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Adding and formatting text


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Motion 4 Essential Training

with Ian Robinson

Video: Adding and formatting text

Creating text in Motion might make you reconsider the application you used to create your storyboards. The Text tool might look pretty basic, but it's actually got all the tools you'll need. Let's get started by grabbing the Text tool. It's the T button in the Create group in your toolbar. Go ahead and click on that. Just click in the Canvas. Let's type xyz, and press Return, and type space, and press Enter on your keyboard or Escape to set the text. Now, initially we have a problem. Because we can only see the text on the canvas. That's fine, press F7 to open the HUD, and you'll notice you have some pretty straightforward text controls.
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  1. 6m 52s
    1. Welcome
      1m 0s
    2. Important definitions
      3m 5s
    3. What's new in Motion 4
      1m 51s
    4. Using the exercise files
      56s
  2. 45m 38s
    1. Launching Motion for the first time
      2m 20s
    2. Understanding the Motion interface
      4m 43s
    3. Understanding the Utility window
      5m 50s
    4. Understanding the toolbar
      1m 57s
    5. Navigating the Canvas
      4m 37s
    6. Working with layers and layer groups
      4m 52s
    7. Using the Project pane
      2m 42s
    8. Transforming objects
      3m 41s
    9. Controlling the Timeline
      4m 27s
    10. Using the HUD
      1m 27s
    11. Essential preferences
      2m 37s
    12. Customizing the keyboard
      4m 14s
    13. Getting smooth playback with RAM preview
      2m 11s
  3. 28m 52s
    1. Adding assets to Motion
      3m 12s
    2. Adding QuickTime movies to Motion
      3m 30s
    3. Adding still images to Motion
      3m 23s
    4. Adding image sequences
      3m 23s
    5. Adding layered Photoshop files
      2m 40s
    6. Adding Illustrator files
      2m 12s
    7. Using the Library
      3m 14s
    8. Understanding and using blend modes
      5m 39s
    9. Adding text
      1m 39s
  4. 13m 19s
    1. Creating and adjusting shapes
      7m 41s
    2. Creating simple masks
      2m 36s
    3. Creating masks with objects
      3m 2s
  5. 42m 24s
    1. Adding and adjusting behaviors
      5m 49s
    2. Adding parameter behaviors
      4m 2s
    3. Applying behaviors to layers and groups
      5m 16s
    4. Adding multiple behaviors
      7m 39s
    5. Exploring the power of the Link behavior
      5m 2s
    6. Trimming and sliding behaviors
      5m 18s
    7. Saving custom behaviors to animate stills
      4m 24s
    8. Using shape behaviors
      4m 54s
  6. 25m 3s
    1. Adding keyframes manually
      6m 10s
    2. Using the Record button
      6m 38s
    3. Manipulating keyframes with the Keyframe Editor
      6m 59s
    4. Combining keyframes and behaviors
      3m 33s
    5. Working with recording options
      1m 43s
  7. 26m 38s
    1. Adding and formatting text
      5m 35s
    2. Using text styles
      4m 33s
    3. Formatting text with the Adjust Glyph tool
      4m 8s
    4. Animating text with the Adjust Glyph tool
      4m 23s
    5. Creating text on a path
      3m 35s
    6. Using text behaviors
      4m 24s
  8. 22m 4s
    1. Stabilizing shaky footage
      4m 7s
    2. Match moving: Transform
      3m 56s
    3. Match moving: Four-corner pin
      4m 44s
    4. Retiming video in the Inspector
      5m 49s
    5. Using retiming behaviors
      3m 28s
  9. 11m 41s
    1. Applying and adjusting filters
      2m 46s
    2. Applying multiple filters
      8m 55s
  10. 8m 13s
    1. Pulling a luma key
      2m 42s
    2. Pulling a chroma key with Primatte RT
      5m 31s
  11. 11m 29s
    1. Applying and adjusting generators
      3m 25s
    2. Using the text generator
      4m 15s
    3. Generating a background
      3m 49s
  12. 19m 9s
    1. Creating basic particle systems
      10m 58s
    2. Using particle presets
      1m 51s
    3. Creating an advanced particle system
      6m 20s
  13. 13m 25s
    1. Replicating objects
      4m 52s
    2. Animating a replicator
      4m 53s
    3. Replicating a video file
      3m 40s
  14. 49m 46s
    1. Working in 3D space
      5m 11s
    2. Working with cameras
      8m 6s
    3. Viewing a 3D scene in different layouts
      2m 56s
    4. Creating depth with lights and shadows
      8m 22s
    5. Simulating depth of field
      3m 54s
    6. Using camera behaviors
      4m 7s
    7. Animating cameras with camera framing
      6m 8s
    8. Create interest with the Focus behavior
      1m 52s
    9. Using reflections and highlights
      5m 13s
    10. Creating particles in 3D
      3m 57s
  15. 20m 31s
    1. Using the Paint tool
      6m 1s
    2. Using advanced paint tools
      8m 9s
    3. Applying paint presets
      1m 51s
    4. Sequencing paint with the Stroke behavior
      4m 30s
  16. 9m 3s
    1. Adding and adjusting audio
      4m 37s
    2. Animating to music with the Audio Parameter behavior
      4m 26s
  17. 11m 52s
    1. Sharing files
      3m 36s
    2. Exporting files
      3m 15s
    3. Creating an export preset
      3m 0s
    4. Archiving your project
      2m 1s
  18. 15m 30s
    1. Round-tripping between Final Cut Pro and Motion
      4m 24s
    2. Sending your project to Compressor
      1m 59s
    3. Creating drop zones
      3m 0s
    4. Creating templates for Motion and Final Cut
      5m 2s
    5. Importing Motion projects into DVD Studio Pro
      1m 5s
  19. 22s
    1. Goodbye
      22s

