If you are looking for ways to speed up your workflow, video templates might be the thing for you.
Video templates are pre-designed edits you can customise to fit your brand or platform. They can be used with either video editing software or an online video editor. Each template comes with pre-designed graphics and layouts, and only require you to add your footage to complete them.
This guide will show you how (and when) to use video templates, and where to find the best ones for your channel.
Are video templates right for me?
Templates are best suited to new creators who have to churn out short videos on a fairly regular basis. But they are not for everyone. If you want full creative freedom and flexibility with your videos, then you might prefer to create your videos from scratch.
What types of templates are available?
There are lots of templates out there to choose from! You can find templates for social media videos, promo videos, YouTube intros and outros and much more!
How do I use video templates?
In most cases, the template will come with instructions for how to use it and tutorial videos on the purchase page. Check out the features of the video template thoroughly before purchasing it — most digital products are non-refundable. Make sure it is the right fit for you.
You want to look for a template that is a) customisable, b) useful for more than one occasion, and c) cohesive with your overall brand aesthetic. Templates for online video editors tend to be easier to use than edit software templates, but they have fewer customisation options.
Do I need any extra tools?
Nope! You will only need access to your video editing software or online video editor to use the template. In some cases, the template creator will supply you with additional files — like fonts, bonus graphics, design assets and a license document.
Where can I find *good* templates?
There are plenty of places to find creative templates for your brand. I’ve made this list of recommended sites including my personal favourite, Mixkit!
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Mixkit is one of our favourite places on the web for free templates and video assets. They have Premiere Pro templates, Davinci Resolve templates and Final Cut Pro templates, as well as stock music and sound effects.
Grab this Retro VHS Slideshow template and others from their website.
Creative Market is a hub for digital tools and creative resources. You will not only find video templates for YouTube and Instagram, but you will also likely see fonts, textures and backgrounds that you can incorporate into your videos too.
We are on Creative Market — just search Working Womxn!
VideoHive / Envato Elements
I’ve grouped together VideoHive and Envato Elements for this one because they are both owned by Envato. With VideoHive, you can purchase and use single templates and digital files. With Envato Elements, you pay for a subscription and then have access to unlimited templates and graphic assets. Envato Elements is a good investment if you know you will frequently use pre-designed templates for your business.
Similar to Mixkit, Motion Array offer templates for Premiere Pro, After Effects, Davinci Resolve and Final Cut Pro. Their designs are not super current, but occasionally you can find some hidden gems in their collection.
Had to add Canva to this list for their growing collection of video templates for Youtube intros/outros, Instagram, Pinterest and more. They are relatively new to video and offer minimal controls and customisations, but it is a good option for beginners who regularly use Canva to design static content.
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