There are few times
when I come across products having value added "hidden in
the details". Ripple Training's "Designer Motion Templates"
falls squarely in this group of outstanding products. Not only
is Ripple supplying a great product in and of itself, it's supplying
training which is as good as it gets.
I took a close look at the product
and came away not only impressed with it's professional looking
templates, I came away extremely impressed by the excellent training
that came with them. I've seen first class products like this
one before, however few if any include such wonderful instruction,
as well as tips and tricks you can use in your own work with
Motion sprinkled throughout the over 2 hours of included instructional
videos. Yes, when's the last time you saw product that is an
excellent addition to your toolset with that much instruction
thrown in? It's amazingly progressive, and whether you're a Motion
user or new to Motion, these videos will give you great tips
and tricks to use in Motion. It will get you started using this
extremely wonderful and state of the art program included with
Apple's Final Cut Studio, or it will add to your own arsenal
of technique you need to become a happier user.
Let's take a close look at what
the package contains:
7 Professionally Designed Themes
Each theme comes in 4 different
color schemes, as well as 13 different formats. Doing the math,
this means a total of 364 templates! These themes can be customized
in Motion as well as directly in Final Cut Pro. Each of the 7
themes is supplied in SD, HD, NTSC and PAL in various standard
frame rates; you won't have to waste valuable time reformatting
the templates to match your footage. It's all there for you to
plug right into.
Over 2 HOURS of Instructional Video
Mark Spencer, part of the actual
design team, and world class Motion guru, explains in a step-by-step,
easy to follow and understand set of videos. There are no less
than 10 of them ranging in duration from 41/2 minutes to nearly
25 minutes each!
I must say these templates are
fresh, exciting, and will give your work professional polish.
They are very different than the templates supplied with Motion
so they add yet another 7 pro quality looks you can use when
budgets don't allow for total ground up design. Seems that's
becoming much the norm these days too. Using them, it will appear
that you've spent hours of work when it's as easy to use these
templates as eating your favorite piece of pie. Everyone wins
here. Not all of us are designers with the time, patience, or
expertise to design our own motion graphics as professional as
these are, but these templates will give you a set of looks that
you can use many times down the line. Ranging from a gritty look
to a happy shopping experience, these templates offer a broad
range of application.
The hidden value I spoke of earlier
is evidenced by the superior video instruction that comes with
this package. It's wonderful. The 10 easy to watch, and even
entertaining tutorial videos that Mark has made for this set
of excellent templates stands apart from the mainstream. There
is an individual video instructing you on how to customize each
and every one of the themes. There's even a video on using templates
in general, as well as how you add effects and music to them!
I'm a Motion user myself, and learned
many tips and tricks to use in my use of Motion, as well as easily
understood and very usable techniques. Even if you've never opened
Motion, or have and just gave up quickly on the application,
these tutorials will not only get you customizing the templates
to work with your project directly, they will inspire you to
go further into Motion I believe. Motion is a fabulous motion
graphics application for use in any project. The fact is, that
many of you out there own this application, and simply don't
use it. So whether or not you're a pro or an enthusiast, you'll
love this package of templates and training. Make no mistake;
you'll not find higher quality product anywhere.
Ripple Training has been recognized
over and over as a world-class company. Steve Martin and company
are always a cut above, and this product's mix of templates and
instruction is not only impressive, it stands along side the
very best available at a very reasonable price.
I couldn't recommend this product
any higher. It's first class, it's professional, and it's priced
right. The creation of just ONE of these templates would take
you many hours of work, and certainly including 7 of them with
inspiring and fun to watch video tutorials make Ripple Training's
offering here a must have. To learn more and see the templates
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