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As you continue working in Motion, you'll become well acquainted with the Project pane. And one of the key features of the Project pane is the Layers tab. Layers tab contain both groups and layers. To show you that let's open the Project pane. Press the Project button on the top of your toolbar. And you'll notice we have a group and then we have individual layers within that group. The order of the group determines the visual hierarchy. For example, XYZ is on top and that's why it's covering up all the other words underneath.
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  1. 6m 52s
    1. Welcome
      1m 0s
    2. Important definitions
      3m 5s
    3. What's new in Motion 4
      1m 51s
    4. Using the exercise files
      56s
  2. 45m 38s
    1. Launching Motion for the first time
      2m 20s
    2. Understanding the Motion interface
      4m 43s
    3. Understanding the Utility window
      5m 50s
    4. Understanding the toolbar
      1m 57s
    5. Navigating the Canvas
      4m 37s
    6. Working with layers and layer groups
      4m 52s
    7. Using the Project pane
      2m 42s
    8. Transforming objects
      3m 41s
    9. Controlling the Timeline
      4m 27s
    10. Using the HUD
      1m 27s
    11. Essential preferences
      2m 37s
    12. Customizing the keyboard
      4m 14s
    13. Getting smooth playback with RAM preview
      2m 11s
  3. 28m 52s
    1. Adding assets to Motion
      3m 12s
    2. Adding QuickTime movies to Motion
      3m 30s
    3. Adding still images to Motion
      3m 23s
    4. Adding image sequences
      3m 23s
    5. Adding layered Photoshop files
      2m 40s
    6. Adding Illustrator files
      2m 12s
    7. Using the Library
      3m 14s
    8. Understanding and using blend modes
      5m 39s
    9. Adding text
      1m 39s
  4. 13m 19s
    1. Creating and adjusting shapes
      7m 41s
    2. Creating simple masks
      2m 36s
    3. Creating masks with objects
      3m 2s
  5. 42m 24s
    1. Adding and adjusting behaviors
      5m 49s
    2. Adding parameter behaviors
      4m 2s
    3. Applying behaviors to layers and groups
      5m 16s
    4. Adding multiple behaviors
      7m 39s
    5. Exploring the power of the Link behavior
      5m 2s
    6. Trimming and sliding behaviors
      5m 18s
    7. Saving custom behaviors to animate stills
      4m 24s
    8. Using shape behaviors
      4m 54s
  6. 25m 3s
    1. Adding keyframes manually
      6m 10s
    2. Using the Record button
      6m 38s
    3. Manipulating keyframes with the Keyframe Editor
      6m 59s
    4. Combining keyframes and behaviors
      3m 33s
    5. Working with recording options
      1m 43s
  7. 26m 38s
    1. Adding and formatting text
      5m 35s
    2. Using text styles
      4m 33s
    3. Formatting text with the Adjust Glyph tool
      4m 8s
    4. Animating text with the Adjust Glyph tool
      4m 23s
    5. Creating text on a path
      3m 35s
    6. Using text behaviors
      4m 24s
  8. 22m 4s
    1. Stabilizing shaky footage
      4m 7s
    2. Match moving: Transform
      3m 56s
    3. Match moving: Four-corner pin
      4m 44s
    4. Retiming video in the Inspector
      5m 49s
    5. Using retiming behaviors
      3m 28s
  9. 11m 41s
    1. Applying and adjusting filters
      2m 46s
    2. Applying multiple filters
      8m 55s
  10. 8m 13s
    1. Pulling a luma key
      2m 42s
    2. Pulling a chroma key with Primatte RT
      5m 31s
  11. 11m 29s
    1. Applying and adjusting generators
      3m 25s
    2. Using the text generator
      4m 15s
    3. Generating a background
      3m 49s
  12. 19m 9s
    1. Creating basic particle systems
      10m 58s
    2. Using particle presets
      1m 51s
    3. Creating an advanced particle system
      6m 20s
  13. 13m 25s
    1. Replicating objects
      4m 52s
    2. Animating a replicator
      4m 53s
    3. Replicating a video file
      3m 40s
  14. 49m 46s
    1. Working in 3D space
      5m 11s
    2. Working with cameras
      8m 6s
    3. Viewing a 3D scene in different layouts
      2m 56s
    4. Creating depth with lights and shadows
      8m 22s
    5. Simulating depth of field
      3m 54s
    6. Using camera behaviors
      4m 7s
    7. Animating cameras with camera framing
      6m 8s
    8. Create interest with the Focus behavior
      1m 52s
    9. Using reflections and highlights
      5m 13s
    10. Creating particles in 3D
      3m 57s
  15. 20m 31s
    1. Using the Paint tool
      6m 1s
    2. Using advanced paint tools
      8m 9s
    3. Applying paint presets
      1m 51s
    4. Sequencing paint with the Stroke behavior
      4m 30s
  16. 9m 3s
    1. Adding and adjusting audio
      4m 37s
    2. Animating to music with the Audio Parameter behavior
      4m 26s
  17. 11m 52s
    1. Sharing files
      3m 36s
    2. Exporting files
      3m 15s
    3. Creating an export preset
      3m 0s
    4. Archiving your project
      2m 1s
  18. 15m 30s
    1. Round-tripping between Final Cut Pro and Motion
      4m 24s
    2. Sending your project to Compressor
      1m 59s
    3. Creating drop zones
      3m 0s
    4. Creating templates for Motion and Final Cut
      5m 2s
    5. Importing Motion projects into DVD Studio Pro
      1m 5s
  19. 22s
    1. Goodbye
      22s

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Motion 4 Essential Training
6h 21m Beginner Sep 11, 2009

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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.

