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Jim Kehoe
Using FCPX to make informercial vs Motion
on Aug 27, 2014 at 3:54:27 am

Hey guys,

I am going to be making an infomercial and was wondering to intermix using the kinetic text features in Motion as opposed to doing the text in FCPX, any thoughts on workflow? Basically i want all the cool pop ups that infomercial have and the glowing text, etc I need it to look pretty cheesy, it's for a project that is spoofing a legit infomercial. LOL


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Jeff Kirkland
Re: Using FCPX to make informercial vs Motion
on Aug 27, 2014 at 5:06:26 am

Well, I make real informercials and I do 90% of my onscreen stuff in FCPX. It's pretty rare that i have to go beyond key framing or the canned text animations, effects, etc to get what I need.

Jeff Kirkland | Video Producer | Southern Creative Media | Melbourne Australia
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Jim Kehoe
Re: Using FCPX to make informercial vs Motion
on Aug 27, 2014 at 5:25:39 am

Hey Jeff! Thanks for the reply! So what you're saying is all the key framing for the infomercial can be done in fcpx correct? I've actually never key framed in fcpx but I've done a lot of key framing in motion.


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Jeff Kirkland
Re: Using FCPX to make informercial vs Motion
on Aug 27, 2014 at 7:47:35 am

All depends on how over the top it needs to be. For me it's mostly just text zipping across the screen, flashing, growing, spinning, etc so all of that can be done in final cut. If you need a fancy path, or niceties like ease-in, ease-out, then I head over to Motion.

Jeff Kirkland | Video Producer | Southern Creative Media | Melbourne Australia
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Jim Kehoe
Re: Using FCPX to make informercial vs Motion
on Aug 27, 2014 at 7:52:42 am

Thanks Jeff! Now do you sometimes do the entire infomercial in motion if you go with more fancy stuff?


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Jeff Kirkland
Re: Using FCPX to make informercial vs Motion
on Aug 27, 2014 at 8:46:31 am

Not usually. Most of my stuff is 28 minute long form so it's all Final Cut. Everything is edited first, then motion graphics added, then if anything needs to be done in motion, I'll export that segment, do my animation, then often publish it back to final cut as a title or generator or whatever - on the basis that if needed to do it once, I'll probably want to do the same thing again in the future.

Jeff Kirkland | Video Producer | Southern Creative Media | Melbourne Australia
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Robin S. Kurz
Re: Using FCPX to make informercial vs Motion
on Aug 28, 2014 at 9:07:54 am
Last Edited By Robin S. Kurz on Aug 28, 2014 at 9:09:00 am

This is certainly not something you'd want to do in Motion, no. Motion is by no means an NLE. If anything, then you would simply make TEMPLATES of any needed specialty titles/title animations and publish them to FCP for further customisation as needed. For example if there is a default title template that you like, but just need a few tweaks, simply open a copy in Motion with a simple right-click on it in FCP, make the needed changes and save. That's why it works the way it works. ;)


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Jim Kehoe
Re: Using FCPX to make informercial vs Motion
on Aug 28, 2014 at 9:29:18 am

Thanks robin!!


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Jim Kehoe
Re: Using FCPX to make informercial vs Motion
on Oct 8, 2014 at 2:05:43 am

Hey Jeff! Had a quick question for you, here is a link to an infomercial, so this is all possible to do in fcpx? Gonna be making a really cheesy one for a music video LOL







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Jeff Kirkland
Re: Using FCPX to make informercial vs Motion
on Oct 8, 2014 at 3:53:04 am

Yep, no problem - with the exception of the the particles and 3D stuff which you'd have to create somewhere else, then import.

Jeff Kirkland | Video Producer | Southern Creative Media | Melbourne Australia
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Jim Kehoe
Re: Using FCPX to make informercial vs Motion
on Oct 8, 2014 at 4:00:02 am

right on, thanks Jeff! i doubt i will use particle, probably just some glowing text effects


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Robin S. Kurz
Re: Using FCPX to make informercial vs Motion
on Oct 8, 2014 at 9:52:37 am
Last Edited By Robin S. Kurz on Oct 9, 2014 at 8:20:51 am

[Jeff Kirkland] "with the exception of the the particles and 3D stuff"

Since when does Motion not have particles of all things? In fact, by the looks of it, I'd even say it was actually made with Motion. And even the 3D part could easily be done with e.g. mObjects. But I suspect that was just a generic animation that they picked up somewhere and wasn't actually made specifically for the project anyway.


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Jeff Kirkland
Re: Using FCPX to make informercial vs Motion
on Oct 8, 2014 at 7:14:04 pm

The question was could you do it all in FCPX and although they integrate, Motion is a seperate application. So yes, you can do it in FCPX but you will have to handle the particle effects in something else - be that Motion, Cinema 4D, mObiects, grab some stock footage, or whatever.

Jeff Kirkland | Video Producer | Southern Creative Media | Melbourne Australia
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Jim Kehoe
Re: Using FCPX to make informercial vs Motion
on Oct 20, 2014 at 6:46:07 am

Hey Jeff!

Hope you had a great weekend my friend, do you happen to know where i can find some cheesy background generators for fcpx? here is an example of this blue one in this infomercial. Can this be done in fcpx?







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