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Lesson 4. Using Templates > Using Motion's Templates

Using Motion's Templates

Let's start by taking a look at how to use the templates that ship with Motion. Imagine the following scenario: You've been asked to come up with a promotion for a local child-care center. It's really just a group of local parents, and they need a break. Your heart goes out to them, but you've just landed some real, paying work that needs to be done in the same time frame. Rather than toss these parents out on the street, you turn to a trusty template and save the day (and earn yourself a sizable helping of free babysitting).

1.
Press Cmd-Option-W to close any open projects.

2.
Choose File > Open Template.

The Template Browser window opens, allowing you to choose from several collections of templates.

NOTE

Motion ships with two install DVDs. The second DVD contains the template content. If your Template Browser appears blank, it means you didn't install the templates from the second DVD.

3.
Select Curves from the Collection scrolling list at the left side of the Template Browser.

There are four templates in the Curves collection.

4.
Click the Curves Steel-Open item in the center Template pane.

The preview window in the top right of the Template Browser shows you how the template looks. By browsing through the various collections and clicking the template icons you can quickly preview the templates and choose one to suit your purpose.

Notice the Show pop-up menu at the top of the browser; it allows you to choose templates formatted for PAL, NTSC, or HD. For this exercise we'll work with the NTSC setting.

NOTE

Motion ships with only PAL and NTSC presets. If you select the HD option, the template preview window will appear blank.

5.
Double-click Curves Steel-Open to open the template.

6.
Open the Layers tab by pressing F5.

The template is neatly organized into four layers. The ones we care about are the Text and Replace Here layers.

7.
Click the disclosure triangles at the left of the Text and Replace Here layers to reveal their contents.

This template allows you to transition between three elements, each with its own title. Let's customize the template for our purposes.

Modifying the Text

We'll start by customizing the text. We'll type in the three core principles of the child-care center, one for each shot in the sequence.

TIP

If you've fallen behind, feel free to open the project A.TemplateOpened to catch up.


1.
Move the playhead to frame 80.

It's much easier to change the text when you can clearly see it, so we've moved to a frame where Title Here 1 appears onscreen.

NOTE

If your Current Frame field is displaying timecode, click the clock icon to its left to switch back to frames.

2.
In the Canvas, double-click in the text Title Here 1 to select it. The letters should all change to white on black to indicate that they're selected.

3.
Type Discovery and then press Escape to exit text entry mode.

4.
Move to frame 300. This is where you can clearly see Title Here 2.

5.
Now select the text Title Here 2 and change it to read Understanding, and then press Escape to exit text entry mode.

6.
Move to frame 520. Change the Title Here 3 text to Purity. Once again, press Escape to exit text entry mode.

Now that the text has been modified, all that's left to do is add custom images.

Changing the Media Content

The parents at the child-care center want to emphasize individual care, so they've chosen one child to appear in the commercial. Unfortunately, the three shots they've given you (two stills and a movie clip) look completely different.

TIP

If you've fallen behind, feel free to open the project B.TextModified to catch up.


1.
In the File Browser (press Cmd-1 to jump there), navigate to APTS_Motion > Lessons > Lesson04.

2.
Double-click MSA01.tif to open it in a preview window.

It is a nice, stylized image with warm orange tones.

3.
Close the preview window and then double-click MSA02.tif.

This shot is a more neutral digital photograph and lacks the stylization of the first image.

4.
Close the preview window and then double-click MSA03Matted.mov.

5.
Press the spacebar to begin playing the clip in the preview window.

This is a nicely affected 8mm film–style clip, again remarkably different from the other two shots.

6.
Close the preview window.

The great news about the template is that it color-corrects all the footage to the same color scheme, so there's no need to worry about the different styles of the shots. This is about as close to plug and play as motion graphics gets.

7.
In the Layers tab (F5), make sure the Replace Here layer is still expanded.

8.
Drag MSA01.tif from the File Browser and drop it onto the Replace 1 item in the Layers tab (the bottom of the three objects).

Make sure you see the curved arrow over the Replace 1 object before you release the mouse; otherwise you might add MSA01.tif to your comp instead of replacing the Replace 1 object. If you make a mistake, just press Cmd-Z to undo and try again.

9.
Move to frame 80.

You should now see the image MSA01.tif in the Canvas. You should also see it listed in the Layers tab in lieu of the Replace 1 object.

10.
Drag MSA02.tif onto the Replace 2 object in the Layers tab (the middle of the three Replace objects) to swap out the footage.

11.
Drag MSA03Matted.mov onto the Replace 3 object in the Layers tab (the top of the three Replace objects) to swap out the footage.

If you like, you can now render out the final movie. You should find that the two stills and the movie clip all integrate nicely with the style of the template, even though the originals looked quite different. Alternately, double-click FinalTemplateMovie.mov in the File Browser to launch a preview of the final version.

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