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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.
If you're constantly exporting your projects to the same settings and always having to go through all the menus to change things, you might want to create an Export Preset. So what I would like to do with this title is export a preset at the highest possible resolution that can be imported into any editing application, whether it's Final Cut or Avid or what have you. So if it's not already open, we are in the 02_ExportPresets project. Go up to File and choose Export. I want to export a QuickTime Movie, let's look at the options.
QuickTime is perfect. Let's leave the Compressor at Animation because that's very widely accepted; it's also a lossless codec which means when it compresses the file, it won't degrade the image quality at all. Let's look under the Advanced options. Here, we'll leave the Frames per second at 23.98 since what was in the project and under Depth, we want to change Millions of Colors+ to Millions of Colors, since this project doesn't have an Alpha Channel. Leave the Quality settings up at Best and click OK. We will leave the Sample rate for Audio at 48 since that's a standard for video editing.
Leave the Mix at Stereo and let's look at our Output options. You want to uncheck Use current project and canvas settings. This way you can make sure every time you use the preset, the image quality will be at its absolute best. Leave the Resolution at Full and change the Color back to Color since we don't have an alpha channel. You can leave Premultiply checked and go down to Render Quality, change it from Normal to Best. Now if you're constantly working with interlaced footage, you want to make sure Field Rendering is checked, since we are at 24p we don't have to do that.
I typically leave Frame Blending on just in case I use some retiming behaviors. Now it's instead of clicking OK, go to the top and name your preset. I am going call this AnimationHighNoAlpha. That way I know it's the highest quality animation compressed QuickTime with no alpha channel. Go ahead and click Save As, and now you will notice it's in the Preset pull-down. Anytime you want to use this preset in the future, just click Use and go down and choose AnimationHighNoAlpha.
If you'd like to export your project, go ahead and click Export. I am going to click Cancel, just so I can show you how to delete a preset, if you accidentally create one that you don't want to have in your list. Go to you Motion, Preferences and go to the Preset options, and you'll notice there is a pull-down for Project Presets. Make sure it's set to Export Presets. You'll notice AnimationHighNoAlpha is there and if you'd like to delete it, just hit the Delete key.
This is also a place where you can change this to your Default if this is the most common setting you're going to be using. Just go ahead and check the checkbox.
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