Hands On: Major Updates and Fixes in Apple Motion 3.0.1

With all the attention on the other parts of Final Cut Studio 2’s fixes, released in an update yesterday, it’s worth noting some major tweaks to Motion. If you’ve been playing with Motion and found some — erm, kinks, as you tend to get in point-oh releases — this is great news. Motion 3 was a huge release, with lots of motion analysis tools and new 3D generators, cameras, and vector paint, so accordingly some of the biggest fixes in the Final Cut Studio update impact Motion. Normalized flipping – new feature: When working with text on a path, the …

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Any Visualists Using Motion 3 Yet?

Not your father’s Motion: Have you been working out? Apple’s Motion has been bulking up with powerful new vector paint, match move, and 3D capabilities. In a world crowded with powerful visual-making tools, it’s starting to at last differentiate a unique, Motion-y way of working — one that should be easily combined with other tools for those of us who can just never get enough eye candy. This weekend I’m diving deeper into Apple Motion 3 in Final Cut Studio 2. So far, lots of great new possibilities with match move, genuine 3D (i.e., with a Z-axis you can actually …

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Motion 3 – Warp Speed Workflows @ DV Creators

DV Creators.net has posted a nice quicktime tutorial demonstrating Motion 3’s new motion tracker and match move capability. While not perfect, the motion tracker should save you some time if trying to track objects. Whats quite nice however is the match move capability. Check it out.

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Updated MacBook Pro Performance Preview: Better Displays, Faster Visualist Apps, Better 3D

Audio, relying primarily on the CPU, can do fine on the non-pro MacBook: a fast CPU and FireWire 400 can be all you need. But for visualists, the GPU has become more and more vital. The integrated Intel GPU on the MacBooks is surprisingly capable, and certainly gets through basic video mixing. But throw enough shaders at it (even just processing video, without any 3D modeling or gaming), and it can’t keep up. That’s the reason Apple requires the MacBook Pro for Final Cut Studio; with Motion, at least, they’re absolutely right. You’d be wise to postpone a MacBook Pro …

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Dance + Technology at Ideas in Motion, Boston Cyberarts

I’m boarding a Greyhound bus for Boston and the Ideas in Motion weekend of Boston Cyberarts, two packed days of events on dance, motion, interactive technology, artificial intelligence, and augmented bodies: Boston Cyberarts Festival 2007 – Ideas in Motion: The Body’s Limit If you’re in Boston, stop by and see us! I’ve been preparing two works — creating digital music and digital motion in each, if you will. Palinopsia at 2pm Saturday is my own work with choreographer Elise Knudson and dancer Pauliina Silvennoinen, for which I’ve done a music score and live visuals in Jitter (some infrared, as seen …

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Want Some Imagery With That Sound? Numark AVM02 DJ-VJ Mixer Reviewed on CDMotion

When purchasing an audio mixer, DJs are quite literally spoilt for choice. Visualists are a little constrained though, with only a handful of companies making a couple of vision mixer models each. This situation is improving rapidly though, with companies such as Vixid getting in on the act with their upcoming VJX16-4, and DJ company Numark with their AVM01 and recently updated AVM02. I purchased an AVM02 when it was released in Feb, and have been testing it out in preparation for 2 months touring Australia with a rock star. While I’m very excited about my AVM02, there seems to …

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Create Digital Motion @ Macworld: Visualist Tips, Parties, and flickr Group

I’m here in San Francisco all week at Macworld, a hub not only for the Mac platform but the visualist/VJ scene as well. I’ll be reporting all week (and next, as I catch up) for both CDMotion and CDMusic. This is a huge chance to learn about Flash (Flashforward is hosting a special Macworld edition), as well as Jitter, Processing, Quartz Composer, and Motion, some of which you can catch at a free event/party Thursday night even if you don’t have a Macworld badge. And, of course, over the next two weeks and beyond I’ll be exporting as much of …

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Video Salon Macworld/SF: Visual Lounge, Open Jam; Quartz Composer, Jitter, Wii, Motion Workshops

VJ Culture’s awe-inspiring rig. I’ll be toting one black MacBook, by contrast. I’ll try to make the set look like I’ve got more. Some people at Macworld Expo assume “digital art” only means someone working in Photoshop. Thursday night of the show should give them a terrific introduction to live visuals, with plenty to appeal to advanced users, beginners, and eye candy lovers alike. The third annual Video Salon at Macworld will feature a lead visual programmer for Apple and creator of Apple’s free developer tool Quartz Composer, prominent VJ Grant David (VJ Culture), a book launch, an open jam, …

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Post-Apocalyptic-Weekend Link Catchup: Visual Inspiration, How-tos, Stop Motion, AE + Apple Motion

I’ve had a bit of a personal technological apocalypse over the weekend. There’s a post coming, but in the meantime here’s a couple of things which have caught my eye while catching up on my RSS subscriptions: Cinematical has a great collection of resources titled: How to make a Short Film. DVGuru points us to apple’s instructions on importing Motion projects into After Effects, and feeds my Stop-motion obsession with video and production notes from a Sydney-produced filmclip – YUNYU – Lenore’s Song: Also rocking the stop-motion (in an origami kind of way) is The Format – The Compromise Neither …

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