Apple Motion 5 – 101: Lesson 2 – Project Selection

By Kevin P McAuliffe (doddleNEWS)

In our last article on how to learn Apple Motion 5, we launched Motion 5, and are now sitting in the Project Browser, and we are ready to create a new project. Most people immediately think “Oh, I’ll just create a project, and worry about its settings later.” This is a big mistake, as it can lead to a bunch of problems down the road. Let’s start out by creating our project right.


We’re not going to just create a new project first, we’re going to get Motion 5 to create us a project, based on the primary clip we will be utilizing. You’ll notice at the bottom of the Project Browser, that there is a button that says Create Project From File.

By creating a project based on the clips’ parameters, we know that at the end of our motion graphics session, when we’re ready to click render, the end result will look exactly as we expect it to.

Now, once you have selected the clip you want Motion to reference, for creating a new project, Motion 5 will open, and that clip will be put into a new timeline for you. If you need to get in and alter the parameters of the project in any way, you can simply navigate to EDIT > PROJECT PROPERTIES, and make any alterations you might need.

Project Properties

But, let me be clear, if you’re using the method shown for creating your Motion Project, be very careful about changing any settings after the fact, as it can cause you problems down the road, when delivering your final product.

Check out our growing list of Apple Motion 5 – 101 tutorials here. You can grab Motion 5 and Compressor 4, only $49 each. Also, check out Final Cut Pro X here, 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.

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