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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 when you apply more than one mask to an object, it then becomes a complex mask. We are going to use that to cut some interesting shapes into this rectangle to make a pattern over top of this Sun Burst Gradient. So let's get started. Go and select your Rectangle. Go up to the Mask, and choose the Rectangle Mask. Go ahead and draw a rectangle out on your canvas, just sort of behind the dancer here. Now let's apply an additional mask. So select your rectangle, go up and choose the Circle Mask tool.
Make sure to hold Shift so it stays a circle and let go. And you'll notice if you dragging this around, what this is doing is adding to the rectangle shape. If you pull up your HUD, F7, you'll see we have options for the Mask Blend mode, and by default it's set to Add. So if I change that, I could change it to Subtract. Let's go through some of the other ones really quickly. We could do Replace, that just replaces the previous mask, or we could do Intersect, and as you can see it gives you the intersection between the two masks. So we want to just choose Subtract for this one, and I'd like to duplicate this mask a couple of time. So go ahead and hold down Option and drag to duplicate the mask.
I'll put one right behind him and you can also duplicate by selecting your mask, going up under Edit and choosing Duplicate and its right here selected. So if you go ahead and drag and hold down Shift as you drag, that way it's actually set there. This is a pretty interesting pattern. Let's go ahead and apply little animation to it. Go ahead and select the Center Circle Mask tool, and go to your Inspector under Properties and open up your position, and right click on X and what we want to do is just have this slide back and forth, so I'm going to go ahead and choose Oscillate.
And click anywhere in your Layers tab to deselect everything and hit your spacebar. And so now you can see we have created a complex mask. So if you are free to add more shapes to this rectangle and create your own complex mask.
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