Apple Motion Tutorial | Tracking text in Video Games

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This video will show you how to motion track text into a video game using Apple Motion 5.

The final rendered out version shown in the video was done using the method shown then adding a simple filter effect within FCPX.

** In all of my tutorials I try and show you ways of doing various things using alternatives to what has already been demonstrated.. There are always many ways of creating effects in all of the applications used.**

Motion is a software application produced by Apple Inc. for their Mac OS X operating system. It is used to create and edit motion graphics, titling for video production and film production, and 2D and 3D compositing for visual effects.

The original product, codenamed “Molokini,” was demonstrated on April 19, 2004.

Features of Motion include the ability to create custom particle effects (as well as using pre-built ones) and to add filters, effects and animations in real time. Motion has the ability to address up to 32 GB of RAM and GPU acceleration at 8-bit, 16-bit and 32-bit float color depths. Motion 2 can also integrate with a MIDI keyboard, so that parameters can be controlled by keys or faders; this opens up the possibility real time parameter input into Motion. In addition Motion 3 now allows for complete 2D and 3D compositing in a multiplane environment.

At a pre-NAB event in April 2005, Apple released the second version of Motion along with new revisions of the other Pro applications, optimised for the Power Mac G5 and Mac OS X 10.4.

In January 2006 Apple stopped selling Motion as a stand-alone product. Introduced at NAB in Las Vegas on April 15, 2007, Motion 3 was included as part of the Final Cut Studio 2 suite.

The latest version, Motion 5, was introduced on June 21, 2011. It is available through the Mac App Store at a reduced price of $49.99. Motion 5 is now sold as a stand-alone product.

Developer(s) Apple Inc.
Stable release 5.0.4 / June 11, 2012; 9 months ago
Operating system Mac OS X 10.6.7 or later
Type Video editing/Visual Effects
License Proprietary
Website Apple: Motion


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  1. Hey man. Thanks for the videos, they are super helpful. Im having difficulties however when i import a piece of video footage… When i play it it is very staggered/jittery… Is there some setting I need to change? Thanks

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