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Creating templates for Motion and Final Cut


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Motion 4 Essential Training

with Ian Robinson

Video: Creating templates for Motion and Final Cut

Creating templates in Motion is another feature that will actually really increase your collaborative workflow. There are just a few things you need to watch out for. The first thing, you want to make sure that you've all your drop zones already set up. If we press F5 to open the Project pane and I expand one of the Video_Buttons, you'll know that there's a drop zone because next to the little QuickTime icon we've that downward arrow, letting us know that that's a drop zone. The second has to do with the text you'd like to remain editable. So for example, this text on top of the DVD buttons is also setup as a part of the template.
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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 templates for Motion and Final Cut

Creating templates in Motion is another feature that will actually really increase your collaborative workflow. There are just a few things you need to watch out for. The first thing, you want to make sure that you've all your drop zones already set up. If we press F5 to open the Project pane and I expand one of the Video_Buttons, you'll know that there's a drop zone because next to the little QuickTime icon we've that downward arrow, letting us know that that's a drop zone. The second has to do with the text you'd like to remain editable. So for example, this text on top of the DVD buttons is also setup as a part of the template.

I'd like that to remain editable. So with that text selected, go to the Inspector and under the Text format section, if you scroll to the bottom, there is an option for Publish to Final Cut Pro. Make sure this is selected. Without this the text will not be editable in Final Cut. So we can go ahead and collapse that layer, and you'll notice all of these video windows are drop zones. And I did go through and make sure all the text is editable and that they had the checkbox selected for Final Cut Pro.

So to save a template, just go up under File and choose Save as Template. Now if you don't remember what templates look like, let me just refresh your memory really quickly. If you go to File and choose Open Template, you'll notice there are a whole bunch of themes here on the left hand side. So if I just choose a specific theme like Atmospheric, you'll notice I've a couple different options, Lower Thirds, Opens, DVD Menus, you get the general idea. Also, under the Show pull down menu, I can specify whether I wanted to only see NTSC, or PAL, or HD templates.

Let me go back to Show All and let's close this window. So to save this project as a template, just go up under File and say Save as Template. Now we've a drop-down menu. The reason I wanted to re-familiarize you with the templates had to do with the theme. If I click on the pull down, you notice here are all the different themes that we're listed on the left-hand side. What I recommend when you save your first template is just go ahead and create a new theme for yourself. So I'll just call this CustomThemes.

You can call yours whatever you like. When I click Create, now the new theme is CustomThemes. And under Format, we want to make sure that we tag this correctly. So when we search through themes, we'll pull it up properly. This was an HD format, so I'll choose HD. Now if you're using Media from outside the library in Motion, you want to make sure to collect the media. So I'll choose Copy into Folder. Now by default Include Unused Media is selected. I think this is kind of a waste of hard drive space, so I'll just go ahead and deselect it.

It's always a good idea to leave Create QuickTime Preview selected. So it's easy to browse for the theme and you can actually see it playing in QuickTime as a preview. Now click Save. Now you'll notice it copied all the media and now it's actually creating the template file itself. Now that the template has been created, go up to File and choose Open Template. Now if we scroll down in the left hand side, there are our CustomThemes and there is the New HD Template.

If we select it, now we've our QuickTime preview and you can see it's been properly saved. So to use this file, all you've to do is choose Open Template. Now with the template open, you notice we've the drop zones and if you press F5 and expand the button, the text is still editable. Now we should go to Final Cut and open this template. With Final Cut open, go up to Sequence and choose Add Master Template. And now if we scroll down, there's our CustomTheme, New Template.

All we've to do is click Insert. It will take a second to import, but you'll notice here are all of our drop zones and it automatically inserted the template into the Final Cut Pro timeline. So to change the video footage, all we'll do is open up the master clips, just drag and drop whatever clips you would like to add, right into the little drop-wells. And you may notice some of these windows are actually all going black, and the reason, the clips length is kind of important to pay attention to.

These are all very short clips and the template is very long. So just keep that in the back of your mind as you make your changes. Also, you'll notice the menu in the lower right corner is fully editable. So if we wanted to change that text, just highlight it and retype whatever you like. And you'll notice all of the buttons are there as well. So as you can see successful template creation in Motion is easy and it creates excellent collaboration between both your Motion users and Final Cut Pro users.

Find answers to the most frequently asked questions about Motion 4 Essential Training.


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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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