|Review: Motion PowerStart
- Motion PowerStart
From: Evolver Digital and DVcreators.net
DVD: Runtime 1 Hour 51 minutes.
Regular Price $79.95
Review By Ken
For those of us new to 'motion graphics',
Apple's Motion application is extremely exciting. Easy to use
and intuitive in nature, it seems, at first blush, to be a bit
simplistic. Once you start to work with Motion you quickly discover
that Motion is a bit like the 'rabbit hole' in 'Alice in Wonderland'.
The abilities that lie just below the surface are powerful and
multilayered. Looking down the rabbit hole, it is not easy to
see all that is possible. Once inside the rabbit hole, it quickly
become obvious that a guide is necessary. As Motion is such a
new application, there is a dearth of tutorial material and up
until now we have been on our own.
Four years ago, when I first started
with Final Cut Pro, the first FCP tutorial on the market was
the FCP Powerstart CD from DVCeators.net, it was beautifully
done. The productions values were very high and the instruction
was clear and friendly (read comfortable). Over the years DVcreators.net
has produced a number of tutorials and each of these tutorials
has maintained the high standards set four years ago.
Once again DVcreators.net is first
to market with "Michael Wohl's Motion Powerstart" tutorial.
Unlike FCP where there is a logical work flow from capture through
to output, Motion has no such rigid workflow, yet there is a
method to Motion's madness and Michael Wohl, who worked with
the Motion development team, is our instructor and sorts all
of this out for us by working through a complete project, layer
by layer and effect by effect, teaching the tools and techniques
to create some motion magic.
Michael starts us off with a thorough
tour of the Motion interface by actually demonstrating all of
the basic features that are at our disposal by utilizing the
same media that we will use later on in the lessons. Instructions
are then provided for navigating the tutorial and utilizing the
supplied media that you will use as you follow along with the
lessons and build your project.
Michael teaches us Motion by having
us build a TV spot for a new, fictitious television show. Each
lesson demonstrates and utilizes the many different tools and
techniques required to build a Motion project. Each lesson builds
on the previous lesson as the TV spot is brought to completion.
Following along, step by step, first watching Michael then doing
the steps yourself, is an excellent way to learn Motion. The
TV spot is designed to touch on most of the many powerful features
of Motion; Particles, Behaviors, Text formatting, Shapes, Masks,
Trimming, Audio, Motion Paths and Keyframing. By the time that
you have finished the TV spot you will be thoroughly acquainted
with Motion. The tutorial finishes up with Motion integration
with FCP and DVD Studio Pro.
Motion is program with drag and drop
abilities and an intuitive nature, so it is easy to get started
and create some basic motion graphics. However, this application
has many capabilities that you are not going to figure out on
your own. If you are a 'motion graphics' expert, maybe having
spent years using After Effects, you will be able to pick up
much of Motion has to offer. For the rest of us, we are going
to need help learning how to use Motion to its full abilities.
The Motion Powerstart DVD tutorial does the job and does it very
well indeed. Michael Wohl is an excellent instructor and there
is great joy and humor throughout the tutorial which makes the
learning process an exciting experience for the student. With
a run time of almost two hours there is an enormous amount of
information packed into this tutorial. You can view five different
excerpts from the Motion
Powerstart DVD tutorial to get a sense of how well this tutorial
does its job. If you are looking to go down the 'rabbit hole',
I can think of no better guide than Michael Wohl and DVcreators.net.
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