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Lesson 2. Using Generators > Rendering a Generated Object

Rendering a Generated Object

It's all very well to tinker under the power of Motion's real-time design engine, but at some point you need to render to disk. We'll do this now for the background we've just created, so that in future exercises Motion won't need to calculate the generator and filters we've applied; it will just need to read in a previously rendered movie from the hard drive.

Choose File > Export (or press Cmd-E).

You could also choose the “Export using Compressor” option if you wanted to set up a batch render of several movies. There's no real benefit to using the Compres sor export option if you're planning on taking your project to DVD Studio Pro as a motion menu. Instead, you'll simply load the Motion project into DVD Studio Pro as “virtual footage”—see Lesson 14 for more information.

From the Export Preset pop-up menu, choose Lossless Movie.

In many cases you can set your filename and click Export. But first, let's take a look at how we can optimize some of the settings.

Click the Options button to open the Export Options dialog.

Here you can choose a specific codec and make quick changes to the quality of the render. Animation is usually the best choice for output, since it preserves the alpha channel information. It's also a lossless compressor; leaving the quality slider set to 100% guarantees that the rendered movie will be at the highest possible quality.

In the Export Options Video/Audio tab, click the Advanced button to open the Compression Settings dialog.

This is where you can change codecs, compression quality, frame rate, and keyframe options. We'll set the keyframing to every 24 frames. This will cause the movie to compress losslessly, saving room on the hard disk.

Set “Key frame every” to 24 frames (as in the preceding figure), and then click OK to close the Compression Settings dialog.

Click OK again to close the Export Options dialog.

Back in the Export dialog, name your movie CosmordialSoup.mov and save it to APTS_Motion > Lessons > Lesson02 > Student Saves.

Click the Export button.


By default, Motion will render out the entire project length. Checking the “Use play range” box will cause Motion to render only the portion of the Timeline between the play range In point and the play range Out point.

An Export render window shows you the progress of the render and displays a thumbnail of the frames being rendered.

When the export is finished, click in the File Browser and navigate to the APTS_Motion > Lessons > Lesson02 > Student Saves folder. Double-click CosmordialSoup.mov to play your newly rendered movie.

With just a single generator and a Slit Scan filter, we've managed to create an impressive background element. The real-time design engine in Motion makes it possible for you to quickly and visually dial in many simple elements to create unique backgrounds without having to reach for an expensive stock footage library.



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