editing process. Make the title animation once then reuse edit after edit. This will save you time moving forward, especially if you dynamic link all of your motion graphics between Adobe Premiere Pro and Adobe After Effects.

But, what's the point of Adobe After Effects? Can't you build these in Adobe Premiere Pro? Adobe After Effects is more powerful and create more natural looking animations, so using Adobe After Effects to build your title animation gives you the complexity of Adobe After Effects with the ease of Adobe Premiere Pro.

In this course, I will show you everything you need to know to start building your own title animation presets.

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Chris Brooker

Filmmaker & YouTuber


I’m a filmmaker and photographer from England. I graduated from London South Bank University with a first-class honors degree in 2015 and have since created hundreds of music videos, corporate films, and commercials with many established companies, record labels, and artists. 

In 2018, I turned the camera on myself and launched the Brooker Films YouTube channel. With 900 uploads and 95,000+ subscribers, I focus on sharing educational content to help others create compelling video content. I wanted to take that a step further though, so here we are.


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1. Introduction: In this course, I'm going to show you how to create a Mogul or our motion graphics template file inside of Adobe After Effects. This is going to allow you to create text animation presets in Adobe After Effects. And then you can use these presets in After Effects. Or you can use them in Premiere Pro. If you're a YouTuber or you run a video production company and you'll creating videos on a regular basis. And you want a really quick and easy but consistent look to your text animation, then this is a great option. So all you have to do is just create the title animation inside of Adobe After Effects once, export that as a target file, put that into Premier. And then every time you use that in the future, you just drag and drop and change the information. It's going to save you loads of time in the long run. And of course as well, if you are feeling entrepreneurial than you could create your own pack of Mogul or motion graphic files and sell these as text animation preset packs. In this course, we're talking all about creating our text animations or a maggot files inside of After Effects for After Effects and Premier. But before we jump into the course, let me please first introduce myself. My name is Chris burka and I'm a full-time video creator and video editor. And I use my target files or motion graphics template files on a very regular basis. In this course, I'm going to walk you through the process, what to look out for and what you need to do and not do in order to create one of these files. So let's get into it. 2. What is a MOGRT File?: Now before we jump into Adobe After Effects and start creating one of these texts animation files. Let me first just clear things up a little bit because the insurer might have left you mildly confused. So moguls file or at motion graphics template file, is basically a file created inside of Adobe After Effects that allows you to edit more complex animations in Premiere Pro. Now Premiere Pro is a really good video editing program, and it does also offer a lot in terms of text animation and motion graphics animation. But the problem is it's not as advanced as Adobe After Effects. There's certain things that will take you a lot longer in Premier or the certain things that you just simply cannot do in Premiere, but you can do in Adobe After Effects. With the Mogul file workflow, you create text animation inside of Adobe. After Effects. You could create a title intro. You could create a lower third. You could create some asteroids. Whatever you want to create you create that's inside of Adobe After Effects. Convert that into a dot mogul file or a motion graphics template file. And then you can import that into Premier Pro. So it means you can edit more complex animations. And it means once you've created the template, you can just keep reusing that template. And all you have to do is change the information. So create it once and then you've got access to that forever inside of Adobe Premiere Pro. You can also import them into Adobe After Effects as well. But typically, people create these two put into Premiere. We're going to break this course down into, first of all, we're going to create a text animation file. We're going to create some texts and we'll do some basic animation on that. Then we'll get that imported into the essential graphics panel. And then we'll export. And then we'll put that into Premiere Pro, test it and play with it inside of Premier. So let's begin creating our own motion graphics template files or text animation template files inside of Adobe After Effects. 