219 – Integrate Apple Motion 5.3 with Apple Final Cut Pro X

219 – Integrate Apple Motion 5.3 with Apple Final Cut Pro X


Part 5 in our series on Apple Motion 5.3. This illustrates how to create effects in Motion that can be used and controlled in Apple Final Cut Pro X. Hosted by Larry Jordan.

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Presented: Mar. 29, 2017

Several times each month, Larry Jordan presents a live, on-line, video training webinar discussing issues related to video editing and post-production. For a list of upcoming webinars, click here.

Duration: 1:01:39
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This is the fifth in a 6-part series examining Apple Motion 5.3.x.

Here’s the link to our 6-part Motion Bundle that contains this episode.

This session continues our 6-part series on using the 5.3.x version of Apple Motion. This week, we look at how to create templates for effects in Motion 5.3 that can be used and modified by Apple Final Cut Pro X.

Whether you are new to Motion or want to get deeper and more fluid with the application, this series is designed for you. Here’s what this session covers

  • Define key terms and core concepts
  • How to create templates for Titles
  • How to create templates for Generators
  • How to create templates for Transitions
  • How to create templates for Effects
  • How to publish individual effect controls
  • How use widgets and rigging to create group controls
  • How to modify existing FCP X effects
  • Plus, lots and lots of demos


This intermediate session is designed for new and existing users of Apple Motion. New users will benefit from an in-depth understanding of the software. Existing users will benefit from learning how the interface has changed and new techniques to create motion graphics.

If you are new to Motion, it will be helpful to watch Webinar 215 to understand the basic operation of the software before watching this session.


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  • Goals and Agenda for training
  • Definitions and Key Concepts


  • Title Template
  •  – Create and rename Groups
  •  – Change text layout format
  •  – Move objects with the keyboard
  •  – Format and style text
  •  – Make text uneditable
  •  – Add background animation
  •  – Publish to Final Cut Pro X
  •  – Modify an existing template
  •  Generator Template
  •  – Draw and modify shapes
  •   – Use Drop Zones
  •  – Add bevel or border
  •  – Convert Motion project to template
  • Transition Template
  •  – Change project duration
  •  – Modify transition placeholders
  •  – Animate with replicators
  •  – Animate with blend modes
  •  – Trim a placeholder
  • Effects Template
  •  – Add a placeholder image
  •  – Add a desaturation filter
  •  – Add a tint filter


  • The Basics
  •  – Definitions
  •  – Key concepts on how this works
  •  – Publish vs. widgets
  •  – How to “rig” a control
  • Publish a Parameter
  •  – Publish a single parameter
  •  – Publish multiple parameters
  • Create a Checkbox widget
  •  – Create a rig
  •  – Record a snapshot
  •  – Add multiple parameters to one widget
  • Create a Pop-up widget
  •  – Create multiple snapshots
  • Create a Slider widget
  •  – Create a slider rig
  •  – Add multiple settings on one widget
  • Summary
  • Audience Questions