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Apple Motion 5 Title Tutorial: Weld

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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.



Simon Ubsdell has been one of the most respected contributors in a number of Creative COW forums, including Apple Final Cut Pro X Techniques, and Apple Motion, where he offered some of the earliest and most practical advice for taking advantage of both of these applications. His ongoing advice is rooted in his own use of them, and skills developed over 25 years in motion graphics, sound design and mixing, music composition, visual effects and compositing, as well as writing, directing and producing.

Along the way, you'll learn tips and techniques that you can apply to all of your work in Motion.




Apple Motion 5: Weld Cutter Title Tutorial Pt 1 of 2



Apple Motion 5: Weld Cutter Title Tutorial Pt 2 of 2








Simon Ubsdell
Hi, I'm Simon Ubsdell, Creative Director of TOKYO PRODUCTIONS, a UK-based
boutique creative shop specializing in movie trailers, sales promos and TV Spots for the independent film sector both in the UK and across Europe.

I've been a film and video editor for over 25 years as well as being involved in motion graphics, sound design and mixing, music composition, visual effects and compositing, 3D modelling and animation, and colour grading, not to mention writing, directing and producing.

I am also a developer of plug-ins for the video post-production market having released a range of successful and acclaimed products both under the Tokyo brand and as Hawaiki with Robert Mackintosh.


Comments

Re: Apple Motion 5 Title Tutorial: Weld
by Phase Shift
Excellent tutorial, thank you Simon. One note: This may be due to a change in Motion; but when I linked the position of the lights to the Blurry Sparks objects, the lights would not animate. However, linking them to the sparks group for each letter worked well.

My version is at https://vimeo.com/132156943
Re: Apple Motion 5 Title Tutorial: Weld
by Thomas Hemming
Hi

I am quite new to all this but like the affect creted here.

The question I have is what font is used and how to get is so its an outline and not solid? (not sure if i am missing something here.

Also, is the background a built in preset or something you have created?

Thanks
@Thomas Hemming
by Simon Ubsdell
The typeface is Future Medium.

In order to create an outline in Illustrator you need to turn off the fill and turn on the Stroke.

Note that if you don't want to use Illustrator for this project (or you don't have it), you can easily create the paths by typing some text using the Motion Text tool (as a guide) and then tracing around it with the Bezier tool. I would recommend this route if you are not familiar with Illustrator.

The background image can be found in the Motion library under Content and it's called Metal.png. I've taken this image and color-corrected it to get this look.

Hope that helps.

Simon Ubsdell
tokyo-uk.com
Re: Tutorial: Apple Motion 5 Title Tutorial: Weld
by Gareth Randall
Thanks Simon, that's fantastic - exactly the kind of tutorial Motion needs more of.

Re: Tutorial: Apple Motion 5 Title Tutorial: Weld
by Simon Ubsdell
Thanks, Gareth - glad you liked it.

Plenty more to come.

Simon Ubsdell
tokyo-uk.com
Re: Tutorial: Apple Motion 5 Title Tutorial: Weld
by Simon Ubsdell
Here's a link to the Export script referenced in this tutorial that allows you to bring Illustrator shapes into Motion as shapes:

http://tokyo-uk.com/Motion/ExportMotionShape.zip

(It's been available in various other places elsewhere but it seems to have gone missing from most of them. I don't know who the original author is - Mark Spencer might since he did an excellent piece on how to use it a while back - but many thanks to whoever it is.)

And there's a new (?) app for translating Illustrator shapes to Motion that I haven't tried myself but it might be useful here:

http://scottash.com/motionize/

Simon Ubsdell
tokyo-uk.com


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