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motion-logo.jpgBy default, Apple Motion stores the Final Cut Pro Master Templates that you create in your user's Application Support folder:

[User Home]/Library/Application Support/Final Cut Studio/Motion/Templates

The Final Cut Pro Master Templates that install with Final Cut Studio are in a similar Application Support folder, except at the root (Macintosh HD) level of the disk:

/Library/Application Support/Final Cut Studio/Motion/Templates

Each Master Template package, as you'll notice, consists of a folder corresponding to the Master Template's Theme, plus up to three Master Template files sharing the same name.  The .motn file is the actual Motion project, while the .mov and .png files correspond to the preview thumbnails you see in your Motion Template Browser.

The cool thing about Master Templates, in case you didn't know, is that they separate motion graphics content from the motion graphics software itself.  Build a lower-third once in Motion, and you or your FCP editors can update it per package directly in Final Cut Pro.

After the jump, workflow strategies for using Master Templates ...
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DVDSP.jpgLayered menus in DVD Studio Pro can allow you to create menus with far more sophisticated-looking buttons than the native DVD standard allows.  Unfortunately, this extra functionality comes at a cost.  The layered menus that you create in DVD Studio rely on some behind-the-scenes tricks to work -- and this can make them play back in unexpected ways when viewed on computer DVD players.

Symptoms
When you play back a DVD with layered menus on a computer-based DVD player (but not in DVD Studio's Simulator), and you try to navigate the menu using your mouse, you have to click a button once to "select" it, and then click it again to activate it. 

The menu behaves normally:
  • in DVD players, and
  • in most software, when you use the arrow keys rather than the mouse to navigate it.

After the jump, the explanation ...

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