Tip #1012: Create a “Ripple in Time”

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Tip #1012: Create a “Ripple in Time”

Larry Jordan – LarryJordan.com

As with all filters, apply this, then tweak it. Pick what looks good to you.

Keyframe settings for Filters > Distortion > Fun House.

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Here’s another Motion filter that’s fun to play with – especially if you are creating a science fiction story where things are moving through time.

  • Import a clip into Motion, then select it in the Layers panel.
  • Apply Filters > Distortion > Fun House.
  • Position the playhead in the mini-timeline where you want the effect to start, then set a keyframe for Inspector > Filters > Fun House > Center so that X = -1200 and Y = 0.
  • Position the playhead where you want the effect to end; this looks best if the duration of the effect is short.
  • Then, change the X value to 1200, Y = 0.

You may need to tweak the values for Center depending upon the size of your project. In general, though, you want this effect to go quickly – 1-2 seconds – as well as start and end well offscreen.


I also liked changing the Width for this filter to 300… just because.

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