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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 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.
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