3. Creating and Animating a Title: The first step for creating your motion graphic files or your mogul files inside of Adobe After Effects for Premiere is to first of all, just begin by creating a new composition. And then you just wanted to go ahead and make sure that you set your preset and all of your settings here to the settings that you are going for. In my example, I'm gonna go for 1920 by 1080, and that is an aspect ratio of 16 by nine or widescreen. And I'll just set the duration to around ten seconds. Then we'll press OK. Now from here, the next part of the process is to go ahead and create your title. So we first just go into begin mike going up to the T icon, will just zoom this out to fit. I'm just going to type out my first word or my first name. So I'm just going to put my name, which is Chris Brooks. Then I'm just going to pull the size of this damp using the character window. And then I'll just place this in the sense of the composition. Now, I am going to use the proportional grid to help me frame this up. Gonna pull the size of the standard little bit more and just move this into the middle. Now, we can go ahead and create a new title. We got into the T icon and I'm just going to add some subtext here. So I'll put video creator, own video creates a will pull this down. So pull the size of this down and we'll just drop this underneath the name. So we've got a name and we've got a subtitle. I've got two different titles here. And if you wanted to, you could change the color of this as well. But for now this is a great starting point. We've got two different texts layers. Of course, though at the moment there is no animation, so we need to go ahead and create the animation that we've actually got settings and properties to control later on. So first of all, I'm going to begin with the name. So I'm just going to do a simple scale in. I'm going to go into transform. Go to scale, will go across to around 2.5th, then creates a brand new keyframe on the scale. Then we go over to the left, maybe five or six frames. Pull that up to 110. And then we'll go back to the beginning and pull that down to 0. When we play this back, you can see we get that bouncing. I'm going to convert these keyframes from linear keyframes into easy ease keyframes. You'll see why. You can see the animation now it looks like it's got a little bit more character before it was just suddenly starting and then suddenly stopping. But now it's easing in and out of each keyframe. Then I'll just go towards the end of the composition. And okra, brown and keyframe on the scale, go a few frames over to the rights and pull that down to 0. As you can see, we have animated in and then at the end we are animating out. Now I just need to go ahead and animate video creator n. And for ease, I'm just going to do an opacity effects here. So we'll go into the drop-down arrow, go into transform. Then we just crab run a keyframe on Opacity at 100%, will get back in time 2.5th and pull that down to 0. And we will repeat the process on the side as well. So on the ultra will just fade out. I'm just going to pull those back so that it fades out before the other text scales out. This is our basic animation, really basic at the moment, but that is completely fine for now because this is a great starting point. Of course, it's completely up to you if you wanted to enhance this and take this to the next level and add loads of different lines and motion graphics into this. But I'm gonna keep it really super simple for now. So now your next step is to get this into the essential graphics panel and convert all of these into adjustable settings that can be adjusted inside of Adobe Premiere. That will be the next video. 4. Linking into Essential Graphics: Following on from the previous video, you can see we have this animation completed. Now we can just go ahead and get this into the essential graphics panel. By default, you won't see the essential graphics panel in After Effects. You either need to change the window up here. So you can go into an Essential Graphics window. As you can see, this is the essential graphics panel, so you can open that up. So you let the essential graphics here. Or alternatively, if you're just in the default window, you can activate the essential graphics panel by going to window, scrolling down to Essential Graphics and then just enabling Essential Graphics. And as you can see that is loaded up on the left of the frame. Essentially with the essential graphics, we want to create a group. But before we can do that, we want to go ahead and select which composition we want to work with. So you can see this is comp one. So we'll just select comp one. Then I'm just going to select Set Poster time. So I'm gonna hover over halfway through the video so that we can see the text and we will select Set Poster time. This is just our thumbnail. And then we'll go ahead and call this basic texts moguls file. There we go. From this point, we just want to go ahead and split this animation into different groups. So we've got our first text and we've got a second texts. And we can also do a global control as well. In order to do the global control, get a nest everything or precompute. But we'll come back to that in a moment. Let's just focus on this first text to the name. So we'll go down to the bottom left corner of the essential graphics panel and select Add Group. A group is basically just a folder. And we'll rename this to name. You can call this text one. You could call this big text, large text, whatever you want. That's what you're going to put in there. Now we'll go into the drop-down arrow of the text layer. We'll go into the text layer. So we'll open this up. And as you