Modifying Master Templates

There are two ways you can change the basic design of a template clip:

Updating All Template Clips That Use the Same Master Template

If you want to change all template clips in a sequence or project that use the same master template, you can modify the Motion template file in Motion. For example: You created all of the lower third titles for your project using a single master template. If you want to change a design element, such as the text color, you can modify the Motion template file in Motion. When you switch back to Final Cut Pro, the text color of all template clips that refer to that Motion template file is updated automatically. The parameters you customized in Final Cut Pro, such as text and video footage, are preserved as long as you don’t remove those parameters when you edit the Motion template file.

To modify all template clips that use the same master template
  1. Do one of the following:

    • Select a master template in the Effects tab of the Browser, then choose View > Master Template in Editor.

    • Control-click a master template in the Timeline or in the Effects tab of the Browser, then choose Open in Editor from the shortcut menu.

  2. The Motion template file opens in Motion.

  3. In Motion, make timing and animation changes to the template file.

    Note: Be careful not to delete any elements, such as text, in the Motion template file that are used as customizable parameters in your Final Cut Pro sequences.

  4. Save the Motion template file and return to Final Cut Pro.

    All template clips in your project that refer to the modified Motion template file are updated with the changes you made in Motion.

Warning: When you update a Motion template file on your local editing system, make sure you also update the template file on all other systems that may use that template file. If you do not update the template file on a remote system and you open your sequence on the remote system, the older template file on that computer is displayed instead of your updated template file.

Updating a Single Template Clip

If you want to modify only a single template clip without affecting others, Final Cut Pro can make a copy of the template clip’s Motion template file and automatically link the template clip to the copied template file. Because the template clip in the Timeline is now linked to the copied Motion template file, the template clip is no longer affected by changes you make to its original Motion template file.

To modify a single template clip in a sequence
  1. Control-click a template clip in the Timeline or in the Effects tab of the Browser, then choose Open Copy in Editor from the shortcut menu.

    A Save dialog appears.

  2. Choose a location and enter a name for the copy of the Motion template file you are creating.

    By default, the template filename is the same as the original template filename, with the word ”copy” appended. The default location is the same location as for the original template file.

  3. Click Save.

    A copy of the template file is saved and then opened in Motion. The template clip in Final Cut Pro is reconnected to the copied template file.

  4. Make changes to the template file in Motion.

    Important: Be careful not to delete any elements in the Motion template file that are used as customizable parameters in your Final Cut Pro template clip. For example, if you have custom text in your template clip, don’t delete the corresponding text element in the Motion template file.

  5. Save the template file and return to Final Cut Pro.

    The template clip in the Timeline is updated. No other template clips in your project are affected, and this template clip is now linked to the copied Motion template file.

Updating and Replacing Template Clips Using Drag and Drop

You can easily replace template clips in your project with updated master templates by dragging new master templates to existing template clips in the Timeline. For example, in some post-production workflows, you may need to update several template clips in a sequence with a newer version of the master template you just received from a remote motion graphics artist.

Note: Make sure to install new Motion template files before you update template clips in your Final Cut Pro project. For more information, see the instructions in Installing Motion Template Files for Use in Final Cut Pro.

There are three methods for updating template clips:

  • Link a single template clip to a newer master template.

  • Link all template clips in a sequence that connect to a single master template to a newer master template.

  • Link all template clips in a project that connect to a single master template to a newer master template.

To update a single template clip in your sequence to a newer master template
  1. Open the new master template you want to use in the Viewer.

    For more information about adding master templates to a sequence, see Adding Master Templates to a Sequence.

  2. Keeping the mouse button held down, drag the new master template from the Viewer or Browser to the older template clip you want to update in the Timeline.

  3. Choose Replace This Template from the overlay that appears, then release the mouse button.

    The template clip beneath the pointer is now linked to the new master template, and its appearance changes automatically. Any custom parameters, such as text and graphics, are preserved.

To link all instances of a particular template in a sequence or project to a new master template
  1. Open the new master template you want to use in the Viewer.

    See Adding Master Templates to a Sequence.

  2. Keeping the mouse button held down, drag the new template from the Browser or Viewer to any template clip that you want to update in the Timeline.

  3. Do one of the following:

    • Choose Replace All Uses of This Master Template in the Sequence from the overlay that appears, then release the mouse button.

    • Choose Replace All Uses of This Master Template in the Project from the overlay that appears, then release the mouse button.

    All template clips that were linked to the older master template are now linked to the new template.

Important: When you link a template clip to a new master template, make sure that any customizable parameters in the old template are also in the new master template.