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Motion4: May 2009 Archives

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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).



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This page is a archive of entries in the Motion4 category from May 2009.

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