Apple Pro Training Series Getting Started with Motion


book cover
Apple Pro Training Series Getting Started with Motion
By Mary Plummer
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Publisher: Peachpit Press
Pub Date: January 11, 2005
Print ISBN: 0-321-30533-7
Pages: 544
 

Table of Contents  | Index  | Examples
overview
It's not that you didn't want to create motion graphics for your video or DVD projects: You simply didn't have the time or money to take on a program like After Effects. Now you don't need to! With Apple's $299 Motion and this project-based guide to it, you'll be animating like a pro in no time! Assuming no prior motion graphics knowledge, this Apple-certified guide (the only one geared to newcomers to the field) starts slow, introducing you to motion graphics aesthetics at the same time you learn the program. From the first chapter, you'll be playing with the interface, building projects, and adding behaviors as you learn what makes Motion tick and how to use it effectively. Each lesson builds on the last as you learn about the time pane; behavior; particles; working with text, keyframes, Audio Editor, and sprites; importing/exporting and rendering; managing media; creating layered projects; and more. Review questions reinforce the knowledge, and a DVD with lesson files and media lets you work along with the book's projects.


book cover
Apple Pro Training Series Getting Started with Motion
By Mary Plummer
...............................................
Publisher: Peachpit Press
Pub Date: January 11, 2005
Print ISBN: 0-321-30533-7
Pages: 544
 

