Basics

What are Motion Graphics templates (.mogrt files)?

Motion Graphics templates are a file type (.mogrt) that can be created in After Effects or Premiere Pro.

Motion Graphics templates allow a motion designer working in After Effects to encapsulate a complex After Effects project (.aep) into a single file with easy-to-use controls that can be consumed in Premiere Pro.

Titles and graphics can also be created in Premiere Pro and exported as a Motion Graphics template (.mogrt) for future reuse or sharing.  

How are Motion Graphics templates (.mogrt) different than After Effects projects (.aep)?

The .mogrt file format allows motion designers working in After Effects to retain stylistic control of compositions, while providing editors working in Premiere Pro the ability to customize the motion graphic in the context of an editorial project.

The author of a Motion Graphics template in After Effects can make a whole range of properties available within the template, like the ability to make dynamic changes to text, color, and layout.

When the After Effects-created Motion Graphics template is opened in Premiere Pro, all those properties are revealed in the Essential Graphics panel. The editor can then adjust the content in Premiere Pro without time-consuming back-and-forth between the applications. 

How do I bring a Motion Graphics template into my Premiere Pro project?

  1. To add a Motion Graphics template from the Essential Graphics panel, open Essential Graphics panel and click the Browse tab.

  2. Select the Motion Graphics template that you want to use and drag it into a video track in your sequence.

  3. The Motion Graphics template creates a track item in your sequence.

    • Premiere Pro could show media as offline until the template completes loading.
    • If the template that you added requires fonts that have not been installed, you can resolve the fonts that are missing using Adobe Typekit.
  4. Select the graphic in your timeline to edit it.  You can customize and adjust the parameters of the Motion Graphics template in the Essential Graphics panel under the Edit tab.

Note:

Some Motion Graphics templates (.mogrt files) require After Effects to be installed.  

Where can I get Motion Graphics templates?

You can get Motion Graphics templates using the following ways:
  • You can get Motion Graphics templates from Adobe Stock for free or purchase. From Premiere Pro, open the Libraries panel. Enter your search term, and filter for Motion Graphics templates by using the check box next to Templates.
  • Visit www.stock.adobe.com, search for Templates, and select the Premiere Pro filter available under search options to limit the search for Motion Graphics templates.
  • Premiere Pro also ships with sample Motion Graphics templates that were created in After Effects and Premiere Pro.

Why do I need to install a Motion Graphics template?

Motion Graphics templates (.mogrt) are available regardless of what project you have open. This is similar to how fonts installed on your computer are available regardless of what project you work on. To add a Motion Graphics template to your project, install and make it available to Premiere Pro. To install the Motion Graphics templates that are available in your Creative Cloud Libraries, navigate to the desired library using the Library menu.

How do I install a Motion Graphics template in Premiere Pro?

  1. Click the Install Motion Graphics Template button available to the right of the location menu or choose Install Motion Graphics Template available from the Graphics menu. 

  2. This adds the Motion Graphics template to the Essential Graphics directory so that it gets available for use across your Premiere Pro projects.

For more information about installing and using Motion Graphics templates in your Premiere Pro projects, see Using the Essential Graphics Panel in Premiere Pro.

How do I create a Motion Graphics template?

Motion Graphics templates can be created in either After Effects or Premiere Pro. For more information about creating Motion Graphics templates, see the following pages:

Can I create Motion Graphics templates in Premiere Pro without installing After Effects?

Yes, you can create graphics natively in Premiere Pro using the Essential Graphics panel, and export these graphics as Motion Graphics templates (.mogrt files) for sharing or reuse without installing After Effects. 

For more information, see the following pages:        

How do I share Motion Graphics templates?

When exporting a Motion Graphics template, you can choose to save it to your Creative Cloud Libraries for easy collaboration, to your Essential Graphics folder on disk, or to another location on your local drive.

Troubleshooting

Motion graphics template import error

If I only have Premiere Pro installed, do I have to have After Effects installed to use a Motion Graphics template created in After Effects?

Some Motion Graphics templates require After Effects to be installed to customize them in Premiere Pro. In your Essential Graphics panel in Premiere Pro, Motion Graphics templates that require an install of Adobe After Effects or an upgrade to the version of After Effects on your computer displays the following icon:

If the Motion Graphics template you bring in to your sequence requires After Effects to be installed, or if you do not have a compatible version of After Effects installed, you see an error message:

"This Motion Graphic template was created in After Effects. To use this template in Premiere Pro, please install After Effects (trial or license) and retry. Learn more at adobe.com/go/mgt."

Error message when trying to use Motion Graphics templates
Error message when trying to use Motion Graphics templates

You need a trial or licensed version of After Effects installed on your computer. You do not need to purchase After Effects to use Motion Graphics templates in Premiere Pro.

  • If you are a Creative Cloud subscriber, the After Effects subscription is already included in the plan. Download it from your Creative Cloud application.
  • If you have a Single-App license of Premiere Pro, you can install the trial version of After Effects. As long as After Effects remains installed, you will be able to continue to use the Motion Graphics templates in Premiere Pro, even if the trial period for After Effects expires. 

Motion Graphics template appears as Media Offline

If I have received a Premiere Pro project from an editor that contains a Motion Graphics template created in After Effects, what do I do?

If you only have Premiere Pro installed on your computer, and not After Effects, when you try to open the Premiere Pro project containing a Motion Graphics template created in After Effects, you see a notice that says that the media file is 'Offline'. To work with this project, you need to install an After Effects license (trial or licensed version). See the note above on how to do this.

Can I use Motion Graphics templates if I have the latest version of Premiere Pro (2018) installed on my computer but use an older version of After Effects?

It depends.  Many Motion Graphics templates do not require After Effects to be installed to customize them in Premiere Pro. However, some Motion Graphics templates use effects that are not supported natively in Premiere Pro 2018.0 version and thus require After Effects to render.

If you are using the latest version of Premiere Pro but have an older version of After Effects installed on your computer, the media file shows as 'Offline' in the sequence, and Motion Graphics templates in your Essential Graphics folder could display a warning icon indicating that an After Effects install or upgrade is required. To use these Motion Graphics templates, install the latest version of After Effects (trial/licensed version) using the instructions below.

 

After Effects trial and license installation

How do I install After Effects?

Go to http://www.adobe.com/products/aftereffects.html to install After Effects. 

If you have the Creative Cloud (CC) desktop application installed, you can install After Effects directly from the application. If you do not have Creative Cloud (CC) desktop application installed, the Creative Cloud installer gets installed on your desktop first and you can use it to install After Effects.

I have Premiere Pro installed on my computer, but I don't see the Creative Cloud desktop application. Where I can install After Effects?

Though you have Premiere Pro installed, it's possible that you could have deleted the Creative Cloud desktop application. Install the Creative Cloud desktop application and then use it to install After Effects. 

My trial version of After Effects has expired. Can I still continue to render Motion Graphics templates?

Yes, After Effects created Motion Graphics templates that require After Effects will continue to work in Premiere Pro as long as the expired trial version of After Effects remains installed.