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The real-time engine in Motion 3, a component of Apple's Final Cut Studio 2, gives motion graphics designers the freedom to continually experiment and adjust while they work. Ian Robinson explores how to get the most from this unique application, while also sharing his own essential motion graphics techniques. Along with teaching the fundamentals of video and audio work, he looks at Motion 3's new 3D tools in depth. Ian demonstrates the use of behaviors to create organic movement in particle systems and camera moves without keyframes. He also discusses effective integration with the other Final Cut Studio applications, and much more. Example files accompany the course.
I am in the 06_Essential_Preferences project. Now honestly you can have any project to open. Since we are going to be dealing primarily with preferences and not the projects. So go to Motion and choose Preferences. The first one I want you to change is under your Project Settings. This is really important and it can be a major hang-up if you are used to working in a specific fashion. For example, if you are constantly starting and stopping playback of your animation and tweaking things, you want to change this setting. Right now, it's set up to Create Layers at the current frame and what that means is this.
Let me just go back to my project here. Let's move our playhead to anywhere in the middle of the Project 201 and create an object. I am going to create this box. If I just dragged-and-dropped something, it will automatically add that as well. But you notice this rectangle will not exist until 201. Now this can be kind of problematic if you are again starting and stopping your animations. Go ahead and change this to start a project. So now when you go ahead and add something into your Canvas, you'll notice it starts automatically at the start of your project, regardless of where your playhead is.
I know it was a bigger side, but it was really important preference I wanted you to change. Let's look at some of the General Preferences. If you want to bring up your Welcome screen, just go ahead and change this At Startup pull down back to your Welcome screen. Now if you are on a laptop and hard drive space is little premium, this is where you can change your Library Path. Motion references, gigs and gigs of information, so if you need to change that, you can navigate to this folder and just copy it to a different drive, then open up your Preferences, click Choose and relink it by clicking the Choose button.
That way you saved yourself a ton of hard drive space. Another important preference under the Project Settings is Large Stills. Right now it's set to Scale to Canvas Size. What that means, if I drag a still image that's larger than the size of the resolution I am working at, it will automatically resize that image to fit to the canvas. So typically I leave this set up, but some people prefer to have it actually do nothing or actually down-res the image to canvas size.
That will re-sample your image. So when it comes in a motion, it doesn't bug down trying to process such a large file. If you are in your Cache Options, this is where you can set your Autosave Vault. If you constantly work and forget to save all the time, you can change how often you'd like it to save a backup. This is also where you can change, where it saves your Autosave. You can change other things that are cached as well, such as your Retiming data or cache path, which we'll get to as we continue throughout this course.
If you've got a black magic card or an NTSC output you want to go to your output preferences and this is where you can change your video output to actually output a mere of whatever is going on in your canvas onto your NTSC monitor. And Presets, these are the same presets you saw when we opened up Motion for the very first time. This is where you can actually duplicate your presets and edit them and create a new default, every time you open Motion. In this last thing, I am just going to brush over.
It's called Gestures. Basically, if you have a Wacom Tablet Motion supports controlling playback in different aspects of the application using gestures on a Wacom Tablet. So now that we've covered some of Motion's essential preferences, let's move on so I can show you how to customize Motion's keyboard shortcuts to your own personal likings.
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