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Motion 5: October 2011 Archives

Over the past several weeks, we've been doing tutorials introducing some of the more exciting new features in Motion 5.  We've introduced rigs and generators, and in this article we'll create a custom transition.

In Final Cut Pro X, every last built-in transition is a Motion project.  Want to learn transition-building by example?  Just right-click (or Control+click) on any of the transitions in the Transition Browser, then click Open a copy in Motion.

Motion's Transition project type, like its Effect type, uses placeholders to represent the clips that will be affected in the FCPX timeline.  The clip at the beginning of the transition is always labelled "A," and the clip at the end of the transition is "B."  You can use any of the tools available in Motion to manipulate the two placeholder clips over time, but the transition should start with the A clip fully visible and end with the B clip fully visible.  Bear in mind that Final Cut Pro will speed up or slow down your transition animation to match the duration that you set in the FCP Timeline.

In this tutorial, we will use a stock particle system to create a simple "explosion" transition for use in Final Cut Pro.  There are no project files for this tutorial—everything you need is installed with Motion's Supplemental Content.  Step-by-step after the jump...
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