Topics include:
  • Understanding the toolbar and setting the essential preferences to get started
  • Adding .mov files, still images, and Photoshop and Illustrator assets to a project
  • Animating with behaviors and keyframes
  • Creating 3D animations with lighting accents, shadows, and reflections
  • Creating simple and complex particle systems
  • Creating real viewer interest with Focus Behavior and the 3D Camera Framing behavior
Subject:
Video
Software:
Motion
Author:
Ian Robinson

Working with layers and layer groups

As you continue working in Motion, you'll become well acquainted with the Project pane. And one of the key features of the Project pane is the Layers tab. Layers tab contain both groups and layers. To show you that let's open the Project pane. Press the Project button on the top of your toolbar. And you'll notice we have a group and then we have individual layers within that group. The order of the group determines the visual hierarchy. For example, XYZ is on top and that's why it's covering up all the other words underneath.

If you want to change this hierarchy click on the layer and drag directly up or directly down. And you'll notice I see a little line with a circle on the end of it. When I let go now XYZ has been moved to the bottom of the stack. If you'd like to create a new group there are couple of different ways. With a layer selected you can click the Plus button. That will automatically create a group directly above whatever layer you had selected. So if I drag my XYZ layer directly up into Group 1, now XYZ is in Group 1.

If you want to rename a layer or a group, all you have to do is double-click on the text. Let's rename the main group, Group 0 and press Enter on your keyboard to set the type. It's important to understand how the group layer hierarchy works. For example, if I select on Group 1 and go to the Inspector and change the Properties. Let's say we adjusted the rotation just by clicking-and-dragging. Notice since I have XYZ in Group 1, XYZ is moving. Now if we grab Group 0 and drag on its rotation, all of the items are now rotating.

So the group layer hierarchy works visually, but it also works in terms of controlling your objects on the Canvas. Let me just press Command+Z to undo the last couple of commands. If you'd like to move a layer or a group up in the hierarchy, all you have to do is click-and-drag up out of that specific area where it's contained. So once I get up to the top, I'm also going to drag to the left. And we'll get a green plus button, letting me know when I let go of the mouse button now we have moved successfully outside of the Group 0 hierarchy.

So now if you grab Group 0 and dragged on the rotation, notice we no longer have control over Group 1 or XYZ. Press Command+Z to undo that. So each individual layer has its own set of controls so we can change. For example, if I adjust the rotation of the word ANCHOR which is kind of hard to see. So let me undo that. Let's select the word SPACE and adjust its rotation. And now if I grab Group 0 and adjust the rotation, now everything in that group is rotating. Let me undo.

There is also Visibility determined in the Layers tab. For example, the selection checkbox. Notice if we deselect Group 0, we'll no longer be able to see all the other subsequent layers within Group 0. But if I turn Group 0 on and turn off one of the subsequent layers or the other layers within Group 0 still stay on. We turn the Visibility back on. You can also lock layers. For example, if I don't want to accidentally manipulate Group 0, I could lock that. And now you notice that I don't have access to any of the controls, and also there is a red box in the Canvas and slashes in the Mini Timeline.

All letting us know that this has been locked off. This little icon right next to the lock lets you know whether it's a 2D or, if you click on it, a three-dimensional group. Let's leave this two-dimensions for now. If you go to the bottom of the Layers tab and click-and-drag, you'll notice you can resize the layers. Also there are buttons here that would allow you to toggle the visibility of your behaviors, filters and the new masks you might have applied to your different layers. At the top there is a search field, so when you have lots and lots of layers if you want to look for a specific layer such as SPACE.

Notice it'll automatically hide all the other layers except for the one that you started searching for. If you want to clear this field press the X on the right-hand side. You also want to be careful if you press the Space button, because that will make it appear as though they aren't any layers. But notice when you are searching this does not affect the visibility in the Canvas. Let's clear that out. So you'll also notice that the Disclosure triangles right next to the groups. If you click on those that will expand and contract the different layers underneath so you can choose to see them or not.

Now last thing I want to show you is a way to duplicate layers or groups. If you select the layer or group and then press Option on your keyboard and drag, you will automatically create a duplicate of that item. So as you can see the Layers tab, while it appears simple, has quite a lot of options that you can go through and quite a few controls that you can use to manipulate the items in your Canvas.

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Q: In Motion 4, is it possible to create an intro with multiple pictures, where some pictures enter from the left side and some from the right side of the frame, with all fading as they approach the center of the canvas?
A: The effect described is a very specific move utilizing 3D space.  One effective method is to work in true 3D space, instead of trying to use a behavior, by keyframing the animation. Try these steps:
  1. Place a camera in the scene and switch the scene to 3D. 
  2. Rotate the first image to an angle that achieves the desired effect, and slide it on the X axis until it is out of the scene on the right of the stage. 
  3. Turn on Auto Keyframing and make sure a keyframe is recorded for the rotation and position. 
  4. Move the playhead down the Timeline and move the picture to it's ending point and adjust the rotation a little for the end. 
  5. To get the image to disappear, adjust the camera's far plane of view, making sure to soften it so it has a smooth transition into oblivion. 
    Then simply duplicate the picture and change the rotation and position keyframes to the exact opposite values for rotation and position. 
Q: When attempting to change views as the instructor demonstrates in the “Viewing a 3D scene in different layouts” video, I only see the text in the Perspective view. When the instructor uses the Top and Bottom screen split, and uses the Top view, my screen does not show the four horizontal lines that represent the four words used in the tutorial.
Are there settings that need to be changes in order to view all the objects as demonstrated in the tutorial?
A: It’s possible that when viewing the project from different?angles, the letters may be sliding way out of the view area.
Here’s how to fix it: Whenever you can't see your objects in the?scene, select at least one of them in the Layers panel and then press?F or Command+F to frame the selected objects in the scene.
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