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.
Simon Ubsdell has developed dozens of Apple Motion tutorials that are out of this world. This one is LITERALLY out of this world, as he cleverly works around the limitations of Motion's 2.5D environment to create a remarkably realistic, other-worldly 3D scene: three mysterious crystal spheres on a desolate planet's desert, reflecting the surrounding mountains and sunlight.
In this tutorial, Simon applies his his VFX and motion graphics expertise to cleverly working around Motion's limitations by exploiting the best of its behaviors, filters, lights, cameras, blend modes, refractions, and more -- along with everything you'll need to customize the effect to your liking, as well as deepening the Motion skills you'll need to build worlds of your own.
Before you begin, be sure to download Simon's project and media files here.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
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.
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