217 – Add Media, Paths and Masks in Apple Motion 5.3

217 – Add Media, Paths and Masks in Apple Motion 5.3


In Part 3 of our six-part series covering Apple Motion 5.3, we look at how to add and animate media clips, add keyframes, draw and modify paths, and take an advanced look at masks. Hosted by Larry Jordan.

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Presented: Mar. 15, 2017

Several times each month, Larry Jordan presents a live, on-line, video training webinar discussing issues related to video editing and post-production. For a list of upcoming webinars, click here.

Duration: 1:07:34
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This is the third in a 6-part series examining Apple Motion 5.3.x.

Here’s the link to our 6-part Motion Bundle that contains this episode.

Whether you use Apple Final Cut Pro X, Adobe Premiere Pro CC, or any other video editing software, you can create high-quality motion graphics using Apple Motion. This session continues our six-part series on the latest version of Apple Motion – v.5.3. This week, we learn how to add and animate audio and video clips, plus look at Paths and Masks.

Whether you are new to Motion, or just want help figuring out where everything moved, this session is for you. This session covers:

  • How to import media
  • The Media tab
  • Working with Audio
  • Working with Video
  • Video Behaviors
  • Video Filters
  • Keyframes
  • Paths
  • More on Masks


This is a intermediate-level session, designed to build on the introduction to Apple Motion provided in Webinars 215 and 216. You don’t need to own Motion to watch this training, but it is strongly encouraged that you watch Parts 1 and 2 of this series before watching this movie.


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  • Goals and Agenda for training
  • Definitions of key terms
  • Notes for using media in Motion
  • Import media into Layers tab
  • Import media into Media tab
  • Delete a media clip
  • Working with audio
  •   – Add audio to a project
  •   – Set levels and other controls
  •   – Review clip metadata
  •   – Add Fade In/Out behavior
  • Working with video
  •   – Scaling (resize) video
  •   – Change Canvas background
  •   – Display position coordinates
  •  Video Behaviors
  •   – Basic Motions
  •   – Motion path (straight & curved)
  •   – Slip-trimming a clip
  •   – Retiming
  •   – Motion tracking
  • Video Filters
  •   – Gaussian Blur
  •   – Starburst
  •   – Insect eye
  •   – Unsharp Mask
  •   – Green-screen key
  • Align & Trim multiple clips
  • Apply & Modify keyframes
  • Path Tool
  •   – Draw simple shapes
  •   – Style a shape
  •   – Add & modify Bezier curves
  •   – Add & modify B-spline curves
  •   – Modify Paint Brush path
  • Masks (Advanced)
  •   – Draw Bezier mask
  •   – Add curves
  •   – Animate with keyframes
  •   – Animate with Behaviors
  • An example using everything
  • Summary