Table of Contents  | Index  | Examples

   Copyright
   Acknowledgments
   Introduction: Getting Started
      The Methodology
      System Requirements
      Using the Motion Trial Software
      Copying the Lesson Files
      About the Apple Pro Training Series
      Apple Pro Certification Program
      Resources
   Lesson 1.  Working with the Basic Interface
      Getting Started
      Launching Motion
      Closing and Opening a Project
      Exploring the Utility Window
      Working in the File Browser
      Exploring the Canvas Window
      Adding Files to the Canvas
      Working with Dynamic Guides
      Saving a Motion Project
      Creating a Shape from the Toolbar
      Using Undo and Redo
      Constraining Proportions
      Transforming Objects
      Using the Dashboard
      Selecting and Deselecting Objects
      Creating Text in the Canvas
      What You've Learned
   Lesson 2.  Creating Motion Graphics
      Opening a Project from the File Browser
      Adding a Motion Background from the Library
      Playing a Project in the Canvas
      Working with the Transport Controls
      Adding and Modifying Objects During Playback
      Animating an Object with Behaviors
      Working with Particles
      Trimming in the Mini-Timeline
      Importing Motion Projects into the Canvas
      Animating Text in the Canvas
      Resetting the Play Range
      Adding Audio to a Project
      Viewing the Project and Timing Panes
      Saving and Closing Your Project
      What You've Learned
   Lesson 3.  Working with Layers in the Project Pane
      Previewing the Finished Movie
      Creating a New Project
      Exploring Import File Types
      Shortcuts from the File Browser to the Project Pane
      Creating a Background Layer
      Comparing Objects and Layers on the Layers Tab
      Exploring the Media Tab in the Project Pane
      Modifying Object Parameters in the Inspector
      Looping a Media File in the Inspector
      Changing Object Order on the Layers Tab
      Renaming and Hiding a Layer
      Creating a New Layer
      Planning Your Workflow
      Importing a File to the Layers Tab
      Duplicating Objects in the Canvas
      Aligning Multiple Objects in the Canvas
      Grouping Objects into Sublayers
      Working with Safe Zones
      Replacing Media on the Layers Tab
      Cropping Objects in the Inspector
      Adding Behaviors to Layers
      Viewing the Sublayers with the Background
      Working with Opacity and Blend Modes
      Finishing the Project
      What You've Learned
      Master Project Tasks
   Lesson 4.  Working with Behaviors
      Previewing the Finished Movie
      Positioning an Object in the Canvas
      Cropping an Object in the Canvas
      Locking an Object on the Layers Tab
      Adding a Second Object
      Working with Basic Behaviors
      Trimming an Object and Behaviors
      Adding Spin and Fade Behaviors
      Copying an Object and Its Behaviors
      Moving an Object in the Mini-Timeline
      Adjusting Behaviors in the Dashboard
      Moving an Object and Behaviors in the Canvas
      Adding Text Behaviors
      Preparing for the Next Project
      Working with Simulations Behaviors
      Working with the Repel From Behavior
      What You've Learned
      Master Project Tasks
   Lesson 5.  Working with Filters and Masks
      Previewing the Finished Oakley Movie
      Opening the Oakley Project
      Previewing Filters in the Library
      Applying a Filter to an Object
      Working with the Colorize Filter
      Copying and Pasting Filters
      Evaluating the Colorized Objects
      Choosing Complementary Colors
      Saving a Color Swatch in the Colors Window
      Viewing a Project in Full Screen Mode
      Working with Keying Filters
      Adding a Background to the Image
      Creating a Mask Shape in the Canvas
      Viewing the Project Elements on the Layers Tab
      Enabling and Disabling Filters and Behaviors
      Creating a Circle Mask
      Creating an Image Mask
      Analyzing the Mask
      Creating a News Bumper with Filters
      Applying a Simple Border Filter
      Applying an Image Mask to the Project
      Colorizing the Background
      What You've Learned
      Master Project Tasks
   Lesson 6.  Working with Particles
      Opening the Oakley Project
      Previewing Particles in the Library
      Dragging a Particle Emitter to the Canvas
      Analyzing a Particle Emitter on the Layers Tab
      Using Particles for Visual Effects
      Creating an Object at the Playhead Position
      Applying Drop Impact Particles
      Resizing a Particle Emitter in the Canvas
      Creating a Particle System
      Modifying the Particle Emitter in the Dashboard
      Viewing the Emitter and Particle Cell Tabs in the Inspector
      Modifying Particle System Parameters in the Inspector
      Moving a Particle Emitter in the Canvas
      Changing the Life Parameter in the Inspector
      Working with Particle Color Modes
      Applying Behaviors to Particles
      Limiting the Number of Particles in a System
      Controlling the Particle Movement
      Changing the Emitter Shape
      Attracting the Particles to Another Object
      Replacing a Particle Object
      Changing Behaviors over the Life of the Particles
      Creating a Complex Particle System
      Finishing the Project
      Saving Particle Systems in the Library
      What You've Learned
      Master Project Tasks
   Lesson 7.  Working with Shapes, Text, and Generators
      Creating Free-form Shapes
      Previewing the Finished Project
      Opening and Saving the Project
      Working with the Bezier Tool
      Working with the BSpline Tool
      Transforming a Free-form Shape
      Opening the Frances Project
      Previewing Generators in the Library
      Applying a Solid Color to the Project
      Modifying a Generator in the Inspector
      Exploring the Text Tab in the Inspector
      Opening the Animated Text Project
      Working with Gradient Presets
      Adding a Drop Shadow to Text
      Adding a Filter to Text
      Exploring Fonts, LiveFonts, and Text Styles in the Library
      Working with LiveFonts
      Creating Text Particles
      Applying Text Styles
      What You've Learned
      Master Project Tasks
   Lesson 8.  Working in the Timeline
      Opening the Timeline Project
      Comparing the Timeline and Layers Tabs
      Overlapping Video Clips in the Timeline
      Applying Behaviors in the Timeline
      Opening the Oakley Project
      Analyzing the Project in the Timeline
      Working with the Timeline Tab Buttons
      Creating and Organizing Layers
      Working with Markers in the Timeline
      Navigating to Markers
      Dragging Media into the Timeline
      Modifying Filters in the Timeline
      Duplicating and Moving Objects in the Timeline
      Exchanging Media in the Timeline
      Working with Motion Templates
      What You've Learned
      Master Project Tasks
   Lesson 9.  Working with Audio and Keyframe Basics
      Opening the Frances Project
      Importing Audio into a Project
      Scrubbing in the Audio Editor
      Working with Audio Curves
      Keyframing in the Audio Editor
      Trimming Audio in the Audio Editor
      Creating Keyframed Animation in the Canvas
      Resizing Clips in the Timeline
      Applying a Fade to the Upper Object
      Working with Particles in the Timeline
      Adding Keyframes to the Transform Parameters
      Recording Keyframes in the Canvas
      Adding Music to the Project
      What You've Learned
      Master Project Tasks
   Lesson 10.  Managing Media
      Reconnecting Media to a Project
      Creating a RAM Preview
      Working with Preferences
      What You've Learned
   Bonus 10.  Working with Preferences
      Exploring the Preferences Window
      Exploring the Canvas Preferences
      What You've Learned
   Lesson 11.  Exporting and Sharing Motion Projects
      Opening the Project
      Exploring Motion's Export Options
      Exporting a QuickTime Movie
      Exporting a Still Image
      Exploring Motion's Export Presets
      Sharing Projects with Final Cut Pro
      Continuing On with Motion
      What You've Learned
      Master Project Tasks
   Bonus 11.  Importing and Exporting Other Formats
      Exporting an Image Sequence
      Working with an Image Sequence
      Importing a Layered Photoshop File
      Animating Photoshop Layers
      Saving a Project as a Template
      Exporting with Compressor
      What You've Learned
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