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The first time you launch Motion, it shows you quickly that it is very much an Apple application. See, with many Apple applications, like Pages or Numbers, there is an intermediary window that gives you the shortcuts to all kinds of information that you may find helpful as you're first getting started with the application. In Motion, this window is called the Project Browser. So if we look at the Project Browser here, you'll notice it has three main sections and much like many things in life, it works from left to right.
Now let's start on the left section here, and you'll notice there are areas for blank projects, like a Motion Project or a Final Cut Generator, and don't worry, you'll understand exactly what these things are as we move through the course, but for now, let's focus on how this works. There's Recent projects, so any projects you've had recently open. Compositions, these are pre-built projects, and if you click on any one of them, you'll see the example pop up over here on the right.
Now if you're not seeing these, you need to run Software Update on your system and make sure that the Motion-added assets are in your software update. As long as you've bought the app through the App store, the next time you run software update, it should be there. Now I like using these different templates as inspiration and also things to look at to reverse engineer so I can see how they were built and then use those techniques on my own projects.
So for now, let's jump back up to the Blank area here and select Motion Projects. If we look on the right-hand side here, this is how we can determine exactly what settings we'll be using for our blank Motion projects. So if you click on Preset, there are all kinds of presets, both standard def and high definition. I'll choose Broadcast HD 720. Next is the Frame Rate. You want to make sure to choose your frame rate before you create your projects, because this is one of the few parameters that you can't go back and change within a project once you've chosen it.
So I'm going to choose 29.97. Next, we can set the duration of the project. So let's say I want this to be five seconds. I'll just type 500 and press Tab. That way it'll set the duration without actually opening the blank Motion project. Now over here you can specify whether you won't see timecode, actual seconds, or frames. So let's switch it back to Timecode and make sure we set five seconds as our duration, again pressing Tab.
Now when I click Open, it's going to launch Motion. Now every time I launch Motion after this, this Project Browser is going to keep popping up. So once we click Open, what I want you to do is go up under your Motion > Preferences, and in Preferences, go to the Project section. And For New Documents, instead of choosing Show Project Browser, I want you to choose Use Project. Now mine says Motion Project Broadcast HD, because I've already done this once; yours might be empty.
So just click the Choose button and then sure enough we'll see our project browser again, and in here just choose exactly what you would like Motion to automatically launch every time you open it. So I'm going to Blank again and choose Blank Motion Project, and we'll have HD 720, 29.97, five-second duration is fine, and we can go ahead and click Open. Now when we close our Preferences anytime in the future when we launch Motion we won't see the Project Browser, unless of course we go back and change that preference again, or choose File > New From Project Browser.
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