Upgrade Legacy titles to Source Graphics

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Convert your Legacy Titles into Source Graphics that can be saved with your projects and edited using the modern titling and design tools in the Essential Graphics panel.


What are Source Graphics?

Source Graphics are modern essential graphics that work in a similar way to Legacy Titles: 

  • They have a project item.
  • You can track usage through the metadata column for Video Usage.
  • Edits made to the project item or an associated track item will ripple through all track items.

Source Graphics do not support the Responsive Design – Time feature.

Why upgrade Legacy Titles to Source Graphics?

At some point, the Legacy Titler workflow is going to be retired. We recommend that you transition to using the modern tools in the Essential Graphics panel for titling. If you have projects with Legacy Titles, use the following procedure to convert them to Source Graphics that you can then edit using the Essential Graphics panel.

Upgrade Legacy titles

To upgrade Legacy Titles into Source Graphics:

  1. Select the Legacy Title in the Project Panel.

  2. Do one of the following:

    • To upgrade a single Legacy Title, click Graphic > Upgrade Legacy Title.
    • To upgrade All Legacy Titles, click Graphics > Upgrade All Legacy Titles.

     To compare the upgraded Source Graphic to your Legacy Title, duplicate your Legacy Title on the track and only upgrade one of the copies in the Project panel. This way you can do a side by side comparison and get an idea of how your Legacy Titles upgrade.

Premiere Pro adds a Source graphic with the suffix "-Upgraded" to the Project panel and replace all instances of the Legacy Title on tracks with the Source Graphic.


Make sure you quality check the upgraded graphics, as not all characteristics of a Legacy Title translate fully into Source Graphics.  Shapes, rolls, crawls, tracking and rotation are not translated. There may also be other small differences.

How accurately does Upgrade Legacy Titles work?

Source Graphics use a more modern codebase and do not share all of the same attributes as the old Legacy Titles.

Attributes that will be converted

Character settings

  • The Glyphs of the text
  • Fill color and visibility
  • Font
  • Font Size
  • Font Style
  • Outer strokes
  • Underline
  • Kerning
  • Baseline shift
  • Small Caps

Text box wrapping

  • Shadow substring (different shadows on different characters will take the shadow of the first character and apply it to the whole text)
  • Radial/Linear Text Gradient substring (same as with shadow substring)
  • Cap Sizes (note, we always translate to the default 75%)
  • Just Width Scale
  • Just Height Scale
  • Vertical box text
  • The positioning of multiple lines when there are different font sizes used

Layer settings

  • Position/Alignment
  • MENA/Indic
  • Hindi Digits
  • Leading
  • Shadow*
  • Linear and Radial Gradients*
  • Vertical text*
  • Sheen*

* Layer settings that may look a little different after the upgrade.

Track items filters

  • Motion and Motion keyframes
  • Opacity and Opacity keyframes
  • Effects and Effects keyframes

Attributes that will not be converted

If needed, you can make changes to Source Graphics using the Essential Graphics tools.

  • Rolls
  • Crawls
  • Slant
  • Inner Strokes
  • Texture
  • Background
  • Distort
  • Rotation
  • Shapes
  • Right to Left text
  • Track Label Colors
  • Tracking
  • Tab Width/Stops
  • Fill types other than solid, linear and radial

Have a question?

If you have a question about upgrading your Legacy Titles, reach out to us in our Premiere Pro community. We would love to help.

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