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Motion 5 users - Motion 4 vs Motion 5 ?

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Bill H. Level 1 Level 1 (120 points)
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Jul 5, 2011 12:12 PM

Hello Folks,

 

This question is for the pros who upgraded from Motion 4 to Motion 5.

 

1. How does Motion 5 measure up against motion 4 so far?   ( I understand some features are missing in Motion 5 )

 

2. What is good?

 

3. What is bad?

 

4. Is ts really worth the upgrade?

 

 

 

Cheers!

 

.

Mac Pro 2.8 GHz, Mac OS X (10.6.6), NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GT 512 MB, 10gigs Ram
  • Tracy E Level 1 Level 1 (125 points)
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    Jul 5, 2011 4:15 PM (in response to Bill H.)

    So far the best 5 feature I have used is rigging and publishing. If you are using FCPX, then Motion 5 is a no-brainer must have.

     

    If you have no need for FCPX, then you may not want to disrupt your workflow yet by switching.

     

    But just keeping current (and having a prettier interface to look at) for $50 seems like a good enough reason to upgrade. There are probably other reasons, but I have not run across them yet.

  • Patrick Sheffield Level 7 Level 7 (29,175 points)
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    Jul 5, 2011 11:11 PM (in response to Bill H.)

    What Tracy E said.

     

    Motion 5 appears to be slower than Mo4. If you don't have FCX, there is little reason to upgrade as you won't be able to "round trip" as you can with FCP and Mo4. Also Motion 5 can only open 1 project at a time, you don't get Finder "Quickview", you can't open the Motion projects in Quicktime, certain plugins (that I found useful) are no longer available, you don't have support for external monitoring or digital cinema desktop, and you can't break your user interface up and spread it across multiple monitors.

     

    That said, if you have FCX, then you really should have Motion 5 as it is the effects interface for FCX.

     

    Finally, it really isn't an "upgrade" per se... if you purchase Motion 5, you still have access to Motion 4. However, unless you have Motion 4 already running, FCP's "Send to Motion..." will incorrectly invoke Motion 5.

     

    Hope that's the info you're looking for.

  • alidav Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jul 6, 2011 5:29 AM (in response to Patrick Sheffield)

    can I install motion 5 and have both FCstudio 3 and Motion 5?

  • Patrick Sheffield Level 7 Level 7 (29,175 points)
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    Jul 6, 2011 9:26 AM (in response to alidav)

    Asked and answered:

     

    if you purchase Motion 5, you still have access to Motion 4. However, unless you have Motion 4 already running, FCP's "Send to Motion..." will incorrectly invoke Motion 5.

     

    Why do you want Motion 5?

  • Alan Apple Mac Level 1 Level 1 (125 points)
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    Jul 6, 2011 9:41 AM (in response to Patrick Sheffield)

    Just a note on this one regarding sending to Motion from FCP7

     

    I have Motion 4 & 5 installed and when I "send to Motion" "I" get the clip opening up in Motion 4 every time which seems to be contrary to what others are experiencing here.  I have not had Motion 4 running when I send to - on the contrary the last session I did was in Motion 5 this morning.  I have setup M4 & M5 as per the Apple recommendations.

     

    Just my 2 pennies worth.

     

    Alan

  • Chandosx Level 1 Level 1 (25 points)
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    Jul 7, 2011 9:37 AM (in response to Bill H.)

    I haven't purchased FCX yet, but I got Motion 5 for the keyer.  It's WAY better than any of the previous ones.  So easy to use.

  • Chandosx Level 1 Level 1 (25 points)
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    Jul 7, 2011 9:57 AM (in response to Bill H.)

    As far as the keyer?  Or overall?  I've used AE CS5 minimally, mostly because once I started using Motion, I never looked back.  The main reason I switched to Motion was for the generators and behaviors.  My brain works way better that way than with keyframing.  I've never been a fan of keying in AE either.  I've always used Shake or dealt with Motion 3 and 4's crummy keyer .

  • markspencer Calculating status...
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    Jul 7, 2011 1:33 PM (in response to Patrick Sheffield)

    Patrick, try first launching Motion 4 before sending clips from FCP7 - then the roundtripping should work correctly.

  • Patrick Sheffield Level 7 Level 7 (29,175 points)
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    Jul 7, 2011 5:27 PM (in response to markspencer)

    markspencer wrote:

     

    Patrick, try first launching Motion 4 before sending clips from FCP7 - then the roundtripping should work correctly.

     

    I believe that's what I said... "However, unless you have Motion 4 already running, FCP's "Send to Motion..." will incorrectly invoke Motion 5."

     

  • KonstantinTR Calculating status...
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    Jul 29, 2011 11:44 AM (in response to Bill H.)

    It's the worst program ever. Don't even try it. I'm the biggest Apple fan and supporter, but Motion 5 is the worst program. The panels are looked and you can't modify the interface. You cant work on 2 screens. Live fonts are out. The filters are some times at the tool bar above the time line, some times you are able to only select them from the library tab on the left. Workflow is slow and uncomfortable. I never had such a bad experience with any application.

     

    O, and the rendering options are ridiculous... I was trying to export an SD movie 16 times, with any possible set up, and the end result was every time one - 655 x 486. I end up importing the exported from Motion 5 file into After Effects and rerendar it from there... Baaaddd, bad, bad.

  • Mark Spencer4 Level 5 Level 5 (6,370 points)
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    Jul 29, 2011 11:43 AM (in response to KonstantinTR)

    I couldn't disagree with you more, Konstantin, but I won't try to argue with you. However, can you provide an example as to when the filters are "sometimes at the tool bar above the Timeline, sometimes you are only able to select them from the Library"?

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