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Final Cut Studio brings a new level of simplicity and flexibility to the post-production process, and Motion is no exception. Seasoned special effects guys may want the extra horsepower of heavier-duty software like After Effects, Shake, or Combustion -- but Motion is sophisticated enough for most people's needs, and it comes with an especially artist-oriented interface. Once you understand it properly, Behavior-based animation is one of those big boons for the creative process.

When you're working with Motion, you'll often be using alpha channels (that is, transparency).  For example, if you want a lower third to animate onto screen, you'll need for Final Cut to know which parts of the lower third are "see-through."


By default, Motion is set up to handle such a workflow: the black background that you see in your Canvas actually renders transparent. If you need a true colored background -- or if you just want to work on a background color other than black -- you'll need to adjust your background settings in Project Settings (Cmd+J).



qmaster-distributed-encode.pngIf you have more than one computer in your studio, you might wish that you could tie them together and harness all of their computing power to help make your renders and transcodes faster.  Fortunately, Final Cut ships with the ability to use Apple's QMaster to distribute Compressor jobs between a "cluster" of machines.

Creating and tuning render farms can be a deeply technical task, but, for the casual videographer, Apple's automatic configuration options are easy and effective.  The only requirement is that all computers you want to share should be on the same network.

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