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Adding and formatting text


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Motion 5 Essential Training

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  1. 14m 18s
    1. Welcome
      1m 6s
    2. Learning important definitions
      8m 13s
    3. Using the exercise files
      1m 37s
    4. Relinking missing media
      3m 22s
  2. 49m 41s
    1. Launching Motion for the first time
      4m 3s
    2. Navigating the interface
      9m 27s
    3. Creating and transforming objects in the Canvas
      6m 9s
    4. Controlling the Timing pane
      6m 29s
    5. Setting essential preferences
      6m 41s
    6. Customizing the keyboard
      5m 5s
    7. Using RAM preview and audio controls to get smooth preview playback
      5m 26s
    8. Introducing markers and audio
      6m 21s
  3. 26m 9s
    1. Adding assets to a project
      7m 56s
    2. Using the Library
      6m 4s
    3. Working with layers and groups
      6m 9s
    4. Understanding and using blend modes
      6m 0s
  4. 31m 15s
    1. Adding and adjusting behaviors
      7m 5s
    2. Adding multiple behaviors
      6m 31s
    3. Trimming and sliding behaviors
      8m 40s
    4. Using custom presets to create a slideshow
      8m 59s
  5. 29m 49s
    1. Animating manually using keyframes
      7m 49s
    2. Using the Record button
      6m 28s
    3. Manipulating keyframes with the Keyframe Editor
      10m 9s
    4. Combining keyframes and behaviors
      5m 23s
  6. 52m 33s
    1. Adding and formatting text
      7m 50s
    2. Using text styles
      10m 36s
    3. Formatting with the Transform Glyph tool
      5m 33s
    4. Animating text
      11m 17s
    5. Working with text on a path
      8m 16s
    6. Creating credit rolls
      9m 1s
  7. 31m 19s
    1. Match Move: Four-corner pin
      7m 25s
    2. Match Move: Transform
      11m 27s
    3. Stabilization
      5m 4s
    4. Retiming footage with behaviors
      7m 23s
  8. 16m 42s
    1. Applying and adjusting filters
      4m 18s
    2. Applying multiple filters
      7m 32s
    3. Timing a style with filters
      4m 52s
  9. 33m 35s
    1. Creating and adjusting shapes
      10m 7s
    2. Using shape behaviors
      7m 40s
    3. Creating and adjusting masks
      10m 47s
    4. Creating masks with objects
      5m 1s
  10. 34m 3s
    1. Using the keyer to composite green screen footage
      7m 28s
    2. Refining a key
      11m 6s
    3. Using masks to refine a green screen composite
      7m 54s
    4. Color-correcting elements to match within a green screen composite
      7m 35s
  11. 50m 2s
    1. Understanding generators
      4m 52s
    2. Applying text generators
      5m 41s
    3. Creating particle systems
      5m 49s
    4. Making adjustments to a particle system
      7m 33s
    5. Using particle behaviors
      5m 18s
    6. Creating paint strokes
      6m 58s
    7. Animating paint strokes
      4m 57s
    8. Using the Replicator
      5m 1s
    9. Replicating video
      3m 53s
  12. 47m 28s
    1. Viewing a scene in different layouts
      7m 17s
    2. Working with lights
      8m 12s
    3. Adjusting lighting and reflectivity
      9m 13s
    4. Creating and adjusting shadows
      4m 3s
    5. Creating replicators in 3D
      7m 50s
    6. Creating particles in 3D
      5m 7s
    7. Creating text in 3D
      5m 46s
  13. 42m 14s
    1. Working with cameras
      9m 3s
    2. Creating depth of field in a composition
      4m 55s
    3. Using camera behaviors
      9m 53s
    4. Create interest with the Focus behavior
      7m 26s
    5. Animating cameras with camera framing
      10m 57s
  14. 16m 36s
    1. Adding and adjusting audio
      9m 29s
    2. Adding audio markers
      7m 7s
  15. 17m 37s
    1. Sharing files
      6m 58s
    2. Creating a pre-render
      7m 5s
    3. Archiving a project
      3m 34s
  16. 26m 5s
    1. Creating drop zones
      4m 21s
    2. Setting up rigs: Slider rigs
      6m 56s
    3. Setting up rigs: Pop-up rigs
      4m 49s
    4. Making templates for Motion
      4m 3s
    5. Making templates for Final Cut Pro
      5m 56s
  17. 1m 32s
    1. Goodbye
      1m 32s

Video: Adding and formatting text

If you're a designer who loves type, you'll probably get a kick out of setting type and creating some different type styles within Motion. The interface is really slick, and it's pretty easy to get stunning results rather quickly. So let's go ahead and create our first piece of type. Just press T on your keyboard to grab the Type tool, and you'll notice the cursor turn into this little I-bar here, and you just want to go ahead and click anywhere where you'd like to add some type. So I'm going to add some type up here in the upper left.

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Motion 5 Essential Training
8h 40m Beginner Aug 05, 2011

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Learn how to create stunning motion graphics and animations for video production. Author Ian Robinson explains how to format and animate type with the Transform Glyph tool and explores Motion's real-time 3D tools. The course also covers working in 3D space, creating depth with lights and shadows, keying green screen effects, and working with particle systems. In addition, Ian offers practical advice on integrating Motion into a professional video workflow and explains how to work smarter using rigs and templates.

