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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.
Another great way to use generators is to use them to generate a transition. Hit your spacebar and let's see what's in the project. So as you can see we have two shots with a cut right in the middle, and I'd like to use a Lens Flare to transition from the right side of the screen to the left side, and right about when the cut happens is when we'll have the Lens Flare be at its brightest. So hit Cmd+2 and open your Library. Head to the Generator section and drag and drop Lens Flare right out on to your canvas.
Now we need to set some keyframes, so move your playhead a couple of frames before the jump cut, frame 17, and open up the Generator options, hit F4. So we can move the Lens Flare by animating the center point. So drag the X value towards the right. I'd like the Lens Flare to be off when it starts. So we need to keyframe the size as well as intensity. So, add a keyframe, and add a keyframe and just adjust those down.
Now let's move our playhead right to the jump cut. So right here we need to add a keyframe for Size and Intensity. Just go ahead and add your keyframe, and adjust the Size and the Intensity. I know it's on the side of the screen, don't worry. When we add our next keyframe it will actually be in the center of the screen, looks pretty good. Now let's move our playhead a few frames after the cut.
And we need to keyframe our center point, and our Size, and the Intensity. Now that we have those keyframes, go ahead and drag the center point over to the left, and reset the Size to zero and the Intensity to zero. Rewind your playhead back to the beginning and hit the spacebar. So as you can see, generators are a great way to generate transitions.
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