Motion 5 Creating 3D Text Fly Bys!

Motion 5 Creating 3D Text Fly Bys!
One of the best ways to learn MotionR is by building a project from the ground up. In this video training from macProVideo entitled Creating 3D Text Fly Bys! , Iain Anderson builds a project based on a real world example. This project is quite complex as it includes an animated word cloud and logo, 3D cameras, masks, replicators and behaviors.

Anderson begins by creating a new Motion project and discusses the project property settings he has chosen. Next, he creates the background for the scene from a basic rectangle, customizing the solid color into a radial gradient.

The next step is to build the opening logo from an imported .png, adding a fade behavior, keyframing the scale animation and tweaking the animation in the Keyframe Editor. Once the logo is set, Anderson begins to build and animate the word cloud.

Anderson demonstrates how to build a word cloud, beginning by adding and styling the text. Next, he duplicates these key words and places them all into a group that can be controlled individually. To begin building the animation, he adds the Repel behavior to move the words off the screen over time. After creating a second word group, Anderson adds the first camera.

Anderson uses Motion Replicators, set to 3D space to add depth, to randomly generate the words in the word cloud. Finally, he adds the Face Camera behavior so that the words always face forward at the camera. Once the first replicator is complete, he adds duplicates.

Moving back to the original key words added at the beginning, Anderson positions each of the key words at different Z position and Opacity values to create more depth to the cloud. Next, he adds a Framing behavior to one of the words, which makes the camera pan to that word in the cloud.

Anderson duplicates the Framing behavior and places them along the timeline. Next, he assigns a key word to each behavior, so that the camera will pan to each word in sequence. Next, he tweaks the camera's angle of view, depth of field and near and far focus settings in the Inspector to add more depth to the scene.

The second part of the project is a mask reveal using words as a mask. Anderson begins by adding a new word cloud. He keyframes an animation that moves each word on to the screen from the sides. Next, he imports the picture that will be used in the masking technique and uses blend modes to create the mask.

The last part of the project contains another mask and text technique. Anderson uses the replicator again to build a new word group, with both white and black colored text. He condenses the white words to create a ragged top edge for a rectangle the he draws on the screen to hide the picture. He animates the black and white text to move slowly across the screen, adds a white circle and applies another mask reveal.

The only step left is to export the project. In preparation, Anderson scrubs through the timeline to make any last adjustments and discusses the render options.

Although I believe that real world examples make the best tutorials, this tutorial is not for the novice, as it contains several levels of complexity.

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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