Apple Motion 5 – 101: Lesson 11 – Basic Animation Part 2

By Kevin P. McAuliffe (doddleNEWS)

In our previous lesson, we took a look at Basic Animation inside of Apple Motion 5, we talked about the two basic ways you can animate. The Initial Keyframe method, and the Record Keyframe method. In this lesson, let’s talk a little more specifically about the Initial Keyframe method.

This method is fairly straightforward: Let’s say, for example, we want to do a basic position adjustment over the span of the clip in our timeline. The normal process for this is to position the layer in its starting position, as you can see below.

You’ll notice that even though our image is outside of the canvas, we can still see it’s position, by the bounding box surrounding the image.

Bounding Box

We can also make parameter adjustments, like scale, position and rotation, by dragging and adjusting the bounding box if necessary.

Now that we have the position to our liking, we’re going to simply add a keyframe for position by clicking the “diamond” to the right of the parameter, in the inspector.

Keyframe Addition

Now, simply move to the time that you want the position change to end, and either enter the value manually in the inspector, or simply drag your image to the end position, and you’ll now notice a red “dotted” line, showing you the path your image is moving along, to perform its position change.

Red Dotted Line

You’ve now just performed a basic animation movement.

In the next lesson, we’ll get more specific with the Record Keyframe button, and its method of animating.

 Be sure to check out our growing list of Apple Motion 5 – 101 tutorials here. You can pick up Motion 5 [iTunes link] and Compressor 4 [iTunes link], only $49 each. Also, check out Final Cut Pro X here [iTunes link], it’s only $299 and there’s a free 30-day trial.

Kevin P. McAuliffe is one of the Senior Editors at Extreme Reach in Toronto, Canada. His current clients include Paramount Pictures, Warner Bros. Pictures, Walt Disney Pictures, and E1 Entertainment, to name a few. You can follow him on Twitter @kpmcauliffe.

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