Topics include:
  • Getting started with Motion and setting essential preferences
  • Working with layers, groups, and blend modes
  • Animating and adjusting behaviors
  • Building custom presets to create a slideshow
  • Keyframing animation
  • Animating type along a path
  • Creating credit rolls
  • Understanding generators
  • Adding reflections
  • Controlling and animating cameras
  • Creating depth of field in a composition
  • Adjusting audio
  • Exporting, sharing, and archiving a project
Subject:
Video
Software:
Motion
Author:
Ian Robinson

Adding and formatting text

If you're a designer who loves type, you'll probably get a kick out of setting type and creating some different type styles within Motion. The interface is really slick, and it's pretty easy to get stunning results rather quickly. So let's go ahead and create our first piece of type. Just press T on your keyboard to grab the Type tool, and you'll notice the cursor turn into this little I-bar here, and you just want to go ahead and click anywhere where you'd like to add some type. So I'm going to add some type up here in the upper left.

If you just click in the Canvas, notice the cursor will start blinking and now you can start setting type. As you enter type, go ahead and use the Return key to create new lines of type. Just remember when you're finished, go ahead and press Enter on your keypad to set the type. Once the type is set, if you need to go back and make edits, like I do here-- I have to add the e at the end of welcome--all you have to do is just double-click within the bounding box and you'll automatically select all the type.

Now if I just click once within this area, I can pop up my cursor and just use my arrow keys on my keyboard to navigate to the end of the word Welcome. When I type e to set this type, I'm not going to press Return; again, I'm going to press Enter on my keypad. If you want to preview different kinds of typefaces, you should probably just pull up the HUD. This is pretty easy to do if you use F7. Press F7 on your keyboard.

If the F7 key is mapped to something like rewind, you might want to use the function key as you press F7, but regardless, here is our HUD. And here I can access all kinds of different things, like the Opacity, the blend mode. I can choose different styles of type, which we'll get to in a little bit, and I can choose the typeface. The first thing I want to do is scroll through some different typefaces. Notice all I'm using is the scroll wheel on my mouse to scroll up and down through the different options, and notice it just updates dynamically within the scene.

So once I get a typeface that I like--I'm actually just going to stick with this Futura-- I can go ahead and press Enter, and that will set that typeface. Now as I'm looking at this, the weight is all kinds of off. I have "Welcome to" on the top line and "the" in the middle line and "Studio" at the bottom, so I do want to reformat this. I'll just double-click again in the bounding box and press Delete to delete the space and Return to return to the next line. And then I'll arrow down to "the" and then press Delete to move "the" up to the next line.

If I want these letters "to" and "the" to be smaller than "Welcome" and "Studio," I'm going to navigate to the right side of those letters and hold down Shift as I start using the left arrow to select back over the text. Now with that text selected, I can just click and drag on the Size parameter and notice it will adjust the size of this type. If you're having the hard time making precise adjustments here, if you hold down the Option key and click to the left or to the right of the slider button, you can move in one-point increments.

So I'll go ahead and just bring this down a little bit here. So that's looking relatively okay, but what I need to do is adjust the space in between the lines. And the way I can do that is by adjust the line spacing, but before I do that, I want to set the type by pressing that Enter button on my keypad. Now when I adjust Line Spacing it's going to adjust the spacing over all of the lines as a group. So as I'm looking at this, I still do need to make an adjustment to the placement of these middle two words "to" and "the," but in order to do that, I shouldn't be making adjustments to the Line Spacing.

What I need to do is adjust the baseline of just this one line of type. In order to have more precise control, instead of making adjustments in the HUD, I'm going to press the i button in the upper-right corner of the HUD to open the Inspector. When I close the HUD, you'll see we have the Text section selected and under Format, I have a ton of different options. If you are using this type for use in Final Cut Pro, you want to make sure that this selection is selected, Editable in FCP.

It's turned on by default, but I just wanted to draw your attention to it. Now to set this one line of type on a slightly different baseline, what I need to do is double-click in the box again-- that will automatically bring up my Type tool--and select all the lines of type. And really all I want to do is just click and drag to select this middle line of type. With that selected, I have an option to adjust the baseline. If I drag the left, it moves down; if I drag to the right, it moves up. So I'll just bring it up a little bit, and that way I can set the baseline for this type. And if I press Enter on my keypad to set it, we are all set.

If you want to be able to view the type without seeing this bounding box, if you go up under View, you could turn off Handles and you could turn off Lines and that way you can actually see the type while you're still making adjustments here in the text area. One last thing to kind of tweak with this specific layout of the type. I want to change exactly where "Welcome" starts. In order to do that, again, I need to double-click to select all the type and place my cursor up to the left side of this line.

In here I have an option for Advanced Formatting and if you open up the disclosure triangle, you see I can adjust this on the X. And if I click and drag, I can adjust on the X axis and bring Welcome over to the left side here. Now this is just a stylistic layout thing. By no means is this precise, correct typographic layout, blah, blah, blah. I just kind of wanted to move that to the side to create a specific effect. Once that's set up, I can go ahead again and just press Return.

So feel free to go through here and look at some of the different options, but all in all, as you can see, there are a ton of different options for laying out your format of the type. If we go to Layout, there are some other options that we can adjust, and most of these have to do with actual animation of the type. But the one thing that I want to show you in here is this down here for Type On. Notice I have Start and End and if I just click and drag and adjust the End parameter here, you'll notice that the type actually starts to disappear.

That's because if you keyframe this parameter, you can have it type on to the scene or type out of the scene. So Type On is kind of a neat way of creating animation without having to use any text behaviors, and it's still something that pops up here in your Layout options for your text. So as you can see, it's pretty easy to add type and format the type however you need within Motion, but if you want to add some Style, there is a whole different section in here which we'll actually jump to in the next video.

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