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Motion 4 Essential Training
6h 21m Beginner Sep 11, 2009

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In Motion 4 Essential Training, Ian Robinson shows how to start building outstanding motion graphics and animations for video production. He demonstrates how to build custom text animations with the new Adjust Glyph tool and explores Motion’s amazing real-time 3D tools. Ian highlights working in the 3D space, creating depth with lights and shadows, and using reflections to add realism. He gives practical advice on how to integrate Motion into a professional video workflow, round-tripping with Final Cut Pro and sending a final project to Compressor. Exercise files accompany this course.

Topics include:
  • Understanding the toolbar and setting the essential preferences to get started
  • Adding .mov files, still images, and Photoshop and Illustrator assets to a project
  • Animating with behaviors and keyframes
  • Creating 3D animations with lighting accents, shadows, and reflections
  • Creating simple and complex particle systems
  • Creating real viewer interest with Focus Behavior and the 3D Camera Framing behavior
Subject:
Video
Software:
Motion
Author:
Ian Robinson

Adding and formatting text

Creating text in Motion might make you reconsider the application you used to create your storyboards. The Text tool might look pretty basic, but it's actually got all the tools you'll need. Let's get started by grabbing the Text tool. It's the T button in the Create group in your toolbar. Go ahead and click on that. Just click in the Canvas. Let's type xyz, and press Return, and type space, and press Enter on your keyboard or Escape to set the text. Now, initially we have a problem. Because we can only see the text on the canvas. That's fine, press F7 to open the HUD, and you'll notice you have some pretty straightforward text controls.

If your font doesn't look like this, don't sweat it. That's just because Motion remembers whatever font you used last, and by default it will use that font. So let's change this to impact, so we are all on the same page. And you'll notice as I click and scroll through the menu, we get a real-time preview of all the fonts. Okay, but it's still white on white. So let's go change the color. To change the color, just Ctrl-click in the Color well, and let's change this to a bright red. I'm holding the mouse button down as I Ctrl-click in order to keep the eyedropper in the window open.

When you've got a color you like, just let go. Let's adjust some of the settings. If you click-and-drag in Size, you'll adjust the size of the text. If you hold down Option and click to the left or right of one of the little sliders here, you'll notice it will move it in one point increments. This really only works with sliders in Motion if the values are in whole numbers. Any of the ones that work in fractions, this little technique won't work. We can adjust the Tracking, which is the overall spacing between all the letters in the word, and we can also adjust the Line Spacing, which is how close the two lines are together, otherwise known as Leading.

We can change the alignment from Left, to Center, to Right. Let's change it to Center, and to show you the rest of the text options, let's open the Inspector. Press the little eye button in the upper right corner of the HUD, or just open the Inspector tab. Now, one of other things I want to show you, be aware that text has it's own controls, as well as the individual layer, and that may not make sense, but let me show you what I mean. In the anchor point section under Transform, click-and-drag on the x slider, and you'll notice the text is selected and the anchor point has stayed in its place.

