In this tutorial, you'll learn how to add new transition templates to Final Cut Pro.
Select Your Template
First things first, let's get some new templates. Head over to Envato Elements or Envato Market to find premium templates, or try the free templates for Final Cut Pro from Mixkit. You can also read this guide to Final Cut Pro templates to help you choose.
Find the template you want to use and download it. For this example, we're going with The Most Useful Transitions Pack for FCPX.
How to Add Transitions Templates to Final Cut Pro
You might get a little lost importing a template into Final Cut Pro, especially if you've used templates for other software, like Premiere Pro, or it's your first time using templates. It's understandable; when it comes to templates FCP not as intuitive as other programs and, admittedly, I was lost the first time I tried to do this.
Set Up Your Folders
This isn't the most intuitive process but the good thing is once you know how, it's quick and easy.
Open the Finder and navigate to your your Movies folder. Inside that you'll see Motion Templates. Open up this and you should see some folders labelled as Titles, Transitions, Generators etc. Sometimes this section has no folders. Not to worry! You can create your own. You'll want to make sure you spell the words correctly and that they have a capitalized start to the word. For transitions, write
Select the Transitions folder and type Command-I to open up get Info. Under Name and Extensions, add
.localized to the name of the folder so that it becomes
Transitions.localized. Renaming the folder in this way creates a link between the folder and FCP's library.
Installing the Template
Now that you know how the folder system works, you've probably guessed what's next: copying and pasting the downloaded template into the Transitions folder that you just linked with FCP.
Still in your Finder, open up Downloads, or wherever you store downloads, and find your new templates.
In our example this is a folder called The Most Useful Transition Pack for FCPX. Next, right-click and select Copy, or copy using the Command-C shortcut with the keyboard. Now head back over to the Transitions folder and Paste in the templates: Command-V.
Find The New Template in Final Cut Pro
Last thing to do is open up Final Cut Pro and located the transition. Close and restart the program if you already had it running. The pack will be added automatically and visible in the Transition panel. To use these, simply treat them as any transition—drag and drop onto your footage on the timeline.
More Video Resources From Envato
And that's it, you are ready to use new transition templates for Final Cut Pro! Here are a few more tutorials and resources to help you use FCP.
- How to Keep a Mac Efficient and Well Maintained: Part 1Rahul Saigal08 Feb 2017
- 90 Top Video Templates for Final Cut Pro in 2022Andrew Childress04 Jan 2022
- iMovie vs Final Cut Pro: What's the Best Video macOS App for Your Needs?Andrew Childress05 Mar 2019
- How to Import Video Footage into Final Cut Pro XSlavik Boyechko16 Nov 2017