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Richi Chillt
Final Cut Pro X + AfterEffects or Motion5?
on Apr 27, 2017 at 8:28:36 pm

Hi friends, as a newbie in video production and Final Cut Pro X user, I'm wondering if I should learn After Effects or Motion5 as my special effects software.

1. I cannot assess, if Motion5 is as powerful as After Effects to build a bit more complex effects from scratch.
2. I don't know if its smart to use FCPX in combination with After Effects. Maybe there are many disadvantages simply because After Effects is just made for Premiere Pro.

Hope you can guide me my way to the right decision. What would you do in my case?


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Bret Williams
Re: Final Cut Pro X + AfterEffects or Motion5?
on Apr 27, 2017 at 8:39:13 pm

Check out http://motionvfx.com

Everything there is made with Motion. There are some very high end things that Motion doesn't do yet. Planar tracking, puppet tool, and others. But for your high end motion graphics it's every bit as capable.

Add in the rigging and publishing connection to FCP X and to me it's an easy choice.

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Richi Chillt
Re: Final Cut Pro X + AfterEffects or Motion5?
on Apr 27, 2017 at 10:37:49 pm

Thanks for your answers guys. So just for my understanding, the animation on https://www.motionvfx.com/store,project_1233,p2170.html is a plugin which is created in motion5, in other words, given that I'm a pro in Motion5, I'm able to create those animations from scratch without buying that plugin?


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Andy Neil
Re: Final Cut Pro X + AfterEffects or Motion5?
on Apr 28, 2017 at 1:40:31 am

Motion is fantastic with it's integration with FCPX as far as creating filters, transitions and motion graphic elements. If you're doing things like what you linked to, I would most definitely get Motion. In my opinion, it's better than After Effects for that kind of pure motion graphics work.

If you're doing photo-realistic compositing, VFX or something like that, After Effects is a much stronger tool. There are plenty of things that After Effects can accomplish faster, better, and easier than Motion.

Personally, I'd get Motion, and then see if your workflow requires After Effects. Or just purchase a license when you need a license for AE.

Andy

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Richi Chillt
Re: Final Cut Pro X + AfterEffects or Motion5?
on Apr 28, 2017 at 10:41:52 am

Thanks Andy, and is the workflow between Final Cut an After Effects as "smooth" as between Final Cut and Motion, especially regarding quality loss or other things? How would you export from FCPX to AfterEffects and back without loosing any quality or other saved clip settings which come with the export?


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Bret Williams
Re: Final Cut Pro X + AfterEffects or Motion5?
on Apr 28, 2017 at 2:30:46 pm

The only real method of getting a sequence from X to AE would be XimportAE from Automatic Duck. http://www.automaticduck.com/#ximport-ae

OR translating a FCPXML file to an old school XML that AE supports with XtoCC http://intelligentassistance.com/xtocc.html

The former is a bit more feature rich and if I remember correctly has some clip trimming options, whereas the latter is good for basic media and transforms, but no trimming. Either is going to preserve quality just fine.

Using Automatic Duck's SendtoMotion gives you roundtrip capability if you publish the resulting motion project as a generator in FCP X. Apple has hired Wes Plate from Automatic Duck recently, presumably to help incorporate a better round trip workflow directly into FCP X. But maybe they hired him to getter get Premiere projects into X. ☺

The only way back from AE to X is to render out a file and import. Shouldn't be any quality issues there either.

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William Davis
Re: Final Cut Pro X + AfterEffects or Motion5?
on Apr 27, 2017 at 8:41:20 pm

I'm with Bret. The short answer for me would be "both."

AE is the industry standard for motion graphics, so knowing it can only be a good thing, and with Motion's deep integration with FCPX and its $49 price tag it's a no brainer.

Cheers,
Bill


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Noah Kadner
Re: Final Cut Pro X + AfterEffects or Motion5?
on Apr 28, 2017 at 11:05:15 pm

Motion= great titling, integration w X, generators/transitions.
AFX= great live action keying and compositing/very complex effects.

That said, you get a copy of Motion for the price of just one month of Creative Cloud so definitely far more economical.

Noah

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