Join Ian Robinson for an in-depth discussion in this video Understanding the toolbar, part of Motion 4 Essential Training.
- View Offline
The toolbar in Motion is quite an integral part of the interface, as it's easy to access, customize, and load it with options and tools you'll use quite often. Let's explore from left to right, and then we'll explore the different ways you can customize the toolbar. Notice the toolbar is divided up into three sections. The left section you'll find the View tools for manipulating and navigating your projects. The middle section you'll find the camera and effects icons, where you can create new cameras and quickly apply new effects like behaviors and filters.
The last section on the right is the interface icons where you can click directly on the buttons to open up each different section of the interface rather than having to remember the keyboard shortcuts. Now let's explore how to customize the toolbar. Go up to the View pulldown menu at the top of your screen, and head down to Customize Toolbar. You'll notice this function is just like any of the other Apple applications where you can customize the toolbars. Let's add New Light into our toolbar. What you have to do is click-and-drag right on the New Light icon, and you'll notice all the different icons in the toolbar will actually move, so you can place it wherever you choose.
I like to keep things relatively organized the same way. So I'm going to drop the New Light right next to the New Camera. You'll also find organization tools in this menu where you can actually drag Separators, and add Spaces between different sections in the interface. And after you've gone through and customized the toolbar the way you like it, or don't, you can actually always go back and reset the toolbar to default just by clicking on this one large button at the bottom and dragging it right up to the top and it will replace the entire toolbar back with its default settings.
Whenever you are finished go ahead and click Done. So as you can see with the flexibility of full customization, the toolbar can be your personal well-organized toolbox, with all the tools just to click or pulldown menu away.
- Understanding the toolbar and setting the essential preferences to get started
- Adding .mov files, still images, and Photoshop and Illustrator assets to a project
- Animating with behaviors and keyframes
- Creating 3D animations with lighting accents, shadows, and reflections
- Creating simple and complex particle systems
- Creating real viewer interest with Focus Behavior and the 3D Camera Framing behavior