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In Motion 4 Essential Training, Ian Robinson shows how to start building outstanding motion graphics and animations for video production. He demonstrates how to build custom text animations with the new Adjust Glyph tool and explores Motion’s amazing real-time 3D tools. Ian highlights working in the 3D space, creating depth with lights and shadows, and using reflections to add realism. He gives practical advice on how to integrate Motion into a professional video workflow, round-tripping with Final Cut Pro and sending a final project to Compressor. Exercise files accompany this course.
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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