Apple Motion 5 – 101: Lesson 3 – Interface Part 1, The Project Window

By Kevin P. McAuliffe (doddleNEWS)

Now that you’ve launched Apple Motion 5, you are now greeted by the Motion interface that is essentially divided up into 3 main windows.  The Project Window, the Canvas, and the Timeline. In this lesson, we’re going to discuss the Project Window.

The Project Window is divided into three different tabs:  The first tab is the File Browser; this window is what you’re going to use to import clips into your Motion 5 timeline. What’s important to keep in mind is that when you “import” a clip into your project, you’re not really importing anything. You are simply linking to it.

Also, keep in mind that you can only work on one Motion timeline at a time, which means one composite at a time. You can have many clips in your timeline that you’ve done different effects to, but only one timeline. Getting elements into your timeline is as simple as dragging and dropping.

Motion 5’s File Browser

The next tab is the Library tab; this tab contains all the Effects, Generators, Behaviors, and Styles you’ll be adding to your clips, to create the look(s) you, or your producer/director want.

The last tab is the Inspector; much like in Final Cut Pro X, the Inspector in Motion 5 is where you’re going to go to adjust the parameters of the different effects and styles you add to your footage.

Motion 5’s Inspector

A great quick tip is that if you want an abbreviated version of the Inspector available at the click of a button, you can call up the HUD (Heads Up Display) at any time, simply by hitting F7 on the Keyboard.

The HUD (head’s up display) in Motion 5

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.  You can follow him on Twitter @kpmcauliffe.

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