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Motion 5: June 2011 Archives

Motion 5, the brand-new version that ships alongside Final Cut Pro X, should feel familiar to people who have used previous versions of the motion graphics software.  Despite its spiffy new skin, the interface is still organized around the same basic elements.  At first blush, Motion 5 seems to introduce three main new ideas.  In ascending order of importance:

  • A vastly improved chroma keyer, which, all at once, makes a basic key easier and exposes much, much more control for trickier shots.
  • New project types.  Previous versions of Motion could create useful Master Templates–basically Motion projects that could be used directly from Final Cut Pro.  Motion 5 takes this to huge new levels: you can now use Motion to create Final Cut transitions, effects, and generators.
  • A new primitive type: Rigs.  Rigs expand on some of the same principles behind Parameter behaviors–in essence, they flow from the idea that dynamic systems tend to be built up from sets of attributes that change in similar and predictable ways over time.  Rigs allow you to create controls like sliders, checkboxes, and drop-down lists; then connect those controls to as many Inspector parameters as you'd like.
In this tutorial, we'll construct a Rig to control what we'll call the "Excitement" of a firey particle system.  A more "excited" particle system might involve all sorts of parameters which we'd change at the same time.  For example, when the "excitement" cranks up, we might want the particle system to create more particles, and also make each particle brighter, longer-lived, and faster-moving.

Using a Rig, one slider can do all of these things at once, even from within Final Cut Pro X.
With the recent announcement that Final Cut Pro X will be shipping in June, we were curious about the other Final Cut Studio applications.  While the price point of Final Cut X is just $299.00, there has been no mention about the other Final Cut Studio applications.

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Well, I'm happy to find the latest rumor(s) that the other Final Cut Studio applications are still being developed.  Check out this sneak peak of some screenshots from Motion 5.0.

Even though it appears Final Cut X incorporates some technology that was previously only available in Color, There is also a rumor that a new version of Apple Color is still be developed.  If this is true, it's great news for professionals.

Remember, all the new Applications seem to be moving towards a 'download' only model from the App store.
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