Join Ian Robinson for an in-depth discussion in this video Using the Project pane, part of Motion 4 Essential Training.
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As you continue to work in Motion, you'll probably use the Project pane the most, out of all the panes in the Motion interface. So to look at the Project pane let's click the Project button in the top of the toolbar. You notice it's divided up into Layers, Media and Audio. Now the Layers tab has so many options, we actually broke out a separate video. So if you would like to find out more about the Layers tab, by all means watch that video. The Media tab is where all the media you use or import into your project resides.
You can have media in the Media tab that you don't use in your project. You can add media into the Media tab just by dragging and dropping it directly from your file browser, or you can click the plus button and go through the Import Files menu. With an item highlighted in Media, you can just click the minus button to delete it. If you click on the flyout here you notice all the different columns that you can turn on or off. To see those columns let's click on the right -hand side of the Project pane and drag out. And you notice there is all kinds of information that's actually stored about your files.
If you want to change the order of any of these items just click on the name and the Media tab will reorganize based on what you have selected. There is a Search field if you have a lot of media, so you can search for things by name. For example if I want to find my music, I'll just start typing music and you notice it pops up right there. Just press X to clear out that field and just like other search fields in Motion make sure not to type spaces. Otherwise it will make it appears though there is nothing in your Media tab. Let's clear that out and just jump over to the Audio tab.
This will list all your different audio files in use in your project. If you click the plus button just like the Media tab you can import files directly through the Import Files dialog window, or you can drag-and-drop your files directly from the File browser. The On checkbox will turn on and off the audio in your project, and this slider here will actually adjust the output volume of each individual track. Notice at the bottom there is a Master slider to change the output of all of the different layers of music combined through this one Master setting.
You can also adjust pane, mute, and solo individual layers. You can change the Output if the file is a surround sound output or a Stereo file. You can change the options accordingly. And of course there is a Lock option, so if you would like to lock off this audio so it can't be edited, go ahead and select that. You'll notice it's now marked off in the mini Timeline. Down at the bottom you can monitor your levels with a visual readout. So this concludes our quick tour of the Project pane.
- 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