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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.
So you have your graphic setup with your drop zone and now you want to actually save this as a template. Well, saving templates in Motion is pretty straightforward. All you do is go up to File and chose Save as Template. The map pops up. It's asking you to type a name for your template and where to keep it. So let's start at the top. Let's name this CustomTech. I just chose a random name; you can choose whatever you like. Under Format, since this is HD, let's make sure it says HD.
Reason for this is there is browser for your template, so as long as you have the correct format, when you browse it will be in the correct place. It's probably smart to collect the media into a folder when you create your template. That way when you go delete your project, you don't have to worry about it being deleted completely out of your templates as well. I typically uncheck Include Unused Media; that way it doesn't copy anything I don't need, and the last one Create QuickTime Preview, I always leave checked.
Now, you think you could hit Save but you really can't because this theme cannot be modified. So we need to create a New Theme. Click the New Theme button and name your theme. I am going to call mine Ian'sCustomPlates. You can call yours whatever you like. Click Create and now I can click Save. It's going to take a second to copy the media and now it's actually compressing a QuickTime file so you can get a preview when you go to browse your templates.
So let's check out our template. Go up to File and Open Template. Scroll down to our custom made theme. Mine was IansCustomPlates whatever you named yours, scroll down to that specific place. It's in alphabetical order. And double-click on your template. So here it is, if you hit F5 and open up your Layers tab, you'll notice not only do you have your drop zone but your text also remains fully editable.
So creating templates cannot only save your time, they can also help you create a more collaborative work environment.
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