Apple Motion 5 – 101: Lesson 9 – Understanding Parental Hierarchy

By Kevin P. McAuliffe (doddleNEWS)

In our last Apple Motion 5 lesson, we started to talk about putting clips into Groups, and how you can have one clip per group, or have multiple clips in multiple groups. So the big question is, which one should you do? Well the simple answer to that is, it depends.

It’s important to understand the parent/child hierarchy, before we move on, as that is how Motion 5 works.  Depending on what you want your clips to, will determine how you place them in your Layers menu. A Group in Apple Motion 5 is just that. It is a container that holds a group of clips.

That group can be one or many clips, and the group is the Parent. All the clips that you place in it, become the children. What you do to the Parent, trickles down to the children.

Think of the Group like a box, and the clips like objects you would put in the box. If you rotate the box, all the clips inside will move relative to the box. The same thing happens in Motion 5: If you put two clips in a group, and positioned them in your Canvas, and then rotated the group, those two clips would rotate relative to the center point of the group.

This concept is the core of Motion 5, and is important to understand before you start working!

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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