Apple Motion 5 – 101: Lesson 7 – 3D Text Part 2 [Video Example]

By Kevin P. McAuliffe (doddleNEWS)

In part one of our look at 3D Text inside of Apple Motion 5, we really covered the basics. For part two, we’re going to go a little more in-depth into the Inspector, and take a look at the adjustable parameters you have at your disposal.

Once your text is created, and your ready to start making adjustments, head to INSPECTOR>TEXT>APPEARANCE, and start right at the top in the “3D Text” category, with adjustments for the Depth (called Extrusion everywhere else on the planet), Weight (again called Bevel in other 3D applications), as well as being able to choose the type of Bevel you want (Square, Bevel, Round, etc).

Extrusion Type (click for larger)

But for me, most importantly is how are materials implemented in Motion 5. Well, choosing between one material to wrap around your text, or having the ability to choose exactly what material is on what part of the text (front edge, side, etc), is as simple as a click of the mouse. Also you have a choice of quite a few different Material types (Concrete, Fabric, Material, Metal, etc) to add to your text, to give it the specific look you want.

Text Inspector (click for larger)

Here is a simple example:

But the big question on everyone’s mind is, what is the performance like? Well, I’ll be honest, I’ve got a 12-core Mac Pro with 32G of RAM, and the performance is very good. I can imagine that the performance might be a little clunkly on older systems, but even on my quad-core i7 iMac, the performance was better than I expected, so well done Apple.

In the end, this feature update for Motion 5.2 is not only super simple to use, but will add that little extra flare to your next project, with little to no learning curve for you!

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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