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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.
For this video, we are going to use the Library to see if we can layer in some different elements for this composition. Press Command+2 on your keyboard to open the Library tab, and you'll notice the top looks very much like the File Browser, but this next section down here is divided up into categories. Even though, we may not have covered Particle Emitters and Replicators and Generators yet, believe it or not you can still use these elements in your composition, because in order to apply them all you have to do is drag-and-drop. So let's look around and check out some different options.
So another nice thing about the Library is the fact that they have organized things into subcategories. So for example, with my filters, if I know I want to blow this background out, I just want to choose something out of the Glow section. Now I only have a couple different options to look at. Now I have been here before, so I know I like the Bloom filter, but if you are haven't, feel free to click around the different filters, and look at the Preview in the top of the Library pane. Let's go ahead and just drag-and-drop the Bloom filter on to the background, but before I do that press F5 to open up the Layers tab in your Project pane.
I want to make sure when I drag this filter, it goes directly on to the Background layer. So I'll drag it right to the layer itself. And there we have applied our first filter. Now like I said, even if you are not familiar with what filters are, all we had to do is drag-and-drop it to actually apply it on to the object. So if you would like to make adjustments to your filter, you can press F7 on your keyboard to open up the HUD, or come up to the toolbar and click the button. I happened to like the default settings, so I'm just going to leave mine set like this, but feel free to click around and make some adjustments to your own liking.
I would like to add another element, so let's keep browsing through the Library. You'll notice with Generators, if you click down at the bottom you'll get a preview up at the top. In the Particle Emitters section it's kind of cool, if you click on a specific filter for example, Corona. When the preview pops up, if you click- and-drag in your canvas, you'll see what happens to that Particle Emitter as it animates. This is really nice and again, even if you are not familiar with Particle Emitters yet you'll still get an idea as to how this can function within your project.
Now I was looking through the Library earlier, and I know what I'm looking for was Replicators and it was called Spiro or something. So I'm going to go up to the Search field and just start typing spir and you'll notice my results have then down. I would like to choose Spiro 02, and again to apply it guess what, you just drag it and drop it. So let's just go ahead drag-and-drop it, right in between the Title and the Background layer and let go. Now we have our Spiro Replicator applied, and so let's hit the Play/Pause button and see how this graphics looks.
It's pretty close, but I would like to tweak just a little bit more. So I'm going to stop playback for a second, and just lower the Opacity. So it's a little bit more subliminal. So like I said, if you are not familiar with any of these specific sections within the Library, don't panic, we'll be covering them later in the title. But at least for now, hopefully you are creatively inspired to browse through the Library and use these filters and Effects in your compositions as you continue on through the title.
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