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Apple Motion Fire Dragon Logo Animation

Apple Motion Fire Dragon Logo Animation

Fractals, generators, displacements, oh my! You can find everything you need to make engaging fire effects inside Apple Motion 5, and longtime VFX artist, editor, software developer, and business owner Simon Ubsdell shows you how to both build the fire and apply it to a logo. Project files are included, but you'll learn everything you need to apply it wherever and however you'd like, in your own unique style!


Simon Ubsdell
Apple Motion
Apple Motion Data Vortex

Apple Motion Data Vortex

Join longtime VFX artist, editor, software developer, and business owner Simon Ubsdell for a deep dive into Apple Motion's generators, behaviors, and 3D compositing as you take advantage of the remarkable resources built right into Motion: no plug-ins, no external files, but lots and lots of production and animation tips that you'll be able to use in every Motion project you undertake from here on!


Simon Ubsdell
Apple Final Cut Pro X
Apple Motion 5 Tutorial: Slider Title Template for FCPX

Apple Motion 5 Tutorial: Slider Title Template for FCPX

Create this clean and simple title template for FCP X and sharpen up your Motion skills! Join longtime VFX artist, editor, software developer, and business owner Simon Ubsdell for a look at combining masks and other advanced compositing and animation tricks in Motion that you can use for fast, elegant FCPX titles.


Simon Ubsdell
Apple Motion
Apple Motion 5: Slot Machine Text Generator,  Part 2

Apple Motion 5: Slot Machine Text Generator, Part 2

In Part 2 of a tutorial with its origins in a recent thread in Creative COW's Apple Motion forum, longtime VFX artist, editor, software developer, and business owner Simon Ubsdell plays with some variations on the theme of animating the dials of a slot machine. In particular, he says, "I want that really nice slow-down effect that you have with some slot machines, where you agonizingly discover that you’ve got the wrong value, and that you’ve lost still more money." Don't miss the bonus tips clip that follows, too!


Simon Ubsdell
Apple Motion
Apple Motion 5: Slot Machine Text Generator

Apple Motion 5: Slot Machine Text Generator

A recent thread in Creative COW's Apple Motion forum led longtime VFX artist, editor, software developer, and business owner Simon Ubsdell down his own path of discovery on how to tackle this, providing a reminder in this first of a series that there's more than one fruitful route to creativity using Motion's extensive toolset for generating media, animation, customization, rigging, and much more. As usual with Simon's tutorials, you'll find tips that you can apply to every project you undertake in Motion after this, too.


Simon Ubsdell
Adobe After Effects
Compositing Secrets Everyone Can Use, Pt 5: Brightness

Compositing Secrets Everyone Can Use, Pt 5: Brightness

The first challenge to understanding the nature of brightness in compositing starts with remembering that we're not actually seeing color at all, but rather something of an illusion that appears to us as color! Join longtime VFX artist, editor, software developer, and business owner Simon Ubsdell for Part 5 of the best look behind the technology of compositing that you've ever seen, as he takes a look at the math behind brightness, and how to apply that to the compositing toolsets in your favorite editing, compositing, and color grading applications.

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Simon Ubsdell
Apple Motion
Apple Motion 5: Building A Music Visualizer

Apple Motion 5: Building A Music Visualizer

Here's an especially fun one from longtime VFX artist, editor, software developer, and business owner Simon Ubsdell, showing how to build and animate a music visualizer in Apple Motion 5. As usual, you can count on Simon to go beyond the basics of simple construction to dive deep into the nuances of controlling this deceptively powerful application, highlighting such features as the Replicator, animation rigs, audio behaviors, glows, glints, lens flares, masking, filters and more. Turn it up!

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Simon Ubsdell
Apple Motion
Apple Motion 5: Water Drops And Advanced Displacement

Apple Motion 5: Water Drops And Advanced Displacement

Following up his popular Rain on Glass tutorial, here's a more in depth look at how to create water displacement effects in Apple Motion 5 from longtime VFX artist, editor, software developer, and business owner Simon Ubsdell. This installment includes some useful background theory on how to work with Fixed Resolution, and tips on how to use the Glass Distortion and Bump Map filters correctly without running into tricky problems.

