Christmas will be here before we know it, and what better way to reach out this season than to create a personal holiday greeting. In this tutorial we'll show you how to make one quickly and easily using a Premiere Pro template.
How to Make a Christmas Video
Though celebrations this year might be a little different for many of us, it's important to still take some time for the things that matter, like family and friends.
If you'd like to follow along, here's a list of the resources used. They're all from Envato Elements, and so included in a monthly subscription.
- Romantic Christmas Night
- Family in kitchen at Christmas
- Cooking Christmas Cookies
- Christmas party at Home
- Family Celebrating Christmas
- Little Girl Enjoying Christmas
- Family Celebrating Christmas
1. Open the Template
This is how the template looks when you open it up. You can see that on the Timeline there's Main Scene, which is what you'll be editing. The effects—scratches, light leaks, vignette—are layered above it.
The main project is broken down into three folders: Edit, Final and Assets.
2. Add Footage and Stills
Go into the Edit folder and open the Shots subfolder.
Each one that you can see listed is footage that can be replaced with your own media. Double-click on Shot 01 and you'll see a placeholder in your Timeline.
Drag in your footage or still so that it fits above the placeholder in the Timeline.
If you make it the same length as the example one, it'll fit the template properly but be aware that you might need to resize or otherwise adjust it so it looks right. Replace all of the Shots in the Edit folder in the same way.
If you're using moving footage (rather than stills) you'll need to make sure that the action being demonstrated in the footage is over the placeholder, otherwise you might not actually see the right bit in the template!
Because of the overlayed effects on the template, you should keep checking in your Final Sequence to keep an eye on the framing of your media to be sure of what you'll actually see.
3. Edit Text
It's probably a good time to note that if you don't install the font that a template uses, it'll default to one you have, so you might want to choose a nice festive font.
Open Final Folder and the Titles subfolder.
Double-click on any title to edit it.
It'll appear in your Timeline and you can double-click it again there to bring up the edit box.
Again, refer back to your Final Sequence to see how it looks in the actual template.
4. Add a Music Track
Go to Final Sequence and drag your audio track into the Timeline, where it says Audio 1.
You'll probably need to edit your track to fit the template properly. If you're not comfortable with editing audio, just fade the track out at the end.
5. Render and Enjoy
Render out your video and you're ready to wish those you love a very Merry Christmas—and we hope you have one too!
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