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Working with groups

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Video: Working with groups

Groups are for all intents and purposes containers for layers. For those of you coming from Final Cut or After Effects, I would liken Groups to what happens when you nest or pre-compose something. The difference with Motion, you don't have to go a separate sequence or composition to view the layers you just group together. And if you have no idea of what I was just talking about, don't sweat it. Let's get started by getting organized. What we have is one group with a bunch of graphics and a text layer, and what I'd like to do is group my text layer into one group, and my graphics into another group.

Working with groups

Groups are for all intents and purposes containers for layers. For those of you coming from Final Cut or After Effects, I would liken Groups to what happens when you nest or pre-compose something. The difference with Motion, you don't have to go a separate sequence or composition to view the layers you just group together. And if you have no idea of what I was just talking about, don't sweat it. Let's get started by getting organized. What we have is one group with a bunch of graphics and a text layer, and what I'd like to do is group my text layer into one group, and my graphics into another group.

So I am going to show you two different ways to do that. So the first way is to select your Group layer here and go ahead and click the plus button. Let's go ahead and drag your text layer up into the group you just created. And voila! There we've got one group containing our text and one group containing our objects. Now I am just going to Undo here and show you the second way. I typically use the second way to create groups. So click on your text layer and drag it down and drag it to the left and you will notice the second that T box crosses this little gray line right here, I get this green plus button and what that's doing is letting me know that Motion will create a new group for this text layer.

So go ahead and rename your group here Text and we will rename this other group, Boxes, and since I'd like my title to actually appear on top of my graphics, go ahead and drag this group up to the top and you'll notice when you get up there you will get the green plus button again, but don't worry, Motion will not create another group for you. It will just organize this group on top of the next one. So we can go ahead and collapse these groups and let's hit the spacebar and see what we've got.

Okay, so we have a bunch of boxes that are just popping on and off, and well, that's somewhat indicative of old technology, I'd like to actually go ahead and layer a bunch more of these boxes. And the way we are going to do that is by duplicating our groups. So in the last movie we duplicated layers and that was all well and good, but right now let's go ahead and duplicate groups. So hit the spacebar to stop playback and rewind your playhead to the beginning nearby clicking this little button, and let's hold down Option and drag the Boxes layer and there we go, we have a copy, it automatically put at the top of our copy, I am just going to leave it called Boxes copy and what I'd like to do is actually reposition this in a different part of the screen.

Let's go ahead and move that to the bottom, and again make sure it's to the left, see you get this plus button because if you don't let me Undo and show you. You can actually drag a group into another group, and we don't really want to do that right now. So make sure when you are dragging your group, you drag it down to the bottom and you get the little plus button, in that way it stays in its own group. So go ahead and drag this one more time. Here we go and move that to the bottom here, and now we're all set we've got multiple boxes, let's go ahead and reposition this next one here down to the bottom, and let's rotate this, so it is a little bit different.

You all remember from the last movies to rotate, just grab this handle and drag it around and if you hold Shift do the snap to 45 degree increments and so now I can go ahead and layer this. If you hit your spacebar you will notice everything is playing at the exact same time, and I really don't want it to appear that way, what I'd like to do is change the timings of this. So you don't get distracted from everything moving around, I am just going to stop the playhead for the time being and we will watch this here again in a second.

So let me stop that, and rewind my playhead. The way you changed the timing of things just go and select your group and click in the mini Timeline and drag it. And you notice as you drag you get this wonderful in and out contextual menu that's showing you exactly when that group is starting and when it's stopping. So go ahead and just change the timing of your different groups here, and go ahead and hit spacebar and we'll see what we've got. Starting to look kind of cool. I think I want to duplicate one more, I'll go ahead and stop that, rewind, let's go ahead and duplicate one more group, hold down Option or drag and move it to the bottom, and this time I want to actually scale this group, so it takes out more of the screen.

Again if you drag on a corner and hold down Shift it will scale in proportion. So now I am going to have a bunch of big boxes here in the center and let's go ahead and retime that just a little bit, drag it out, and so let's hit the spacebar and see what we've got. Hey, what do you know? Now we've got a whole bunch of boxes and they are neatly organized in our Layers tab and we've got a bunch of semi-different timings. To recap, groups are like containers for layers rather than affecting individual layers you can throw them all into a group and move that around.

Grouping layers is the same as nesting or pre-composing things in other applications like After Effects and Final Cut. And both groups and layers can be trimmed or sled in the mini Timeline. Now if only organizing my office were so simple.

