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Logic for Video Editors > Effects and Graphics

Effects and Graphics

Final Cut Pro includes some fairly sophisticated titling tools within the application itself, including the ability to create extruded 3D titles, but LiveType (included with the purchase of Final Cut Pro) takes animated titling to another level entirely. The Media Browser of LiveType includes both titling tools and titling content. The content includes LiveFonts, 32-bit animated fonts that dance and draw themselves onscreen. In addition, LiveType includes a massive library of animated textures (atmospheres, liquids, moving canvases) and objects that range from sparkly Particle Effects to organic flames and inter stellar explosions. One of the most popular features of LiveType is the ability to apply prebaked animated effects (fades, glows, zooms, caricatures) to otherwise lifeless system fonts.

Motion is to LiveType what the jet engine is to air travel. With it, you can take your titles and graphics much further in less time. Like LiveType, Motion includes a library full of compelling content, including some of the LiveFonts and text animations that come with LiveType, but that's where the similarities end. Motion makes full use of Quartz Extreme (the revolutionary composited windowing system in Apple's operating system, Mac OS X) and Apple'sultra-high-bandwidth hardware architecture to provide a level of real-time performance that needs to be seen to be appreciated. Video clips are played back directly from SDRAM (the computer's internal memory). Text, particles, and filter effects are loaded into the VRAM (video memory) of today's state-of-the-art graphics cards. Finally, natural physical simulations or screen behaviors like wind and gravity are applied to objects and particles and calculated in real time by the CPUs—dual processors in all current Power Macs. In LiveType, text animations and other motion graphics need to be rendered into RAM to be previewed, whereas in Motion all effects can be viewed and manipulated in real time.


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