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In Motion: Principles of Motion Graphics, Ian Robinson shares the core concepts and techniques used to create real-world motion graphic elements in Apple Motion. The course starts with finding the initial inspiration for a project and then covers how to bring those ideas to life using the tools in Motion, including type treatments, filters, textures, and lighting. Two projects demonstrating how to animate a title sequence and how to assemble a graphics package are also included. Exercise files accompany the course.
Now this video is going to become a short, but it is extraordinarily important, and it is kind of near and dear to my heart, because really it's the key to working within Motion. Motion is designed to actually playback the entire time while you're working. Now I am going work through this project to show you exactly what I mean and I'm showing it to you here right now because I won't be able do that throughout the rest of the course, just because the way we have to record things. So you may see me start and stop quite a bit as we move throughout the course, but I just want to assure you, when I typically work in Motion it's usually always playing back. So here we go.
Let's get started by pressing the Spacebar to begin playback and let's look at our project. So as you can see, I've got this beautiful particle animation going on in the background and we have our title and it's set up with a nice little animation. Now if I want to change the font in a typical graphics application, I would go ahead and stop playback. But now with Motion, I'll just go ahead and click right on the type as it's moving, and you notice with the HUD, I can go ahead and just click on the pull-down and adjust the typeface and it updates in real-time.
I don't know about you, but I think that's pretty darn cool. Now I could do other things, like change the color of the typeface. So let's go ahead and change it to a nice kind of pale orange, there we go. And again, Motion playing back. If I wanted to, I could go ahead and add another behavior. So let's go up under Behaviors and go down to Simulations. Under there let's look at adding some gravity. Now you can see that the title's actually falling, but it's not falling all the way off the screen.
So we can go ahead and up the acceleration if we want and as soon as that line disappears off the bottom of the screen, I know the graphic is going to disappear off the bottom of the screen. So as you can see, Motion will continue playing back as you make your changes and your updates. So I encourage you to take advantage of Motion's wonderful power of being able to playback in real-time and enjoy yourself creating motion graphics with Motion.
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