Motion 5 Video Training - Working With Objects

Motion 5 Video Training - Working With Objects
In the first part of our review, we covered the first half of the Working With Objects MotionR 5 video tutorial by macProVideo. Here is what else you will learn from this training video by Micheal Wohl.

Creating Shapes - Bezier and B-Spline
In the next few videos, Wohl demonstrates how to use Motion's drawing tools, from the simple Rectangle tool to the Bezier and B_Spline tools. He discusses the controls in the HUD and Inspector for manipulating the tool settings and the parameters of the object being drawn on the Canvas.

Gradient Fills
Once you've drawn the shape, you can manipulate both the stroke and fill parameters of that shape much as you can in IllustratorR and other vector drawing software. Wohl demonstrates how to use the preset gradients and to customize the gradient that fills an object via the controls in the Inspector Gradient Editor.

Outline Options
In this section, Wohl covers the many options for the stroke outline including some staples such as width, opacity, joint types and start/end caps. He also demonstrates how to use the First and Last Point Offset feature to create a quick and easy animation.

Airbrush and Other Brushes
In the next few sections, Wohl demonstrates brush types, from solid and airbrush to images, and the Brush Profile controls used for creating effects. Wohl also discusses how to set both an image and an animation as the source image for a brush. He demonstrates some of the effects one can achieve by applying behaviors to an image brush or using multiple images as the brush source.

Advanced Stroke Control
Wohl demonstrates how to use the airbrush and image brush controls in the Inspector and the Mini Keyframe Editor to animate individual stroke parameters and the Dynamics controls to animate changes to the stoke over time, much like a simplified particle system.

Paint Strokes
The Paint Stroke tool is one of the most versatile tools in Motion and Wohl covers a few of its many features from freehand drawing to Motion's collection of paint styles, both static and animated, that can be applied to a stroke. He also demonstrates the Write-on effect which is a built-in animation behavior which can be applied via the HUD or the Behaviors menu.

Creating Masks
In the last three sections, Wohl explains the basics of using the five types of masks in Motion. He demonstrates how to draw, manipulate and edit a mask on the Canvas. He also discusses how to use blend modes to create more complex masks and how masks can be keyframed and animated.

This second module contains 106 minutes of instruction and, as you can see, covers a lot of detail but is not overwhelming to the learner as it is divided into 25 small video sections. Once completed, the viewer will have a good foundation for building objects and applying effects to objects in Motion 5.

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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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