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    Posted by Mike Wavrecan on April 8, 2005 at 6:50 pm


    Not a very experienced motion user yet so I’m not sure if this is possible. We were having our graphics for a series that we are doing done out of house but they are now too busy to get them done on time so we are going to do it here. One small problem, they have been using After Effects and we only have Motion. I am wondering if there is anyway that we can do this or are we going to go to Ebay to look for the cheapest version of AE that we can find?

    Please help if you can.


    Skip Hunt replied 19 years ago 4 Members · 4 Replies
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  • David Bogie

    April 8, 2005 at 10:36 pm

    AE is way more complex than Motion. AE would take a couple of weeks to get to the point where you’re proud of what you do. (Only takes a few hours to figure out the basics but AE makes Photoshop look like iPhoto.)
    Assuming you’ve got the machine horsepower and the training materials, Motion will probably get your project out the door in one tenth the time you’d waste on getting started with AE.

    Get both of the Apple Motion Pro books and dedicate a weekend to the learning curve.

    A big problem for your group will be re-thinking your grand project so it will fit your time/energy/knowledge coefficients. There are things you see in your heads that you won’t be able to figure out how to do yet. There are things you simply won’t have time to do till the next big project. but by then you’ll be ready.

    You should buy After Effects anyway. Incredible tool.


    This is my standard sigfile so do not take it personally: “For crying out loud, read the freakin’ manual.”

  • Mike Wavrecan

    April 8, 2005 at 10:56 pm


    Thanks for the info. I am trained in after effects except we stopped using it at version 4.5. The effects aren’t difficult and I know that i could re-create them in motion but they are 80% complete and I just wanted to pick up where they left off. That is why i am wondering if I could import the after effects timeline into motion? i’m sure this can’t be done so I guess it looks like ebay is the best option.

    Thanks again,

    ps – any good “classroom in a book” style training for Motion?

  • Fx Bear

    April 9, 2005 at 5:35 am

    Check out Apple’s Pro Training series.

  • Skip Hunt

    April 9, 2005 at 2:43 pm

    If the project is nearly done, couldn’t your just have the folks with the AE version.. output a lossless QT file, import that into Motion and just finish it out by building on top of the almost completed clip?

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