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Chapter 14. Motion Settings > Applying Motion: An Overview

Applying Motion: An Overview

The following steps outline the basic process for applying a motion setting to a clip. Later sections describe each part of the process in more detail.

To add a motion setting to a clip:

1.
In the timeline, select the clip to which you want to add motion (Figure 14.5).

Figure 14.5. Select a clip in the timeline.


2.
Choose Clip > Video Options > Motion (Figure 14.6).

Figure 14.6. Choose Clip > Video Options > Motion.


The Motion Settings dialog box appears, and displays the default motion settings (Figure 14.7).

Figure 14.7. The Motion Settings dialog box contains controls to set keyframes in space and time, adjust the properties at each keyframe, and preview the motion.


3.
To add and adjust keyframes, do any of the following:

  • To add keyframes spatially, click in the motion path.

  • To add keyframes in time, click over the motion timeline.

  • To move keyframes spatially, drag them in the motion path.

  • To move keyframes in time, drag them in the timeline.

    For a more detailed explanation, see "Setting Keyframes," later in this chapter.

  • To adjust the properties (position, rotation, distortion) at a selected keyframe, use the appropriate property controls at the bottom of the Motion Settings dialog box.

For a more detailed explanation, see "Setting Keyframe Properties," later in this chapter.

4.
Preview the motion using controls in the Motion Settings dialog box.

For details, see the section,"Previewing Motion," later in this chapter.

5.
Repeat steps 3 and 4, as needed.

6.
Click OK to close the Motion Settings dialog box and apply the motion settings to the clip.

The clip in the timeline displays a red line, indicating that you applied motion settings to it (Figure 14.8).

Figure 14.8. After you apply motion settings to a clip, it appears in the timeline with a red line at the bottom. Admittedly, it's hard to see when the clip is selected, (or when the illustration is in black and white).


In order to see the motion effect in the program view, you must preview the appropriate area in the Timeline window, as explained in Chapter 9.


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