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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 you've finished your project, and you would like to share it with your friends. Well, there is a feature built into Motion 4 called Share under the File menu. So when you are all set to share, go up under the File menu and choose Share, and you will notice we get this window. At the top you can set your Destination Folder where you would like the file saved. There are a couple of presets in the pulldown menu, but you can also click the Choose button and specify a folder of your liking. After you have specified where you would like the files saved, notice there is a pop-up menu that lets you choose specific destinations like your iPod or your iPhone.
You can even have it export directly to YouTube or MobileMe. Let's choose iPod for right now. You notice the file name is named to your project followed by whatever the specific destination is. If you click the button with I at the end of the file name, you will notice you get a full summation as to how the file is going to be compressed including its estimated file size. Click Done to close the window. If you would like to share your project to more than one place, go ahead and click the Plus button to add another choice.
So for example, I can export to the iPod, and I can export another version for Blu-ray. Obviously, when you are going to Blu-ray, this is a high definition format and you would need an external Blu-ray drive. So the reason I'm showing you this, if you select the Create Blu-ray disc checkbox, you will notice you get a whole list of options, right here at the top under Output Device. If you had Blu-ray disc burner attached to your computer, you could choose that from the pulldown.
It would actually create the disc for you. Now if you don't have a burner, you could even write it directly to your internal Hard Drive for burning later, which brings me back up to the iPod option here. If you check Add to iTunes Library, you will notice it will not only added to your iTunes Library, but you could specify playlist. Now I'm not seeing any playlist, because I don't actually have any playlist on this specific computer. Let's just add one more output for the web. So for example, let's say you have a MobileMe account.
This is a great way to export your project, and automatically upload it to your MobileMe account by inputting your User Name and Password. Putting a Description, you can even hide the movie if you like, or allow the movie to be downloaded. You can even specify who can view the file, whether it's just you or everyone. But in order for all these features to happen, you have to make sure all the fields are filled out, and you select the Publish to MobileMe checkbox.
Now let's suppose you don't want to output the entire project. There is an option at the bottom you could select where you can specify only a specific play range in your Motion project, before you went to export to share. Now if you don't see this specific compression, or destination you are looking for in this pulldown list, you could specify a custom setting under Other, or even send the entire project to compressor to set up more precise compressions later, which brings me to the last button Output.
This way you can specify exactly what settings you would like to export out of your Motion project. For example your Lighting, Shadows, and Reflections. Then once you have gone through all the menus, and make sure everything is setup the way you like, click the Export button and let's share do the rest.
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