Tutorial
Simon Ubsdell
Apple Motion
Apple Motion 5: Animating Raindrops On A Window

Apple Motion 5: Animating Raindrops On A Window

Ready to have your mind blown? Longtime VFX artist, editor, software developer, and business owner Simon Ubsdell is inspired by an Andrew Kramer AE tutorial to combine Apple Motion's particles, displacements, 3D compositing, and advanced blurs to create an incredibly realistic animation of raindrops on a window. You're not going to believe how fast and fun this effect is to create, and how realistic it looks.

Tutorial
Simon Ubsdell
Adobe After Effects
Compositing Secrets Everyone Can Use Pt. 4 - Advanced Alphas

Compositing Secrets Everyone Can Use Pt. 4 - Advanced Alphas

When most people hear the words "alpha channels", they think "transparency", but that's not exactly accurate. The truth is more complex, and a quite bit more interesting! Join longtime VFX artist, editor, software developer, and business owner Simon Ubsdell for Part 4 of the best look behind the technology of compositing that you've ever seen, packed with practical advice for applying the secrets of alpha channels that's simply not possible before understanding these underlying principles. No matter which applications you're using for editing, compositing, or visual effects, this one is a must-see!

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Simon Ubsdell
Adobe After Effects
Compositing Secrets Everyone Can Use: Pt. 1 - Blend Modes

Compositing Secrets Everyone Can Use: Pt. 1 - Blend Modes

Join longtime VFX artist, editor, software developer, and business owner Simon Ubsdell for the best look behind the technology of blend modes that you've ever seen. This isn't just for graphics and VFX, but for video editors too -- anyone who puts anything together, and wants to learn more about HOW images combine at the most basic level, in a way that applies to every application you might use, whether Adobe Premiere Pro, Apple FCPX, Avid Media Composer, DaVinci Resolve, VEGAS Pro, and yes, graphics and VFX programs like After Effects, Motion, Fusion, Nuke, Scratch, and many more.

Tutorial
Simon Ubsdell
Apple Motion
Apple Motion 5: Crystal Spheres

Apple Motion 5: Crystal Spheres

Apple Motion 5 has many powerful compositing and graphics features, but its 3D feature set is, alas, limited. (For those keeping score, it's only 2.5D). Simon Ubsdell applies his his VFX and motion graphics expertise to cleverly working around those limitations by exploiting the best of Motion's behaviors, filters, lights, cameras, blend modes, refractions, and more -- along with everything you'll need to customize the effect to your liking, and to deepen your own Motion skills.

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Simon Ubsdell
Apple Motion
Apple Motion 5 Volumetric Fog Tutorial

Apple Motion 5 Volumetric Fog Tutorial

Building on his popular "Volumetric Lighting" tutorial, Simon Ubsdell raises the game once more with this Apple Motion 5 tutorial that adds lights, fog, and text into a true 3D environment. As usual, it's packed with extra tips and tricks to help turn every Motion artist into an expert.

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Simon Ubsdell
Apple Motion
Apple Motion 5: Science Fiction-Style Glitchy Interference

Apple Motion 5: Science Fiction-Style Glitchy Interference

You've seen the effect: video noise and glitchy interference, now a staple of contemporary sci-fi visuals. Simon Ubsdell shows you how to build it yourself inside Apple Motion 5, with no plug-ins or third-party software!

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Simon Ubsdell
Apple Motion
Apple Motion 5 Light Streaks Tutorial

Apple Motion 5 Light Streaks Tutorial

Apple Motion is capable of sophisticated motion graphics. The trick is unlocking its power. Join editor and motion graphics expert Simon Ubsdell to explore the possibilities opened up by a creative variation on the very powerful particle systems built into Motion 5, apply modes, parenting, behaviors, 3D space, and more.

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Simon Ubsdell
Apple Motion
Apple Motion 5: Volumetric Lighting

Apple Motion 5: Volumetric Lighting

Volumetric lighting creates a dramatic look of real light in a 3D space, and works especially well for title animation, even with 2D text. It's a nifty magic trick, created with a finesse that some people don't associate with Apple Motion. You of course know better, and Simon Ubsdell is here to help you create the magic.

