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Using Apple Motion's Replication Feature

If you are a big fan of our Final Cut Studio tutorials, this is one you definitely do not want to miss.  

Check out this short tutorial on how to create multiple video walls with a camera that travels through 3D space through each wall!

Hang tight.... it will get even better on an upcoming tutorial that will demonstrate how to create this effect within a couple of seconds.  Hint:  It involves saving a template that can be accessed directly from Final Cut Pro without having to launch Motion!
You can create some amazing effects using Apple Motion.

Here's an example of an effect that we teach in our Apple Motion training class, so be sure to check out our training services.

To create this effect, find a long clip that contains a variety of footage.  

Then when inside of Apple Motion, drag your clip from the File Browser into the Canvas window.

Within the Canvas window resize the video clip while holding down the shift key to constrain its aspect ratio.

Navigate to the motion tool bar and click on the replicate button.

Then move over to the Utility window and click on the inspector tab.

Within the replicator tab, adjust the number of columns and rows to a value 3.

Then move back over to the Canvas window and adjust the replicated frames until they are closer together to form a video wall.

Use the keyboard shortcut shift S to activate the selection tool.

Then resize your video wall to fit the Canvas window.

Click on the random start frame option, Motion will automatically populate the frames with random images of your clip.

Next, click on the 3D option.

Then pull down the shape menu and select the box.

Adjust the number of ranks to a value of 3.

Now, move over to the toolbar, and click on the new camera button.  

Then promote it to 3D.

Use these controls to adjust the position of the camera.

Click on the red record button at the bottom of the mini timeline.

This will become the start point for the camera.

Then move the playhead indicator forward a few seconds within the timeline.

Now go ahead and change the camera position.

Ten move the playhead indicator forward a few more seconds.

For this effect I'll do a dolly move that moves right through each video wall.

Okay that's it, check it out!

For other great tips like this or to enroll in an Apple Motion training class, visit GeniusDV.com
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