Using Final Cut Pro and Motion Together

With Apple's Final Cut Pro and Motion, you can create professional quality videos faster than ever before. You can edit your movies in Final Cut Pro by editing sequences, stabilizing shaky shots and even applying one of the program's many built in filters. When you are finished making 2D type edits, you can then import the video into Apple Motion and create animations, add reflections or shadows, or create far-out 3D effects. Exporting a video from Final Cut Pro to Motion is a very simple process, and this how-to guide will show you everything you need to know.

What You Will Need

  • A computer with Apple Final Cut Studio installed
  • A video project file to export from Final Cut Pro into Motion

Step 1: Select Items or Sequences for Export into a Motion Project

There are two ways that you can select items or sequences in Final Cut Pro for export into Motion. The first way is to select a sequence in the browser of Final Cut Pro by clicking on the sequence. Alternatively, you can select items that are in your Final Cut Pro timeline. However, if you choose this method, make sure that the timeline is active before you select the items.

Step 2: Select Export Function on File Menu Bar

Use your mouse to select 'File | Export | Export to Motion Project' to begin the process of exporting the video project from Final Cut Pro into Motion.

Step 3: Choose Location for New Motion Project

Once you choose the 'Export to Motion Project' option, you'll be presented with a dialog box. In the dialog box, you will need to browse to a folder to store your new Motion project. Choose a folder or create a new one in the location of your choice.

Step 4: Create a New Name for the Motion Project

After you've chosen a folder location for the project, enter a name for the new Motion project. You can use the same filename as the Final Cut Pro file; however, it is a good practice to change the name so that it is easy to distinguish from the original file. You may also want to consider typing the word "motion" in the filename so that you can easily determine the file type even if the file extension is not visible.

Step 5: Choose Export Options

Before you export the video file from Final Cut Pro into motion, there are couple of options you may want to consider enabling. The first option is 'Launch Motion'. When you select this option, the clips or sequences that you export are automatically opened as a project in Motion. With this option, Final Cut Pro will remain open as well.

You can also choose to embed Motion content. If you select this option, Final Cut Pro will create a Motion project as a clip in Final Cut Pro. This referred to as a "live clip". When you make updates and Motion, the clip will also be updated in Final Cut Pro - even if both applications are open.

Step 6: Save the New Motion Project

Click the save button to save your new Motion project, and then add effects or make changes in Motion as you normally would.

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