recently shipped the Final Cut Studio 2 suite of Professional
apps. Motion 3 is one of the applications that received a great
deal of attention in this upgrade. A number of new features have
been added; 3D, Retiming, Motion Tracking, Painting and Stabilization
to name a few. In addition, the Library has been greatly expanded
with several new sections, Shape and Text Styles and thousands
of new items added to the other categories, all excellent.
As I wanted to learn about these
new features, plus the fact that I have not worked much in Motion
of late, I needed a tutorial that would teach me both the new
aspects of Motion 3 and also act as a refresher course so I could
get back up to speed.
Ripple Training is now shipping
'Motion 3 Fast Forward' as both a DVD based tutorial as well
as an online version (1.37 Gigs) with a run time of 2 hours and
45 minutes. The online version includes all the same files that
are found on the DVD; 12 individual chapter lessons and one complete
movie of all 12 chapters called 'The Whole Enchilada'. The Project
files and attending tutorial media are included so that you can
work through the lessons in Motion while watching the movies,
and ... as a sign of things to come, Ripple Training has included
the entire 12 lesson set in the new 'Apple TV' format. I have
already transfered the lessons to ATV and watch them on my TV,
what a great way to take a class.
In the past, Ripple Training tutorials
have always been of the highest quality with excellent production
values, this tutorial is no exception. It ships on a DVD-ROM
with full size 1280 x 800 QuickTime movies running at 30 fps.
Using DVD-ROM provides additional functionality allowing you
to stop and replay sections as you need. In the lower right hand
corner of the window is a complete chapter selection menu that
allows you to revisit any chapter or sub chapter with a click
of the mouse.
Do you remember that old TV ad, 'Where's the Beef'? Well, I found
it. It's all on this DVD. This tutorial is jammed with information,
not a single scrap of fluff to be found anywhere. Motion 3 is
a multifaceted application with numerous different capabilities
and, as such, there is a great deal of ground to cover. So who
is this tutorial for? 'Motion 3 Fast Forward' effectively covers
the range from beginner through intermediate and advanced. The
first 2 chapters cover the basics of Motion, its interface, controls
and keyboard shortcuts and, while these chapters are aimed at
the beginner, I would suggest that even those familiar with Motion
view these chapters as there is information, like workflow and
keyboard shortcuts that you might not be aware of. These chapters
are a great review.
Our instructor for this tutorial,
Mark Spencer, displays a deep knowledge and affection for Motion.
His delivery is fast and succinct and the tutorial is laid out
where each chapter tackles one of Motion's features by working
through real world scenarios and tasks that we would encounter
on a day to day basis. Mark also has the ability to clearly state
the objectives of each lesson and provides excellent overviews
of each subject handled. Included in the 12 chapters are features
that were included in earlier versions of Motion; Compositing,
Particle Emitters, Replicators, Keying, working with Text, Masks,
After applying a garbage matte and the Primate RT keying filter,
we are taught how to apply and track a 'Holdout Matte' to the
Of particular interest to me are the new features; 3D, Retiming
(Optical Flow from Shake), Motion Tracking, Painting and Stabilization
(Optical Flow). While I had played with these new features, I
found that with a few, like 3D, 3D Photo and Camera Animation,
I was lost and in dire need of instruction. I was also not getting
the results I wanted from Retiming but after doing the Retiming
lesson I learned several different workflow's that now do it
for me. I would not have figured some of this out on my own.
One chapter, 3D Photo Animation, came as a complete surprise.
This chapter covers using a still image from Photoshop and creating
a type of pseudo 3D visual in Motion, exciting stuff. As I am
a newbie when it comes to 3D I plan to spend a good amount of
time with the 3D chapters, there is so much to learn.
Working with the Camera in 3D space.
As you view 'Motion 3 Fast Forward' it quickly becomes very obvious
that there is an almost overwhelming amount of information on
this DVD. The information comes at you at a rapid pace, moving
very quickly. I mentioned earlier that there is no fluff in this
tutorial and this is certainly true, it's all informational and
I think that most people will find that they will need to replay
some lessons over again several times to absorb what's there.
This is understandable given the complexity of Motion 3 and the
depth and sophistication of it's features. However, the pacing
of the tutorial could be slower, giving the viewer a chance to
digest what is being presented. One new feature of Motion 3,
'Painting' does not get the attention it deserves; I would have
liked Mark to spend more time on this feature. The only other
issue (a small annoyance) I have is that Mark is forever opening
and closing windows, the Inspector, Project and Timing panes,
etc. Maybe he works on a laptop, I'm on a desktop Mac and leave
all of these windows open.
Even though this tutorial is rapid
fire, the situation is workable given the ease with which you
can revisit or replay any lessons. The quality of the visuals
and information is outstanding, Mark does seem able to demystify
complex processes enabling the viewer to work through the process
and then utilize what has been learned with their own projects.
Another thing that I like about this tutorial is that Mark is
a bit like a 'drill instructor' using repetition to drum in fundamentals
and I promise that after you watch this tutorial you are going
to know most of the critical keyboard shortcuts and workflow's
For me, 'Motion 3 Fast Forward'
by Mark Spencer, is an indispensable learning tool, the quality
is what I have come to expect from Ripple Training and while
it can be an intense 2 hours and 45 minutes, the lessons are
so well done that this is probably one of the best tutorials
I have seen.
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