can see, you've got source texts. You want to right-click on source text and select Add property to Essential Graphics. Now in the essential graphics, you can see you've got this menu here, edit properties. If you select Edit Properties, you want to go ahead and select enabled custom font selection, enable font size adjustments, and enabled faux styles. If you press okay on that, it allows the user of the presets to change the font, the size of the fonts, and add a photo style. That's a fake bold, fake italic, or these other options here. Now, you just want to go ahead and control your other settings. So we'll go down to here in the transform tab. You can have anchor points. So add this to the essential graphics. Then we'll go to position, will add this to Essential Graphics. And if I tried to add scale to essential graphics, we're going to get this warning and say because this is key framed, the key frames will be ignored and this means we lose our animation. So when I put this into Premiere, the animation won't be there, so we'll undo that. And instead, I'm gonna go ahead and add another round of scale on top of this. We'll go into Animate and we'll go down into scale. Now you'll see you've got animator want Range Selector scale. If I add this scale, the one without the keyframe animation, we add that property to essential graphics. We can now control the scale, but the beauty of that is it's not going to affect the animation down here. So I can just adjust the scale like this. So now that we've added the scale, we can carry on down in transform, we can go into rotation, will right-click on that, select Add property to Essential Graphics. And we'll go down into opacity and we'll do the same thing again. Now as you can see, we've got CRISPR transform anchor points, Chris Broca, transform position. So if you wanted to clean all this up that you can just click on the names and you can delete any information which is not relevant. Says you can see I'm getting rid of this title here and just having anchor point, position, scale, rotation, and opacity. So that means when you're using this as a presets in Premier, or if you plan on selling this as a preset pack, then everything is nice and easy to understand. So far we've got the fonts so we can change the fonts and we can change what the word is actually saying. So this doesn't have to be My name, this could be somebody else's name. So we can add that in there. That will update. As you can say. Then of course we can change the fonts, we can change the weights of the fonts. We can add some faux styles. And of course we've added the ability to adjust the position, the scale, and the rotation and opacity. However, at the moment, we can't control the color. If you wanted to change the color, we would have to add an effect onto the text and add that effect into the Essential Graphics window. There's multiple different ways of changing the color button. Just gonna do the most simple way. And that has to go into change to color. Drop that onto the text. You can see up here you've got from white to white. You want to change the two to a different color. So let's go for reading this example. And we want to change the change option from hue, hue, lightness and saturation. Of course, if you started off with black text or blue text and you want to change the color, then you want to make sure that the from is that specific color, but it's wise in this example. So a change you get from the whites that we started with into this custom color. Then we can go down into the effects window down here. That changed the color, will go on the two and we'll add property to graphics. Then we can just rename this to color. When we change the color of this in this window, it should change the color of the text like it has done. Of course, there's a few other settings that we can add in as well. So if we go into animates, then we can add some tracking. And tracking is essentially just the spacing between each character. If I increase the tracking amount, you can see that's going to add the spacing them. If we wanted to give you that flexibility to adjust that's in the template, then you just add trucking amount to the essential graphics. You can just rename that to, to tracking amount. At the moment, you can say if I open up or close that folder, nothing is happening and that's because everything is not in the folder. We just need to drag this up, move everything up into that folder. And this means that when we collapse the folder, we've got to have this nice and organized on the left over here. If I close this down, everything disappears. But now we can move on to the next text. So we can just go ahead and add another group. And we'll just call this subtitle. And again, we can do the exact same process. So if we go into the video, creates a layer, we'll open this up, go into text at the source text. And because I've already enabled all of these settings here, you'll see all of these settings circulates and populate up here. Then we can carry on and we can add our anchor point, position, scale, and rotation. I'm highlighting all of those that I can bulk at those in like this. You can see opacity has got keyframe animation applied to it. So I'm going to have to add, I pass it in over here, and then I'll add that opacity to the essential