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Adding still images to Motion

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Video: Adding still images to Motion

One of my favorite things to do in Motion is play with still images. With the addition of 3D Space in Motion 3, that really helped open some new creative directions. Now with shadows and reflections in Motion 4 we can really go nuts. But before we start going crazy with our stills, it's important to understand some technical basics about importing still images into Motion. So let's get started by navigating to our Exercise Files, and scrolling down and then open our Media folder and then there you should find a folder called Still_Images.

Adding still images to Motion

One of my favorite things to do in Motion is play with still images. With the addition of 3D Space in Motion 3, that really helped open some new creative directions. Now with shadows and reflections in Motion 4 we can really go nuts. But before we start going crazy with our stills, it's important to understand some technical basics about importing still images into Motion. So let's get started by navigating to our Exercise Files, and scrolling down and then open our Media folder and then there you should find a folder called Still_Images.

Now in here, I have five images from trip out West and as I select them, you'll notice they are all rather large in size. Now if you open these images in Photoshop, you'd notice they are 300 dpi. That's really kind of overkill for what we are doing here in Motion because video only supports 72 dpi worth of information. So when I import this image into Motion, it's actually only going to deal with 72 dpi to actually render out in my video. But it is important to pay attention to the actual pixel dimensions, if you want to do some zooming and panning on your images.

So let's go ahead and add this West_ 01.jpg into our canvas by leaving it selected and clicking on the Import button. Now that we have the image in our canvas, let's zoom out to see what's going on. Press Command+Minus on your keyboard to zoom out. And you'll notice the edges of the image have already snapped to the edges of my canvas. Now let's open up the Inspector to actually see what's going on here, and you notice the image is scaled down to 43%. Well, this is a preference that you can actually change.

So move up to your Motion pulldown menu and open your Preferences. Go to the Project settings, and you'll notice there is a whole section for Still Images & Layers, and let's look at this bottom option for Large Stills, by default it's set to Scale to Canvas. Let's click this pop-up menu and look at some of the other options. Let's change this to Do Nothing for right now, and close the Preferences and let's see what happens when we import the next image. Go back to your File Browser, and just drag West_02 directly under canvas.

You'll notice again I'm getting my dynamic guides here, snapping it right to the center. If you let go, now you notice if you zoom out, again Command+Minus, the image is actually really large in comparison to the canvas, and that way by default, you can tell exactly how much space you have to work with while manipulating your image. Let's look at that last setting by opening up the Preferences again, and changing the Large Stills from Do Nothing, to Down-Res to Canvas Size. You want to be careful with this, if you're looking to pan around in your images, because this will actually resize the image and make it a low resolution.

So if you start blowing the image back up again, it's not going to look very nice. So honestly, I rarely use this setting unless you know all the images are just going to be staying stationary on this screen. So let's go ahead and close that and drag this next one out onto the canvas, and you'll notice even before I ever get it on to the canvas, it's already super small in size. And if we open the Inspector here, you'll notice that the Scale is actually at 100%, meaning that it's completely changed the size of this image. Now that we understand some of the technical gotchas of importing Still Images, make sure to change your Preferences back to a setting that you like and have fun.

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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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