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Apple Motion is designed for video editors, Motion 5 lets you customize Final Cut Pro titles, transitions, and effects. Or create your own dazzling animations in 2D or 3D space, with real-time feedback as you work.

Breakthrough Speed and Quality

  • New 64-bit architecture supports deeper, multilayered effects for use in Final Cut Pro.
  • ColorSync-managed color pipeline produces accurate, consistent color across applications.
  • Shared Render Engine provides consistent quality with Final Cut Pro and Compressor.
  • Rendering uses floating-point, linear-light color space for more...

What's New

Version 5.1.1:
  • Support for Apple ProRes 4444 XQ
  • Improved Sequence Text behavior for animating characters, words, and lines
  • Enhanced Contrast filter parameters for refined adjustments

Requirements

  • OS X 10.9.2 or later
  • 4GB of RAM (8GB recommended for 4K)
  • OpenCL-capable graphics card or Intel HD Graphics 3000 or later
  • 256MB of VRAM (1GB recommended for 4K)
  • 3.95GB of disk space (2.75GB app, 1.2GB supplemental content)

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Dmu Member IconReview+141
Dmu
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Since the most recent two reviews are 2005 and 2011, I guess maybe I'll raise my voice. I just attended a class that showed Motion's versatility. I am by no means a professional, but the feature set is deep and the experience is intuitive. Examples were shown to use it outside of traditional video editing as well and the presenter even made animated gifs/cinemagraphs insanely fast and easily on the fly. I don't know how the feature set has grown in comparison to past versions, but it is currently quite amazing and user-friendly. At $50… holy cow, why not? It's easily worth that.

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Version 5.0.7
Fulmar2 Member IconReview+60
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I ended up going with the adobe suite (specifically After Effects to take the place of Motion). For some reason, the Adobe interface just makes more sense to me. Most of the features are about the same between the two applications - but I find that there is more "flow" in the Adobe series. In other words, if you learn ONE of the Adobe apps, you can port your knowledge from one app to the other, and have a pretty good chance of it working out for you. On the other hand, moving between the Apple Pro Series is rather difficult, and you need to re-learn for each application. Apple "Color" is a prime example of this. This program seems quite good, but I think that the Adobe suite is just easier (for me at least).

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Version 4.0.3
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Kelly
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It's interesting how many people tried to compare Motion to AE or go even as far to claim it's Better than AE.
They are two complete separate and different tools aimed at similar minded users, but never made to compete, in my view.

Saying that, after seeing it run on G5 with 9800XT, 256MB RAM, I can't deny the fact I was simply jealous!

I've worked and continue to work on AE to earn my living, but I'd certainly want Motion side by side with AE.

Motion fills the gap nicely which AE had left open for some time - realtime fun!

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Version 2.0.1
Anonymous Member IconReview
Anonymous
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I've worked with After Effects, Combustion and Flame for years. Apple's Motion interface is clearly taken straight from Flame / Inferno and other Discreet products, so the lexicon is familiar for professionals. But to say that this product is anywhere near ready for professional use is a stretch. AE 6.5 is a far superior product, as is Combustion 3. Motion is buggy, and lacks numerous features when compared to competing products. The lack of time-remapping ability alone is confounding. 3rd party plugins? Good luck (at least with the ones worth having...trapcode, etc.).

Wait until version 2.0. Maybe version 3.

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Version 1.0.1
Anonymous Member IconReview
Anonymous
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My best choice in 2004 so far: Motion. It fits perfect together with Final Cut 4.5 HD and DVD Studio 3.02 and it's so easy to create motion graphics effects, easier than ever before. The only downside, I had to get rid of the old G4s, but this will help me get rid of legacies which in the end tend to cost more than moving on to new Macs!
And I guess 2005 every new Apple app will be CoreVideo and/or CoreGraphics enabled.
Among the most appreciated features in Motion are particles, full 10 bit support, Excellent interface; interactive playback; great particle system; extremely powerful behavior mechanism and last but not least a great price!!!
With its promise of real-time compositing, color correction, and a drag-and-drop interface-not to mention its $299 price-few programs have been as eagerly anticipated as Apple's Motion 1.0. Video editors and motion-graphics pros wondered if Apple's new product would provide an alternative to their current compositing application, be it Adobe After Effects 6.5, Discreet's Combustion 3 (; September 2004), or Apple's own Shake. The answer is no-the program is not an outright replacement for those far more expensive tools. But after using Motion for just a few days, you may be surprised at how much of your compositing and graphics workload you will choose to move to this excellent new contender.
While Motion doesn't provide any features that the competition doesn't already handle, its combination of nearly real-time performance and a simple interface will cause animators, titlers, and compositors to take a serious look at its capabilities. The program is so tightly integrated with Final Cut Pro HD that video editors who have been looking for a more powerful titling tool than the one built into Final Cut will find an excellent solution in Motion.

