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Adding parameter behaviors

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Video: Adding parameter behaviors

Now, if you are joining me from the last video, you might be looking at this wondering, why am I looking at the same project, and if you are not joining me from the last video, let me explain what happened. In the process of explaining how to add and adjust behaviors, we went through a couple of different behaviors. But to be honest, the easiest way to create this specific animation, let's use parameter behaviors, and now of course you're probably going, well what animation. What we are going to do is have the line slide left and right, back and forth across the screen, and the fastest way to do that is to actually apply a behavior, specifically to the position parameter of these objects.

Adding parameter behaviors

Now, if you are joining me from the last video, you might be looking at this wondering, why am I looking at the same project, and if you are not joining me from the last video, let me explain what happened. In the process of explaining how to add and adjust behaviors, we went through a couple of different behaviors. But to be honest, the easiest way to create this specific animation, let's use parameter behaviors, and now of course you're probably going, well what animation. What we are going to do is have the line slide left and right, back and forth across the screen, and the fastest way to do that is to actually apply a behavior, specifically to the position parameter of these objects.

So go ahead and select the largest line in the center of your canvas, and navigate to your Inspector tab, and make sure you are in the Properties section. Now, like I said I want to animate the position. So open up the Position disclosure triangle and you'll notice we can adjust the X, the Y or the Z. Now, since I want this to slide left or right, I want it to move on the X-axis. So Ctrl-click directly on the letter X and you'll see a menu pop-up listing all the different behaviors you can apply to this specific parameter, hence the name parameter behaviors, and since we want this to just slide back and forth, the best parameter behavior will be Oscillate.

So go ahead and choose that and you'll notice immediately we have our Motion path, this red line in the center of the canvas. This is showing me exactly where and how this line is going to animate. Go ahead and press the Play/Pause button in the bottom of your canvas, and let's look at this line, slide back and forth. Now, since this is a behavior, it's very easy to make adjustments. All you do is drag the different sliders. Notice how the Inspector automatically switches to the Behaviors tab, once we apply this behavior. Go ahead and click-and-drag on the Speed parameter to make this line move slightly faster.

And since we want this to slide a longer distance, let's go ahead and click-and-drag right in the Amplitude value slider. If you just click-and-hold your mouse and drag out, you'll increase the length of that behavior. Now, we have a line sliding back and forth fairly quickly across the canvas. Now, I'm going to stop playback just for one second, and we are going to use the similar technique we'd used in the last movie, where we copy the behavior from one layer to another. Press F5 to open the Project pane, make sure you are on the Layers tab, and you'll notice the Oscillate behavior is applied to this middle rectangle.

Now if you hold down Option, as you click-and-drag this behavior on to the next rectangle, you will notice it has now copied that behavior. Now go ahead and press the Play button one more time and you'll notice they are both moving in unison. So if you just slightly change any of these different parameters, we'll have a slightly different animation. So I'm going to slow this down, and make its Amplitude just a little bit larger, and now I'll click the Play/Pause button to watch it animate one more time. That's looking pretty good. Let me go ahead and pause this one last time, making sure that I can see this last rectangle, and let's select the Rectangle directly in the Layers tab.

And this time, instead of applying the behavior directly to the X position property of this rectangle, let's use the Add Behavior in the top of the canvas in your toolbar. You'll notice there is a section for Parameter, and I can choose Oscillate. Now we are almost there, but if you notice, there is no animation path on this object yet, and that's because it doesn't know exactly what parameter to apply this behavior to. So in the Apply To section, go ahead and click on the Go button, and you will notice all the different parameters of that object.

So we want to go to the Properties and Transform the position only on X-axis. And now we've just tied that behavior to the X-axis of the last object. Go ahead and begin playback on your canvas again, and now you'll notice we have three separate lines, all moving slightly differently, very quickly and easily using the parameter behaviors.

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Motion 4 Essential Training

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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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