Go to File > New > Search bin.
Project templates can speed up creating a Premiere Pro project by 10-15 minutes. That is a savings of perhaps 3% of one workday, but it is the best 3% you ever saved! Project templates pay dividends again and again, saving you time and effort down the road.
Video production can be complex. The way to manage that – and scale your projects – is to set up your workflow before you begin. Using Premiere Pro projects as templates allows you to do that. It saves you a little time when you start your project, but it saves you a lot of time as you work on it, by standardizing your production pipeline and helping you to avoid errors.
Project templates include traditional bins for organizing media, which are common to any project, and much more. A Premiere Pro Project includes Timeline layouts, track names, colored labels, Effects, bins (media folders), Search Bins, and more. All of these can be saved, adapted as needed, and reused for new projects.
For new users, project templates offer insights into Premiere Pro and help guide the editing workflow. For expert editors provide a flexible tool for planning projects and completing work more efficiently. For editorial teams, project templates standardize media and Timeline organization, simplifying collaboration.
This Best Practice guide walks you through creating a Premiere Pro project template. You can download the sample template project and adapt it as needed for your own workflow.
Projects often grow and evolve after you start editing. Project templates should allow for that. A common set of standardized bins helps you stay organized in the project.
Project templates can include Search bins which automatically display media that meet the criteria you set. For example, a search bin configured to display all music clips in the project saves you searching through other bins to locate your music.
Anything that can be included in a Premiere Pro project can be part of your template:
All of these elements are built in to the sample template we created for this Best Practices guide. You can download the template here.
Download the Template project zip file, and place it somewhere on your system for storing. Make a copy with a new name and put that on your media drive (the storage location you use for your media when you are editing).
The main folder contains a Premiere Pro Project and a set of folders - the bins in your Premiere Pro project. Each folder is empty except for a text file with a note about how to use it.
The folders are numbered to ensure that they appear in the same order, but there is plenty of space to insert other folders where needed.
Any content that you re-use, you can add into these folders. If you have different types of projects, you could create templates for each of them, and populate those folders with recurring content, such as intros, audio, graphics, and so on.
When you open the Project in Premiere Pro, you find the bins organized in the Project panel.
You can choose to use this template as is. In Windows or macOS, copy your source media to the 10 Raw footage folder. In Premiere Pro, open that bin and import your footage. This gives a running start with your timeline with an audio setup and bins for media.
The following sections discuss how to work with different elements in your project template.
Search bins combine the functionality of a regular search with a dynamic, constantly updating search. These are a great way to automatically collate certain types of media, or clips with specific kind of metadata. For example, you can have a search bin configured to display any clips with “BTS” in the name, making it easy to locate behind-the-scenes content.
Some example search bins are included in the sample project.
Go to File > New > Search bin.
Fill out the search criteria in the Create Search Bin dialog box. You can include two criteria, based on specific types of metadata.
The new search bin appears in the Project panel.
(Optional) To edit the settings, right-click on a search bin and choose Edit Search Bin.
The sample project has various useful search bins already in the Template project. Here is a list of search criteria to create or customize search bins.
Search bins that help you find footage.
Search bins that help analyze your media
Starting with a sequence that has pre-named tracks helps keep editorial organized and logical. It makes it easier to work with audio and to navigate the contents of the sequence.
If multiple editors contribute to a project, it’s much easier to share the work when tracks are standardized and organized.
All the sequences in the example project template already have their preview file format changed to match the sequence size, set to ProRes422. This codec supports fast rendering for export, as detailed in the Best Practices: Export faster guide.
The example template has the following five timelines:
Here is a screenshot of the track names; these can be customized as needed.
Track-based audio effects allow you to perform advanced audio mixing, right in your project in Premiere Pro.
In the example project template, two effects have been applied to the Master track - a Hard Limiter and a Loudness Radar.
The Hard Limiter is a compressor that prevents audio from being louder than its set level of -1.db.
The Loudness meter shows the levels as per the CALM act (US) and the EBU R128 recommendations to monitor Loudness. This is critical for broadcast audio monitoring.
It can be useful to create an additional type of audio mix called an M&E – Music and Effects only, with no dialogue. This makes it easier to re-use content for multilingual delivery.
If you intend to create an M&E mix, organize dialog tracks separately to make it easier to selectively mute them.
This sample timeline has been configured for multichannel output. Each track type (Dialog, SFX, and so on) has been routed to an appropriate submix, as seen in the Audio Track Mixer below.
The final output will have five stereo tracks (10 channels.)
The full mix is on the first stereo track. Each subsequent pair of tracks is just the specific submix output on its own pair of channels.
When exporting, output must be configured to 10 channels, as follows:
Create a new sequence with multichannel output.
Create submixes and route tracks to each of the appropriate submixes.
It’s a major advantage to have named your tracks.
When it is time to export, go to the Audio tab and create a 10-channel output.
The final master has:
The key to easy Project Management, is to start organized and stay organized. By placing all of your assets and production paperwork for a particular project in a single folder, it’s easy to back up and restore projects in the future.
As with our sample project template, folders can be part of your own project templates.
Some folders can be empty but clearly named to guide use. Others can contain media already incorporated into the template project and part of a pre-built sequence, such as any content you re-use for that type of project.
There are numbers at the start of each folder name. This allows you to sort the folders by name while maintaining a particular order, and insert new folders using new numbers as required.
Copy media to the project folder prior to importing into a Premiere Pro project, or other Creative Cloud tools, to ensure you have everything in one place.
One of the metadata headings available in Premiere Pro is File Path. With this heading displayed, it’s easy to check all media files are stored in the correct location.
There are a number of tools that add automation to the process of setting up project templates. Industrial-strength systems like Automate IT and Helmut FX by MoovIT are used in enterprise settings. Individuals and smaller teams have options as well.
Adobe helps you get to the finish line faster. See our Best Practice guides for video editing and production.