649 Views 5 Replies Latest reply: Nov 29, 2005 9:02 AM by David S.
I have a work around that I found here.
I used to use LiveType a lot before Motion came along. It's a very powerful, yet simple program. After I started using Motion, LiveType fell into dis-use. A friend recently told me how much fun he was having LiveType doing the menus and backgrounds for his DVDs and I thought I'd take a look again at LiveType - especially now that it's 2.0 - and I realized something.
LiveType is a great enhancer to Motion.
Just open Livetype (if you've got FCP or FCS, you've got it). Now go to the Textures tab of the media browser. There are somewhere around 200 fantastic professionally designed textures that make great backgrounds, lower thirds, font/graphic fills, right there - ripe for the plucking. And, they're looping.
Now go to the Objects tab. You've got a similar number of elements, with alpha channels, etc that can make great backdrops, lower thirds, etc.
And they're all procedural - they're not pre-rendered bitmaps. So size them how you need them.
Now, how to get these into Motion? Simple. Pick a backdrop - say Mirage from the Medly Category. Click on Apply to New Track. Set your outpoint to the duration of the texture (in this case 3:09). Now the crucial bit, use the Edit/Project Properties menu (or cmd-0 - that's command-zero). Go to the "Background" section, set the opacity to 100 and click the Render Background. Now save your project to your new My LiveType Textures directory (or wherever you want). And because these are procedural, they only take up 4k on disk.
While you're at it, save a bunch - any cool looking Texture or Object (with the Objects, because they have alpha channels, you shouldn't set the Render Background setting). When you're done you'll have a whole directory full of cool .ipr files. Now how do you get them into Motion? Well, because of the wonderful ProApp integration, they just load into Motion like Quicktime files. And because they're like media, you can set their end condition flag to be loop (in their Media tab in Motion) and stretch them to be however long you need in Motion.
Try it! You'll like it!