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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.
You can create a lot of complex graphics with Replicators and Apple.s been nice enough to include a ton of prebuilt Replicators in your Library, so go ahead and hit Cmd+2 to open your Library. And if you don't already have it open, we are in 04 Replicator Presets Project. So in your Library choose Replicators and you will notice we have a whole bunch of options. We have Backgrounds, Lower Thirds, Mattes, Miscellaneous. Here I will just click on one of the Miscellaneous one so you can see some of the random things.
And Transitional. These are prebuilds that you can use as transitions. Right now we are going to use a Lower Third. Choose Business 02. I think it works well with the Vegas theme. Click Apply and drag this over to the lower left corner of the screen. Now when you are setting type for television it's really important to keep your Safe Zones off, so open your View and go to Safe Zones. And let's hit the spacebar and see what we have got.
And as you can see this Replicator starts on one area and it pops up to another. Now that it's in its final resting place let's drag this down towards the bottom of the screen. Now with Safe Zones the way it works, any text needs to be inside the inner box; any graphics should be inside the outer box unless you are comfortable with the possibility that it gets cropped off. Because on different televisions it may crop into different levels. This is just a general guide. It's called Action Safe. The inside is called Title Safe.
So let's set some type. Go ahead and grab your Type tool and click and type anything you like, I'm just going to call Vegas Lower 3RD and hit Escape to set your type. Reload your playhead back to the beginning and hit your spacebar. We need to have the type start a little bit later. Move your playhead until the end of the animation and with your type selected, hit I to trim your type.
Now if you move your playhead back to the start of your project and hit the spacebar, the text will pop on. Close... but I would like to actually have a nice smooth animation from my text as well. Let's go check out our behaviors. Click on Behaviors. Under Text Sequence I want this to fade in from the left. Open the Text-Fade box and sure enough, there is Fade In From Left. Just drag and drop that right out onto your text and rewind your playhead to the beginning and hit the spacebar.
All right, now this is pretty close but what I would like to do is add just a little bit more flavor and customize this Lower Third. So select your Replicator and open the Inspector. In the bottom down here you will see the Object Source is a Rectangle with this gradient on it. Let's import a custom graphic. Hit F5 to open up your Layers tab and go to your File Browser. In the Media folder, under Graphics you should find a Club. Just drag and drop that right out into your project. Select your Replicator, hit F4 to open up your Replicator options and now in one action click and drag the Club right down into the Object Source and let go.
Now you have clubs instead of the square with the gradient. We should change the color, so go the Color Mode and choose Over Pattern and while the red to the blue is kind of loud, I think it's a little much. So let's go ahead and click on the pull down and choose Desert Dusk. Lets add a slight Drop Shadow to our text. So select your text, go the Style, choose Drop Shadow. I want a slightly softer shadow so I am just going to drag the Blur out a little bit and I want it a little closer to my text so change the Distance to 3 and hit F5 to close your Layers tab and click anywhere off of the canvas to deselect.
Rewind your playhead back to the beginning. We'll turn Safe Zones off and hit your spacebar. Now we have Lower Third but we still have our Object Source up. So go ahead and select the Object Source, open your Layers tab and turn it off. You want to make sure not to delete this because the Replicator is using this as a reference. So go ahead and close that layer, hit F5 to open a backup, rewind your playhead and check it out.
There is our custom Lower Third brought to you by the presets in the Replicator.
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