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Check out this cool Apple Motion tutorial on how to create a 3D reflection as part of a floor that looks like water.

You can use Apple's Motion program to create dynamic motion graphics. 

In this example, check out this 3D reflection for this picture in picture effect.

Start by creating a new drop zone by navigating to the object menu. (continue reading).
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Here's a great video tutorial on how to create a sweeping glow effect using Apple Motion.

For those who have upgraded to Final Cut Studio 3.0, you may have noticed that it did not ship with LiveType.  Fortunately, the upgrade will not erase your original LiveType program.  LiveType is an amazing motion graphics program that allows you to create amazing effects with title characters. 

Unfortunately, if you're new to Final Cut Studio, LiveType is no longer available. Strangely, LiveType still does ship with Final Cut Express.

Okay, not to fear, as far as I can tell, all of the functionality of LiveType has been incorporated into Motion 4.0.  It's just a matter of learning all the tricks within Motion.  Here is a relatively simple, but yet powerful technique for creating a Master Template for a glowing title effect.

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You can read the entire transcript for this Apple Motion tutorial by continuing to read forward....


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Learn how to use the Mixer Brush tool in Photoshop CS5 to turn pictures into painted photographs.

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Learn how to create a blurred title effect using Avid Media Composer's Marquee Title Tool.

Continue reading for a full text transcript of this Avid Marquee video Tutorial....
Learn how to use the compositing mode 'Travel Matte Alpha' within Final Cut Pro to create some cool effects.  You'll also learn the fundamentals of nesting.  Check out this Final Cut Pro tutorial on how to place video inside a giant crawling text element.

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Check out this video tutorial for learning how to keyframe in Adobe After Effects. You may want to view Part1 of this After FX keyframing tutorial before watching this video.

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Check out this cool tutorial that expands upon my earlier 'camera flash' tutorial.  Learn how to create a wood frame around your freeze frame by using Apple Motion. 

Please review my previous tutorial called 'Camera Flash Effect' for instructions on how to install the 'camera flash' plug-in. You can download the free plug-in from Mattias at Too Much Too Soon.

Continue reading for a full text transcript of this Final Cut Pro tutorial.
You can create some really cool effects by simply using the character Map within Mac OS X.  This allows you to access a variety vector based shapes such as a 'star' to create an effect's composite in Apple Motion.

Continue reading for the full text transcript of this Apple Motion tutorial.
Here's a short tutorial on how to create an 'object' wipe within Avid Media Composer.

Continue reading for a full text transcript of the Media Composer tutorial.
Check out this short Apple Commercial spoof to see what's possible using Apple Motion and Final Cut Pro. Craig and Jason created this video after taking our Final Cut Pro and Motion classes.

Apple's SoundTrack Pro provides some amazing functionality when it comes to removing noise elements from clips.  You can send clips directly from Final Cut Pro into SoundTrack Pro. SoundTrack Pro will then automatically update your Final Cut Pro sequence once you save your changes.
Did you know that the latest version of Photoshop allows you to edit full motion video? Here is a quick video tutorial on how to add a video filter to a video clip using Photoshop.

You can also follow these steps with the supplied screenshots:
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