Now, I'll go to the text tab. Down here is the section called Offset. If I click-and-drag, you'll notice I have offset the text right back to where it was. So just kind of keep that in mind that they're actual format controls for text itself, as well as the individual properties that reside on the text layer. So to undo that, I'm just going to press Command+Z twice. All right, so let's make some individual adjustments. Let's reposition the text towards the center of the screen here. So I have my dynamic guides popping up.

If you're not seeing these, go to the View menu and make sure Dynamic Guides is checked, and if you double-click on any text, it will automatically switch to the Text tool, and then you can just click-and-drag around whatever text you would like to change. I would like to make xyz considerably larger, so just click-and-drag over all three letters making sure to hold down the mouse button. Click on the Text tab, and there is a checkbox I want you to select at the bottom called All Caps. This will automatically change whatever you have selected to All Caps. I kind of like this feature.

That way I don't have to worry about it as I'm doing my initial layout. Let's make the Size a little bit larger by clicking and dragging on the slider, and you'll notice up above I still have all the same options to change my fonts, but Motion also has a collection section where it has organized all the different fonts, into different categories. Now, with the text larger, let's go ahead and tweak the Tracking. If you click-and-drag to the left, we'll tighten this text up. Now, with that's been set, let's grab the Select tool to set this section. This is pretty close, but I still like to make some adjustments.

Let's change the color of the word Space. If you press T on your keyboard, that will grab the Text tool, and then you can just immediately click-and-drag and select whatever text you would like to change. With space highlighted, let's go to the Style tab, and we'll cover this more in a later video, but for right now, just go ahead and Ctrl-click right on the Color dropwell to change the text, and I'll change it to this kind of a teal color. Okay, now that we've changed the color, sometimes it's important to actually be able to change the spacing in between the individual letters.

Easy way to do that is just place your cursor by clicking in between two letters. With the cursor flashing, go back to the Format section and let's adjust the Kerning. This is the spacing between individual letters. I'm just clicking and dragging in the Inspector, but you can also use the keyboard short cut. If you move your cursor between two letters, hold down the Ctrl key and Tab left or right to bring them closer or further apart. Also if you press the arrow buttons without holding the Ctrl key, your cursor will move left or right.

So I'm just going to tighten this backup again, and to set this, I'll just press Enter on the keyboard. So, we have done our Kerning and our Line spacing. One last thing, what happens if you want to just change your specific parameter of a letter other than it's kerning? Again, if you grab the Text tool and select the individual letter, if you go back and adjust any of the parameters, that parameter change will be applied to just that individual letter, and notice the baseline will move that letter up and down. So now that we have got the basics down, let's explore some of the other features available in Motion to create some pretty amazing animated text.

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Q: In Motion 4, is it possible to create an intro with multiple pictures, where some pictures enter from the left side and some from the right side of the frame, with all fading as they approach the center of the canvas?
A: The effect described is a very specific move utilizing 3D space.  One effective method is to work in true 3D space, instead of trying to use a behavior, by keyframing the animation. Try these steps:
  1. Place a camera in the scene and switch the scene to 3D. 
  2. Rotate the first image to an angle that achieves the desired effect, and slide it on the X axis until it is out of the scene on the right of the stage. 
  3. Turn on Auto Keyframing and make sure a keyframe is recorded for the rotation and position. 
  4. Move the playhead down the Timeline and move the picture to it's ending point and adjust the rotation a little for the end. 
  5. To get the image to disappear, adjust the camera's far plane of view, making sure to soften it so it has a smooth transition into oblivion. 
    Then simply duplicate the picture and change the rotation and position keyframes to the exact opposite values for rotation and position. 
Q: When attempting to change views as the instructor demonstrates in the “Viewing a 3D scene in different layouts” video, I only see the text in the Perspective view. When the instructor uses the Top and Bottom screen split, and uses the Top view, my screen does not show the four horizontal lines that represent the four words used in the tutorial.
Are there settings that need to be changes in order to view all the objects as demonstrated in the tutorial?
A: It’s possible that when viewing the project from different?angles, the letters may be sliding way out of the view area.
Here’s how to fix it: Whenever you can't see your objects in the?scene, select at least one of them in the Layers panel and then press?F or Command+F to frame the selected objects in the scene.
 
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