How to Customize a Final Cut Pro Template

Several people have asked me how to customize a template in Final Cut Pro.

For example, if you want to remove a drop zone from a template, how do you do it?

This video demonstrates a simple process to make these kinds of changes.

By the way, I made this video specifically to answer the questions I’ve been getting, so I hope the information is helpful to you. :)


How to Use Drop Zones: Part 2

Drop Zones can be powerful time-saving tools in Final Cut Pro. This video is part 2 in my series on using Drop Zones in templates.

It demonstrates how to work with multiple drop zones in one template, how to add photos to a drop zone, and how to change placeholder text.

I hope the information helps!

What? Another Surprise Giveaway?!?

Yes, it’s true. I’m giving away another surprise download, and this one is even bigger than the last one.

Watch this video:

To register for your free “Light Overlays” download, simply fill out this form and click “Subscribe”:

    After you submit your information and confirm, you’ll receive an email with the download link.

    Enjoy, and I hope you get plenty of use from them! :)

    Oh, and if you know someone who might benefit from these as well, please feel free to forward this page to them, or share on Facebook or Twitter, etc.

    A little surprise for you… :)

    Here’s a little surprise for you…

    This is a small bundle of three different animation loops which you can use directly inside Final Cut Pro.

    They’re seamless loops so you can make them as long or short as you want in your Final Cut Pro projects, and they show up in the Generators browser so you can just drag them into your projects as needed.

    Click here to download the free animation loop bundle. (about 443 MB)

    Oh, and the animations are 4K so they’ll work in projects of any size up to 4K.

    The installation instructions are just like other themes. If you need a refresher on how to install them, check out this video for instructions on installing themes.

    (An instructional video is also included inside the download).

    Anyway, enjoy the animation loops!

    Free Download: Light Spiral Animation Loop

    Today I have a free gift for you. It’s an animated video loop for Final Cut Pro.

    I’ve embedded the demo above so you can see what it looks like.

    Here’s the link to download the animation:

    CLICK HERE to download the animation loop. (about 1.5 GB)

    Why is the download so large? Well, it’s a 4K animation in ProRes format, so it’s high quality and ready to use in your projects.

    Once you have it installed, it will show up in your Generators Browser inside Final Cut Pro. And you can just drag it from the Generators Browser into your Final Cut Pro project to use it.

    By the way, you’ll need at least version 10.4.6 of Final Cut Pro (which is the current version as I write this). Also, I’ve included a video inside the download that demonstrates how to install themes and templates in case you need a guide.

    I’ve seen single animation loops like this sell on stock video sites for more than $100, but I’m giving this to you as a way of saying thanks for being a subscriber!

    I hope it’s useful to you. :)

    Edit: For the template to work, you’ll want to make sure you have it in a “Theme Folder” called “Animation Loops”. I’m re-uploading the file with the fix. If you’ve already installed it, here’s the fix. Make sure you have it structured like this:

    “User Account > Movies > Motion Templates > Generators > Izzy Video > Animation Loops > Animation Loop 011”

    If you have the folder set up like that, it should show up inside the Generators browser in Final Cut Pro without a problem. I hope that helps!

    Template Technique in Final Cut Pro X: Change Placeholder Text

    This video demonstrates how you can change the text inside a template in Final Cut Pro X.

    One of the great things about using templates in Final Cut Pro is that they’re a great way to add visual interest to your projects in a fast and easy way.

    By the way, if you haven’t already seen it, you can also watch the video on How to Use Drop Zones in Templates inside Final Cut Pro.

    Free Download: Photo Slideshow Template and Music – A New Season

    I have another fun surprise for you today!

    It’s a photo slideshow template for Final Cut Pro with matching music, and it’s free. :)

    This is a very simple template, but I think it could be useful in many situations.

    For example, sometimes you need a simple photo slideshow with music, but you don’t want to spend a lot of time adjusting the Ken Burns effect in Final Cut Pro X, selecting and timing music, etc.

    This template should help with that problem. It’s a slideshow that’s already animated and is already timed to a specific music track. All you have to do is drop the template into your project, drag the music in, and then click to select each of the photos for the template’s fifteen drop zones.

    Everything else is already set.

    The included music is a simple piece of gentle music that I composed, and it matches the template’s mood and duration.

    I hope you enjoy the template and matching music and that you’re able to get some use out of them. :)

    Thanks for being a subscriber!

    CLICK HERE to download the template.

    How to Install and Use the Custom Template

    This video demonstrates how to install and use the template:

    Template Sample

    Here’s an example of the template’s final results:

    Please note that the template is designed to use landscape (not vertical) photos. Also, you’ll need at least version 10.4.3 of Final Cut Pro X for the template to work.

    Free Slideshow Template and Matching Music: “In the Laundromat”

    Here’s a Friday Freebie for you!

    This is a slideshow template you can use in Final Cut Pro X (or even better, directly in Motion).

    Play the video to see a demonstration:

    You’ll see in the demo video that I simply dropped in eight casual video clips from a family outing, and the result is a slideshow video that my family can enjoy.

    When you use a template like this to make a slideshow, it only takes a few minutes to finish a project.

    This free slideshow template bundle comes with:

    • Eight Drop Zones
    • Matching music
    • A matching font

    CLICK HERE to download this template bundle.

    I’ve released this music and template under a Creative Commons license. You can read the details of the license below.

    Creative Commons License
    This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

    How to Install the Font

    Please make sure you install the font before you open the template. The font is a required part of the template.

    On a Mac, it’s easy to install a new font. Just double-click on the font’s file (which is included in the download).

    How to Install the Template

    To see how to install any template in Final Cut Pro X, you can watch this video:

    Where to Store the Music

    If you want to see how to get easy access to custom music from inside Final Cut Pro X, you can watch this video.

    More is coming…

    As I mentioned before, my plan is to keep releasing free content like this, so make sure you stay subscribed.

    And if you’re not already on my email list, you can click here to add yourself.

    By the way, I love seeing examples of how people use my templates and music. If you use this template/music and share the video publicly, please feel free to forward me a link if you’d like. I’d love to see it! :)