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In Motion 4 Essential Training, Ian Robinson shows how to start building outstanding motion graphics and animations for video production. He demonstrates how to build custom text animations with the new Adjust Glyph tool and explores Motion’s amazing real-time 3D tools. Ian highlights working in the 3D space, creating depth with lights and shadows, and using reflections to add realism. He gives practical advice on how to integrate Motion into a professional video workflow, round-tripping with Final Cut Pro and sending a final project to Compressor. Exercise files accompany this course.
So I was scrolling through my footage trying to figure out what shot would be interesting to replicate and I came up with this. Let's hit Play. And I don't know about you but I think this is kind of amusing. It's just a bunch of camels walking in a row and I just love the shot. Like I said, I think it's kind of funny. So, what's better than 30 or 40 camels than 200 or 300 camels, right? To replicate video, it's fairly simple. You just select the video that you would like to use and press Replicate.
Now, before I replicate this, I would like to actually scale it down. So, just grab on one of the corners and begin scaling. Make sure to hold down Shift+Option so it scales around the center, making sure it doesn't go upside out like that and we'll get it down to around 20%. That looks good. Now press Replicate and you will notice we have an interesting pattern. Let's go ahead and scale that out, so these cover the canvas. Now one thing to keep in mind when you replicate video, your computer's power and the amount of RAM it has, because if you are replicating, high resolution in 1920x1080 video, it's probably not going to playback nearly as smooth as this is.
And that's just because we are working at a Pro Res resolution and the overall size of this file is only about 50 megs. That's enough of the tech chat. Let's go check this out in the Inspector. Click the Inspector tab and under the Replicator options, you notice we have used the Rectangle shape, if you click on the pop-up, you will notice all the options are still exactly the same. But if you scroll down to the bottom of the replicator, since we actually replicated a QuickTime file directly, we have a couple of these options.
For example, by default, Play Frames is set, so when we press Play, we can actually see the video playing. Now, some of the other fun options, if you check the Random Start Frame box, now you notice the video is just choosing random frames to start playing. Let's de-select that box and pause for a second. I want to change my Origin. Let's change the Origin to Upper Left. This will help better illustrate my point.
With the origin in the Upper Left, let's scroll down to the bottom here and start playing with the Source Start Frame. If I click-and-drag here, you notice when I move the playhead back to the beginning that's not the original Start Frame and if you can't tell, I'll just drag it back to frame one. And if you notice, as you change these settings, it's actually changing all the instances of the video exactly the same way. So, if we click-and-drag on the Source Frame Offset, notice since the Origin is in the Upper Left, once again the Offset is tiling down from the Upper Left.
So, if we click Play now, you notice the video is changing off from the Upper Left. Now, if you really want to get crazy, you can introduce a Hold Frame, which really isn't that crazy but if you add Hold Frames Randomness, this is kind of fun because each one of the different replicated windows will pop and introduce Random Hold Frames. And lastly, at the bottom, should you ever want to change the video source, you can just drag a new source right down into the dropwell.
So, replicating video gives you a whole new set of options in your Replicator. But you'll always want to keep in mind the exact size and resolution of the file that you will be working with.
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