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Exploring the power of the Link behavior

From: Motion 4 Essential Training

Video: Exploring the power of the Link behavior

One of the features I'm most excited about in Motion 4 is the new Link behavior. Basically what this does is it allows you to link the parameter of one object to the parameter of another object. And if you don't understand what I mean, don't sweat it, because that's what we are here for. Let's check out this project, press F5 on your keyboard to open the Project pane. You'll notice we have two groups, the Circle of Life and Bugs. I know they don't really look like bugs just yet, but if you hit Play/Pause, you'll see they kind of flicker and if you are joining me from the last video, you'll notice that these are the same kind of flickering bugs.

Exploring the power of the Link behavior

One of the features I'm most excited about in Motion 4 is the new Link behavior. Basically what this does is it allows you to link the parameter of one object to the parameter of another object. And if you don't understand what I mean, don't sweat it, because that's what we are here for. Let's check out this project, press F5 on your keyboard to open the Project pane. You'll notice we have two groups, the Circle of Life and Bugs. I know they don't really look like bugs just yet, but if you hit Play/Pause, you'll see they kind of flicker and if you are joining me from the last video, you'll notice that these are the same kind of flickering bugs.

All it is, is a parameter behavior called Randomize that's on the Opacity. So it makes some kind of flicker a little bit. So what we are going to do is a Link behavior is link the motion of the bugs swarming around the Circle of Life to the opacity of the center circle. So as a circle gets more bright, the bugs will get more active and as the circle gets more dim, they will get less active. So in order to do that we actually have to have the behavior applied. Let's get these bugs spinning around, and the best way to do that is to apply a behavior to the overarching group itself.

So select the Bugs group and go up to Add Behavior. Under Simulations, choose Vortex. Now the Vortex behavior behaves a little bit like what happens when you pull the plug out of a bathtub. You know the water sort of swirls around and anything it's in there sort of sucked towards the drain. Well, that's in essence what happens with the Vortex behavior. Go and click the Play/Pause button and let's look at the scene. You notice the circle of life is actually circling the drain, which we definitely don't want, so let's pause that just for a quick second and make some adjustments.

Click on the Vortex behavior and in the Inspector make sure you are under Behaviors, and you'll notice under Vortex, I have a pop-up menu that allow me to change what this behavior affects. So click on the pop-up menu, then choose Specific Objects. Now we have a nice area where we can drop in new layers we'd like to affect it. So let's add all of the different Circle layers, but be careful because there is a little gotcha. Go ahead and click on the first Circle layer underneath the Vortex behavior and look what happens.

I have lost the menu, no problem. Just click on the Vortex behavior and click the lock button in the Utility window. This locks the Utility window to the Bugs layer or whichever layer you have selected whenever you decide to lock. So click on the first circle, hold down Shift and click on the last one and now we can drag them all into the affected objects area and you notice we have nice perfect circular motion paths, which would look great if this were a planet animation, but it's not.

So let's adjust then drag a little bit and you'll notice it's very sensitive, so let's only set this to around 19. Now go ahead and hit the Play/Pause button and let's look at our animation. All right, so you notice they are all kind of swarming towards the center of the circle. We are halfway there. Let's stop playback for a second. Now that we have the Vortex behavior applied, we need to tie the opacity of the circle to the strength of the Vortex.

So go ahead and select the Vortex behavior and on the word Strength go ahead and Ctrl-click, the Link behavior is actually parameter behavior and you'll see it in the menu, go ahead and select it. You'll notice by default once it's selected, it's not active and that's because it's looking for its Source Object. So it's asking what would you like to be the source. So let's tell it. Drag the circle into the dropwell. So just click and drag and let go once you see that little curved arrow and now since the circle has been added, we need to tell it what parameter of the circle we would like to link to.

So click on the Compatible Parameter's pop-up menu and under Properties, go to Blending and choose Opacity. Now click the Play/Pause button and you'll notice they are moving quite fast and that's because under this pulldown menu, the Apply Mode is set to replace with source and since the opacity of the circle is set at 100, now the strength of the Vortex is set to 100. So let's play with this. Go ahead and select the Circle layer and go to the Properties tab.

Now you want to make sure to uncheck the lock box, so you can actually see the properties of the circle itself. Begin playback and let's adjust the Opacity and see how that affects things. Notice when the opacity is really low, it's not very highly affected, but the second we crank the opacity up, the bugs get attracted to the circle of life. And there you have it Link behaviors completing the Circle of Life.