graphics. Then if we look up here for reference, you can see we've just got color and tracking amount. So again, we can go to change the color, drop this onto this text. Would do the same thing, will go from white to go for a blue this time. Then we want to change the change to hue, lightness and saturation. We got into effects, change the color and we'll add the two to the property Essential Graphics. And we'll just rename that to color. Then we'll just work our way up and just clean all these up as well so that we can clearly see what we're working with. And the one thing with missing on this one versus this one is just the tracking. So we can add tracking in from the animates hub, right-click Add property to Essential Graphics. And that is everything now enabled. So we can just drag these into that subtitle folder. As you can see now, we can adjust both texts layers individually. However, if you wanted to control everything in a global control, how would you do that? Well, first of all, you want to pre-compose your sequence. So if we right-click or select everything in the sequence, we can either drag and select everything that way or we can select command or control if you're on Windows and then we right-click and select pre-compose. You can rename this if you like, but I'm just going to keep as pre-comp one for now. And now, we can just go ahead and add all of these settings in transform, position, scale, rotation, opacity. We can add those into a global folder. And that means we can control everything at the same time. In add formatting will go to Add Group. We'll call this global. In the global folder, we want to add anchor points, position, scale, rotation, opacity. Again, we're just clean these up so we'll get rid of all the information that we don't need at the beginning. So we'll just have anchor point, position, scale, rotation opacity. So it's all really clean. Of course, it's about what you're going through. This process. Makes sure you're testing each setting. Once you've added it in and once you've cleaned it up, just go ahead and just double-check that it's working. As you can see, if I go into the precomp one, you can say this is why we originally started. If I adjust the position on one of these layers, you can see that is working. If we go to rotation that is working, go to opacity and play with the slider that he's now working. And they just walked through every single property here and make sure everything is working and it's functional. Let me go ahead and create a new layer to show you what I'm talking about. So we'll go layer new solid will make this a black solid. Press okay on this. And then in the effects will go in to wave, will search for wave. You can see we've got audio waveform, radio waves that stop audio waveform onto the black solid. And essentially this is just going to create an audio waveform when we drop an audio file in. If I just drop an audio file in. So as you can see, I've dropped this audio file and I'm not going to play this because I don't want to get in trouble for copyrights. But as you can see, if I go into the black solid and I changed the source appear to the music layer. You can see that he's going to create this animation. However, when I go into effects on that layer, into the audio waveform, you can see if I try and change audio layer and add this to the essential graphics panel, it says After Effects warning property type is not yet supported for using the essential graphics panel. Even though I can add the start point and the endpoint, the samples, the thickness, the softness. Even though I can add all of these in, unfortunately, I can't add this audio layer option in because it's not yet enabled and it doesn't quite work. Unfortunately, every now and then you will run into this problem. There will be certain effects that won't work. So you have to find a way of working around those problems. But most Effects, I'd probably say 80% of the effects and 80% of the options in After Effects are going to work with the essential graphics panel. Now that brings me on to the points of exports. In the next video, I'm going to show you how you export this and get this into an actual emoji RTF file or a mogul file into Adobe Premiere Pro. 5. Export into a .MOGRT file: This part of the course, I'm going to show you how to export your files from the essential graphics panel and turn that into an actual amalgam file that you can import into Premiere. Now you'll notice I'm using a slightly different texts templates and then he's because unfortunately After Effects crashed before, before I had a chance to save the project. But everything is exactly the same. You can see I've got all the folders labeled and everything is perfectly organized inside those folders. In order to export this, you want to just make sure that the name is changed. You want to make sure that the composition is set. You want to make sure that these poster time, well, the thumbnail is set to what you want it to. And then you can just go to Export motion graphics templates. After Effects will ask you to save the projects, and that's exactly what it's going to do. Then you will be given this option. So you can see you've got destination. So you can go ahead and change this if you want. And then of course you can change the name of this as