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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.
So sending your Motion projects from Motion to DVD Studio Pro is as easy as just saving your file. If you don't already have it open, we are in the 06 Motion For DVD Studio Pro menu. Let's go up to our Project Properties under the Edit menu and check our Format, and yes it's set to the same present we have been using during this entries series, DVCPRO HD 720p24. This is in HD format. You can go ahead and click Cancel, and go up to File and make sure it's saved.
So hit Cmd+Tab and I am going choose DVD Studio Pro since it was already open. Now, I am in the extended format of DVD Studio Pro; now all you have to do is click Import to import your project. When you import a Motion project into DVD Studio Pro, DVD Studio Pro has to change this to MPEG-DVD. DVD Studio Pro has to change the format of the file from the Motion document to an MPEG-2 if you're using standard def DVDs. So if you notice, there will be an option here for status and under that it's yellow, meaning it's actually encoding this footage in the background.
To add this footage to a menu, all you do is drag and drop it. Hold for a second and wait for the pop-up menu to appear. Choose Set Background. Now you notice this footage is squished. So to fix that all you do is click on your menu and choose the Menu tab and under the Display Mode choose 16x9 Letterbox. Now I know it says Letterbox but when you actually go to play this back, depends on your DVD player settings as to whether or not it will displayed Letterbox or in fact Anamorphic.
So to preview that just go up to Simulate and under Resolution leave it SD but change the Display Mode to 16x9. Now, you'll notice it's displaying a full 16x9 image. So let's say you want to make a change. I am doing go ahead and close this. If you want to change your Motion project just go ahead and Ctrl or right-click on Asset and choose Open in Editor. Now understand, if you make any changes in your Motion project and click Save, when you jump back to DVD Studio Pro, it will have to re-import this footage and re-encode it to the MPEG format.
So the round-trip process between Motion and DVD Studio Pro is in fact quite similar to round-tripping between Final Cut and Motion, and it's still affords you the same flexibility to be able Control-click and bounce back and forth between each one of the projects, constantly remaining interoperable all most as though they were the same application.
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