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Motion4: June 2009 Archives

It is good to get into the habit of monitoring your Frames Per Second (FPS) when viewing playback in Motion.  FPS tells you how close to real time you are playing at.  It's easy to think that your timing is off if you don't notice that your FPS has dropped below 17.  Heavy compositing will cause low FPS. 

The FPS value is displayed during playback in the Status Bar.  RAM preview will allow real time viewing.  It is easy to not notice that you are playing at less than three quarter speed if you don't have any audio, which is why it is a good habit to constantly monitor the Frames Per Second.

fps.gifIf your FPS is not displayed during playback, there is a box you need to check in the appearance category of the Motion preferences.

Last week, a former student called with a question. He was trying to have a line draw on screen, from the top down. He did this by keyframing the scale and position of the line he wanted, but he found that his line kept wanting to scale from the top and bottom instead of just from top down.

There are two solutions to his problem, and both are important enough that I wanted to share them with all of our readers interested in Motion.  First, he could use the shape's anchor point to fix his problem with scaling. But there's also a completely separate approach to this problem, that might be more useful.
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