well. So let's call this Test. Then you've got compatibility. So you've got a few options here. The first one is warmer if there's motion graphics template uses fonts that are not available from Adobe fonts. So if you're using this template when you're not connected to the Internet and you're using an Adobe fonts that requires an Internet connection, then unfortunately it will just change the font for you. The next one is warming of After Effects needs to be installed in order to customize this motion graphics templates. If you have a few options inside of your template, you have a few effects that are After Effects specific, they won't walk in Premiere. Then you might want to select this. And then you've got warmer if there are any texts controls that cannot be with edited, that cannot be edited with the Premier Pro Type Tool. Sorry if there's any texts issues and it wouldn't work in Premier, you just select this. But I generally keep the first and the third selected. And then we press OK. It's just going to verify the fonts from Adobe and then that will export. And if we check the desktop quickly, you will notice test dot mortgage is sitting right there. Now in the next video, I'm gonna show you how to take that and put that into Adobe Premiere Pro. 6. Importing and Testing in Premiere Pro: So we're inside of Adobe Premiere Pro, and as you can see, we've just got a brand new projects. We haven't even got a sequence creates E-jet. So I'm just going to go and create a new sequence. So we'll go file new sequence. I'm just going to use one of these presets that I've got created. But if you look over to the settings, you can say 25 frames per second. Frame size of 1920 by 1080 square pixels, and then everything else is fine. I will just rename this to test. In order to import that motion graphics file, we want to change the graphics window. If you sell it, that it will load up the motion graphics window. However, though unfortunately, nothing has happened. Unfortunately this does happen. So generally what I do is I just go to the editing window. I go to Window a payer, and then I select Essential Graphics there, and that should pop up in a separate tab. Now when you first open up this window, you'll find loads of different templates that are installed from Premier Pro. But personally I was never using them, so I just deleted them out of my essential graphics panel. But if you're going into this for the first time, you'll probably see anywhere between 30 to 50 different templates here. But to import your template, you just wanted to go into the bottom right. You can see this rectangle with this plus select that. And then you just want to navigate through to your desktop or wherever you've exported this to. As you can see, test dot moda is there that has been imported. In order to edit that, you can just drag this onto your sequence like this. And you'll see a media offline screen just walked, it's loading up. And then if we play this using the space bar, you can see that animation is now inside of Adobe Premiere Pro, so they see successfully installed. However, before you do start using this or before you put this onto the internet and cell, this is a text template. I would just go into every single folder and adjust every single setting. In the multiple controls or the global controls. Just make sure that the position works on both axes. Make sure that the scale works, make sure they were rotation is working, adjust the opacity and then change this text. Change the position, and just go through all of these menus to make sure everything is working if you do happen to find any issues along the way. So maybe they scale option here isn't affecting anything. Then you can go back into Adobe After Effects. You can go back into why that problem was. If it was in this text layer, you can just delete that scale, go back into the shape layer, go back into the text, and then re-add that scale, and then just make sure it works inside of After Effects. And then once that does work, I want you to know it works in here by testing it. Then you can just drop that back into the Export window. So we'll export this again. Then you delete this template from Premiere and re-import that back into Premier, and you should find the issue has been fixed. So just make sure you go through each and every option to make sure that there are no problems whatsoever. 7. Outro: There you go. At this moment in time, you should feel pretty comfortable creating a fairly simple text animation preset or at mogul file. Now there are some complexities and there are some difficulties when creating MOG up files, especially when you're working with more complex texts animation. So if you have any questions, then please do send me a message or write a comment and I promise I will get back to you. Or if you have created your own Mogul files and you wanted to share those, then please do consider uploading those to the student's project section. And of course, if you are interested in learning more about video production and video editing, and please do check out some of my other courses. I have loads of courses available at this point. So consider checking one of those out. But if not, then thank you ever so much for your support on this one. And hopefully I will see you on a future course. See you there.