Fun things to do with Apple Motion
Fun things to do with Apple Motion
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LUTS are a tool that Filmmakers use to enhance a video to a particular grade. In movies, some scenes have to look a certain way to produce the desired effect - think horror movies by the lake.
LUTS are great when your camera didn't really focus on the right colors and you end up with a pale shot.
Wouldn't it be great if there was a tool that could spice up a video clip and you can save it as a LUTS and use Apple Motion to create an effect?
You can. Camera Bag Pro makes it happen.
You Can Create LUTs from Affinity Photo but Camera Bag Pro is the only App that I know of that accepts videos to touch up and export the LUTS.
CameraBag Pro lets you instantly apply one of hundreds of beautiful presets to your photos, and then dive deeper with ultra-intuitive professional adjustments.
You use the application to create a custom LUT from your final design.
Sample of some of the Presets in Camera Bag Pro.
Once you touch up a scene in Camera Bag Pro you can save the touch up as a LUTs. Now you can apply this same touch-up to other videos clips.
Once you satisfied with the touch-up, go to the File menu and select "Export Filter LUT..."
Here are the steps to make your LUT as a Color Preset in Final Cut Pro - using Apple Motion:
Where to Find the Custom LUT Filter
Creating LUTS is a great way to help clean up shots that are done multiple times at the same location.
Apple Motion comes with 45 unique font styles. These make it easy to create text styles without having to know complicated setups.
The text styles come in two categories - 2D Styles and 3D Styles.
The nice thing is that after you defined the style you can change everything - from font face to color - even use the material background to customize the style for your needs.
Antique, Block, Bold, Condensed, Deep Glow, Dream, Duotone, Fantasy, Fashion, Faux 3D, Gold, Grunge, Heavy, Ice, Minimal, Neon, Offset, Outline, Paper, Platinum, Pop, Reflection, Retro Neue, Ultra Light, Vintage
Basic 3D, Basic 3D Serif, Blue Plastic, Car Paint, Carved Wood, Chiseled, Chrome, Flat Graphic, Forged, Glossy Green, Golden, Metropolitan, Minimal 3D, Monolith, Old Steel, Old Wood, Outline 3D, Painted, Rough Stone, Transparent
After you add a text, click on the HUD and you'll see the text configuations.
HUD Dialog Box is where you set the text style.
This week I am sharing a couple of title texts that I use in a few of my Motion projects. These are simple text projects that feature some animation using Apple Motion.
These are Motion files. You need Apple Motion in order to view the design - you can easily move them to Final Cut Pro.
These three files may seem basic for the average Apple Motion user - but I think that they work because of their simplicity.
You can always add your own style of behavior. I use the basic face to keep things simple.
I am working/learning on how to have a gaussian blur background on these images - may be in a future update.
The collection titled Pantone 2022 Color is using two of the top colors of 2022. (I am not sure who gets to decide what colors are the official colors of 2022.)
Enjoy. Leave feedback if you want to see more of these "back to basic" series.
This week, I have a couple of text designs that I created in Apple Motion. While these are "pretty basic" they are templates that I use all the time and they work very well.
Extended Lower Third text that will keep the background if you have a lot of text.
This is similar to the "caption" box from last week, the big difference is that this is made for a lot of text. You don't have to worry about text wrap and background with this design.
When you have a long dialog, use this text Title.
Nice Center Text box. Perfect for Info text or something that is better written than said.
This is useful when you have a simple background and need to tell a story. This is designed to handle a lot of text.
Just remember to make sure to keep the text and story simple. You don't need all the details, just enough so people can understand what happens next.
This is also useful when you're transitioning a location.
Back in January I released a collection of Captions text. Someone mentioned that there is a white box around the text in the center.
I decided to fix up the text and update the caption so that you only need one title template. You select the color in the text field. One-color option for the face and another option for the background.
Feel free to download the template that I created.
There are a lot of 3D Objects, 80 to be exact, and each one of them can be rotated. The most popular element to be rotated is Earth.
Apple created this with the intent to have it rotated.
Here are the very basic steps to get the Earth rotated.
Now click on the space bar and watch the world spin - East to West. Change the axis to 'X' and watch the world spin from the two poles.
Bonus: You can add an additional spin action and set it to spin on the 'Y-axis. This way you have the world spinning both ways.
Learn more about other "Basic Motions" and add other actions to the globe. For example, try the Move or "Grow and Shrink" action.
Apple Motion includes some predefined color gradients to help make production a bit easier. You can use these gradients in shapes and text.
I wasn't able to find any document that would show what each of the gradients looked like. Users have to select each one to view the style. I decided to create a handy chart of all the gradients available.
Simply click on the image below to display the handy chart - now there's no second-guessing what gradient to use.
Here are all the names of the gradients:
Here's a sample of all the available text styles in Apple Motion:
Antique, Basic 3D, Basic 3D Serif, Block, Blue Plastic, Bold, Car Paint, Carved Wood, Chiseled, Chrome, Commemoratively, Condensed, Deep Glow, Bream, Duotone, Fantasy, Fashion, Faux 3D, Flat Graphic, Forged, Glossy Green, Gold, Golden, Grunge, Heavy, Ice, Metropolitan, Minimal, Minimal 3D, Monolith, Neon, Offset, Old Steel, Old Wood, Outline, Outline 3D, Painted, Paper, Platinum, Pop, Reflection, Retro Neue, Rough Stone, Transparent, Ultra Light, Vintage, Wow.
Note: This list is from Apple Motion 5.6
To apply the style simply drag and drop the style to the text. Use the Inspector on that text to make any changes.
Apple Motion comes with 32 generators that add various effects to your video project. Each of the generators can be customized to fit your needs.
To use them, simply drag the generator that you want to use to the layer pallet and use the Inspector to customize the effect.
The cloud generator is a good way to add a cloud background to your project. Try this simple exercise:
Create a new Final Cut Title and add a blue sky background:
Each week, I try to learn more about Apple Motion capabilities. This week, I am sharing some of the Behavior Parameters. There are 232 behaviors broken down into 12 categories.
The 12 major behavior categories:
In the Basic Motion Behaviors these are the 9 included behaviors:
In the Parameters Behaviors these are the 20 included behaviors:
When I was checking the available behaviors in the Parameter category, I copy and paste the contents in BBEdit. When I did that, a mystery parameter showed up. That's the Channel Parameter.
The Channel parameter doesn't exist in the Parameter or in the Behaviors - at least nothing showed when I did a global search.