Motion 3: an Introduction

2 Day Course
Hands On
Official Curriculum
Code MT080

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This Apple authorised two day course is designed to provide a comprehensive understanding of Motion 3, Apple’s powerful motion graphics design application.

The course covers interface fundamentals, behaviour-based animation, parameter behaviours, blend modes, advanced particle system design, advanced title animation, working with templates, chroma key techniques, masking methods, DVD motion menu design, tablet-driven gesture UI techniques, working with audio, keyframing and integration.

This course provides a detailed insight into the features and functionality of Motion 3. If you want to create a tailored course adapted to your specific project or requirements, please give us a call.

Having completed this course, you are eligible to take the Apple Pro Level One Certification Exam at Media Training. For details about taking the Apple Certification exams please call us.

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Introduction: Getting started (1 topic)

  • The Apple Pro Certification program

A tour of Motion 3 (13 topics)

  • Hot keys
  • Gestural input
  • Importing footage
  • Setting the play range
  • Adding layers
  • Cloning and instancing
  • Applying behaviours
  • Using the Motion Path behaviours
  • Soloing RAM previews
  • Freezing tracks
  • Deactivating behaviours and filters
  • Particle simulations
  • Adding a third dimension and using Autosave

Generators and Particle Presets (8 topics)

  • Applying generators from the library
  • Motion-blur dependent presets
  • Core image content
  • Working in the Inspector
  • Working with gradients
  • Using Hotboxes and Sliders
  • Using image wells
  • Rendering and asset management

Groups, layers and blend modes (6 topics)

  • Creating multi-layered composites
  • Navigating the layers tab
  • Creating text
  • Modifying blend modes
  • Nesting and collapsing
  • Working in Float Space

The third dimension (5 topics)

  • Converting from 2D to 3D
  • First Person Shooter navigation
  • Adding lights
  • 3D texture properties
  • Working with behaviours in 3D

Using templates (2 topics)

  • Using Motion's templates
  • Creating your own templates

Creating text effects (2 topics)

  • Animating text on a path
  • Working with 3D text

Particles and behaviours (2 topics)

  • Building particles
  • Birth, death and life

The Replicator (3 topics)

  • Replicating a clip
  • Adjusting the replictor shape
  • Applying the Sequence Replicator behaviour

Advanced particle design (5 topics)

  • Sprites
  • Multiple particles
  • Emitter shapes
  • Blending
  • Particles in 3D space

Keyframing (5 topics)

  • Setting keys manually
  • Record animation modes
  • Working in the Keyframe editor
  • Parameter hotkeys
  • Working with keyframes in the timeline

Painting in Motion (5 topics)

  • Basic painting
  • Write-on effect
  • Changing stroke properties
  • Applying dynamics and behaviours
  • Creating 3D effects with paint strokes

Keying and shapes (5 topics)

  • Pulling a key
  • Treating the edges
  • Creating a Garbage Matte
  • Keyframing the Garbage Matte
  • Rotoscoping with the B-spline tool

Tracking and Matchmoving (4 topics)

  • Tracking defined
  • Smoothing footage
  • Adding glass to the screen
  • Tracking with filter centre points

Roundtripping, non-linear editing and O-flow retiming (6 topics)

  • Frame blending vs O-flow
  • Makers into Motion from Final Cut
  • Using the content in Motion
  • Returning to Final Cut Pro
  • Creating Motion menus with DVD Studio Pro
  • Soundtrack Pro integration

Audio and markers (5 topics)

  • Mixing in sound effects
  • Multi-channel audio file support
  • Using the Waveform editor
  • Using the Keyframe editor
  • Adding markers and driving animation using audio behaviours

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