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How to tutorials about motion graphics in Apple Motion
Add Image to Motion Project
Now that we have added our Bokeh animation as the background for our Motion project, we can start working on the first section of the project. This six-seconds long introduction will immediately tell the audience what the product trailer is about.
Adding Text to Motion Project
Text is an important design element in a Motion project. Common uses of text are lower thirds and titles. Once added, you will want to add special effects to the text such as Motion behaviors, masks, filters and blend modes. Letís walk through the process for adding text to a Motion project.
Animated Title in Motion
In this tutorial, we will be creating a text title in a Motion project. To give the title a formal style, we will add a simple solid colored rectangle behind the title. Then we will apply the same Motion behavior to both objects in order for them to move together.
Apple Motion Best Features
Apple Motion excels in creating motion graphics because of the many presets that come package with the software. When used out-of-the-box, these presets can save you valuable time or when used as a starting point, they can make creating your custom project much easier.
Create Background Layer in Motion Project
Now that we have set the project properties for our Motion project, we can begin to build the composition. Our first layer of the composition will be the background for the project. This can be a static image, solid color, gradient color or animated.
Duplicate Background Layers in Motion 5
In this Motion 5 tutorial, we will build the third scene of our product trailer. This will require us to duplicate the Bokeh layer in the background BG group, giving us two copies of the same Bokeh animation in the same BG group.
Fade In and Out Behavior In Motion
Now that we have our graphic in place and set to the correct duration on the Motion Timeline, we can add a behavior to the image. We want to have the image fade in at the beginning of the video and fade out at the six second position. We can do this with a Motion behavior called Fade In/Fade Out.
Importing Video Into Motion
Many Motion projects start with importing video into the workspace in order to add lower thirds and other effects to complete the project. Letís walk through the steps for importing a video clip from a folder on our desktop into our project.
Ken Burns Effect In Motion - Record Keyframes
We will continue to work on the Ken Burns effect for our Motion trailer. We will be using the Record feature in Motion to create two keyframes that will control the panning of our still image for the Ken Burns effect.
Ken Burns Effect In Motion 5 - Set Up
In this tutorial, we will work on the second scene of our trailer in Apple Motion. This will consist of an image of the entire product which will be animated with the Ken Burns effect. The Ken Burns effect is a technique applied to still images to give the illusion of panning and zooming motion.
Keyframe Animation in Motion 5
In this tutorial, we will learn how to use the Record Keyframes feature in Motion 5 to move text across the Canvas.
Motion 5 Behaviors
Motion Behaviors are drag and drop animations that you can apply to images, graphics, text and even imported videos. To apply a behavior takes a simple drag and drop from the Library and then you can customize the animationís parameters in the HUD or Inspector to suit your project.
Motion Library Content
Apple Motion has pre-built objects, effects and other design elements, called content, that can be added to your projects. This content ranges from a simple static background to more complex particle animations, such as the Bokeh. You can drag and drop several elements to create impressive effects.
Move Behavior In Motion 5
In this Motion tutorial, we will create the first part of a YouTube Channel trailer. This trailer will have a simple animated logo for a craft company. It can be used alone as a logo intro or added to the start or end of a product trailer.
Project Properties for Motion 5 Projects
We will add a solid bottom to the project. Donít confuse this with a background layer that will be the first of many layers that we will add to the Layers pane. These layers will contain the design elements for our project. At this point, we are still working with the project properties.
Start a New Project in Motion 5
Now that we have taken a tour of the Motion 5 workspace, letís start a new project. We will be taking a closer look at a few of the menus and the Project Browser.
The Apple Motion Interface
One of the best ways to learn a new software program is to get familiar with the user interface or workspace. The Apple Motion workspace is uncluttered but still contains a lot of resources ready to use in your projects.
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Apple Motion is for animating graphic design over time. An artist can create a design layout combining image and text for an ad campaign but once you begin to move those objects around the screen, add in audio, transitions and special effects and your static design comes alive as motion graphics.
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