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Learn how to create stunning motion graphics and animations for video production. Author Ian Robinson explains how to format and animate type with the Transform Glyph tool and explores Motion's real-time 3D tools. The course also covers working in 3D space, creating depth with lights and shadows, keying green screen effects, and working with particle systems. In addition, Ian offers practical advice on integrating Motion into a professional video workflow and explains how to work smarter using rigs and templates.
Now, whenever you build something in Motion you can always save that project out as a template for Final Cut. Just understand there are multiple kinds of templates for Final Cut. The one that's most flexible for just about any kind of graphic you can create in Motion is actually called a generator. So we're going to prepare this project to work as a Final Cut generator. To do that let's look at a couple of different things. First thing, you want to click on the Project layer and look to see exactly what parameters have been published.
Now if you look, there is only that's been published, and this would be the only thing that we can customize in Final Cut. Thankfully, this project does already have rigs, and each rig has a set of widgets, and what we can do is save out the widgets as something that's editable. So if I click on this position pop-up rig, I can click on the right-hand side of the widget in the Inspector and choose Publish. Now, we can do the same thing for our Color Rig.
Let's just click on the right-hand side and click Publish. Now when we go to our Project area here you can see, okay, I'm going to have a drop zone and I'll have a pop-up and I'll have my Colors, and these are rigged and fully editable. See, if I click on the different pop-up, the different layouts happen, and I could choose different colors. You get the idea. Now since there is type in here and the type is animated, I do want to select that type layer and under Text, you want to make sure that Editable in FCP is selected.
See, if I click on the right-hand side here, I can also publish this, so let's publish it. Now when we go to the Project here, we have our drop zone, our two rigs, and the Editable in FCP type treatment. Now we're ready to save this out as a Final Cut generator. So if we go up under the File, we can say Publish Template, and instead of going through the different options, let's start by selecting Publish as Final Cut Generator.
Now we can name this. So let's call this NameCard, and for the Category let's create a brand-new category. I'll call it CustomMotionPlates and Create, and then for Theme we can create a new theme, but I'm not going to worry about that. We can leave Include unused media selected, that's fine. There really isn't that much in the project. And let's select Save Preview Movie. Now when we click Publish, this is going to be published to the Template area inside of Final Cut.
When this menu pops up, one or more objects that are used will also be deleted. Are you sure you want to delete the media? That's just because I'm using this background image here as the template, and sometimes this will pop up. I don't want to risk of having something get messed up in the save, so I'm just going to click Cancel. That way anything that was unused is still going to be copied over for the project, but as you can see here, everything is in the project.
Now with that saved out, we need to actually open Final Cut Pro to check out our template. So now we're here in Final Cut. These are the assets from Final Cut Pro Essential Training. So feel free to go over there and download those assets or just work on one of your own projects. Now we'll work with the Promo final. Once we're in the Promo final, I just want to add our generator right here to the end of the project. To see where your generators are, look in the toolbar on the right-hand side of Final Cut and click on Show or Hide Generators.
Now here is that custom group that we made when we saved out our Motion template. So if we just scrub over the clip, you'll notice we can see exactly what the template looks like and to add it to the project, all we have to do is just drag it down to the Timeline. The Magnetic Timeline is just going to suck it right over so it pops up right at the end there. So click on the clip to select it and make sure the Inspector is open. If you look up under the Generator section, we have our Published Parameters.
Even though we have our drop zone here, we need to actually click in the drop zone if we want to add our own clip. So once we've clicked, it is saying, "Click the clip that you want to use for Place Image Here." So I'll come over here to our Sources window, and let's say this is the clip I want to use. I'll just click on it. And when we click Apply Clip, that's dropped into our template.
Now we can double-click on the text and you'll notice with the line underneath, that means we can edit the text. So I can type a new name in here and press Enter when I want to set that type. Now the only other thing is customizing exactly the way our template looks. So we can change it to Image_Left or Image_Right or customize the color to match something a little closer to what we've created earlier. So with generators being integrated so closely to your Final Cut Timeline, it's actually an excellent thing to save out your templates for use in Final Cut, because whenever you open Final Cut all you have to do is click on Generators to access any of your custom templates.
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