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Relinking missing media

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Video: Relinking missing media

Okay, on occasion, sometimes when you open a project, you'll see something that looks like this. You will get this red-and-white checkerboard. And basically, Motion has lost its connection to a media file that the project is referencing. Now if you open your Layers panel, look for any layer that has the question mark. Now if you just Control+Click or right-click on the question mark, you can go to Reveal Source Media to automatically load up that clip in the Media panel as well as in the Inspector.

Relinking missing media

Okay, on occasion, sometimes when you open a project, you'll see something that looks like this. You will get this red-and-white checkerboard. And basically, Motion has lost its connection to a media file that the project is referencing. Now if you open your Layers panel, look for any layer that has the question mark. Now if you just Control+Click or right-click on the question mark, you can go to Reveal Source Media to automatically load up that clip in the Media panel as well as in the Inspector.

Now in the Inspector, scroll down to where it says Linked Objects, and you see it will list exactly everywhere where that piece of media is used. And underneath, there is a button to reconnect the media file. So click Reconnect Media File, and in your browser, navigate to where you think the file is. I just happen to know that I had saved it to my desktop, so once you find the file, as always, Show Matching Name Only is selected. That'll be the only file that you should be able to click on to relink.

So to relink, you want to click the Open button in the lower-right corner, and now it's relinked, and everything is good to go. Now, there is one other time where sometimes something acts a little funny and things aren't quite relinked. In the Finder, if you scroll down to where the Motion is, notice the size of the application is 2 gigs. And if you actually right-click directly on the application icon, you can Show Package Contents.

See, in here, this is where Apple has moved all of the library content that you'll be referencing throughout the course. And on occasion, I've noticed that sometimes Motion loses its link to some of these content pieces. So to show you what I'm talking about, I am going to go to my Exercise Files folder and in Chapter 10, I have a file called Particle_Behaviors. When I open that, notice it's missing the spark. Now I can click Reconnect and it's automatically going to open up this window, but if I go to Applications and navigate down to Motion, notice it appears as though I can't find anything.

Well, there is a way around this. If you open a Finder window and navigate to your Applications folder again, right-click on Motion, and say Show Package Contents, in here we can navigate in the Contents folder and navigate to our LibraryContent and then navigate to the Content folder and in here you we will see Particle Images. Now the one that's missing is Spark 11. So I am going to scroll down until I find Spark 11. Okay, there it is. And now if you drag it and drop it up into the search window up here, notice now it will link to that file.

It's just because the Content folder is zipped underneath the application that you can't navigate to it natively this way. But now that we've dragged and dropped it, we can click Open, and voila! Our particles are relinked. Now, if I save this project, this link will forever be set up on my system.

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Motion 5 Essential Training

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  1. 14m 18s
    1. Welcome
      1m 6s
    2. Learning important definitions
      8m 13s
    3. Using the exercise files
      1m 37s
    4. Relinking missing media
      3m 22s
  2. 49m 41s
    1. Launching Motion for the first time
      4m 3s
    2. Navigating the interface
      9m 27s
    3. Creating and transforming objects in the Canvas
      6m 9s
    4. Controlling the Timing pane
      6m 29s
    5. Setting essential preferences
      6m 41s
    6. Customizing the keyboard
      5m 5s
    7. Using RAM preview and audio controls to get smooth preview playback
      5m 26s
    8. Introducing markers and audio
      6m 21s
  3. 26m 9s
    1. Adding assets to a project
      7m 56s
    2. Using the Library
      6m 4s
    3. Working with layers and groups
      6m 9s
    4. Understanding and using blend modes
      6m 0s
  4. 31m 15s
    1. Adding and adjusting behaviors
      7m 5s
    2. Adding multiple behaviors
      6m 31s
    3. Trimming and sliding behaviors
      8m 40s
    4. Using custom presets to create a slideshow
      8m 59s
  5. 29m 49s
    1. Animating manually using keyframes
      7m 49s
    2. Using the Record button
      6m 28s
    3. Manipulating keyframes with the Keyframe Editor
      10m 9s
    4. Combining keyframes and behaviors
      5m 23s
  6. 52m 33s
    1. Adding and formatting text
      7m 50s
    2. Using text styles
      10m 36s
    3. Formatting with the Transform Glyph tool
      5m 33s
    4. Animating text
      11m 17s
    5. Working with text on a path
      8m 16s
    6. Creating credit rolls
      9m 1s
  7. 31m 19s
    1. Match Move: Four-corner pin
      7m 25s
    2. Match Move: Transform
      11m 27s
    3. Stabilization
      5m 4s
    4. Retiming footage with behaviors
      7m 23s
  8. 16m 42s
    1. Applying and adjusting filters
      4m 18s
    2. Applying multiple filters
      7m 32s
    3. Timing a style with filters
      4m 52s
  9. 33m 35s
    1. Creating and adjusting shapes
      10m 7s
    2. Using shape behaviors
      7m 40s
    3. Creating and adjusting masks
      10m 47s
    4. Creating masks with objects
      5m 1s
  10. 34m 3s
    1. Using the keyer to composite green screen footage
      7m 28s
    2. Refining a key
      11m 6s
    3. Using masks to refine a green screen composite
      7m 54s
    4. Color-correcting elements to match within a green screen composite
      7m 35s
  11. 50m 2s
    1. Understanding generators
      4m 52s
    2. Applying text generators
      5m 41s
    3. Creating particle systems
      5m 49s
    4. Making adjustments to a particle system
      7m 33s
    5. Using particle behaviors
      5m 18s
    6. Creating paint strokes
      6m 58s
    7. Animating paint strokes
      4m 57s
    8. Using the Replicator
      5m 1s
    9. Replicating video
      3m 53s
  12. 47m 28s
    1. Viewing a scene in different layouts
      7m 17s
    2. Working with lights
      8m 12s
    3. Adjusting lighting and reflectivity
      9m 13s
    4. Creating and adjusting shadows
      4m 3s
    5. Creating replicators in 3D
      7m 50s
    6. Creating particles in 3D
      5m 7s
    7. Creating text in 3D
      5m 46s
  13. 42m 14s
    1. Working with cameras
      9m 3s
    2. Creating depth of field in a composition
      4m 55s
    3. Using camera behaviors
      9m 53s
    4. Create interest with the Focus behavior
      7m 26s
    5. Animating cameras with camera framing
      10m 57s
  14. 16m 36s
    1. Adding and adjusting audio
      9m 29s
    2. Adding audio markers
      7m 7s
  15. 17m 37s
    1. Sharing files
      6m 58s
    2. Creating a pre-render
      7m 5s
    3. Archiving a project
      3m 34s
  16. 26m 5s
    1. Creating drop zones
      4m 21s
    2. Setting up rigs: Slider rigs
      6m 56s
    3. Setting up rigs: Pop-up rigs
      4m 49s
    4. Making templates for Motion
      4m 3s
    5. Making templates for Final Cut Pro
      5m 56s
  17. 1m 32s
    1. Goodbye
      1m 32s

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