In this episode of MacBreak Studio, I show Steve how to animate a photo to look as if it's been thrown onto a table. In the process, we have a bit of a "behavior party" as I use a bunch of different behaviorss (and not a single keyframe!) to produce the animation.
Returing to MacBreak Studio, I show Steve Martin from Ripple Training some different ways to approach creating the same type of animation in order to demonstrate the versatility of Motion's toolset.
Here's a MacBreak Studio double-header: 2 shows about working with keyframes in Motion
In the first episode, I discuss how to create animation with keyframes, and how to then adjust those keyframes:
And in this follow-up episode, I demonstrate some techniques for copying keyframed animations to other objects:
In the Motion 5.0.5 update that came out recently, kerning no longer works the same way. In previous versions, you would hold the Control key down and tap the left or right arrow keys while editing text to change the spacing between two letters. Since that keyboard combination is now used by the OS, there's a new way: hold down the Command and Option keys, and then tap the left or right bracket keys.
Thanks to Anders Larsen for this additional information:
A Danish keyboard doesn't have [bracket]-keys.
So for the hordes of Danish Motion users out there who use kerning all the time, here is a work-around:
- System Preferences -> Languages & Text -> Input Sources
- Make sure U.S. Extended is checked
- Click the Keyboard Shortcuts button and select Keyboard & Text Input
- Assign a shortcut to "Select next source in input menu" (at the bottom of the list)
You can now toggle between DK and US keyboard layouts and use the bracket key shortcuts for kerning. The Bracket keys are "å" and "^" (between "p" and the return key)
With all the hubbub amount the Final Cut Pro X update last week, most folks didn't notice that Motion was updated as well. While it didn't change very much, it did receive two new features worth mentioning: first, a new marker type called a Text Edit marker, which makes it much easier to edit titles that you publish to Final Cut Pro X. The second feature? Now you can open more than one Motion project at a time. This may not sound like a big deal, but for folks like me who do a lot of work in Motion, it's huge! Now we can easily reference multiple projects and move layers and groups between projects. What do you think?
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