Motion 5 - New Features Explored

Motion 5 - New Features Explored
In this video training entitled Motion 5 - New Features Explored, Iain Anderson updates the macProVideo MotionR 5 course by discussing the new features included in Motion 5.2. If you are interested in using 3D text in your Motion projects, this is a quick overview of what's new. Throughout the video training, the author discusses and demonstrates the new features and adds his own design tips along the way.

Anderson begins with a new blank Final Cut Pro title project. Once inside the Motion interface, he jumps right in to the new 3D text features and their controls in the Inspector. The first task is to investigate the new Inspector controls and presets. He discusses the relationship between the Lighting and Environment presets such as Parking Lot and Roof Top. He also covers the difference between Environment lighting and project lighting.

Once he has covered the basics, Anderson moves on to more advanced lighting techniques. He discusses his solution to a common problem of controlling cast shadows from the text on to the background.

Once you have the lighting covered, Anderson discusses some of the other features when working in 3D. He begins with the Materials presets and their options and walks through all the Substances presets. He then discusses the Generic Substance option and demonstrates how to set up your own custom images. He covers how to set up a drop zone for publishing to Final Cut Pro.

Next, Anderson covers more advanced topics, beginning with a demonstration of how to apply multiple materials to an object and set parameters for the front, front edge, side, back edge and back of the 3D text. Finally, he discusses how to create and save your own Materials preset. At this point, Anderson demonstrates how to use your new skills to create 3D Titles for Final Cut Pro.

Before Anderson leaves 3D, he discusses some other ways to use the Final Cut Pro project template. He demonstrates how to convert a 2D title to 3D and customize the built-in features such as the keyframed camera and text behaviors. Finally, he demonstrates how to convert text symbols, such as webdings, dingbats and wingdings, into 3D objects.

In the last few lessons in this course, Anderson covers what else is new in Motion 5.2. He discusses the new generators, including the Manga Lines generator. He covers the various parameters, especially the Random Seed, and the possibilities of animation.

Anderson then moves on to discuss the new masking controls, such as the new Roundness control and Convert to Points option, which make customizing the shape of the mask much easier. Next, he discusses the new keyframe copy and paste option, which now functions on the main timeline. He concludes this section with a demonstration of the new Glint effect.

Iain Anderson is a freelance artist and an Apple Certified Trainer.

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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