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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.
Animating text in 3D in Motion is very much just like animating text in 2D in Motion. If it is not already open, we are in the 13_05_text project. Now, hit F5 and open your Layers pane and select the Motion 3 text. First way to change text into 3D is to check your Library and go to Behaviors. Under Text Sequence, there is a whole option for 3D Moves. If you open that up here and click through, you'll get your preview up here in the top preview window.
So let's choose Behind Camera 3D, just drag and drop it right onto Text layer. Go and hit your spacebar and let's see what that looks like. Now it is kind of hard to see that that's moving in 3D space, so let's go to our View Layout options and choose Split Horizontal. And now scrub the playhead back over and you'll notice now the text is moving in 3D space. So that's one way of animating text in 3D. Let's go ahead and just delete that behavior and let me show you the other way.
If you just go to Add Behavior, Text Animation, Sequence Text, it does not look like there are any options for 3D. But if you go to the Inspector and under the Add Behavior, if you choose Format, Position, you'll notice I have Position options for Z right down here. So if I go ahead and just scrub that up to something around 72 and move my playhead back to the beginning and hit my spacebar, you'll notice now that text is moving in 3D space.
And that's it. Animating text in 3D is pretty much just like animating text in 2D. The only difference is now you have a whole new dimension.
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