Now that Motion 1.0 has shipped, many
of us have just begun to thumb through the tutorials and the
Grand Tour book provided. The Grand Tour book lacks an
appendix and an overview of the preference settings.
Though these settings are obvious to
most, I must admit one of them in particular has thrown many
of us off. This is how to output projects, both those provided
in the tutorial and those we create on our own through our common
DV-based VTRs and in turn, our NTSC monitors.
While I had a couple theories on this,
as did others, the solution is very simple.
What you need to know about project
The two tutorial projects that ship with
Motion 1.0 are set as NTSC Broadcast SD with the Field Dominance
set to Upper First (odd).
My VTR records and plays at 720 x 480,
so I need to change my Motion project settings to match this
if I want to output through that device and on to my NTSC monitor.
You should change your project settings to match your own device
In Final Cut Pro, I use the standard
Lower Field Dominance (Even), so I'll change my project to match
that setting as well. Again, change your settings to match the
settings you use in Final Cut Pro if you wish to use the two
Now understand that this is an example
whereby we are modifying Apple's tutorial project so that it
will play over hardware like my own. This is important because
not only are Apple's tutorial projects set this way, so are the
included Motion templates. You may wish to modify these templates
as well in order to preview them with hardware like my own, or
interact with Final Cut Pro when using the NTSC DV sequence settings.
When you setup new projects, and use
the standard setting: NTSC DV that Apple provides, you will be
given 720 x 480 with a .9 pixel aspect ratio, and a field dominance
of Lower First (Even). This is perfect for interacting between
Motion and Final Cut Pro.
Once this is done, it's time to change
Setting your preferences
Open preferences and select the Output
Under the section labeled Video,
select the Video Output pull down selection menu. If your VTR
or camera is on, you should see an option for your device.
Select FireWire - Apple FireWire NTSC.
Update During playback
If you would like every frame of your
project to update over to your NTSC monitor, select Update during
playback. Otherwise, when you press stop during playback, only
the frame that you have stopped on will display over FireWire
and on your NTSC monitor.
Update dynamically on parameter change
This setting is handy to send live output
to the NTSC monitor as you make adjustments to objects rather
than waiting for you to finish making changes, then simply sending
the final change.
If you have difficulty setting your output
through your VTR to your NTSC monitor, make sure you set your
project settings to match the hardware settings of the VTR. Once
your project settings match the output hardware you have, you
ought to be able to set your preferences accordingly.
Now start having fun!
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