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Motion 4 Essential Training

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  1. 6m 52s
    1. Welcome
      1m 0s
    2. Important definitions
      3m 5s
    3. What's new in Motion 4
      1m 51s
    4. Using the exercise files
      56s
  2. 45m 38s
    1. Launching Motion for the first time
      2m 20s
    2. Understanding the Motion interface
      4m 43s
    3. Understanding the Utility window
      5m 50s
    4. Understanding the toolbar
      1m 57s
    5. Navigating the Canvas
      4m 37s
    6. Working with layers and layer groups
      4m 52s
    7. Using the Project pane
      2m 42s
    8. Transforming objects
      3m 41s
    9. Controlling the Timeline
      4m 27s
    10. Using the HUD
      1m 27s
    11. Essential preferences
      2m 37s
    12. Customizing the keyboard
      4m 14s
    13. Getting smooth playback with RAM preview
      2m 11s
  3. 28m 52s
    1. Adding assets to Motion
      3m 12s
    2. Adding QuickTime movies to Motion
      3m 30s
    3. Adding still images to Motion
      3m 23s
    4. Adding image sequences
      3m 23s
    5. Adding layered Photoshop files
      2m 40s
    6. Adding Illustrator files
      2m 12s
    7. Using the Library
      3m 14s
    8. Understanding and using blend modes
      5m 39s
    9. Adding text
      1m 39s
  4. 13m 19s
    1. Creating and adjusting shapes
      7m 41s
    2. Creating simple masks
      2m 36s
    3. Creating masks with objects
      3m 2s
  5. 42m 24s
    1. Adding and adjusting behaviors
      5m 49s
    2. Adding parameter behaviors
      4m 2s
    3. Applying behaviors to layers and groups
      5m 16s
    4. Adding multiple behaviors
      7m 39s
    5. Exploring the power of the Link behavior
      5m 2s
    6. Trimming and sliding behaviors
      5m 18s
    7. Saving custom behaviors to animate stills
      4m 24s
    8. Using shape behaviors
      4m 54s
  6. 25m 3s
    1. Adding keyframes manually
      6m 10s
    2. Using the Record button
      6m 38s
    3. Manipulating keyframes with the Keyframe Editor
      6m 59s
    4. Combining keyframes and behaviors
      3m 33s
    5. Working with recording options
      1m 43s
  7. 26m 38s
    1. Adding and formatting text
      5m 35s
    2. Using text styles
      4m 33s
    3. Formatting text with the Adjust Glyph tool
      4m 8s
    4. Animating text with the Adjust Glyph tool
      4m 23s
    5. Creating text on a path
      3m 35s
    6. Using text behaviors
      4m 24s
  8. 22m 4s
    1. Stabilizing shaky footage
      4m 7s
    2. Match moving: Transform
      3m 56s
    3. Match moving: Four-corner pin
      4m 44s
    4. Retiming video in the Inspector
      5m 49s
    5. Using retiming behaviors
      3m 28s
  9. 11m 41s
    1. Applying and adjusting filters
      2m 46s
    2. Applying multiple filters
      8m 55s
  10. 8m 13s
    1. Pulling a luma key
      2m 42s
    2. Pulling a chroma key with Primatte RT
      5m 31s
  11. 11m 29s
    1. Applying and adjusting generators
      3m 25s
    2. Using the text generator
      4m 15s
    3. Generating a background
      3m 49s
  12. 19m 9s
    1. Creating basic particle systems
      10m 58s
    2. Using particle presets
      1m 51s
    3. Creating an advanced particle system
      6m 20s
  13. 13m 25s
    1. Replicating objects
      4m 52s
    2. Animating a replicator
      4m 53s
    3. Replicating a video file
      3m 40s
  14. 49m 46s
    1. Working in 3D space
      5m 11s
    2. Working with cameras
      8m 6s
    3. Viewing a 3D scene in different layouts
      2m 56s
    4. Creating depth with lights and shadows
      8m 22s
    5. Simulating depth of field
      3m 54s
    6. Using camera behaviors
      4m 7s
    7. Animating cameras with camera framing
      6m 8s
    8. Create interest with the Focus behavior
      1m 52s
    9. Using reflections and highlights
      5m 13s
    10. Creating particles in 3D
      3m 57s
  15. 20m 31s
    1. Using the Paint tool
      6m 1s
    2. Using advanced paint tools
      8m 9s
    3. Applying paint presets
      1m 51s
    4. Sequencing paint with the Stroke behavior
      4m 30s
  16. 9m 3s
    1. Adding and adjusting audio
      4m 37s
    2. Animating to music with the Audio Parameter behavior
      4m 26s
  17. 11m 52s
    1. Sharing files
      3m 36s
    2. Exporting files
      3m 15s
    3. Creating an export preset
      3m 0s
    4. Archiving your project
      2m 1s
  18. 15m 30s
    1. Round-tripping between Final Cut Pro and Motion
      4m 24s
    2. Sending your project to Compressor
      1m 59s
    3. Creating drop zones
      3m 0s
    4. Creating templates for Motion and Final Cut
      5m 2s
    5. Importing Motion projects into DVD Studio Pro
      1m 5s
  19. 22s
    1. Goodbye
      22s

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