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  • Motion and graphic path

     Gareth Randall updated 10 years, 6 months ago 6 Members · 13 Posts
  • Eric Holzapfel

    August 10, 2010 at 5:54 pm

    Hello Motion Group,

    I am planning to use a map image (tiff or psd, etc). I would like to trace a path from one
    city to another, etc. Like Raiders of the Lost Ark, or like they did in the 30s and 40s when
    the film showed the “route” of intrepid travelers. I can do something like this in Flash, by creating a path over the map, from city to city, and have Flash draw a line, and move a round dot along the path. I do not want to follow a straight path, but have the path follow “roads” on the map.

    I want to use this concept for a travel film I am working on, which will use FCP timeline with stills and
    video. Can I do this in Motion? Is Motion a realistic choice for this type of work? Or AfterEffects?

    Thanks,

    Eric

  • Stephen Smith

    August 10, 2010 at 6:09 pm

    I think Motion is a great choice for a project like this. Its Write on Behavior makes this easy to do. I would Use the B-Spline tool to create a line and then add a Write on Behavior to animate the line. Hope this helps and best of luck.

    Stephen Smith
    Utah Video Productions

    Check out my Motion Training DVD

    Check out my Motion Tutorials

  • Eric Holzapfel

    August 10, 2010 at 6:47 pm

    Hello Stephen,

    Thanks, I have motion 4, and this will be a good learning exercise for me.

    Thanks,

    eric

    Final Cut Pro, Adobe After Effects, Photoshop

  • Andy Neil

    August 10, 2010 at 6:53 pm

    The write on behavior works for drawing the line. For the animation of a dot along the path, you should use the Motion Path behavior. Check out my quick tutorial that shows exactly that.

    Andy

    Quick Tip: Motion Path Behavior

    https://www.timesavertutorials.com

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  • Mark Petereit

    August 10, 2010 at 6:53 pm

    Here’s a tutorial that covers exactly what you want to do:

    https://www.motionsmarts.com/tutorials/drawinglines/drawinglines1.html

  • Mark Spencer

    August 10, 2010 at 7:11 pm

    That tutorial was great for Motion 2 but if you have Motion 3 or 4 using a paint stroke and a write on behavior is much easier.


    Mark Spencer
    Freelance Producer/Editor/Motion Graphics Artist
    Apple-certified Master Trainer
    Author, Motion 4 from Peachpit Press
    https://www.applemotion.net

  • Mark Petereit

    August 10, 2010 at 7:32 pm

    LOL! Sometimes Google is NOT your friend. 😉

    Thanks, Mark!

  • Eric Holzapfel

    August 13, 2010 at 2:02 am

    Hello Andy,

    Great help. How did you know that my map i intend to use for animation is very
    much like yours!!

    Thanks,

    eric

    Final Cut Pro, Adobe After Effects, Photoshop

  • Eric Holzapfel

    August 13, 2010 at 2:06 am

    Hello Mark,

    What a great resource the Cow is. Also, thanks for the input. i have your
    Motion 3 and Motion 4 traing DVD (via iTunes) and it is great.

    Eric

    Final Cut Pro, Adobe After Effects, Photoshop

  • Andy Neil

    August 13, 2010 at 5:22 am

    I just assume that everyone needs a map between Exeter and Norwich.

    Andy

    https://www.timesavertutorials.com

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