Join Jason Osder for an in-depth discussion in this video Enhancing Final Cut Pro motion effects in Motion, part of Final Cut Studio: Round-Tripping.
So you've built the basic motion effect in the Final Cut Pro Motion tab and you want to move it over to Motion to take it to the next level. Or in this case, maybe take it to the third dimension, because Motion has 3D space, which Final Cut Pro doesn't. So the deal here is that the motion effects that you build in the Motion tab will move over to Motion, the program, allow you to tweak it and then move back in the round-trip. Let's take a look. Here in Final Cut Pro, I've set up a basic motion effect, sometimes referred to as the Woodstock effect for the classic documentary about the concert.
To see how I've done this, we really should take a peek at the Motion tab, because you can see that on each clip, it's just Motion tab settings of 50% Scale and moving the center that achieve this effect. Pretty straightforward Final Cut Pro Motion tab effect. So now, I want to actually select both clips on the Timeline and we're going to send them to Motion together. This part we know. Right click, Send To > Motion Project. Good, organized, informative name. I sort of started calling this Woodstock, so we can keep with it.
And of course, we're going to launch Motion and we're going to embed the Motion content. Great! There we are in Motion and I do want to do a quick Shift+Z, because that will bring our frame to the screen size, so we see the whole thing, which is always good. And now I'm just going to select one of these layers and I want to move over to the 3D Transform tool, because as soon as I do that, I now have three dimensions to play with. You can see them here. I've got X, Y and now I have Z. I can move forward and back in 3D space.
I also go to these points and I have rotation in 3D space. So I can rotate the image this way, which you could do in Final Cut. But I can also now rotate the image this way, which Final Cut Pro does not let you do. So what you can do is build your motion effects and your timing and how they are basically going to work for editorial purposes, and then if what you really want is something a little more sophisticated like this at the end of the day, you can jump over to Motion to really construct your 3D space.
So we could spend more time here including animating cameras and all kinds of fancy stuff, but let's complete the round- trip and get it all back to Final Cut Pro. So we're comfortable with this part, save with Command+S, and then I like to use Command+Tab to get back over to Final Cut, and then what we see is our effect being previewed. And notice that our two separate clips have been collapsed into this one Motion clip. If we zoom in just a little bit, we see that it has the .motn extension, which indicates that it is in fact now a Motion clip, and if we need to do more work on it we want to right- click and Open in Editor, if we need to tweak it some more.
In the case of a motion effect made inside FCP, when you send it to Motion, all of those settings are picked up, the size and positioning that was done, and then you're able to add to it using 3D space or other Motion specific tools. When you round-trip back into Final Cut Pro, your separate clips will be eliminated in favor of one.motn Motion clip and if you need to make further changes, you have to do it in Motion.
- Using audio from Final Cut Pro in Motion or Soundtrack Pro
- Enhancing motion effects made in Final Cut Pro in Motion
- Working with a multitrack project
- Matching EQ levels with Soundtrack Pro
- Refining Final Cut Pro 3-way corrections in Color
- Preparing the timeline for Color
- Reconforming projects
- Sending a sequence to Compressor for output
- Transcoding for DSLR and other workflows
- Automating compression
- Using the Final Cut Pro to Compressor to DVD Studio Pro workflow
- Making a still menu