6 Replies Latest reply: Jul 24, 2011 6:02 AM by bobsbarricades
bobsbarricades Level 1 (0 points)

Basically my process


  • Use image background
  • take pictures of me posing
  • delete out all the space around me using pixlr.com
  • move those over to miniturize me and animate me ontop of the background
  • add effects
  • put into imovie


Now this works fine and dandy, but I've been disheartened by many times working for 4+ hours and then seein the final product and it *****.


So questions.  I used to use After Effects but a friend just recommended me Motion.


  1. Does Motion 5 allow me to delete all the  stuff around me posing against my wall?
  2. Does M5 really have all the problems the people on the boards are complaining about?
  3. Can I add some decent photo effects like I do with http://pixlr.com/o-matic/


Thanks guys

MacBook Pro 2.2 C2D, 4GB RAM, 250 GB HDD, Mac OS X (10.6.8), iBook G4 1.3 Ghz 120GB 7200 RPM HDD 1.5GB Ram, Gen1 iPad
  • GFXZen Level 4 (1,605 points)

    You can use Motion to separate your yourself from the background.  I don't know how you're doing it now, but you could do it a couple of ways.

    -Shoot green/blue screen and use the keyer to separate yourself (easiest).

    -Use the masking tools to cut yourself out.


    As for doing effects, I don't know the site you are talking about, but Motion comes with like, more than a hundred filters.  You can use these mixed with masks for anything (effects, color correction).  Not to sound cliché, but the only limits are based on your skill level and imagination.

  • bobsbarricades Level 1 (0 points)

    none taken.  pixlr has cool presets so my previous method let me just go to those presets.


    wish there was a way to time trial it =/

  • Karsten Schlüter Level 7 (32,190 points)

    your workflow is - sorry to say that - a bit ... inconvenient


    the usual workflow is: record using some plain green or blue background, create matte/key new background in, color-process video.


    'matting by hand' skips 50 years of video-processing ...


    you can accomplish that with iMovie, Motion or FCPX. iM and FCPX come with a bundle of 'presets' which allow similar coloring/contrasting/de-saturation as pixlr. FCPX for sure allows much more, in detail manual manipulations of color, although the 'video' tab in iMovie11 offers enough 'knobs' to create the few looks pixlr offers. Motion wouldn't be my first choice, as the app's name implies, it is basicly not meant for such simple color-corrections.

  • bobsbarricades Level 1 (0 points)

    I only have iMovie06 HD, which doesn't let me layer two images on top of each other. SO my only way is to compose them in some type of editor.


    You're spot on about wasting time... it's maddening.  I think I'm gonna grab Motion5 when my new HDD comes and I reinstall everything

  • Karsten Schlüter Level 7 (32,190 points)

    bobsbarricades wrote:


    I only have iMovie06 HD, .. .

    when your Mac is that old, it came with 'antique' iMHD6 only, double-check, if it full-fills the min. specs of M5, esp. the graphic-card!


    e.g. I invested into 8GB Ram, to make the new stuff (FCPX, M5, Lion) 'useful' on my old hardware (MacMini) ...-

  • bobsbarricades Level 1 (0 points)

    dang...8600m doesn't have open-CL support....


    imma cry =,(