Apple Motion 5 – 101: Lesson 8 – Your First Project & Project Properties

By Kevin P. McAuliffe (doddleNEWS)

Now that we’ve taken a tour of the interface in Apple Motion 5, it’s time to start working with clips. What’s important to keep in mind with Motion is that it works much like After Effects. You can work on an individual clip, or a series of clips in one timeline. But, the main difference between Motion 5 and After Effects is that you can only work on one timeline at a time, whereas in After Effects, you can have many different timelines (compositions) in your project together.


Most people think that you need to get your project set just right for the clips that you’ll be working with, but believe it or not, it’s much easier than that. In the Project Browser, there is a button that says simply “Create Project from File.” Simply click on that, and select one of the clips that you’ll be working with, and one that you want to conform your project to, and your project will be set to go. Don’t worry about changing the duration.

Once you have the clip in your new timeline, press CMD+J on the keyboard, and you can now adjust some basic parameters of your timeline such as Field Order, Duration, and Start Timecode.

Project Properties (click for larger)

You will also notice that the clip has been added to a new group. When adding new clips, you can now decide whether you want them to be all together in one group, or break things up and have multiple clips in multiple groups.

Please 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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