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Motion4: March 2010 Archives

We typically will slate our Final Cut Pro projects when they are not the final deliverable. A great workflow is to create the template in Motion, save it as a template, and then it becomes available in Final Cut Pro.

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motion_icon.gifSummary: Motion's Optical Flow-based shot stabilization is easy to use and consistently gives good results.  Tracker-based shot stabilization is a good option for shots with complex motion.

Earlier this week, we published a video blog on stabilizing footage in Apple Motion by using a tracker.  Tracker-based stabilization is an excellent option for footage with complex motion in the frame – say, a shot with actual camera motion AND a moving subject AND camera shake.  By placing and refining the tracker, you can very specifically indicate what portion of the frame should be stabilized.

But it's just the tip of the iceberg: like all of Final Cut Studio, Motion provides tons more ways to accomplish the same task.  One of the best and most reliable is the optical flow-based stabilizer, which works similarly to Final Cut's Smoothcam filter.

Read on for an overview ...

You can easily stabilize an image with Apple Motion using a tracking behavior.   Check out this Motion Tutorial on how to do this.

Continue reading for the full transcript of this Apple Motion tutorial.

You can use Apple Motion to create animated text effects that follow a path.  Here's a quick tutorial on how to do this.  If you're new to Apple Motion, this tutorial is similar to creating a text path in Livetype.


Continue reading for a full transcript of this Apple Motion tutorial.

Check out this Apple Motion tutorial for creating the Ken Burns effect with some simple 3D lighting. If you are a Final Cut Pro user, you could create something similar, but Motion offers the added ability of adding 3D lighting.

Continue reading for the full transcript of this video tutorial.

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