Join Jason Osder for an in-depth discussion in this video Round-tripping from Final Cut Pro to Motion, part of Final Cut Studio: Round-Tripping.
So you want to add some special pizzazz to your project, just a little bit extra to put it over to the top. Motion might be the tool that really puts it over the top. We're going to build a little text title element that's just a little more special then what you could build in Final Cut Pro. We're going to do a few tweaks and use some prebuilt behaviors in Motion. This will also be your very first round-trip. So we'll take our time and explain all of the steps along the way. I've started on the FCP Timeline here, and I've got a little opening, cut to music.
Let's take a little look and listen first. (Music playing) So that gives you an idea and at the end here, there's a little spot that's kind of set up to take a title graphic. Here it is. (Music playing) So right here on this more-or-less static shot, I want to lay in a little text. And I could use the Text tools in FCP, but I want to do a little more than I can really do in FCP. I am going to select the clip and I want it selected just like that.
I want the clip only and not the transition. And the reason is that it'll help with timing. It'll mean we can start our title element right at the beginning of the clip after the transition is done. And then it's super easy. Just a right click, Send To > Motion Project. All of these choices are important here. First, where are we going to save the Motion project, and to me it's a good habit to get into having a folder where you save all of these round-tripping projects associated with your project. So in this case, it's right there in our Exercise Files disk image and we've pre-made the folder. So just select it.
And then we do on launch Motion. When we start the round-trip, that's going to open the program, and we do want to embed the Motion content, that is, the clip that we're working with in Final Cut Pro is going to be embedded in the Motion project. So that's it, and click Save. Okay, here we are in Motion and it's going to take a few steps to create this text element. Text tool, and I want the name of the company, all caps. If I select it and I go to the Inspector, I kind of like that font pretty well, but I need it bigger.
And the reason we have the background footage here is we can place it, so it looks real nice like it's in its good comfortable spot there. One of the things I like to do and another reason to have the background footage here is that we can change the color and not just randomly, but use the Eyedropper to sort of find a nice warm color out of the background. I find if that often makes things feel sort of more of a whole if I use the Eyedropper. And then, I'm going to add a behavior, because that's what really makes Motion special are these prebuilt behaviors.
The one I'm like for this is Text-Subtle > Relax In. So we can see what that animation looks like. And something I really like about Motion is it has these prebuilt things, but they are tweakable. So if that glow is a little much, we can tweak it, maybe take it down just a little bit. And if that's our effect and we like it, it's incredibly easy to go back to Final Cut Pro and have everything integrate.
In fact, all we really have to do is save. Now I'm going to switch back to Final Cut Pro, and there are several things to notice. First, where our clip was, we now have open1.motn and motn is the extension for Motion projects. But when you see it here, inside Final Cut Pro, it's called a Motion clip. That's a Motion project acting as a clip inside Final Cut Pro. Second, you see a red line on the Timeline above the new Motion clip.
That's an indication that it needs to be rendered and Motion clips render just like regular clips inside Final Cut Pro, including the RT menu which allows us to see a proxy. So if I change from Safe to Unlimited, I go from red to orange and now I can indeed play back and get an idea of what my effect looks like. (Music playing) If you need to know more about rendering in Final Cut Pro, I really recommend that you check out the Essential Training title.
Rendering is a big part of the program and there are a lot of choices. For a first round-trip, there's really only one more thing, which is, what if this needs to change? It's actually incredibly easy. Just right click on the Motion clip, Open in Editor, which just means open in Motion, and I think I want to add a drop shadow. So I'm just going to quickly select my whole text layer, and I'm going to quickly in the Text tab of the Inspector, add a drop shadow which just kind of makes it pop a little bit more.
So with our drop shadow, we save again. I'm going to do a Command+S this time, back to Final Cut Pro, and it's updated. So we see our change and just remember, once you have already been to Motion, when you right-click, it's not sent to Motion again. It's Open in Editor, because the editor of the Motion clip is the program Motion. That's the power of a round-trip to Motion. New and robust tools for making graphics integrated very cleanly into Final Cut Pro.
When you've reached that spot where you just need a little bit more, just a little something, sometimes Motion is the tool that I really bring at home.
- 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