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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.
The process known as Round-tripping occurs when you send files between applications in Final Cut Studio. A typical video workflow would involve digitizing your video into Final Cut Pro, editing your sequence, while marking the footage you would like to send to other for more intense work. For example, you would send files you would like to add graphics to, to Motion, and you would send files that need color correction to Color. Since, this is a Motion Essential Training title, I'm going to show you the process of sending your video to Motion. Now you can send footage to Motion three different ways.
The first way, by selecting the entire sequence. If you Ctrl-click and say Send To > Motion Project, it will send the entire sequence. The second is to send clips directly out of your bin. So for example, if I wanted to send these three clips, I would select them, Ctrl-click, choose Send To, Motion Project. The third and probably most common way to send footage to Motion is directly out of your sequence. For example, if I wanted to send these three items out of the timeline, I just highlight them, Ctrl-click, and choose Send To, Motion Project.
Now before I do that, I just want to show you really quickly, there is some sample text there letting me know that I would like to add text in Motion. So again, I'll just Ctrl-click on any one of the pieces of footage, choose Send To, Motion Project. Now when it pops up, it's going to default by saving the name as the name of the sequence. Let's create a new name. You want to make sure both of these checkboxes at the bottom of the menu are selected. The first one launches Motion right after you click the Save button, but the second one is really important.
The Motion content won't be automatically brought back into Final Cut Pro. It will just send the files to Motion and leave it at that. And so you will have your files in Final Cut and Motion and they won't be linked. So make sure to check Embed " Motion" Content, and click Save. And notice Motion automatically launched. If we press Play, you will notice everything came across except for that text. If we press F5 to open the Project Pan, notice the two video layers are in the project, but there is an empty layer where the text used to be. That's okay.
If you would like to add text all you have to do is click on the Text tool and start typing in Motion. I'll just throw a quick text behavior on that just so you can see how everything comes across. Okay, when you are done editing in Motion, click File and choose Save, and that's it. When we switch back to Final Cut, I'm going to press Command+Tab to switch. You will notice now in the timeline, we have our new title with .motn at the end, and all those clips we wanted to send are now compressed into this one .motn file.
Now you might be thinking to yourself where did this extra stuff come from? Well, when we selected these clips, there was actually audio embedded with one of the clips in the timeline. So it actually sent out the full length, the audio and the video that we had selected. So to fix this issue, all we have to do is just click-and-drag to change the endpoint of our .motn file. And you notice now everything is fine.
Now when the text reaches this point, it's already kind of spaced out a little bit. So if you want to make a change, you want to Ctrl-click and instead of going back to Send To, you want to go up to Open in Editor. Now with the project reopened in Motion, I can select the Title tool, reposition my playhead, and make sure that the text doesn't actually begin until the beginning of that specific sequence. I will just trim the endpoint there, and now when we click Save, and go back to Final Cut Pro, you'll notice it updated back into Final Cut Pro.
I have to say Round-tripping is a great way to edit and create your graphics. It's much more direct and it keeps file creation and management to a minimum.
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