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Question: creating transitions

I'm wanting to produce some promotional videos for the Rugby club I volunteer with. I've got the base video of the stand and I want the other video to look like a screen I come from the roof to show the video. I know how to add a drop zone for the highlights but want to add a transition to it. I'm not sure if there is one already built into Motion, how do I go about creating one?

Motion 5, OS X Yosemite (10.10.5)

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Dec 16, 2017 9:13 AM in response to Hawkeye_84 In response to Hawkeye_84

Without a screens shot of your video settings from Compressor, can you verify that the checkbox for "Automatic" next to "Keyframe Interval" is NOT checked? Verify also that "Data rate" is set to Custom and that "Allow frame reordering" is checked.

Dec 16, 2017 9:13 AM

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Dec 16, 2017 11:53 PM in response to Hawkeye_84 In response to Hawkeye_84

// @Ben: perfect answer … but for a diff. question, I guess 😉 //


don't understand exactly what you have a mind … a 'transition' in terms of, the video/dropzone 'drops' into the scenery? then, simply keyframe or add a Move behavior to the dropzone, as to any other clip.

Or, to fade-in the Dropzone? Same story: apply fade-in/-out behaviors

Or, do you want, in FCPX, to apply several clips into that DZ and want transitions btw those? Then, stitch clips together in FCPX, apply transitions, compound the whole stuff and drag THAT into the DZ....

Dec 16, 2017 11:53 PM

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Dec 17, 2017 5:59 AM in response to Karsten Schlüter In response to Karsten Schlüter

This is what I've got so far https://drive.google.com/open?id=1vxWeqLCy60EdHQSgmMwbRGLKTbDfgCiV

I'm wanting the highlights video in the middle to look as though it has come from the roof of the stand and afterwards to do the reverse

Dec 17, 2017 5:59 AM

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Dec 17, 2017 7:16 AM in response to Hawkeye_84 In response to Hawkeye_84

If I understand correctly, this is quite easy to achieve.

The video that plays in the center should be in a Drop Zone.

You need to keyframe the Y position of the dropzone, but you want the time it takes to come down and go up be fixed, independent of the video duration.

To do this, you need to set special markers on your Motion timeline: these are called Build In and Build Out.

This ensures that, for example, the screen takes two seconds to come down, stays down and then goes up in the last two seconds, whether the video in all is 10 seconds or 30 or whatnot.

To set a marker on the timeline, control-click at the top of the timeline and choose Add Marker.

Then control-click the marker and choose Edit Marker...

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Here is a timeline with a build in and a build out marker:

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Dec 17, 2017 7:16 AM

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Jan 1, 2018 9:43 AM in response to Luis Sequeira1 In response to Luis Sequeira1

Thanks for your help. I've not had much experience with keyframes so I've not been able to get them to work. I have however just used a fade in/out transition on the middle video. However when I have exported to final cut, I'm getting the following screen. Am I doing anything wrong?

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Bellow is what I've put together in Motion

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Jan 1, 2018 9:43 AM

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Jan 1, 2018 10:06 PM in response to Hawkeye_84 In response to Hawkeye_84

hmm, would you allow me to make a fundamental change to your 'construction'?

What I would do:

(I wouldn't waste 40% of valuable screen-estate for the 'packaging' … but any–how…)

Edit your report in FCPX, incl transitions, color-corrections. wotever …

Then compound the whole story and apply a home-brewn 'effect', you created in Motion:

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That 'Effect' contains

• the stadium (hint: use a freeze, not that shaky freehand one)

• two published drop zones, to add teams logos in FCPX

• and finally, the 'source' shrieked and animated …

• all the intro animation is set as 'mandatory' … (excellent hint from Luís!)


when you apply that 'effect', and after filing the logos, it automatically grabs your edited report, resizes and animates it.…

maybe no beginner task, just tell me, I can tinker a 'proof of concept prototype' for you, … if you want.

Jan 1, 2018 10:06 PM

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Jan 2, 2018 11:36 AM in response to Hawkeye_84 In response to Hawkeye_84

just hit sent … after dl, un-zip and dragging into ~/Movies/Motion Templates/Effects, your workflow should be:

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First edit your report, incl transitions…

Then, compound the whole timeline.

Drag the Rugby Effect onto it.

This adds: the background, adds two DZ for the teamlogos, shrinks the report, put it outside the frame, title animation, then the report drops from the top to the middle.


This is meant as a basis for your further refinements (e.g. publish the title, to create in FCPX customize titles etc)

Plus, you have to replace my google-find stadium by yours.

Adjust the timing… simply drag the Motion-path to the wanted time index. Stretch it or zoom it to adjust speed. You probably have to apply a mask to make it appear 'from under the roof'-.

When you open the motn project file in Motion, you see all elements, tried to give meaningful names…

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… a sketch, demoing some techniques I would use…

When all done and working, I would re-consider the whole layout: you 'waste' - by my standards! - 75% of screen estate… with that static bg-pic; the teams colors are twice the size of the report etc. etc.

just my 5€¢ .…

Jan 2, 2018 11:36 AM

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