Using Scalable Vectors in Motion 5
In this Insights article we are gonna talk about a way to easily use your Vector based graphics in Motion 5 and being able to scale them, using these vectors as PDF files.
From basic to complex animations, a lead-in or lower-third, most editors use Motion5 for something, and of course create most graphics in 3rd party applications Like Illustrator.
Imagine exporting all your vector work as transparent PNG’s, and as big as possible keeping in mind you might want to resize them during the animation process.
For sure you will end up with blurry graphics and worse, a lot of headache and wasted time.
Saving you Vector Work
Besides the tutorial video here at the end of the article we are also showing you how to do this just by reading and following in Motion.
We start of by using our BroadcastBrazil Logo in Illustrator, already at the size we need.
In Illustrator then select File → Save As
In the pop-up window select at Format: Adobe PDF
Click on Save and select the Preset [High Quality Print], and deselect the ‘Preserve Illustrator Editing Capabilities’ at the Options
Note:You can also select other Presets but this gives us 100% the highest quality graphics
Diving into Motion5
Let’s open up Motion 5 and select a new Motion Project in the Project Browser. We’ll set the duration to 5 seconds which is more the enough for what we will do.
With our new project open, at the top right of the screen we set the Preview window to Fit, Resolution to Full and Quality to Best so we have a good quality view of our work.
Let’s draw a white rectangle as our background, which works good for our logo
After this go to the Media tab and select the + sign to add the PDF file
Now make sure the PDF file is selected in the Media tab, all ready?
Select the Inspector top on the top left part and in that tab select the Media Tab.
Here you will see a checkbox for ‘Fixed Resolution’, uncheck it!
This makes sure you can scale the PDF file as much as you need, just like your vector artwork.
Note: Do you see the black around the BroadcastBrazil logo? This means it is transparent!
Vector work with no background and exported as PDF maintain their transparency in Motion.
Drag the DPF file in the project timeline and you are all set to go.
If you scale it up at the Properties Inspector to for example 4000% you can see it still looks sharp. This gives complete freedom in how you want to use a vector graphic without worrying about the quality when scaling it up.
So hopefully this is little trick as you can call it might help you out in your Motion animations, an easier workflow without limitations.
Imagine having 100 PDF files of 60kb instead of 100 PNG files of 1mb each, you do the math and see how this speeds up all processes.
Converting Final Cut Pro 6 & 7 to Final Cut Pro X !
Hey there! So here we are with a new insights article.
Today we will show you a great piece of software for the Mac letting you convert your FCP7 projects to FCPX.
Since there were some serious problems in migrating projects to FCPX, Intelligent Assistance developed a program called ‘7 to X’.
We will show you how this programs works, the key features and a short tutorial video.
First of all, we install the program, which can be downloaded from the Mac App Store.
What does it require?
-Final Cut Pro version 10.0.6 or later
-An application that exports Final Cut Pro XML (such as Final Cut Pro 7 or 6, Premiere Pro CS6 etc.)
-OS X v10.9 Mavericks, v10.8 Mountain Lion, OS X v10.7 Lion or OS X v10.6 Snow Leopard
After installing the program you open your project into Final Cut Pro 7. Choose the File menu and from the Export submenu, select XML...
Choose Apple XML Interchange Format, version 5, then name and save the XML file.
Note: If you have Final Cut Pro X and Final Cut Pro 7 installed on different Macs or partitions, save the XML file to an external storage device.
So what if you still use FCP 6 or maybe Premiere Pro? These can also be converted to FCPX, but be sure to choose ‘Apple XML Interchange Format, version 4’ when doing this.
Run Final Cut Pro X and select in the Event Library where you want the new Event to be created.
To translate the project you have 3 options:
-run 7toX and use the open dialog to locate your exported XML file;
-drag-and-drop the XML file onto the 7toX application icon;
-right-click on the XML file in Finder and choose Open With > 7toX for Final Cut Pro from the contextual menu.
Note: be patient, depending on your project size this can take some minutes
After Translating FCPX will import the XML file
As you can see there is a new Event created with the name of your XML file.
In here you find all your media and the sequence(s) which you can open in the timeline to edit, of course there is some rendering needed.
There are many options to enhance the translation from FCP 7 to FCPX, like changing the compound clips and connection points to updating your Motion files, all these options you can find on the website of Intelligent Assistance.
What is our “Opinion”
Any drawbacks? Of course not everything get’s translated because of the different ways these programs are build. Some transitions will not make it, text titles may change a little, keyframed speed changes will end up in a constant speed change and so on.
The project we used translated great, also our markers stayed where they were. A Project in ProRes 1080i from 2:15 minutes took just 3 minutes to convert.
So worth the buy? For sure! The people at Intelligent Assistance should be proud of doing something Apple wouldn’t/couldn’t do.
If you still work with FCP7 and want to start with FCPX this is a great way, but also if you have older projects needing some extra work and you are ready for FCPX this is simply a piece of software you need to have, and for only $ 9,99 this is for sure a bargain!