Replicators are Motion’s secret weapon. In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to use Replicators for creating animated graphic elements for use in backgrounds, titles and transitions. Using our provided media and our step-by-step approach, you’ll be thrilled at how fast you can create complex animations in so little time.
That Was Easy!
Replicators allow you to alter the look of your animations by changing only a few parameters. In one such example, you will customize the look of an animated LED array by creating a custom shape, then replacing the source object.
You’re in the Driver’s Seat
What would typically require hours of tedious work in other motion graphics applications, you can accomplish with one or two Replicators. You’ll learn how to build animations from an image sequence, then change how the objects move.
I Can Create FCP Transitions?
Motion and Final Cut Pro X are perfect companions. In one lesson, you’ll create a custom transition built entirely from a replicator present in Motion then publish it for use in Final Cut Pro X.
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The Motion Essentials Bundle is highly recommended for anyone that wants an immersive curriculum that teaches fundamental workflows that unlock the full creative potential of Apple’s Motion 5 software. You’ll be guided by Mark Spencer, the world’s foremost authority on Motion, as he walks you step-by-step through his carefully prepared lessons. Here is a quick rundown of what’s in this awesome training bundle:
Making the Stars Twinkle with a Sequence Replicator
12. Moving Through a 3D Forest
Building a 3D Forest
Making a Project 3D
Converting a Replicator to 3D
Changing the Source Object Anchor Point
Orbiting the Camera
Making a Group 2D
Adding a Light to the Scene
Colorizing the Trees
Adding a Camera Move
Rendering to View Playback
13. Creating an Animated Flow Diagram
Creating a Path
Creating a Road
Changing the Project Background
Creating Stripes with a Replicator
The Power of using a Shape as a Replicator Source
Using an Image Sequence as a Replicator Source
Offsetting with the Anchor Point
Animating Cells along the Path
Creating Opposing Motion
14. Building 3D Replicators
Making the Project 3D
Using the Face Camera Checkbox
Animating the 3D Sheet with a Sequence Replicator
Orbiting the Camera
Using Text to Create 3D Replicated Objects
Formatting 3D Text Objects
3D Text & Face Camera
Animating the Golden Wall
Rendering the Animation
Adding a Camera Move with Keyframes
15. A Wave Goodbye
Drawing a Closed Shape Source Object
Replicating a Close Shape along a Wave
The Power of Many Copies, Additive Blend, and Low Opacity
Animating the Wave: Phase and Angle End
Who this Tutorial is for:
Creating Replicator Effects in Motion 5.4 was designed for users who are already fluent in 5. As an intermediate level tutorial, it assumes you are comfortable with Motion’s user interface and the basic process of compositing and animating in Motion. Users who are new to Motion 5 should purchase Getting Started in Motion 5 before working through this tutorial.
Software Version: Motion 5.3 or later
Run Time: 1 hour 45 minutes
Project Media: The tutorial also includes project and media files for following along in Motion.
Mark Spencer is a bay-area based producer, editor, teacher and writer. Mark is also an Apple-certified instructor for Final Cut Pro and Motion 5 and the author or coauthor of 5 books on Motion, including the Apple Pro Training Series Motion 5, all from Peachpit Press.Full Bio