5 Replies Latest reply: Dec 7, 2012 12:13 PM by BenB
ARTWW Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

I have FCP X and just purchased Motion 5 and I don't know where to begin. Do you edit a clip in Motion 5 and import to FCPX or do you take an clip from the Timeline in FCPX and import to Motion. Also, do you create a title (for example) in Motion alone or does Motion work with a title that you created in FCPX. Does Motion 5 just enhance the editing features of FCPX or is it a stand alone or both?

 

What is the best method to learn Motion 5? Any good books.

 

Thanks in advance..........


MacBook Pro with Retina display, OS X Mountain Lion
  • 1. Re: Where do you start in Motion 5
    Russ H Level 6 Level 6 (14,250 points)

    ARTWW wrote:

    Does Motion 5 just enhance the editing features of FCPX or is it a stand alone or both?

     

    What is the best method to learn Motion 5? Any good books.

     

    Thanks in advance..........

    It's both. You can take a FCP effect and greatly enhance it. You can start a project from scratch and save it in FCP for further use and repurposing…or take the finished project and export it as a stand alone movie.

     

    Russ

  • 2. Re: Where do you start in Motion 5
    Russ H Level 6 Level 6 (14,250 points)

    ARTWW wrote:

     

    What is the best method to learn Motion 5? Any good books.

     

    IMO, the best way is one-on-one in a class room environment - followed up with a lot of hands-on homework.

     

    Second best is getting a tutorial from a vendor like Ripple Training (there are others) and learning from those experts.

     

    Worst (again, IMO) is searching You Tube for examples of how such and such an effect was created: what gets overlooked are the fundumentals.

     

    BTW, I'm both a fan and a (continuing) learner. Lots to learn and it takes time.

     

    Good luck.

     

    Russ

  • 3. Re: Where do you start in Motion 5
    fox_m Level 4 Level 4 (3,780 points)

    Best way to get started is just to dive in. Follow along with tutorial videos. Get used to the interface.

     

    http://www.applemotion.net/macbreak-studio/

     

    http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLB7982C0260F090C1 (appleshakeguru -- Motion 3 and 4 but still applicable for the basics. Be careful, the interface has undergone a significant, but not radical, change from Motion 2/3/4 - things that used to be at the top of the "canvas" are now underneath.)

     

    Looking for books? Look for these authors: Mark Spencer ;  Patrick Sheffield

     

    Come back here for any questions.

  • 4. Re: Where do you start in Motion 5
    ARTWW Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    Thanks for all the support. I will begin to explore.

  • 5. Re: Where do you start in Motion 5
    BenB Level 5 Level 5 (7,825 points)

    macProVideo.com has very affordable Motion course you can follow.  But yes, do some training.  The Apple Pro Training Series book on Motion is aweful and confusing, so avoid it.