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.