Layered Templates

Sometimes even the best footage needs a little something extra to really make it pop. What if you could get the looks you’ve dreamed about with no plugins, no heavy renders, no hassles. What I am about to demonstrate works with all video editing and visual FX software by simply dragging the layers right to your timeline. These quicktime based visual effects take all the drudgery out of the process and lets you focus on what really matters, getting a great look that compliments your footage. 

I’m John from Resolve Browser and today I would like to show you how you can quickly add Vertigo Generators layered Templates in DaVinci Resolve.

These quick and easy to use templates can be used for a wide range of effects, show openers, over the shoulder, intro’s, outro’s and lots more…

Each element is on it’s own layer and by using different composite modes you can create complex looking graphics quickly and easily. Each layer has been named with the track destination and the recommended composite mode for your editor of choice. You’ll also find this information inside the clips metadata so you can easily search and organise the templates.

Transparent placeholders, which create a cut out means you can include your own video in the template. To help you place the video clip on the correct track we’ve included a “Dropzone” placeholder, just replace the dropzone with your clip.

If your video clip needs to be placed on layer 1 then the layered templates will be named layer 2, layer 3, layer 4. If the Video clip needs to go on layer 2 then the template will be layer 1, layer 3, layer 4. 

It gets even easier with DaVinci Resolve and if you are using version 17 or above you can just import the whole template as a new project. Occasionally you may have to relink the media, however 99% of the time this is not required as they are saved as a complete package.

Open the DaVinci Resolve project manager, before you import it right click on an empty space and ensure “Dynamic Project Switching” is selected. This ensures you can open more than one project and move timelines between them. Then import the .dra file from your computer, it will take a few seconds to load the layered template project. 

To import a project, right click on an empty area of the project manager and select “Import Project”

I recommend you open the project as “Read Only” this means you can always come back to the original project. In the unlikely event you see “Media offline” then you will need to “Re-Link” the clips. Blackmagic Design has updated the import feature and this normally isn’t required. 

Once you have created your layered template, I recommend rendering it out as a complete sequence. This means you can then place the new rendered clip  into a “Power Bin” and it will be available across your entire project collection both now and in the future. You can also copy the template to any other project. The easiest way to do this inside DaVinci Resolve is to create a compound clip out of all the layers and then just copy and paste it into your current working project. Unfortunately compound clips do not go into “Power Bins” hence the recommendation to render the template out as a new single clip.

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