General overview / Getting Started with Motion

In this free tutorial- you will learn a general overview on how Apple Motion works to create a quick animated title. If you have never used Motion, or have done any kind of Motion graphics in the past this lesson is for you.

In this lesson we will cover the following topics:

What IS apple motion?
Why should I use it?
Price comparison to After Effects
Operating system concerns
The Motion 5 Interface
Importing items
The Library
Groups and layers
The Inspector
Adjusting properties
Creating text layers
Introduction to behaviors
2D- 3D layers
Arranging items in 3D space
Using the throw behavior in 3D space
Using a Fade in Fade out behavior

This is the first in a series of Apple Motion tutorials. If you are looking for more tutorials be sure to subscribe to my channel AV-Ultra, where I have tutorials on Premiere Pro, After Effects, Apple Motion, Final Cut Pro X, Element 3D, Mocha, and many others.

If you are looking for formal training in video production or motion graphics, editing software, I am a technical trainer based in Milwaukee WI, and have classes available. I offer classroom based learned but can also travel to Your location and work with you and your team.

Element 3D Sphere replicator tutorial

In this tutorial we look at the Sphere replicator shape option in Element 3D.  The way this works is that the replicator itself is a sphere and depending on the number of instances of a particle you have in a scene, the more filled out the sphere will be.

Here are the different sections covered in this tutorial:

Using the sphere replicator

Adjusting the sphere properties

Adding rotations to particles

Using the particle look random rotation

If you are looking for more tutorials on Element 3D, I have a bunch available on my tutorials page.

If you are looking for more formal training on Element 3D, Premiere Pro, After Effects, Motion, Final cut pro or other video production topics and software i offer classroom based or custom 1 on 1 training if you are in the Milwaukee Chicago Madison area.  

You can see my classes available at my home site at

Not in the area?  I offer a 1 on 1 web based training using Screen Hero.  You pick the topics and we cover exactly what you are looking for.

Lastly, If you are looking for some help with VFX or animation, I may be available for short or midrange contract work.

MotionVFX mObject tutorials

A collection of mObject tutorials.

The reality is clients want and expect eye catching 3D graphics nowadays.  In After Effects you are limited to using the raytracer which sucks, using Cineware which can be time consuming, or springing for Element3D.

But what if you dont want to pay a monthly fee to Adobe?

Apple Motion is a one time payment that offers full 3D text out of the box with reflections and shadows.

And if you want to spring for MOTIONVFX mObject, it works very similarly to element 3D!

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