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The real-time engine in Motion 3, a component of Apple's Final Cut Studio 2, gives motion graphics designers the freedom to continually experiment and adjust while they work. Ian Robinson explores how to get the most from this unique application, while also sharing his own essential motion graphics techniques. Along with teaching the fundamentals of video and audio work, he looks at Motion 3's new 3D tools in depth. Ian demonstrates the use of behaviors to create organic movement in particle systems and camera moves without keyframes. He also discusses effective integration with the other Final Cut Studio applications, and much more. Example files accompany the course.
Looking at this project you can see we have a box and some text. I know, it doesn't look very promising but with a little help from my layers and some copying and trimming we'll have an interesting animation in no time. So you might be asking yourself, what's a layer? Well, layers are actually created any time you drag anything into your Motion project. So go ahead and hit F5 and open up your Layers tab. Now if you notice my canvas automatically scaled. Let me go ahead and hit F5 once again. And so if it didn't, the key command you want to do is Shift+Z that will automatically rescale your canvas any time you open any of your palettes. So back to Layers.
What we've got here are two layers in one group, a rectangle layer, an Old Technology layer, which is text, and a group. Now those of you joining us from Motion 2 are probably, Wha? Yeah, Apple completely changed the nomenclature for the Layers tab between Motion 2 and Motion 3. What used to be an object is now, in my opinion, correctly named a Layer and what used to be a layer is now, again in my opinion, correctly named a Group. So just kind of bear that in mind if you are joining us from the previous version.
If you are in Motion 3 for the first time, go ahead and just enjoy the fact of things are now aptly named. One of the things about the Layers tab is it's completely redundant with the Timing pane. If you hit F6, open up your Timeline and here you'll notice I have the same group, same rectangle, and as I select things in my Timeline notice it is selecting things in the Layer tab. Now I must say I very rarely use the Timeline because most of the time I am changing the timings of things using the mini Timeline and we'll do that a little later in this movie, but for now go ahead and hit F6 and hide your Timeline pane.
Like I said this is not very inspiring. So let's go ahead and spice things up by duplicating this rectangle. Hold down Option and drag the rectangle up and voila! Now we have a copy of this layer. Go ahead and click in your canvas and reposition this anywhere on the screen, I am just going to start randomly copying and positioning these boxes around the screen. You can feel free to place yours wherever. You can Option+Drag in the Layers tab and you can also Option+Drag in your Canvas and now it will duplicate the objects.
So just go ahead and duplicate things randomly around the screen and you will notice my Snapping guides are nicely popping all around as I drag these different boxes. And as you can see very quickly I am starting to run out of distinction between all the different boxes here. So let's go ahead and add some color. Go ahead and select your topmost layer and hit F7 which brings up your HUD, you could also come up hear to the top and click on this.
But this is one of my favorite features. If you right-click right in the Color wall there you can go ahead and change the color. So I am just going to go ahead and try and change these boxes to some primary colors since it's title is called Old Technology. And as you change the color, go ahead and double-click the layer and rename it whatever the color is. So feel free to jump around and color all of your boxes. Now I am going to go ahead and make this yellow and rename the layer Yellow, and I will make this one red and rename it Red.
Let's go ahead and make this one purple, we'll rename it Purple. Next one, let's try orange if I could find orange, come on, there we go. It's kind of a burnt orange, but close enough and we'll make the last one I don't know Light Blue.
And since I have two blues I'll go ahead and rename this blue up here with Dark Blue. Now that we have these named let's go ahead and reposition them around the screen a little more and this time I want you to actually go ahead and scale things. So click in the corner and hold down Shift and the scale, and you'll notice as I scale some of these some of the layers are actually going to become hidden and if you find this is happening with you go ahead and move your Mouse over the area you'd like to expose and utilize this feature called Expose, hit X and it will fan everything else so now I can in my Canvas select the orange layer and scale that and move it accordingly.
And let's go ahead and scale purple. I was just showing you how you can re-organize things in a canvas using Expose but really to move things on top of one another much like in Photoshop you just drag your layers one on top of the other. Now one thing to keep in mind in motion, when you are dragging your layers you want to make sure not to drag them down and to the left or up and to the left because you will get this plus button (+). Now what happens here is it's actually going to group that layer into a new separate group, and we will get to that in a little while but not going to do that right now.
So make sure you haven't actually dragged anything to a new group, and if you have just go ahead and drag it right back up into the main group and delete the old one. So now that we have some boxes positioned around the screen let's go ahead and change the timing. I am going to use the real-time feature here in Motion, and a shortcut that you will probably recognize from Final Cuts, go ahead and hit the spacebar, get your project playing and again, you don't have to match my timings, just go ahead and select individual objects and with the playhead playing go ahead and hit I to mark you in point and your Timeline and then O to mark your out point.
And you notice down here in the mini Timeline as I was hitting in and out the layer was trimming in the mini Timeline to my in and out points. So go ahead and let's go through some of the other layers here. Click on your next box down and hit I and hit O. Some of them you can make short I, O and others of them you can make quite long. Go ahead and hit I and O. So feel free to do that with all of your layers.
When you are done trimming your in and out points, go ahead and sit back and admire the handy work, we couldn't created without the use of Layers.
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