Join Jeff I. Greenberg for an in-depth discussion in this video How Motion is meant to work with FCPX, part of Migrating from Final Cut Pro 7 to Final Cut Pro X.
- Motions Connection, the Final Cut 10, has radically changed from Final Cut 7. In Final Cut 7, probably the coolest thing that you could do was grab a bunch of clips and push them over to Motion. It'd get them a place with the Motion project. That's gone. If you're looking for that sort of functionality, there are a couple third party tools for about a hundred dollars that allow you to do that. Now, I know it's a hundred dollar expense, but when you think about it, Motion's fifty dollars, the whole suite is four hundred if you buy Final Cut and Motion and Compressor, so you're still about six hundred dollars ahead than you were from Final Cut 7.
But I want to particularly take a look at this Motion interoperability, because it becomes the effect engine for Final Cut 10. You can take most of the motion generators, most of the text generators, and send them over to Motion, modify them, and you can build your own effects, and the neat part about building an effect in Motion is it becomes a template for you to use forever with Final Cut 10. So we're going to build two in this session. We're going to build an adjustment layer and we're going to build an audio-only dissolve using Motion.
But let's start with text. So here I've got a basic lower third queued up and I just want to do this simple thing. I'm going to be working with a client for the next six months and I don't want to have to type in the name and the description of the company. So what I'm going to do is take this, take it over to Motion and modify that word "description" to be the name of the company, just to make my life a little bit faster and a little bit easier. So first, I'm going to right-click right on this title and say "Open a copy in Motion." And Motion is already launched behind me, here is that title.
You don't have to know a lot about Motion, but there's some great titles here on Lynda about how to learn Motion. I'm just going to go to the word "description" here and I'm just going to change it to "J Greenberg Consulting" and now that I've done that, I'm going to hit "File," "Save." The act of doing this will make this copy live for me in Final Cut 10. And when I come here you can see there is that basic lower third copy.
I can now select this and you can see that its starting point has "J Greenberg Consulting." I'll pick my clip, hit the letter "x" to mark the spot, click on my clip, hit the letter "q," and it comes in and it's already preset, it's already pre-built with that information. So it becomes a really quick and fast way for you to adjust what we have here as the titles and you can make, match your own and pretty much build any effect using Motion. Anytime you want you could right click and say "Open in Motion" and make further adjustments. I want to make two things though, starting in Motion and while this isn't a Motion title, these are two things that I think pretty much every Final Cut 10 user needs or wants.
So before I do that, I'm going to go ahead here and just change my timeline to be just the clips, so they're visible. I'll switch this over to effects here a moment and I'll close that up, I'll hit a "shift z." So the two things I'm going to build here, I'm going to build an audio dissolve and I'm going to build a adjustment layer. I've got Motion open, I'm going to just close this project in Motion, create a new project. And I'm going to choose first, to build my adjustment layer.
My adjustment layer is a Final Cut title. These settings are irrelevant, they will automatically get fixed based on the timeline type. I'm going to say "Open" and then all I'm going to do is delete the layer that says "Type Text Here." This, when it gets over to Final Cut, will be an adjustment layer. I'm going to say "File," "Save." It lets me pick a category. I'll pick a new category for myself again, "_JG titles." And I'll pick the template name, "Adjustment layer." And I'll say "Publish." Let's go back over to Final Cut.
Here I am in Final Cut. I'm going to bring open my titles. You'll see, at the top, I've got "_JG titles" and I've got my "Adjustment layer." I'm going to hit a "shift z" on my timeline, I'm going to take the adjustment layer, I'm going to drag it out manually. I'm going to drag the adjustment layer across the entire timeline, and then any effect I put on that adjustment layer we will see across the entire timeline. And I'll do that with something very visual here. I'll go and I'll say, in my effects, I'll take say one of the looks, or we'll just take "Aged Film." And when I grab "Aged Film" and I put it on the adjustment layer, the entire timeline has got that aged sort of look.
You can see that information up top, you can see those little scratches. And what makes that really great for us is it makes it easy for us, rather than doing a nest, to put an effect on multiple items. Now I said I was going to do two, the other one I need to do is an audio-only dissolve. And for that, I'm just going to bring up these two clips here, let's make these a little bit larger again. And I'm just going to zoom in. There we go, these two happen to have sound. So let's zoom in on those, "z" for zoom, click and drag, it's going to make it nice and wide.
We can see there's sound, and yes, we can overlap them but if we want them to have an audio dissolve, sadly Final Cut 10's command "T" will also add a video dissolve and we don't want that, so I'm going to do an undo. Let's jump back over to Motion. Let's close this up. Let's go back to "File" menu, say "New." This time we're going to do a Final Cut transition. I'm going to say "Open" again. Now, this is a transition going from one clip to another, but it's right now just a straight cut. If you wanted to, you could build your own custom transition, something spinning or moving out.
We're going to do nothing. All we're going to do is save it. "File," "Save," and one more time, we'll create our own category. Category I'm going to create is "_JG transitions." And in this template name, I'm going to call it an "Audio only dissolve." I can now "Quit Motion" because I'm done with it. I'm going to come over here to my transitions. At the top, there's "_JG transitions." There's an "Audio only dissolve." I'll just drag and drop it into place and now the audio of these two clips is actually dissolving, not the video, even though it looks like it's doing something to the video.
So we won't be able to hear that terribly well unless I turn off the music, so I'm going to hit the letter "v" to turn off the music. It's turning on the solo of that item, or actually turning off its visibility. And I'll take these two clips and I'll just make them a little bit louder so we can hear it a little bit as I hit play. And you can hear that I've now built that smooth audio transition. So this is how you can use Motion to supplement as an effects engine, pretty much everything you can do in Final Cut 10.
- Touring the Final Cut Pro X interface
- Running Final Cut Pro 7 and X on the same machine
- Ingesting footage
- Browsing and organizing media
- Adjusting metadata
- New editing methods (including working with connected clips)
- Timeline editing (including trim, split, slip, slide, and nudge edits)
- Mixing audio
- Adding and adjusting effects and transitions
- Creating titles
- Applying motion effects to clips
- Performing color corrections
- Compressing and exporting video