… for Apple Final Cut Pro X

Tip #1419: Use Motion Drop Zones for Lighting Effects

Larry Jordan – LarryJordan.com

Use Drop Zones in Motion to create lighting effects you can use in Final Cut.

A drop zone, with lighting, in Motion (top), the finished effect in Final Cut Pro.

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(I discovered this tip while researching a recent PowerUP webinar illustrating Lighting Techniques of Apple Motion 5.5.)

Final Cut doesn’t have the same lighting controls that Motion does – and the lights in Motion are pretty amazing! However, there’s a very cool workaround: create a lighting effect in Motion using Drop Zones for the video (top of screen shot).

Then, save them as a Final Cut Generator.

You can then add those lighting effects into a Final Cut Project (bottom of screen shot) and apply, say, 3D text from within Final Cut.

This provides the best of both worlds: lighting effects created in Motion with the ease of editing and integration of Final Cut.


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