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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.
When you launch Motion the first time, you'll come to this Welcome screen. It's divided up into four sections. The first two just take you to the Apple website. It takes you on some tours of the application and as well as some online tutorials. The next one, Start with a Template, I will encourage you to go back to that and reverse engineer some of those templates after you become a little bit more familiar with Motion. So let's choose Start with a New Project and make sure we uncheck the Show the Welcome Screen at startup option. That way we won't see this anymore whenever we launch Motion. Go ahead and click Continue, and now we have the Project Preset box.
In here if you click on the Preset pull-down you'll notice all the different resolutions that Motion supports. It even supports Custom resolutions, if you are working at some resolution outside of one of these Presets. Now for this series, we are going to choose DVCPRO HD 720p24. The reason, the majority of the footage that was shot, was shot at 720p24. So since we are going to use this throughout the rest of this course, go ahead and check this Set as Default option. Now you'll see a little dot right here, signifying that every time we launch Motion, it will default to this resolution.
Now there is one little gotcha with this window. It's this Duration option. You notice when you move your Mouse over that section, it gives you the Text Edit option cursor and it even allows you to select the text. But if I try to change this to let's say 20, nothing happens. We can change the Duration later, let's go ahead and click OK. Now that we have Motion open, if you want to change your project duration, just go up under Edit, Project Properties, and here you can actually change the entire resolution of this composition or go in and change the Project Duration.
So let's go ahead and click Cancel, and now that we have Motion open, let's get started by looking at some of the basics of the interface, which we will do in our next movie.
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