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How to Make a Christmas Video from a Template in Premiere Pro

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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.

Resources

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.

Template

Footage

Images

Music

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.

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Open the Template

2. Add Footage and Stills

Go into the Edit folder and open the Shots subfolder.

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Adding Footage

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.

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Drag in Footage

Drag in your footage or still so that it fits above the placeholder in the Timeline.

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You May Need to Resize Footage or Stills to Fit

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.

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Check Footage Carefully

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!

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Be Sure to Check Image Framing in Final Sequence

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.

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Open Titles Folder

Open Final Folder and the Titles subfolder.

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Double-click on a Title to Edit it

Double-click on any title to edit it. 

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Edit Text

It'll appear in your Timeline and you can double-click it again there to bring up the edit box.

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Check how the text works with the background and effects

Again, refer back to your Final Sequence to see how it looks in the actual template.

4. Add a Music Track

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Add music

Go to Final Sequence and drag your audio track into the Timeline, where it says Audio 1.

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Edit your music track

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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