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  • I cannot “open a copy in motion” mostly if the wipes transitions

    Posted by Giuseppe Mangione on September 19, 2014 at 9:40 pm

    I’m trying to personalize and save as a copy one of default transition that I have in the “wipes” group.

    But in mostly of them if I right-click on the icon in the transition browser I cannot select “open a copy in motion”

    The only transitions I can “open a copy in motion” are “Diagonal” and “Mask”

    Do you know why?

    Is this normal?

    Johann Cerecke replied 6 years, 3 months ago 6 Members · 16 Replies
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  • Bret Williams

    September 20, 2014 at 12:18 am

    Normal. Some aren’t created with motion.

  • Noah Kadner

    September 20, 2014 at 2:41 am

    You can certainly recreate most of them in your own way but yeah some of these are not originally Motion projects.


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  • Giuseppe Mangione

    September 20, 2014 at 6:44 am

    Thanks for the answer!
    Make sense but… how you can save a personalized preset of one of this not-motion-transition?

    You can copy and past to reuse a personalized transition in the same project… but not way to save it for the future.


  • Robin S. kurz

    September 20, 2014 at 8:33 am

    I believe that some (very few) of the basic ones are in fact still left over Quartz composer transitions (for the sake of compatibility to old 7 projects?). So no, they’re not editable in Motion. And no, there is unfortunately no “favoriting” of preset filters and transitions… yet. But if you need a certain length, then you can set that default length in the prefs and make it the standard transition by right-clicking it in the browser. Otherwise you’re left with copy/paste.

  • Patrice Freymond

    September 20, 2014 at 2:06 pm

    You could create a Library for you favourite effects and transitions,with projects containing them, applied to generators simulating clips. This way the Library remains very light.

    Creating an event that you would export as xml may sound better but because of current fcpxml limitations it would not register all parameters faithfully.

    hope this helps

  • Bret Williams

    September 20, 2014 at 6:41 pm

    Well since you can’t personalize it what is there to save? I guess the minor aspects like duration or border, etc? Copy from a past project is all you can do. You could also create a dummy project where you keep all the presets in a sequence. If you’re working on a recurring series then that’s probably your best bet.

    For me every project is different. Every once in a while I want to do a similar effect from a past project so I just pull it up and copy paste. Even in legacy I never really got into favorites. Seems I was trashing prefs so much it was just a hassle.

  • Bret Williams

    September 20, 2014 at 6:47 pm

    It’s time for X to start moving forward in all these areas. They’ve got the backbone, now they need the niceties and luxuries back. I recently converted over a Premiere project from a client that I converted to X where they had organized all the media into timelines instead of bins. Working from timelines is a hassle in X since you can’t open multiple and just drag between them. But I can’t drag all the clips into a keyword collection either! If I could just drag these clips backward into a keyword collection where I can actually sort them or view them in filmstrip/thumbnail modes it would make life so much simpler. And just the same, if I could drag effects into some sort of keyword collection or event or project based fx collection it would REALLY be useful.

  • Robin S. kurz

    September 20, 2014 at 11:51 pm

    [Bret Williams] “where they had organized all the media into timelines instead of bins.”

    :-)))) Oh wow.

    [Bret Williams] “Working from timelines is a hassle in X “

    Which is why no one in their right mind would ever get the bizarre idea of even trying it. Not exactly sure how that could somehow be laid out as a fault of FCP. That’s like someone lamenting about “Driving a car without tires is a huge pain!” 😀

    [Bret Williams] “But I can’t drag all the clips into a keyword collection either!”

    Simply make a new library and drag whatever project you want over. Et violá, all the appertaining footage is in the event. (even all the keywords would copy over… if you had any)

  • Bret Williams

    September 20, 2014 at 11:54 pm

    People have been doing this for years. Never understood it. I guess you CUT it from the timeline and paste into the edit. So you know what shots you have left I guess.

  • Robin S. kurz

    September 21, 2014 at 12:02 am

    Tell me about it. In fact exactly THAT (imho utterly ridiculous habit) is what ticked off loads of people around me about the magnetic timeline. Or should I say, they were miffed that X was showing them what a stupid idea it was and now they finally had to come up with a decent and intelligent workflow. Yeah. Stupid magnetic timeline! Ruining a perfectly lazy workflow! 😀

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