If you’ve mastered the basics of Motion, time to get cracking on some practical projects. Some of these start and finish in Motion, while others produce generators or effects for use in Final Cut Pro X. All these tutorials explore different features, and some are more complex than others, so take your time. By the end of these tutorials, you’ll be able to make some pretty incredible things, and apply all kinds of techniques to your own work.
Starting slowly, here’s a long, detailed tutorial that takes you through creating a basic lower third title template. If you want to make titles, start here.
Particle emitters let you create fire, smoke, and more — just check out Motion’s Library for examples — but you can also use an emitter to spew out your own images if you know how. In this video, Mark Spencer of Ripple Training shows you to how emit an entire deck of cards using an image sequence as a source.
Shapes and lines can be pretty complicated, but this tutorial explores many, many ways to look at how you can use some of the more esoteric features to build a road.
Tokyo Production’s Simon Ubsdell knows what he’s talking about, and this relatively simple tutorial takes you through the process of creating a wibbly-wobbly-scribbly text effect. While this isn’t simple, it’s not long, and Simon’s tutorials do get more complex from here.
Ever wondered how to build a really, really long zoom, all the way from space? This longer-than-usual MacBreak Studio takes you through the many steps required. There are some subtle points about keyframe interpolation and masking here too.
Motion expert Simon Ubsdell creates a seriously cool glitch effect using many tricks with clones, replicators and parameter behaviors.
Dust in light is as trendy as ever, and if you don’t want to shoot it for real or use stock footage, you can make your own with the recipe that Simon Ubsdell gives you here. here.
This tutorial is (unusually) voiced by synthetic text-to-speech, but the results are worthwhile. Using symbols and 3D text, Pielle creates an entire iPad(!) that can be positioned and rotated in 3D text.
Rigs let you control multiple parameters at the same time, making life easier for editors by giving them just the right amount of control. Vital viewing for FCP X add-on makers.
While flipping display boards at airports might be going out of style, they still look great. This tutorial covers many techniques and gives you a great result at the end.
Iain Anderson is an Apple Certified Trainer, videographer, editor, animator, writer, designer and occasional coder based in Brisbane, Australia. http://trainingbrisbane.com and @funwithstuff on Twitter.
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