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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.
In Motion, it's easier to remember all the keyboard shortcuts. That's because even if you are used to using the keyboard shortcuts from a different application, you can fully customize the Motion shortcuts to behave in whatever way you are used to. For example, if you are primarily used to using the shortcuts from Final Cut Pro, you can switch the keyboard functions with those shortcuts simply by pulling down the Motion pulldown menu at the top of the screen, going to Commands and choose Final Cut Pro Set, choose your language and you are all good to go.
But if you would like to customize the keyboard beyond that, just click on the Customize option, and you'll notice we have a full Command Editor. This is where we can not only see individual keys, but exactly what their functions do. For example, if I click on the A key, you notice without pressing any other key A stands for Record Animation, and that's what turn on your Record button. If I press the Command key and A, that will choose Select All. If I would like to move Select All to a different keystroke combination, I can just click on it and drag it down to the new area.
And notice Motion will ask me, do I want to make a copy because I can't edit the original Standard Set? So I'll say sure, Make a Copy. And you notice it asks me to name it. So I'll call this Ian's and click OK. Now, you notice in the upper left pop-up menu, I have my different Standard Sets and then our Custom Command sets. So you can actually set up different custom key commands depending upon the function you are using the application for. You also know the keys are color coordinated. So for example, if you are using Mark tools, the key color is Yellow.
So M is Add Marker. Now, if you need to search for a specific key command, you can click in this window up at the top and under the pulldown menu, you could search by Command or Description of that Command or the key equivalent. I typically leave this set to All. So for example, if I searched for In, it will show me all of the key commands for Mark In. Notice when I select the command it shows me the corresponding key. If I would like to use this command for a different key, I can just drag it directly up into the keyboard for that specific key.
For some reason, if I wanted to use U, I could just drag Mark In directly to you. Now you notice it's set in the original place and it's added to the new key. That's because I never went back and changed the original key. If I want to change the original key, I can just take Mark In and drag it out of the window, and when I let go, we'll get the little poof animation, like you get when you drag things out of the dock in your Operating system. If you look on the left hand side here, we have a list of command groups.
So, if click on All Motion Commands you notice I can scroll through all the individual commands within Motion, and it will show me not only the key, but their modifiers. If you open the disclosure triangle you can also see the commands that correspond to the specific pulldown menus. Now, you notice I'm not getting a full list here. That's because I have left some data up in the Search menu. If I clear out that field, now you notice I'm seeing all the different options for those specific menus.
So, once you have gone through and customized the keyboard settings, you can then save and export those settings for use on another machine. When you click save the settings are saved, but then if you go back up under the Motion pulldown menu, under Commands, now you can choose Export. Then you'll see the window where you can specify exactly where you would like those commands saved. And when you click Save, there will actually be a file in that folder. Let me navigate to that folder to show you. Notice in my Desktop > Exercise Files, under Chapter_01, now I have a keyboard.commandset.
I could copy this to my MobileMe account or a jump drive and then import this in another computer, just by going up under the Command section and choosing Import. So, if you are having a hard time remembering your keyboard shortcuts in Motion, please go up and customize the keyboard to the settings of you are choosing.
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