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Creating particles in 3D


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Motion 4 Essential Training

with Ian Robinson

Video: Creating particles in 3D

Creating particles in 3D is a lot like creating particles in 2D. So to show you what I mean, go ahead and press the Play button and you notice we have a particle system here. Let me stop playback for a second and press F5 to open the Project pane. And you notice I actually do have a Camera in the scene, so let's switch to Perspective view. And we have in a mirror and if we orbit around, you'll notice this particle system is nice and flat. Two-dimensional.
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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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Motion 4 Essential Training
6h 21m Beginner Sep 11, 2009

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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.

Topics include:
  • Understanding the toolbar and setting the essential preferences to get started
  • Adding .mov files, still images, and Photoshop and Illustrator assets to a project
  • Animating with behaviors and keyframes
  • Creating 3D animations with lighting accents, shadows, and reflections
  • Creating simple and complex particle systems
  • Creating real viewer interest with Focus Behavior and the 3D Camera Framing behavior
Subject:
Video
Software:
Motion
Author:
Ian Robinson

Creating particles in 3D

Creating particles in 3D is a lot like creating particles in 2D. So to show you what I mean, go ahead and press the Play button and you notice we have a particle system here. Let me stop playback for a second and press F5 to open the Project pane. And you notice I actually do have a Camera in the scene, so let's switch to Perspective view. And we have in a mirror and if we orbit around, you'll notice this particle system is nice and flat. Two-dimensional.

So let's go to the Inspector and enable 3D and sure enough the particles are in 3D space but they're still flat. So you always want to make sure that Face Camera is checked and that's usually on by default when you check 3D. I specifically had it off for this demonstration, just so I could re-illustrate the point that the particles themselves are not actually 3-dimensional particles. So now as you can see in 3D space, we have a truly 3D particle system.

So we could go through all these options again to create the particle system. But it's exactly the same as the 2D particle system. Literally, all we did is check 3D and made sure Face Camera was checked. So there are a couple of things that I want to show you that's pretty neat about 3D particle systems, once you've actually got it set up. Let's go ahead and switch back to the Camera. If you have a Camera in the scene, the 3D particle system does support using all of the Camera behaviors. So let's go to Sweep, so the Camera will spin around the scene.

Just crank up the End value to some high number and we'll click Play from beginning and you'll notice now the particles are spinning around in 3D space. Let me stop playback really quickly and switch back to the Perspective view so you can see this a little bit better. Let me zoom out, and when we press Play here, you'll notice the camera is literally just spinning around the particle system. That's pretty cool. So with the camera spinning around so fast, let's go back to the Active Camera and in our Render settings, enable Motion Blur.

Now, those of you with slower computers might want to do a RAM preview. This computer is pretty fast, so I'm just going to press Play. So we can see the whole scene, press Shift+Z to resize the canvas and you'll notice as the particles reach the edge of the scene, there is actually a slight motion blur on them. You can see it on this one here. Now, if we cranked up the Sweep, I'm sure we could get that Motion Blur even higher. There we go, you can see it on that object. Now, there is one last thing I want to show you about particles in 3D space.

Since they support cameras, they also support lights. So, let's add a light to the scene. Go up to Object and choose New Light. And you may not notice a difference. That's because in the Emitter settings when you're using lights, you need to render particles in global 3D. That way it will actually process the light information. Now, I'm not going to sit here and tweak all the different settings with the point light and the spot light but you can feel free to do that in your own time. Right now, let's just mess with the Ambient light because this is a great way to add a really nice glow to your objects.

If we crank the Intensity up here a little bit, now we have particles that look a lot more like they're floating around in space. I'll go ahead and press Play, and you notice playback is really slow. So this is the perfect time for a RAM preview. Press Command+R and now that the RAM preview is done, let's go ahead and play our animation. So there you have it glowing, spinning particles in 3D space with lights and cameras. Particles in 3D in Motion.

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Q: In Motion 4, is it possible to create an intro with multiple pictures, where some pictures enter from the left side and some from the right side of the frame, with all fading as they approach the center of the canvas?
A: The effect described is a very specific move utilizing 3D space.  One effective method is to work in true 3D space, instead of trying to use a behavior, by keyframing the animation. Try these steps:
  1. Place a camera in the scene and switch the scene to 3D. 
  2. Rotate the first image to an angle that achieves the desired effect, and slide it on the X axis until it is out of the scene on the right of the stage. 
  3. Turn on Auto Keyframing and make sure a keyframe is recorded for the rotation and position. 
  4. Move the playhead down the Timeline and move the picture to it's ending point and adjust the rotation a little for the end. 
  5. To get the image to disappear, adjust the camera's far plane of view, making sure to soften it so it has a smooth transition into oblivion. 
    Then simply duplicate the picture and change the rotation and position keyframes to the exact opposite values for rotation and position. 
Q: When attempting to change views as the instructor demonstrates in the “Viewing a 3D scene in different layouts” video, I only see the text in the Perspective view. When the instructor uses the Top and Bottom screen split, and uses the Top view, my screen does not show the four horizontal lines that represent the four words used in the tutorial.
Are there settings that need to be changes in order to view all the objects as demonstrated in the tutorial?
A: It’s possible that when viewing the project from different?angles, the letters may be sliding way out of the view area.
Here’s how to fix it: Whenever you can't see your objects in the?scene, select at least one of them in the Layers panel and then press?F or Command+F to frame the selected objects in the scene.
 
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