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Version 1.0.1
Juan Ignacio Cicchitti Member IconReview+0
Juan Ignacio Cicchitti
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From Apple: "Download the Motion 1.0.1 update. To take your Motion projects even further, you can download free effects, including five filters and one generator. You can also download additional tutorials to help you get the most out of Motion."

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Version 1.0.1
Jonathan Member IconReview+0
Jonathan
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Well, to say that Motion runs smoothly with 512 MB is a lie, not a white lie, but a big one. Mac OS X v.10.3 needs at least 512 MB for itself. (Windows XP is no different in this regard).

And yes, it need a PowerMac Dual G5 to run fine and a good graphic card. Which one you need depends on which resolution you output. Working in a small resolution may work fine on a 17" PowerBook G4 (I have one and I am writing this on the PB G4 right now), but it's not the right environment to do any kind of motion graphics effects on Motion 1.01 unless you don't have a Dual G5 with a fast graphic card.

And one last remark: you'll never again want to touch Adobe After Effects (not on the Mac and not on the PC), Really awesome it's in the combination with FCP 4.5 HD, DVD Studio Pro and the other apps of the Apple Production Suite. The best is to upgrade from any FCP version to the Apple Production Suite. And couldn't imagine to work without Motion. It's cool and it's addictive and it yields results unseen with any other app. Great, really awesome.

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Version 1.0.1
Anonymous Member Icon
Anonymous
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"Mac OS X v.10.3 needs at least 512 MB for itself."

You are out of your mind. I have 640 MB RAM in my iBook, I have at least 8 apps running constantly (Mail.app, Safari, iChat, Watson, RBrowser, GraphicConverter, CanCombineIcons, Frogblast... these are always running though I often launch others as well) in a work environment running 10.3.6 and I have never used all my RAM. Not once. And after a restart, OS X 10.3.6 uses 129 MB of RAM at idle.

Anonymous Member Icon
Anonymous
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OS X needs 512MB for itself?

I'm running with 384 MB. I have Safari (at least half a dozen windows or tabs), Adium, Mail, NewsFire, iTunes, Terminal and SubEthaEdit open all the time. I don't get page-outs until I open something bloated like Fireworks.

Though I would personally recommend more than 512 MB for Motion, the GPU matters more.

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Anonymous
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Ignore all those comments "Need at least 2GB Ram" or "Needs dual G5". I'm running Motion in REALTIME on my PowerBook 17" 1.33 GHz with 512 MB ram. Off course it's not as fast if I am working in large projects but if my old PowerBook can work in realtime at most stuff then why do you need a Dual G5 with nVidia GeForce 6800 Bob?

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Version 1.0.1
Anonymous Member IconReview
Anonymous
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Buggy unreliable and will never begin to replace After Effects for a serious motion graphics artist.

Also requires Dual g5 and $500 video card for even somewhat real time performance.

Stay away until v2 is released or you will be frustrated beyond belief.

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Version 1.0.1
Anonymous Member IconReview
Anonymous
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A real quantum leap for Motion Graphics!

Well, I have seen it on NAB and DV Expo, but it wasn't ready. Finally at Siggraph 2004 it reached a final stage. Since last Friday (27th Aug 2004) I am working with it!!! It's just so incredible with a G4 or G5 with a ultra fast graphic card. To say it's mind blowing wouldn't even come close to it!!! If Adobe will compete with it, they have to start from the very beginning and implement it with Xcode 1/5 on Mac OS X 10.3 and as soon as Tiger will be out with Xcode 2.0 they can recompile it and just polish it a bit. Otherwise if they try to just improve the existing AAE 6.5 it could prove to be a neverending story.

I'll will never come back to After Effects this is already sure. Behaviours are so much cooler and easier to handle. Check it out!!! The hottest app since a very long time!

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Version 1.0
Anonymous Member Icon
Anonymous
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Apple has created a revolutionary app with too much overhead and the illusion that it will react in real time.

That is not so for the majority of situations unless you create somethiing so incredibly simple and in fact it will only run reasonably well with a top of the line $500 video card and Dual g5.

It is also buggy and crashes frequently and chokes beyond 300 frames. At this point cannot even begin to replace After Effects for a serious motion graphics artist.

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Version 5.0
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Downloads 72,643
Version Downloads 168
License Commercial
Date 27 Jun 2014
Platform Intel 64 / OS X
Price $49.99