Motion 4 : an Introduction

Two Day Course


This three-day Apple authorised course is the ideal way to get up and running using Motion.The course starts with motion graphic fundamentals and moves into compositing, animation and the world of 3D. During the course you will create brilliant titles, transitions, effects and more with Motion - the motion graphics companion to Final Cut Pro.

The course will explore behaviour based animation and using keyframes to create animations. You will also cover working with new intelligent templates to quickly and easily create high quality effects, titles, transitions and generators as well as create rigs to adjust related parameters with a single control. You need no previous experience to attend this course.

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Course Outline

  • Getting around in Motion
    • Importing video
    • Setting a Play Range
    • Using the Project Pane
    • Stylising with filters
    • Adding text
    • Using Library content
    • Arranging layers
    • Outputting projects

    Building a composite
    • Creating a background using the Inspector
    • Importing Photoshop files
    • Compositing with blend modes and filters
    • Managing Timeline tracks
    • Applying Masks and using Clones
    • Importing Motion projects

    Creating animations with behaviours
    • Adding basic motion behaviours
    • Stacking behaviours
    • Using simulation behaviours
    • Applying parameter behaviours

    Animating with Keyframes
    • Recording Keyframes
    • Setting Keyframes manually
    • Using Keyframes on multiple parameters
    • Using multiple Keyframe Curves
    • Animating Crop with Keyframes

    Creating content with Shapes, Generators and Paint Strokes
    • Using the Bezier tool
    • Modifying animated content
    • Masking with images
    • Importing vector graphics

    Creating text effects
    • Creating, formatting and styling text layers
    • Applying text behaviours
    • Using the Glyph tool
    • Adding Motion Blur

    Working with Particle Emitters and Replicators
    • Using Emitters to make Particle Systems
    • Adjusting Emitter and Cell controls
    • Replicating elements

    Using audio
    • Importing audio
    • Setting Markers and Keyframes
    • Animating with audio

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  • Speed changes and optical flow
    • Creating constant speed changes
    • Using Frame Blending and optical flow
    • Creating speed ramps with Keyframes
    • Creating speed effects
    • Using Time Filters

    Stablising, Tracking and Keying
    • Tracking and stablising a shot
    • Keying Greenscreen footage
    • Creating Garbage Masks
    • Correcting colour for seamless compositing

    Publishing Smart Templates for Final Cut Pro X
    • Setting up the Final Cut Project
    • Creating Smart Motion templates
    • Using Build In and Build Out Markers
    • Publishing parameters

    Rigging and publishing Widgets
    • Rigging a Checkbox Widget
    • Modifying, testing and publishing a Widget
    • Deconstructing a transition project
    • Rigging a Pop-up Widget
    • Rigging a Slider Widget

    Building a 3D scene
    • Making 3D transformations in the canvas
    • Converting 2D groups to 3D
    • Adding and working with cameras
    • Arranging groups and layers in 3D space
    • Mixing 2D and 3D groups

    Animating cameras and using advanced 3D features
    • Animating a camera with behaviours
    • Working with depth of field
    • Turning on reflections
    • Using lights and shadows
    • Exporting advanced 3D features

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