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Motion 3 Essential Training

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  1. 6m 43s
    1. Welcome
      52s
    2. Why use Motion?
      1m 49s
    3. Important definitions
      2m 22s
    4. Using the example files
      1m 40s
  2. 23m 59s
    1. Launching Motion for the first time
      2m 0s
    2. Understanding the Motion interface
      3m 21s
    3. Navigating the Canvas
      5m 26s
    4. Controlling the Timeline
      3m 29s
    5. Using the Toolbar
      3m 2s
    6. Setting essential preferences
      3m 37s
    7. Customizing your keyboard
      3m 4s
  3. 25m 20s
    1. Adding outside assets
      4m 14s
    2. Using Library content
      2m 56s
    3. Working with layers
      6m 59s
    4. Working with groups
      5m 33s
    5. Using blend modes
      5m 38s
  4. 35m 21s
    1. Adding and adjusting behaviors
      4m 2s
    2. Applying behaviors to layers vs. groups
      1m 51s
    3. Adding multiple behaviors
      4m 8s
    4. Adding parameter behaviors
      5m 30s
    5. Trimming and sliding behaviors
      9m 23s
    6. Animating stills with behaviors
      10m 27s
  5. 18m 45s
    1. Using the Record button
      3m 33s
    2. Adding keyframes manually
      2m 49s
    3. Manipulating keyframes with the Keyframe Editor
      5m 36s
    4. Combining keyframes and behaviors
      3m 10s
    5. Working with recording options
      3m 37s
  6. 22m 51s
    1. Adding and formatting text
      5m 56s
    2. Creating text on a path
      4m 16s
    3. Animating text
      4m 18s
    4. Using pre-built text behaviors
      2m 1s
    5. Using text styles
      4m 13s
    6. Creating your own text preset
      2m 7s
  7. 15m 59s
    1. Applying and adjusting filters
      7m 0s
    2. Applying multiple filters
      4m 16s
    3. Being creative with filters
      4m 43s
  8. 8m 46s
    1. Understanding different types of keying
      2m 8s
    2. Pulling a simple key
      6m 38s
  9. 20m 27s
    1. Creating simple shapes
      6m 21s
    2. Adjusting shapes
      3m 1s
    3. Creating simple masks
      2m 33s
    4. Creating a tracking mask
      3m 24s
    5. Creating a complex mask
      2m 15s
    6. Creating image masks
      2m 53s
  10. 6m 48s
    1. Applying and adjusting generators
      3m 11s
    2. Generating a background
      1m 30s
    3. Generating a transition
      2m 7s
  11. 17m 33s
    1. Understanding particles
      2m 5s
    2. Creating basic particle systems
      5m 18s
    3. Making complex particles
      6m 13s
    4. Modifying particle behaviors
      3m 57s
  12. 17m 59s
    1. Replicating objects
      5m 6s
    2. Animating a replicator
      4m 32s
    3. Replicating a video file
      3m 31s
    4. Creating a lower third replicator preset
      4m 50s
  13. 14m 52s
    1. Painting in Motion
      8m 11s
    2. Sequencing paint stroke behavior
      3m 54s
    3. Applying paint dynamics
      1m 26s
    4. Painting from shapes
      1m 21s
  14. 25m 43s
    1. Using 3D space
      4m 52s
    2. Working with cameras
      3m 55s
    3. Using camera behaviors
      3m 41s
    4. Lighting a scene
      4m 56s
    5. Creating 3D text
      1m 53s
    6. Creating 3D replicators
      2m 27s
    7. Creating 3D particles
      3m 59s
  15. 14m 42s
    1. Applying Match Move: Four-corner pin
      3m 11s
    2. Applying Match Move: Transform
      1m 48s
    3. Working with stabilization
      2m 11s
    4. Retiming video
      4m 3s
    5. Retiming with behaviors
      3m 29s
  16. 11m 24s
    1. Adding and adjusting audio
      4m 51s
    2. Adding audio markers
      2m 56s
    3. Applying the audio parameter behavior
      3m 37s
  17. 7m 31s
    1. Exporting files
      2m 49s
    2. Creating an export preset
      2m 51s
    3. Archiving your project
      1m 51s
  18. 22m 25s
    1. Sending your project to Compressor
      3m 35s
    2. Roundtripping between Motion and Final Cut Pro
      7m 11s
    3. Creating drop zones
      5m 27s
    4. Creating templates for Motion
      2m 19s
    5. Creating templates for Final Cut Pro
      1m 14s
    6. Creating DVD Studio Pro menus
      2m 39s
  19. 14s
    1. Goodbye
      14s

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