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From Motion to After Effects

I have been making the transfer from Final Cut Pro’s Motion application to Adobe After Effects.

Here’s a piece I made a few years ago in Motion.

Motion is very intuitive to use, while still giving editors many options. Motion allows for key-framing or applied behaviors. Users can add cameras and edit in 3D space, which is becoming more and more popular in motion graphics for not only car commercials but documentaries. There are also stock replicators and graphics that are easy to manipulate. As most applications by Apple are aesthetically pleasing, Motion is probably Final Cut Studio’s most aesthetically pleasing application.

What I like most about Motion is “round tripping.” This means an editor can easily move between a sequence in Final Cut and a motion graphic or applied effects in Motion. A sequence can be sent directly to Motion, effects are applied, and those effects appear directly in Final Cut without any export. Of course some rendering still have to take place, but who doesn’t render?

Adobe’s After Effects is different on the other hand. The only “round tripping” or seamless editing can occur within Adobe. An editor could move between a project in Premier and After Effects. But a project in After Effects can be seamlessly edited in Final Cut or AVID.

This orange room is the first project I made in After Effects that I had some success with.

When using After Effects and Final Cut, which I have so gracefully taken to with the advice and wisdom of Andrew Killoy (pretty much a master, at least from what I’ve seen), a motion graphic must be exported as a large reference file, then that reference file must be encoded in Adobe Encoder with the desired specs. That file can be brought into Final Cut as a QuickTime, for example, and rendered.

However, if one wants to make changes, they have to go back into After Effects, re-edit, and export all over again. While when working in Motion and Final Cut, changes can be made in Motion and are directly and immediately changed in the Final Cut sequence.

This is a series of photos I stitched together in AE. They were taken near a botanical garden in Valencia, Spain.

This is a single photo I manipulated in Photoshop to create “The Kid Stays in the Picture” effect.

Not too perfect, some of it is rough around the edges, but I am still learning. So why am I bothering to learn After Effects? the application is a powerful tool and most industry professionals know and use it. Although, I must say that it’s popularity has to be because it runs on PCs and Macs.

I do hope to become proficient enough in After Effects so that I can use the program to create motion graphics for my documentary pieces as I have done in my most recent mini-doc, which I used Final Cut and Motion for.

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Well this is boring…

The City of the Arts and Sciences in Valencia, Spain is a pretty remarkable place.

City of the Arts and Sciences

 

However, I managed to find one monotonous exhibit that you desperately want to see, but can’t stand to watch.

I waited for about 15 minutes, filmed half of that, and edited it down to 2-3 minutes.

You will just want to see how it ends.

Dalíesq

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City of the Arts and Sciences At Night

I was just flipping through some (I mean hundred really) of my photographs from my trip to Valencia, Spain.

This photo of the City of the Arts and Sciences at night has to be on of the best architecture photos I’ve taken. The quality of the photograph isn’t great or anything, but the composition and its aesthetics, like the water reflection, is why I like it so much.

Several City of the Arts and Sciences buildings.

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Flamenco in Valencia

Having spent a few days in Valencia for a trip outside London, booking a flamenco show was at the top of my list. Of course paella was way up there too, and I did have three paella dinners. 

One night was spent at La Bulería where you could get a combo of a drink, dinner, and/or tapas with a flamenco show. My traveling mate and I booked a tapas plate and a show.

The atmosphere was great and the talent and food was too. Mind you that food is served at 9 p.m. while the show doesn’t start until 11 p.m. This is simply the way they do things in Spain. Expect few restaurants to be open between 4 and 8 p.m.

Anyways, here’s a small video clip of the talent. Enjoy.

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Photos of the Day – Plethora Trois

February 13, 2010

In a Swansea club in Wales, there were a significant number of men in kilts because of rugby matches.

February 14, 2010

Journeying 300 feet down into a live mine was one of the unique experiences Wales has to offer.

February 15, 2010

This is the misery of my uploading photos issues.

February 16, 2010

Cheap movie tickets are sold at old theaters like the Coronet on week days.

February 17, 2010

The beauty of a stairwell.

February 18, 2010

Embracing the London rain.

February 19, 2010

Pickled vegetables at Fatoush's Lebanese restaurant.

February 20, 2010

London's China Town has many things to offer: Food, sweets, drinks, and a unique site.

February 21, 2010

Chinese New Year celebrations last a week full on in London.

February 22, 2010

I'm always so intrigued by the Westfield shopping centre.

February 23, 2010

There are some pretty cool tech devices at the London science museum.

February 24, 2010

To me, Frost is New England. One thing I miss while in England.

February 25, 2010

And, still, I embrace London's rain.

February 26, 2010

Around where I work and Westfield shopping centre.

February 27, 2010

While the Millennium Bridge isn't that inspiring, St. Paul's Cathedral always is.

February 28, 2010

The National Gallery is my primary place of retreat in London. Love it to death.

March 1, 2010

Side streets of main streets in London aren't all this boring, but a lot are.

March 2, 2010

Rooms Deluxe in Valencia, Spain offer a wide range of cool and hostel-hotel-like accommodations..

March 3, 2010

From high tours, Valencia offer a beautiful view that rivals even that of Barcelona.

March 4, 2010

Valencia's Botanical Gardens offer impressive landscapes and extreme sixes of cactus and palm trees, as well as numerous stray cats that love your attention.

March 5, 2010

Valencia's aquarium might just be the best museum attraction in all of the city - but be willing to pay big bucks.

 

March 6, 2010

Valencia's "Silk Exchange" is a beautiful building of Arab influence in a trendy part of town, and is free on Saturday.

March 7, 2010

This is the crowd one can wade through when trying to catch the changing of the guards on Sundays.

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