By Kevin P. McAuliffe (doddleNEWS) Welcome to my new tutorial series taking a look at Apple Motion 5. Now, you might be asking yourself, “Why do I need Motion 5? I have my NLE (probably Final Cut Pro X), so I’m good to go, right?” Wrong. Whether you edit with FCP X or another NLE on the Mac, Motion 5 will become an integral part of your workflow.
Now, if you know nothing about Motion 5, you’ll probably ask “Why will it become so important in my workflow?” Well, Motion 5 is a Motion Graphics application. Meaning that any type of graphic you need to create, or effect you want to do, chances are, you’ll be doing them in Motion 5. Whether it’s motion tracking, chromakey, or basic lower thirds, Motion 5 will handle all those tasks with flying colors.
This brings us to the next question… Is Motion 5 better than Adobe’s After Effects, and the simple answer is that they are both motion graphics applications, and both can do things that the other cannot, so why would you want to invest your time and money learning Motion 5?
Well the first big feature is its price: You really can’t go wrong with a one time $50 charge, as opposed to a subscription fee of $20 per month for After Effects. Its second biggest feature, assuming you’ll be working in FCP X, is that Motion 5 is designed to let you create motion graphics (as well as effects) for direct implementation into you FCP X sequence. Lastly, there are an absolute ton of third-party effects out there that will let you create some pretty amazing things.
In the end, the price, plus the fact that you can create some really stunning animations, really make Motion 5 a must-buy for Mac editors, serious about their productions. Stay tuned for more Apple Motion 5 tutorials!
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 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.