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Learn how to create stunning motion graphics and animations for video production. Author Ian Robinson explains how to format and animate type with the Transform Glyph tool and explores Motion's real-time 3D tools. The course also covers working in 3D space, creating depth with lights and shadows, keying green screen effects, and working with particle systems. In addition, Ian offers practical advice on integrating Motion into a professional video workflow and explains how to work smarter using rigs and templates.
Now inevitably when you start layering filters onto a piece of video you'll end up with something that you think looks kind of a mess, and don't worry, that's pretty normal. But one of the ways you can actually add polish to the clip is by adjusting the timing of those effects. And when you adjust the timing it creates a whole different feel, and all the sudden it doesn't look nearly as messy. Let's get started by selecting our topmost layer here, and this is the layer that contains all of this kind of funky glow effect.
As I'm looking at this, let's move our playhead back to the beginning and press play and see what we're dealing with. Okay, so as you can see, there is a fair amount of camera shake in the scene, and there is a lot of moving going on. I'm just going to stop playback for a second because I know there is audio embedded in this clip. If I enable the audio, we can move back and press play (music playing) And you can hear that, yes ,he was dancing to audio.
Now typically when you go to finish your edit, you would want to mix in the full audio, not that natural recorded audio from the scene. But for here it's important to understand that there is audio driving this. So chances are this music may get mixed back in. So when we make these adjustments, we want to kind of make adjustments sort of on the beat a little bit. So I'm just going to press Play and then stop playback when it hits a beat. (music playing) Okay, cool. So right here I want this to change.
I'm not sure exactly how I want it to change, but let's see what we can do. First thing, let's select our Edges filter and with it selected in the Layers panel, if you press I, that will just trim the in point. So up to this point we'll just have this kind of stylized video and then boom, we get some edges. I'm just going to move down and stop again here in a little bit. (music playing) Okay, so here we'll just press O to trim the out point of that edge.
(music playing) And then maybe back here we'll want to bring that back in. So if you want to do that more than once, you could edit the video, or we could just go ahead and hold down Option and reapply this filter again, and I'll just slide it back down in the layer hierarchy, and we can just drag this back down again. So here we've got our filter, no filter. You get the idea.
So you can kind of edit this a little bit. If I really wanted to add a little bit more energy to this, we can go ahead and make one more adjustment. So for this section, just before it goes out, I want things to pop a little bit. So I'm going to move my playhead back here, so after it comes in, rather than just having to glow sit right on the edges of what he's doing, let's split this effect. And we could do that by trying to duplicate the effect again and marking the in point and out point, but what I'm actually going to do is split this video layer right here.
So if we go up under Edit, notice we can't access Split. So in order to do this, let's just create a duplicate of this video layer. Just press Command+D, and now I'm going to trim that out point of this layer by pressing O. And then let's move one frame down the Timeline, and then we can trim that in point of the subsequent layer by pressing I. So if we press F6, we can look at out Timing pane, and you notice here that I actually have a cut that's happening between the video layers.
Here is Wide 1, here is Wide 1 copy. So now all we have to do to kind of add a little more pop to this, with this copy layer selected, let's zoom out in the canvas here and scale this up. Now I'm going to press Shift+Option so it scales up around the center point. You can kind of reposition this however you like, but now it's just going to add a neat jitter effect. If you press Shift+Z, we'll resize the window and we can press F6 to close our Timing panel, and let's check out what we've done.
(music playing) So as you can see, when it comes to adding polish to your filters, it's really important to just take the time and adjust the timing and don't be afraid to duplicate the layer that you're working with and adjusting the trimming accordingly.
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