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Creating drop zones

From: Motion 4 Essential Training

Video: Creating drop zones

Creating drop zones in Motion is a great way to create a flexible file that you can send back and forth to different people and easily have them drag and drop their own graphics into the specific drop zone. In Motion, there are two ways to create a Drop Zone. The first and fastest way is just go up under Object and choose New Drop Zone and you'll notice I get this big arrow that points down and if we press F5 on the keyboard, you'll notice we can see it. It just automatically got dropped right in the middle of my comp.

Creating drop zones

Creating drop zones in Motion is a great way to create a flexible file that you can send back and forth to different people and easily have them drag and drop their own graphics into the specific drop zone. In Motion, there are two ways to create a Drop Zone. The first and fastest way is just go up under Object and choose New Drop Zone and you'll notice I get this big arrow that points down and if we press F5 on the keyboard, you'll notice we can see it. It just automatically got dropped right in the middle of my comp.

So I'm just going to create a new layer and move the Drop Zone up into the new layer so we can easily see it. You can resize Drop Zones just by clicking on the corner and dragging to resize. If you hold down Shift, it will keep it in proper proportion. Once I position the Drop Zone within the screen, now it's ready for use. So for example, if I save this Motion project and send it over to a friend and they wanted to actually add some video in here, all that they've to do is just drag it out of their file browser and drop it right into the Drop Zone.

Now this obviously isn't fitting very well with the graphics that we've in this scene. So I'm just going to delete the entire layer and what I'd like to do is actually turn these video boxes into Drop Zones. So since we already have Video_Button_ 3 expanded, let's look underneath the Video Transition group and you'll notice we've our QuickTime file. And this QuickTime file has a mask already applied to it with some filters and behaviors and all kinds of other things. But we can easily turn this into a Drop Zone.

All you've to do is go to your Inspector and with a QuickTime file or an image selected in the Inspector, the contextual tab will changed to Image. And you'll see there's a selection box for Drop Zone. So let's go ahead and select that and now all you'll see is some text and that's just letting you know that has now turned into a Drop Zone. So to show you exactly how this works, let me go to the File Browser in the Exercise Files and in the Media folder, we'll look at Footage. I just want to drag this Camel footage into this Drop Zone.

And like I said, if I send this project to anybody else, it should be a very easy way for them to customize the template. So let me close the Project pane, just to show you how easy it is. With the Project pane closed, and the Drop Zone in the canvas, all you've to do is drag it and drop it and you'll notice the second the footage gets over the Drop Zone, the edges of it will automatically highlight bright yellow. So if I let go, now the footage has been dropped in and it replaced the QuickTime file that was there earlier.

I'll just click anywhere in the canvas to deselect. Let's move our playhead back to the beginning and press Play, so you can see that this QuickTime has actually come across and all the animation that was associated with the original file has also been brought into the scene. So like I said at the beginning of this video, Drop Zones will give you a creative, collaborative workflow for your Motion projects.

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Motion 4 Essential Training

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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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