Rendering and Output Motion 5 109 by macProVideo

Rendering and Output Motion 5 109 by macProVideo
This is the ninth module, entitled Rendering and Output, in the Apple MotionR video tutorial series by macProVideo. Because rendering is very important for download time, playback quality and other factors it can be intimidating to make these numerous decisions. In this video, Michael Wohl covers this topic thoroughly.

There are two times when render settings are important in Motion, which are during the workflow and during output. Wohl first covers the resolution and render setting options for your workflow. He discusses the Resolution options via the Render and View menus, how each affects your workflow and when it is best to use each. Next, he discusses the Quality settings in those menus and how these settings affect text quality and 3D rendering. He also discusses how to create a custom setting in the Advanced Quality Options dialog box.

In your workflow, rendering Particle Systems, Replicators and 3D has a great affect during playback. Therefore these have quality settings of their own, some are found in the same Render and View menus, and Wohl demonstrates the affect each option has on rendering and workflow. He visits the Inspector and demonstrates how to use the Show Object As options for particle emitters and replicator cells.

In the next section, Wohl covers the difference between local and global render options. He returns to the Render and View menus to discuss how the settings for lighting, shadows, reflections, motion blur, field rendering and frame blending become important when working in 3D. He demonstrates each setting and when to use each.

There are several way to export a movie and Wohl discusses them all from the built-in sharing settings to the best settings for exporting as a QuickTime movie. As he moves through the Options and Render tabs in the Export dialog box, Wohl discusses all the output options. He also covers audio and alpha channels and how they are exported. Finally he discusses how to export image stills, image sequences and a section of your movie.

Motion has built-in settings for sharing your video and this is Wohl's next topic. He discusses how to share to Apple devices, email and how to use Podcast ProducerR. He also covers output to optical DVD and Blu-ray discs and uploading to sharing websites. Finally he demonstrates how to export to Apple CompressorR.

Disclosure: I was given free access to the video training for the purpose of this review article. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience.

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