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Simon Ubsdell
Apple Motion
Apple Motion 5: Shockwave

Apple Motion 5: Shockwave

An explosive shockwave. Think you've seen it all before? Not until Simon Ubsdell has shown you how to take advantage of unique tools in Apple Motion 5 to make your own. Simon's experience has been built over 25 years in motion graphics, sound design and mixing, music composition, visual effects and compositing, as well as writing, directing and producing. Follow him as he takes you deep inside keyframes, caustics, camera behaviors, and customizations, as well as sharing real-world tips for finding your way around Motion.

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Simon Ubsdell
Apple Motion
Apple Motion 5 Title Tutorial: Weld

Apple Motion 5 Title Tutorial: Weld

In the first of what will be an ongoing series, "Title Animation: WELD" uses the particle system in Apple Motion, as well as support for EPS outlines, to create the photo-real impression of a title burned onto the screen with a blowtorch, complete with sparks and smoke. Part 1 covers the set-up ,including a stop in Adobe Illustrator, and Part 2 features the compositing, lighting, and filtering finesse to really make it pop.

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Simon Ubsdell
Apple Motion
Learn Apple's Motion: Lesson 25 VFX - The Michael Bay Look

Learn Apple's Motion: Lesson 25 VFX - The Michael Bay Look
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In this lesson, Kevin P McAuliffe makes sure that all the Motion 4 & 5 users aren't left out when taking a look at mimicking the Michael Bay Film Look! Using only the tools inside of Motion 4 & 5, Kevin shows how combining your footage with some solids and transfer modes, will create a stylized and memorable effect that can be used over and over again!

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Kevin P McAuliffe
Apple Motion
Learn Apple's Motion: Lesson 24 Preferences Part TWO

Learn Apple's Motion: Lesson 24 Preferences Part TWO
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In part two of his look at Preferences, Kevin P McAuliffe breaks down some of the most important preferences like Autosave Vaults and even sub-frame keyframing to make sure that you have a good foundation to work at your most optimal pace.

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Kevin P McAuliffe
Apple Motion
Learn Apple's Motion: Lesson 23 Keyboard Shortcuts

Learn Apple's Motion: Lesson 23 Keyboard Shortcuts
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In this lesson, Kevin P McAuliffe talks about your Keyboard Settings and takes a first part look at Preferences. It's important to understand both, and why it might not always be a good idea to go in and make extensive changes to either, especially if you're a freelancer.

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Kevin P McAuliffe
Apple Motion
Learn Apple's Motion: Lesson 22 Image Masking Part 2

Learn Apple's Motion: Lesson 22 Image Masking Part 2
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In this lesson, Kevin P McAuliffe builds on what was covered in the previous lesson by talking about not only adding effects to your matte keys, but also how to think outside the box and "attach" footage to your mattes, and manipulate them, however your client needs you to.

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Kevin P McAuliffe
Apple Motion
Learn Apple's Motion: Lesson 21 Image Masking Part 1

Learn Apple's Motion: Lesson 21 Image Masking Part 1
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In this lesson, Kevin P McAuliffe discusses the basics of Image Masking inside of Motion 5. Image Masking is how you will utilize Matte Keys inside of Motion 5, and this lesson will not only show you how to quickly and easily matte key video footage, but will also show you how to start building complex composites lightning quick!

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Kevin P McAuliffe
Apple Motion
Motion INs and OUTs - Advanced Keyframing Techniques

Motion INs and OUTs - Advanced Keyframing Techniques
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In this tutorial, Andy shows some clever ways to duplicate and adjust the timing of keyframed animations as well as highlight common pitfalls. He also show a number of techniques to make keyframing in Motion a little easier. A sample project is provided for download to follow along with the tutorial.

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Andy Neil
Apple Motion
Learn Apple's Motion: Lesson 20 Motion Loves FCPX: Titles

Learn Apple's Motion: Lesson 20 Motion Loves FCPX: Titles
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In this lesson, Kevin P McAuliffe shows you how easy it is to start integrating Motion 5 with FCPX, and he starts by showing you how to create a simple lower third. The lower third is simple to create, but the technique behind the editing of the text, and color changing of the lower third, shows you the true power of Motion 5, and why, if you're an FCPX editor, you NEED Motion 5 as your graphics application of choice.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Kevin P McAuliffe
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