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In Motion: Principles of Motion Graphics, Ian Robinson shares the core concepts and techniques used to create real-world motion graphic elements in Apple Motion. The course starts with finding the initial inspiration for a project and then covers how to bring those ideas to life using the tools in Motion, including type treatments, filters, textures, and lighting. Two projects demonstrating how to animate a title sequence and how to assemble a graphics package are also included. Exercise files accompany the course.
So, I just wanted to talk to you a little bit about what to do when you finish your project. Now, Motion is a unique application in the fact that it's bundled with all these other applications. So it is expressly designed to be integrated within Final Cut Pro. We definitely have courses in the lynda.com Library dedicated to that, and the process is called round-tripping. Now, before you go ahead and start importing your Motion projects into Final Cut Pro or DVD Studio Pro, I also want to show you how you can archive your project.
So when you have a project open and it's finished, go to the Media tab, and you'll be able to see all the media that's in use in your project, and you'll see this column that says In Use. And if there's little check mark there, that's letting you know that it is used in your project. So if by chance you do have something in your project you're not using, go ahead and select it and click the Minus button and it will be removed from your project. Now along those same lines, when you're finished with a project and you know you've removed everything that you don't necessarily need, you can go up under File and say Save As.
And when you choose Save As, I'm just going to save this in my chapter 10 folder. I'll create a folder called Archive and click Create. Now, down at the bottom, you want to go ahead and choose Copy to Folder. Now, just in case you missed something, there is an option here to include unused media or exclude unused media. So obviously if you don't want anything that you didn't use in your project, just go ahead and deselect that. So you can automate the previous function. I just personally like to go through and look through myself to see if there was anything that I had missed.
Now, when we select Copy to Folder and click Save, it's going to copy not only any graphics that we built, but any other external files that it needs to create the project. So let's go ahead and click save. So now, if we navigate to that folder, you'll see we have our Archive folder in there. It created its own folder, and within that folder, we have our project file and any extra media that it may have required. Now, to jump back into Motion for one last thing, when you have projects that have text and you want that text to be editable in other applications--for example, this lower third, I would probably want this text editable, so I can open it in Final Cut, and then just change the name in Final Cut without necessarily having to go back into Motion-- whenever you have text like this, go ahead and select the text, and if you go down in the Text tab, in your Inspector, look at the bottom of the Format panel.
See Publish to FCP? As long as that check box is selected, then this project will be editable when you import it into Final Cut. So like I said before, we definitely have titles in the library dedicated to round-tripping. Other than that, I hope you enjoy the process of archiving and working within Motion.
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