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Are you in for a treat!

Motion, Apple’s revolutionary new addition to its Pro Applications lineup, takes motion graphics creation to an entirely new level. With procedural animations, Final Cut Pro HD and DVD Studio Pro integration, a library of presets and templates, and amazing real-time performance, Motion offers a powerful new way to create professional motion graphics. And the streamlined interface coupled with Apple’s legendary ease of use puts the ability to translate imagination into reality within anyone’s reach.

What is Motion?

Motion is a behavior-driven motion graphics application. Motion graphics refers to the process of compositing different elements together (such as graphics, photos, video, and text) and animating various properties of those elements over time (such as position, scale, or opacity). Whenever you turn on your TV and see a station ID, a promo for a new show, or the introduction to your favorite sitcom, you are seeing motion graphics in action. And just about any DVD you watch these days employs motion graphics for menus and transitions.

Traditional motion graphics applications use a process called keyframing to animate properties of elements over time. In addition to including powerful keyframing tools, Motion introduces a new way of quickly and easily animating objects without keyframes called behaviors. Behaviors are deceptively simple, yet very powerful devices you can use to create complex animations that are virtually impossible to make with traditional keyframe techniques.

Motion also contains a powerful particle system generator that you can use to simulate natural phenomena like fog, smoke, and water; compositing tools such as masks, keys, and blend modes; an array of filters for manipulating the look of objects; and an extensive set of tools for creating and animating text.

One of the most amazing and enjoyable aspects of Motion is its real-time capability. Motion is built to take advantage of the latest advances in CPU speed, increased RAM capacity, and, most importantly, graphics card muscle. With Motion, you can combine video, text, and graphics with behaviors, filters, and particles, and you can adjust parameters to your heart’s content while you watch your project play in real-time. Combined with the intuitive and flexible interface, Motion enables a completely new approach to motion graphics design that is spontaneous, interactive, and downright addicting.

Motion was designed to integrate easily with other Apple Pro Applications for a complete production workflow. For example, you can export sequences from Final Cut Pro HD into Motion, retaining all tracks, in and out points, composite modes, markers, and motion attributes. Changes you make in Motion update automatically in Final Cut Pro.

Who is Motion For?

Anyone who needs to create professional motion graphics can benefit from the simplicity and power that Motion brings to the creative process. In particular:

  • Final Cut Pro editors can enhance their editing projects with professional motion graphics for opening title sequences.

  • DVD Studio Pro authors can use Motion to create compelling menus and transitions.

  • Broadcast facilities can create station IDs, promos, and interstitials.

  • Post-production facilities can incorporate Motion into their production workflow.

  • Motion graphics designers will find Motion makes a strong complement to their arsenal of motion graphics tools.

  • Graphic artists who work with Adobe Photoshop and/or Illustrator and are interested in adding movement to their work will find Motion an intuitive, easy-to-learn way to step into the world of motion graphics.

Who Should Use This Book

Motion for Mac OS X: Visual QuickStart Guide is designed for intermediate to advanced Mac users who have basic knowledge of video editing and graphics terminology and processes. Although not required, experience with other Apple Pro Applications such as Final Cut Pro HD and DVD Studio Pro will make readers feel at home quickly. Experience with graphics applications such as Photoshop is also helpful. Readers who have experience with other motion graphics applications can use this book as a reference to quickly dive deep into concepts that may be new to them, such as behaviors.

What’s in This Book

At a high level, this book is organized around a common workflow used to create motion graphics.

First, I cover system requirements, installing Motion, and an overview of the interface to get you oriented.

Next, I dive deeper into the interface by introducing the process of compositing: browsing, selecting, and placing different types of media elements and applying basic transformations. I then cover compositing and arranging elements over time by using the Timeline.

Then I introduce the world of animation, first by working with behaviors and then by introducing keyframes.

The book then goes a step deeper: it explores filters, generators, and Motion’s particle system. It explains drawing shapes and masking objects, and covers Motion’s extensive text manipulation capabilities. Working with audio is explained, as is how to work with Motion’s professional templates.

Finally, the book deals with finishing your project: various export options, including using the bundled Compressor application; and how to move between Motion and both Final Cut Pro HD and DVD Studio Pro.

How to use this book

This book is designed as a reference guide with an emphasis on step-by-step descriptions of specific tasks. Although you can read it straight through to get a comprehensive understanding of Motion, you may find it most useful if you keep it by your side while you are working for quick reference on how to perform specific tasks. It is structured so that you can use it in a completely non-linear fashion: to learn or review how to complete a task, you can go directly to the task description and get the information you need. In addition to step-by-step task descriptions and illustrations, this text includes:

Sidebars, which explain certain concepts, give examples of applications, or provide suggested processes.

Tips, which are juicy bits of information: a faster, easier way of doing something, a cool trick, a neat feature, or a warning about a potential pitfall.

Appendices, which provide detailed information on Motion’s preferences and editing project properties.

Welcome to the new world of Motion! Let’s get started!

To Learn More About Motion

Mark Spencer, author of this book, maintains a listing of Motion tips, tricks, and resources on his Web site at www.applemotion.net.

Michael Wohl’s Motion PowerStart is a comprehensive DVD training course for Motion, which contains three clear, fun, and practical hands-on tutorials plus a section on integrating Motion with other Apple programs. All source material and project files are included plus bonus materials to use in your own projects.

The DVD was created by Michael Wohl, an award-winning filmmaker and a member of the official Motion documentation team, along with Josh Mellicker of DVcreators.net. Wohl has also written books on Final Cut Pro for Peachpit Press, including Editing Techniques with Final Cut Pro. You can find the $79.95 DVD as well as reviews and more information at www.dvcreators.net.

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