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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 for those of you who wanted even more precise control over your Text Layout, welcome, Path Text. If you don't already have it open, we are in the 02_PathText Project. Go ahead and grab your Text tool; T on your keyboard. Click in the middle of your Canvas, and type the words 'Roller Coaster.' Hit Esc to set it, and hit F4 to open up your Text options. What we want to do is change the Layout. Under here we have our Type Layout, we want to change that to Path.
Now you notice, it appears as though nothing happened. No problem, we just need to click on our Text tool, and click back inside the text. If this happens, don't sweat it, just hit Escape and reselect your text, grab your Text tool and click a little closer to the baseline. There we go. You should notice now we have the 3-anchor path. If you go ahead and click on the center Anchor Point and drag it up, you will notice now we have Bezier handles.
That will adjust the shape of the path, just like any other Bezier Handle tool. If you would like those handles on and Anchor Point on the end, go ahead and Control-click or right click and choose Smooth. I am not going to use that on my project, so I will just Undo that. If you would like to add a point to the Path, hold down Option and roll over the path and you will notice your cursor should change into the add a point Path tool. So if we go ahead and click there, Now we have another point that we can go ahead and adjust the path with.
Let's go ahead and check out some of the other Path shapes. Go to your Path Options over here in your Text tab and pull down Open Spline. If you choose Closed Spline, you will notice it goes ahead and closes off that Spline, and sometimes you will notice the text flip around like this. Don't sweat it, just drag your Path Offset and your text will go ahead and slide around. Some people get thrown off a little bit because they want this text to be inside the circle on the bottom. Now, if I drag my Path Offset here, it flips the text backwards.
That's because this isn't a circle, this is a Closed Spline. The next option is Circle. If I go ahead and click Inside Path, and adjust the Offset again, now we have the text in the bottom of the circle. You can actually adjust the shape of the Circle just by clicking on one of the points and dragging it out, if you wanted it to be an Oval. Another one of my favorites, the Rectangle; this is a lot of fun and it looks really neat when you animate it. Go ahead and adjust the Path Offset.
The reason I said animate, obviously if you click on this pull down, there is the Add Keyframe option, so you can Keyframe this and animate it, sliding around the box. The next one is Wave, and the final one is Geometry. The way this works, you can draw your Custom Path and drag it into the Shape Source Drop Well. So let's grab our Bezier Path tool and just draw a Path; I am clicking and dragging to draw a Path. Click drag, click drag; the drag is dragging out the handles.
If I just clicked, it would just give me a sharp point like that, and open your Layers tab, F5. If you don't see the Path in here, don't sweat it, just click anywhere in your Layers tab and you will notice it appear. So we want to go ahead and select the Roller Coaster text, and now in one swoop, click and drag this shape into the Shape Source. Now we have the text on the Path, and if we go ahead and adjust our Path Offset, you notice it is now rolling along the Path, and it's upside down, because we check the Inside Path option.
If we uncheck that, now you will notice it will roll nice and smoothly. Even though we can't see the Path, we can actually go back here and adjust it. Just click on your tools and grab the Adjust Points tool and now we can go ahead and just click and drag and adjust this. When we go back to our shape, it goes ahead and updates. Go ahead and drag the Path Offset again. So there you have it, Path Text, even more precise control over your text layout and animation.
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