Check out the whole article over at Pro Video Coalition.
As a nice suprise, Motion 5 and Compressor 4 are also available for 49.99 each (which for Motion is a steal!) All three are available to download on the app store.
We’ll be spending all day figuring the ins and the outs of FCPX and hopefully we’ll have more to report as everything moves forward.
Until then check out all the info over at Apple.com
If you’re looking to get a better grasp on Motion, GeniusDV posted another nice tutorial. These may seem like a easy skills, but what I like best is how they create simple tutorials that show the very base tools you can use for more elaborate animations. Motion has some strange in and outs, so its nice to see someone running the ship and showing the ropes. It’s a great starting point if you’re planning on jumping into animating with Motion.
Take a look at their site for more tutorials.
Here’s something we shot this morning while waiting for the courier to arrive for a package. We used the 1000fps Motion Optical Flow retiming technique from our recent tutorial (check it out here.)
It’s actually yerba mate, not tea technically?
Canon 60d with Tokina 11-16mm f2.8 1/1600 @59.94fps for outdoor slow-mo footage and Canon 35mm f2.0 1/50 @23.98fps for indoor footage.
Slow-mo retimed to 1000fps using Apple Motion. Graded with FCP. Titles created with CrumplePop LowerThirds.
Interested in learning how to created this effect? Check out our tutorial video explaining how to achieve the 1000fps slow-mo.
Music by Jed at CrumplePop.
GeniusDV posted another wonderful Motion tutorial. This time, they tackle how to create an exploding text effect. Check it out above.
Interesting in creating a “3D” effect using motion? Planet5D posted a great tutorial from Jeff Farmer on how to make your very own 3D video using Photoshop and Motion. The process doesn’t look too difficult for such a nice effect.
Check out how to do it over at Planet5D
Thinking about using a 3D text effect in you next video? Check out GeniusDV’s wonderful tutorial.
Here are some videos from people who used Optical Flow to create the 1000fps effect(like our tutorial.) Check them out:
Laww Media shot this using a glidecam, which is really cool. We weren’t sure it was possible to get the right effect without using a tripod. We expected to see some of the decay show up if the shot wasn’t still. Instead, one of the major things we learned after people sent us videos was that often hand held and steady cam can enhance the effect and show a different dynamic.
This video used the effect in a really cool way. I really dug how Benjamin Dowie broke up the slow-mo chunks and made them just quick little cuts, very cool.
A cool documentary by Stephen Diaz. It used a lot of slow down shots and which made extreme slow-mo really effective. Really cool.
It seems like extreme sport videos really use effect to it’s best capability, which is great because its a perfect fit. It can be used to show how they can defy gravity or how much skill is involved at such high speeds.
FCP Tips just posted a link to Detonation Films’ free stock footage of explosions. I know its doesn’t have the highest resolution but this is a great tool if you have any interest in adding some simple explosion effects without actually blowing up anything yourself.
We were inspired by Oton Bačar’s incredible bmx videos on Vimeo to experiment with retiming 60fps video shot on the Canon 60d. Specifically, we were interested in whether an obscure feature of Apple Motion called “Optical Flow” could achieve results that were comparable with Twixtor.
After a lot of experimentation, we came up with a workflow that yields pretty solid results. As is the case with Twixtor, Apple Motion handles some shots beautifully while other shots get turned to ripply mush. Which is better, Motion Optical Flow or Twixtor? It seems to be more or less a draw, with Apple Motion having the distinct advantage that it comes bundled with Apple Final Cut Studio and is therefore free if you already use FCS. Either way, you’ll need to pick and choose the best bits with the smoothest motion and the least mush.
For our test, we used a Canon 60d with a Tokina 11-16mm f2.8, 59.94fps 1280×720, shutter at 1/1600. It’s important to mount the camera on a tripod, turn off AWB, and pick a scene with a relatively simple background (like…snow).
The basic workflow is to 1) Shoot at 59.94fps 2) Bring the footage into Motion and retime to 15%, 3) Export from Motion and conform it to 23.98fps using Cinema Tools. Then bring into FCP and edit.
Here is a tutorial that shows the nuts and bolts:
Note that I say we shot on a 7d, but it was actually a 60d. Sorry. And here is the final result:
That’s Jed at CrumplePop on the bike, and also playing the music that’s in the video. Jed engineers most of our effects, so if you have ever had technical problems with one of our products, you should especially enjoy the sight of him hitting the ground.
The bike is a Surly 1×1 with Nokian tires.