Save time with Render Templates in After Effects. No more customizing by hand!

If you have specific render settings that you always use when exporting video in After Effects, then the following trick may save you a lot of time. Instead of having to customize each render by hand, you can easily save and share Render Templates in After Effects. This is great if you work in a team environment or simply want to save some time. Let’s dive into how it’s done.

Render Templates

Step 1: Navigate to the Menu

With a composition selected navigate to Edit>Templates>Render Settings…

Save and Share Render Templates in After Effects: Render Settings Step 1

Note: You can also access this template menu by clicking the small dropdown menu in the Render Queue next to Render Settings. However, you must add a composition to the queue to access the menu in this way.

Step 2: Adjust Settings as Needed

A menu will pop up with various fields that can be adjusted to fit your needs. To create your render template, hit the “New” button. Another menu will pop up that looks exactly like the render settings found in the Render Queue. Simply adjust your settings as needed.

After you hit “OK” you will be able to name your new template. If you want to change a property once set, simply navigate to the template you wish to change under the “Settings Name” menu and click Edit.

Save and Share Render Templates in After Effects: Render Settings Step 2

Step 3: Save

Hit the large “OK” button to save your render settings. You will now be able to access your new render template in the Render Queue under the Render Settings menu.

Save and Share Render Templates in After Effects: Render Settings Step 3


Output Modules

Step 1: Navigate to the Menu

With a composition selected navigate to Edit>Templates>Output Module…

Save and Share Render Templates in After Effects: Output Module Step 1

Note: You can also access this template menu by clicking the small dropdown menu in the Render Queue next to Output Module. However, you must add a composition to the queue to access the menu in this way.

Step 2: Adjust Settings as Needed

Saving an Output Module is exactly like saving Render Settings. Simply click the “New” button and adjust your settings as you wish. After you create your custom Output Module, click “Ok” and name your template.

Save and Share Render Templates in After Effects: Output Module Step 2

Step 3: Save

Save your Output Module by simply clicking “OK”. You will now see your custom Output Module in your Render Queue under the Output Module menu.

Save and Share Render Templates in After Effects: Output Module Step 3


Sharing Render Templates and Output Modules

To save Render Templates or Output Modules for future use simply click the “Save All” button in the corresponding menu found under Edit>Templates>Render Templates or Output Modules. These templates can be saved and shared like any other file.


Loading Render Templates and Output Modules

To load Render Templates or Output Modules simply click the “Load” button in the corresponding menu found under Edit>Templates>Render Templates or Output Modules. You will then be prompted to find your Render Templates or Output Module preset files.

Want to learn even more quick tips in After Effects? Check out a few of the following resources:

  1. Organizing the After Effects and Premiere Pro Project Panels
  2. 10 Essential After Effects Tricks
  3. Quick Tip: Setting Markers in After Effects

What Render Templates do you use the most? Share in the comments below!