Motion Video Training - Filter Effects

Motion Video Training - Filter Effects
This is the fourth module, entitled Effects, Particles and Replicators, in the AppleR MotionR video tutorial series by macProVideo. For the first half of this video, Michael Wohl discusses the HUD, Inspector and the Library and the reasons for each.

Workspace - Library and Menus
You might think that this tour of the Motion workspace was covered in a previous lesson. However, the Library has a vast collection of resources, making it difficult to find just the right object, style or animation. Wohl demonstrates how an item can be listed in more than one place in the workspace, such as the various popup menus and folders in the Library.

Next, Wohl discusses the Library's vast Content folder and how to use the Theme menu and search option. He also points out that the Music and Photos folders in the Library will display the contents in your iTunesR and iPhotoR libraries.

After the tour is complete, Wohl gets back to the fun stuff and discusses how Filters work in Motion. He demonstrates how to apply a filter from a popup menu and from the Library. He shows where the filters appear in the Layers pane and how to use the on screen controls. He discusses how the hierarchy of the filters in the Layers pane control the final result, when applying more than one filter to an object.

Wohl next discusses how to customize a filter's parameters in the HUD, Inspector/Filters Tab and on the Canvas. He demonstrates how to use the Levels filter histogram controls and the Mix slider. He also uses the Kaleidoscope filter as an example when demonstrating how to use on screen controls. If you use a lot of green screen, you will appreciate Wohl's demonstration of the new Keyer filter. ImageUnit is a plugin that contains several filters but has been removed from the latest Motion update. Viewers might find Wohl's discussion of these filters confusing as they may not have them.

Once you've used filters for awhile, you will probably create a few of your own custom filters. Wohl demonstrates how to save filters and other custom content, how to use subfolders to organize them in the Favorites folder in the Library and where they will appear in the Menubar. He expands on this topic by demonstrating how to create your own Theme from the Library menu.

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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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