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  • ‘Align to’ destroying my project

    Posted by Henry Gaunt on May 23, 2021 at 2:20 am


    I’m creating a template where the user can enter their own text. This text is left justified, but centred on screen using an ‘Align to’ behaviour.

    This text animates on line by line using 3 text behaviours (opacity, rotation and position)

    When turning on ‘Align to’ sometimes it’s quick and responsive, other times I just get the spinning beach ball.

    Unfortunately, after making some tweaks I turned ‘Align to’ back on and got the spinning beach ball but it never recovered, so I force quit Motion. Now, I can’t open the project as sits on the spinning Bech ball forever…

    Activity monitor says ‘Motion (not responding)’ and is using 100.1% of the cpu.

    Any suggestions on how to fix this would be appreciated, or even other behaviours I could use to make sure the left justified text is always centred on screen – that would be great.

    iMac Pro 11.2.1

    Motion 5.5.1

    Thank you

    Henry Gaunt replied 3 years ago 3 Members · 4 Replies
  • 4 Replies
  • Robin S. kurz

    May 23, 2021 at 11:57 am

    You might want to try opening one of the backups.

    /Users/user_name/Movies/Motion Projects/Autosave Vault

    – RK

  • Chris Northcross

    May 23, 2021 at 1:36 pm

    How many instances of the ‘Align To’ behavior are you using? I’ve found that the more you use it in a project the more unwieldy it becomes until you start to get the performance outcomes you’re describing.

    In my case I wound up re-building the project as I couldn’t get the original to open without the beach ball of death starting up and causing Motion to hang .

  • Henry Gaunt

    May 24, 2021 at 11:46 am

    I’ve only got one, but it is on animated text layer. I’ve already started rebuilding! Thanks.

  • Henry Gaunt

    May 24, 2021 at 11:47 am

    Thank you – didn’t know these existed.

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