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  • Taking FCPX/Motion 5 Effects on the go. Best practices?

    Posted by Fcp Effects on June 30, 2011 at 2:23 pm

    Now that I’m getting used to FCPX (once I got the hang of the new timeline, its really sped up my workflow), I’m wondering what is the best way to take the FCPX effects (effects, transitions, titles…) I’ve published/rigged in Motion 5 on the road with me, to use on different machines.

    At home I use a Mac Pro and when on the road a MBP. I use the same portable firewire drive for media and project storage on both.

    Here are the options I’m considering… please suggest or comment with experiences and/or recommendations.

    1) Manually copy the ‘Motion Templates’ folder from my internal drive (User>Movies>Motion Templates) to my portable drive each time create or change an effect in Motion. Then paste the folder to the internal drive on the other machine.

    This seems like the most reliable but time consuming way to do it.

    2) Install FCPX and Motion 5 on the portable drive, thus everything is written to the drive that I have with me all the time.

    But wouldn’t having the program and media on same drive slow things down? Haven’t tried this, not even sure how it would be done (sorry, I’m sort of thinking out loud)

    3) Point some sort of cloud syncing app (like SugarSync) to the ‘Motion Template’ folder on both machines.

    I am going to try these and post back with my thoughts. Feel free to chime in with yours.

    Fcp Effects replied 12 years, 11 months ago 1 Member · 1 Reply
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  • Fcp Effects

    July 1, 2011 at 4:21 am

    After trying these methods, #3 seems to work best.

    Sugarsync accounts are free up to 5GB and super easy to set up (its a lot like Dropbox, but with more control). I just point it to sync the ‘Motion Templates’ folder on each machine and they are all merged.

    If I go somewhere without internet access, I will just use #1 before I leave.

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