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Customizing your keyboard

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Video: Customizing your keyboard

I am in the 07_Keyboard project but honestly you could be in any project you like right now because we're just going to go over how to customize our keyboard commands. Now this movie is specially for all of you Final Cut Pro users and After Effects users, that would prefer just using the keyboard shortcuts you already know and love right here within Motion. So let's get started with the Final Cut Pro users. Go up to Motion, click on Commands, go to Final Cut Pro set and choose your language.

Customizing your keyboard

I am in the 07_Keyboard project but honestly you could be in any project you like right now because we're just going to go over how to customize our keyboard commands. Now this movie is specially for all of you Final Cut Pro users and After Effects users, that would prefer just using the keyboard shortcuts you already know and love right here within Motion. So let's get started with the Final Cut Pro users. Go up to Motion, click on Commands, go to Final Cut Pro set and choose your language.

Now every key command you've learned in Final Cut Pro works the exact same way in Motion. Pretty sweet! Well, if we go up to Motion and Commands and change it back to the Standard Set, let's show how we can really customize key by key. Go to Motion, Commands and choose Customize. And you notice, now we have a Full Command Editor, this is one of the new wonderful features in Motion 3. Now this is the Standard Set, if you click on a specific key it will show you exactly what that key does and what modifiers you have to hold down to add those specific things.

So if I hit Shift+Cmd+L it will create a New Light. Well, let's say I want to use an After Effects command for trimming a layer's end point. In Motion I know it's I, so let's look it up. If I click on the pull-down here and choose Key Equivalent and I type I, it will now show me all the different commands that are typed to I. Let's select Mark In; it sets the end point of the selected object to the current time. Well, that's pretty much like trimming the layer in After Effects.

Let's hold down Option and hit Left Bracket and you will get this message, it says, The Command Sets "Standard Set" is owned by Motion and can not be edited. So let's make a copy. I'll just call this Ian's example. You can call yours, whatever you would like and click OK. Now I'll try this again, I'll select the Mark In and hold down Option and Left Bracket and now I've reset my trim command to function with those key commands.

So let's look it up. I am going to type left bracket here, and if you notice now Option, Left Bracket, sets the endpoint of the selected object to the current time. Now you notice it didn't delete the previous one. So if I go back to I and find that- If you want to delete one, what you have to do is hit Delete, and now that key command has been deleted. So the only way we can trim a layer's end point is with the Option+Left Bracket command.

You can go through key by key and customize each individual thing to your own personal liking, and once you are done, go up to this pull-down and choose Export. So this allows you to create a file, which you can copy to whatever system you are working on, and load your own custom key commands into Motion. So you can continue working with your own custom key commands.

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Motion 3 Essential Training

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  1. 6m 43s
    1. Welcome
      52s
    2. Why use Motion?
      1m 49s
    3. Important definitions
      2m 22s
    4. Using the example files
      1m 40s
  2. 23m 59s
    1. Launching Motion for the first time
      2m 0s
    2. Understanding the Motion interface
      3m 21s
    3. Navigating the Canvas
      5m 26s
    4. Controlling the Timeline
      3m 29s
    5. Using the Toolbar
      3m 2s
    6. Setting essential preferences
      3m 37s
    7. Customizing your keyboard
      3m 4s
  3. 25m 20s
    1. Adding outside assets
      4m 14s
    2. Using Library content
      2m 56s
    3. Working with layers
      6m 59s
    4. Working with groups
      5m 33s
    5. Using blend modes
      5m 38s
  4. 35m 21s
    1. Adding and adjusting behaviors
      4m 2s
    2. Applying behaviors to layers vs. groups
      1m 51s
    3. Adding multiple behaviors
      4m 8s
    4. Adding parameter behaviors
      5m 30s
    5. Trimming and sliding behaviors
      9m 23s
    6. Animating stills with behaviors
      10m 27s
  5. 18m 45s
    1. Using the Record button
      3m 33s
    2. Adding keyframes manually
      2m 49s
    3. Manipulating keyframes with the Keyframe Editor
      5m 36s
    4. Combining keyframes and behaviors
      3m 10s
    5. Working with recording options
      3m 37s
  6. 22m 51s
    1. Adding and formatting text
      5m 56s
    2. Creating text on a path
      4m 16s
    3. Animating text
      4m 18s
    4. Using pre-built text behaviors
      2m 1s
    5. Using text styles
      4m 13s
    6. Creating your own text preset
      2m 7s
  7. 15m 59s
    1. Applying and adjusting filters
      7m 0s
    2. Applying multiple filters
      4m 16s
    3. Being creative with filters
      4m 43s
  8. 8m 46s
    1. Understanding different types of keying
      2m 8s
    2. Pulling a simple key
      6m 38s
  9. 20m 27s
    1. Creating simple shapes
      6m 21s
    2. Adjusting shapes
      3m 1s
    3. Creating simple masks
      2m 33s
    4. Creating a tracking mask
      3m 24s
    5. Creating a complex mask
      2m 15s
    6. Creating image masks
      2m 53s
  10. 6m 48s
    1. Applying and adjusting generators
      3m 11s
    2. Generating a background
      1m 30s
    3. Generating a transition
      2m 7s
  11. 17m 33s
    1. Understanding particles
      2m 5s
    2. Creating basic particle systems
      5m 18s
    3. Making complex particles
      6m 13s
    4. Modifying particle behaviors
      3m 57s
  12. 17m 59s
    1. Replicating objects
      5m 6s
    2. Animating a replicator
      4m 32s
    3. Replicating a video file
      3m 31s
    4. Creating a lower third replicator preset
      4m 50s
  13. 14m 52s
    1. Painting in Motion
      8m 11s
    2. Sequencing paint stroke behavior
      3m 54s
    3. Applying paint dynamics
      1m 26s
    4. Painting from shapes
      1m 21s
  14. 25m 43s
    1. Using 3D space
      4m 52s
    2. Working with cameras
      3m 55s
    3. Using camera behaviors
      3m 41s
    4. Lighting a scene
      4m 56s
    5. Creating 3D text
      1m 53s
    6. Creating 3D replicators
      2m 27s
    7. Creating 3D particles
      3m 59s
  15. 14m 42s
    1. Applying Match Move: Four-corner pin
      3m 11s
    2. Applying Match Move: Transform
      1m 48s
    3. Working with stabilization
      2m 11s
    4. Retiming video
      4m 3s
    5. Retiming with behaviors
      3m 29s
  16. 11m 24s
    1. Adding and adjusting audio
      4m 51s
    2. Adding audio markers
      2m 56s
    3. Applying the audio parameter behavior
      3m 37s
  17. 7m 31s
    1. Exporting files
      2m 49s
    2. Creating an export preset
      2m 51s
    3. Archiving your project
      1m 51s
  18. 22m 25s
    1. Sending your project to Compressor
      3m 35s
    2. Roundtripping between Motion and Final Cut Pro
      7m 11s
    3. Creating drop zones
      5m 27s
    4. Creating templates for Motion
      2m 19s
    5. Creating templates for Final Cut Pro
      1m 14s
    6. Creating DVD Studio Pro menus
      2m 39s
  19. 14s
    1. Goodbye
      14s

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