Motion 5 101 - Overview and Workflow Guide

Motion 5 101 - Overview and Workflow Guide
This free video tutorial, entitled Motion 5 101: Overview and Workflow Guide by Michael Wohl is a good introduction to AppleR MotionR 5. It will give you an understanding of what you can create with Motion 5 and how it integrates with Apple Final Cut ProR. This video contains 15 topics ranging from a tour of the new user interface to exporting and sharing your Motion project. For an introductory course, the author gives a lot of information.

  • Introduction 1:42
    • Broad overview of the course
  • The Motion Interface 4:42
    • What's new with the new contact sensitive interface, including the HUD, Layers/Media/Audio tabs, Timeline and more
  • Creating a New Object 3:38
    • Tour of the Project Browser and how to start a blank Motion project
    • Draw an object with Circle tool and edit parameters in HUD
  • Transforming Objects 6:12
    • How to work directly in the Canvas to move, rotate or scale an object including the Shape object, Paint Stroke object and Text object
    • How to use the alignment guides and the roundness control on the objects
  • Layers and Groups 3:07
    • How to work with the Layers list and layer order/hierarchy
    • What is a Group and how to use group layers
  • Using the Timeline 3:45
    • Introduction to three Timelines in Motion which are the video, audio and keyframe editor
    • How to animate an object by modifying the duration, start and end points of an object on the video Timeline
  • Importing Video 3:54
    • How to import a video clip to the Canvas or the Layers list using the File Browser and Preview area
    • How to use the Playhead to control the starting point for the imported video
  • Generators, Replicators and Particle Emitters 4:18
    • Tour of the Library and its contents, including lower thirds and particles
    • How to test the preset animation in the Preview area
  • Adjusting Parameters 4:34
    • Tour of the Inspector and its four panes. How to use the numeric controls to control the objects in the Canvas
  • Introduction to Behaviors 5:37
    • What are Behaviors and how to apply them to an object on the Canvas
    • How to use the HUD and Inspector to control the parameters of the behavior
  • Simulation Behaviors 3:27
    • What are Simulation Behaviors and how they can help you create complicated animations
    • Demonstration of the Repel behavior
  • Keyframing Parameters 4:01
    • How to use the Record function to create keyframes for more control over an animation
  • Exporting a Movie 1:58
    • How to output your project as a movie file
  • Sharing Your Work 1:53
    • Other options for exporting your project including to Facebook
  • Saving Templates for FCP 4:16
    • The purpose of Motion 5 is export for Final Cut Pro
    • How to set parameters in Inspector to be editable in FCP
    • How to output the file for FCP
    • How to open your project in FCP

macProVideo is one of my favorite video training companies. They offer their videos both as a download through the App store and online subscription. The entire Motion 5 course series contains 11 parts.

Motion 5 101: Overview and Workflow Guide
Motion 5 102: Working with Objects
Motion 5 103: Animating Text
Motion 5 104: Effects, Particles and Replicators
Motion 5 105: Animating Effects
Motion 5 106: Editing in Motion
Motion 5 107: Working in 3D
Motion 5 108: Creating Content For Final Cut Pro X
Motion 5 109: Rendering and Output
Motion 5 201: Crafting Final Cut FX Templates
Motion 5 401: Creating 3D Text Fly Bys!

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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