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The real-time engine in Motion 3, a component of Apple's Final Cut Studio 2, gives motion graphics designers the freedom to continually experiment and adjust while they work. Ian Robinson explores how to get the most from this unique application, while also sharing his own essential motion graphics techniques. Along with teaching the fundamentals of video and audio work, he looks at Motion 3's new 3D tools in depth. Ian demonstrates the use of behaviors to create organic movement in particle systems and camera moves without keyframes. He also discusses effective integration with the other Final Cut Studio applications, and much more. Example files accompany the course.
In this video it's not as much about completing the task, as it is about learning how filters function. When you open the Project pane it's important to know what you are looking at, and how the filters are functioning. Once you have more than one filter applied on a Layer or group. What we are going to do is stylize this video into a background that we can later use for a DVD menu. Let's start in the Library and let's preview some filters. I want to stylize this, so click on Stylize. Let's use Line Art. Go and drag and drop that right out on to your video.
Go and hit the spacebar and let's check out how this looks. This is one of my favorite filters and it still amazes me to this day that it plays in real time. Let me go and pause that for the time being and let's apply one more filter. We'll apply circles. Go and drag that and drop that right out. Now it's hard to see what's happening here, but if you drag this slider up and go ahead and hit the spacebar. Now you can all these cool circles are flying around the footage.
Open up your Project pane. Let's analyze what's going on. Go and close your HUD. Pause for a second here while we dissect what's happening. Right now we have the Line Art filter and then the Circles filter. Let's see what happens when I drag Line Art above circles. See that change. Basically now what's happening, this serves video the base. The next thing that's applied is Circles and then the Line Art is actually tracing the Circles.
So it's really important to understand the order in which you apply your Filters and they actually work from the bottom-up, just like you were painting. So go ahead and move Line Art underneath the Circles filter, and let's adjust the Circles filter. Open your Inspector and I just want to make this a little smaller. Now we're close but I would like to add some color back into this clip. So duplicate your video clip by selecting it. Going up under Edit and choose Duplicate. And I don't want the Filters on this top most Layer, so go ahead and select both of the Filters and hit Delete on your keyboard.
Now this is pretty much the untreated footage. And let's make this blend a little better, hit F7 and open up your HUD. We want to change the Blend mode, change it to Overlay. And now we have a nice soft color on top of our treated footage. Hit the spacebar and let's see what it looks like. This is really close but I would like to add a couple of more Filters. Let's pause this for a quick second.
First off I want to adjust the Opacity of the color down just a little bit. Strike that down to 50. And I would like to actually add a filter that will affect both Layers. So rather than applying a filter directly to one Layer, and then the other Layer, I am going to select the main Group here. And go to my Library and this time let's add a glow. Click on Light Rays and click Apply to apply that to the whole Group. And of course it's a little bright, so click in your HUD and bring that down, and bring the Glow Value down as well.
Hit the spacebar and let's see what we have got. This is pretty close but the surfer is kind of washed out. So I am going to hit the spacebar here, pause it just for a second. And look at my Line Art. I think the Paper Opacity is a little bright. And let's actually change the paper color from White to Blue. Go ahead and right click on the color pallet and drag it over to a nice light blue. Now even though it's washed out, it has a nice cool tone to it.
Go ahead and hit the spacebar and let's check it out. So when adding Filters, just keep in mind the order of things. Visually multiple filters on one layer work just like you would paint something from the bottom-up. And if you want to apply a filter to affect everything in a group, obviously you should apply that filter to the group.
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