220: Explore 3D Space in Apple Motion 5.3

220: Explore 3D Space in Apple Motion 5.3


This is the final session in our 6-part look at Apple Motion 5.3. In this session, we explore 3D space inside the application, including 3D text, particles, reflections, lights, cameras and sets. Hosted by Larry Jordan.

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Presented: April 5, 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: 1:03:00
Download file size: 758 MB (Downloaded ZIP file)
Format: QuickTime movie (HD: 1280 x 720)

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This session includes Practice Files!

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

This session concludes our 6-part series on using Apple Motion 5.3.x. This week, we explore 3D space. 3D is complex and can get pretty murky pretty quickly. Not to worry. This session will get you started in the right direction so you can explore 3D further on your own.

Whether you are new to Motion or want to make the most of this application, this series is for you. Here’s what cover this week:

  • Move and position elements in 3D
  • Create, format and animate 3D text
  • Add reflections and cast shadows
  • Expand a particle system to 3D
  • Add and modify lights
  • Add and modify cameras
  • Animate a camera within a single set
  • Animate a camera within and between sets


This intermediate-to-advanced session is designed for new and existing users of Apple Motion. New users will benefit from an in-depth understanding of the software. Existing users will benefit from learning how the interface has changed and new techniques to create motion graphics.

If you are new to Motion, it will be helpful to watch Webinar 215 to understand the basic operation of the software before watching this session.


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  • Goals and Session Agenda
  • Definitions & Concepts
    – Compare 2D to 3D groups
    – Move elements in 3D
    – The 3D coordinate system
  • DEMO 1: Position elements in 3D
    – The 3D Transform tool
    – Move an element in 3D
    – Reset to default positions and settings
    – Display coordinates in Viewer
  • DEMO 2: Position multiple elements
    – Position in 2D vs. 3D
    – 3D text is an exception to Z-space
  • DEMO 3: Create 3D Text
    – Convert 2D text to 3D
    – Add depth to text characters
    – Light 3D text
    – Change surface texture
  • DEMO 4: Animate 3D Text
    – Add a text behavior
    – Modify a text behavior
  • DEMO 5: Add a Reflection
    – Change project background
    – Draw reflecting surface
    – Enable reflections
    – Reflect multiple objects
  • DEMO 6: Add a Light
    – Lighting Setups
    – Four types of lights
    – Add light behavior
    – Add second light
  • DEMO 7: Create Cast Shadows
    – Enable cast shadows
    – Add behavior to light
  • DEMO 8: Create 3D Particles
    – Vortex and Scale Over Lift, parameters
    – How to stay oriented in 3D
    – Switch particle system to 3D
    – Interact with foreground
  • DEMO 9: Add a Camera
    – Add a camera
    – Add camera depth-of-field
    – Animate the camera
  • DEMO 10: Use a Single Set
    – Define sets
    – Move camera around set elements
  • DEMO 11: Use Multiple Sets
    – Position sets in space
    – Enable sets in time
    – Move camera between sets
  • Summary