Create Final Cut Pro X Transitions in Motion 5

Create Final Cut Pro X Transitions in Motion 5
Brian Garcia, high school video production teacher, shares his knowledge about creating customized transitions for Final Cut Pro using Motion 5. He concentrates specifically on the transition process, so it will help if you have prior knowledge.

For each transition, Garcia begins by showing a working example and then opens Motion 5. After building each transition template step-by-step, he demonstrates how to export it as a Final Cut Pro template. Finally, he opens Final Cut Pro and tests the template using slides from a working project.

The Crop Slide transition is a simple transition to begin with. Garcia walks you through how to start a Final Cut Transition preset, demonstrating how to choose the resolution, frame rate and duration. Next, he explains how to use the Playhead and Timeline and how to set properties for an object in the Inspector panel. Once the Crop Slide transition is complete, he demonstrates how to save it as a new Final Cut Pro template, by creating a new category and publishing the template to Final Cut Pro. Finally he opens Final Cut Pro, shows you where your new category and template is and adds the new transition to the Timeline of an existing project. He tests the transition, makes a few adjustments and saves the project.

In the next two lessons, Garcia creates two zoom animations. He begins with the Smooth Zoom In animation and follows with the Smooth Zoom Out animation. Again he walks through how to set up a new Final Cut Transition project. In these projects, he demonstrates how to use the Replicator feature and how to adjust this animation using the Bezier Curve Interpolation in the Keyframe Editor. Next he adds Mirror filter. After exporting and testing in Final Cut Pro he shows how to go back to Motion to make adjustments.

In the last four lessons, Garcia demonstrates how to create some of his favorite transitions, which are the Swipe transitions. You guessed it. He creates an up, down, right and left swipe transition. As with the other transitions, he begins by adding a Replicator and the four Mirror filters. Next he adds the keyframes and sets the Position property to move the object upward, down, right or left, depending on the swipe. Opening the Keyframe Editor, he makes adjustments so that the animation starts slowly and then speeds up. Finally, he renders and exports each of the four transitions individually, opens Final Cut Pro and tests the transitions.

The challenge for this course is to create a video that includes all of the transitions that you learned how to make in the course. Finally, Garcia plays the introduction video again and places the Timeline next to it, which displays how he placed the transitions in the video.

Create Final Cut Pro X Transitions in Motion 5

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