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Jonah Benes
Applying Livetype Behaviors to Still Images in Motion
on Mar 9, 2011 at 5:51:22 am

Back in the Livetype days, it was possible to take a still image and have Livetype treat it like text. You could apply any in / out transitions like Glow In or whatever.

Since Livetype was swallowed by Motion, I have been unable to get the same behaviors to apply to still images. They now can be applied only to written text within the program, it seems.

Does anyone know how to apply these behaviors to images in Motion?

Thank you for your time.


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Mark Spencer
Re: Applying Livetype Behaviors to Still Images in Motion
on Mar 9, 2011 at 2:00:08 pm

Text behaviors in Motion only work on text. For other objects, you can do similar things using a replicator and a sequence replicator behavior.

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Mark Spencer
Freelance Producer/Editor/Motion Graphics Artist
Apple-certified Master Trainer
Author, Motion 4 from Peachpit Press
http://www.applemotion.net


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Jonah Benes
Re: Applying Livetype Behaviors to Still Images in Motion
on Mar 9, 2011 at 2:17:39 pm

Thanks for the reply...

I've watched and appreciated several of your tutorial videos.

I had figured that most of the effects could be recreated somehow in Motion (although I have no idea why they would eliminate the one click functionality).

Recreating the Livetype behaviors on still images with that process is still a step beyond me I think...

I don't expect a quick response to this...

But if you get a minute at some point it might get my approach on track.

Take something like "Manifest In" for text...

If I want to do that with a still image...I suppose I have to...

1. Use some sort of wispy flame generator and keyframe its movement to travel across where the image will be...
2. As it travels across, the image, have the opacity of the image gradually increase and probably have a keyframed crop reduction on the image (with edge feather)...
3. Looks like it is also keyframing a reduction in blur on the text / image...

Do you think this would be a good starting point, or would you approach the problem differently?


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Mark Spencer
Re: Applying Livetype Behaviors to Still Images in Motion
on Mar 9, 2011 at 3:44:36 pm

Yes, I would probably do something like that.

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Mark Spencer
Freelance Producer/Editor/Motion Graphics Artist
Apple-certified Master Trainer
Author, Motion 4 from Peachpit Press
http://www.applemotion.net


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Stephen Smith
Re: Applying Livetype Behaviors to Still Images in Motion
on Mar 9, 2011 at 3:30:55 pm

Sorry Jonah, that was my favorite thing about Live Type. It could make for some fun Logo transitions.

Stephen Smith
Utah Video Productions

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Jonah Benes
Re: Applying Livetype Behaviors to Still Images in Motion
on Mar 9, 2011 at 4:54:27 pm

I know.

It baffles me that they would import all of the behaviors into Motion, but then go out of their way to limit their application.

That's actually extra work and programming from just shipping them over from Livetype as-is...

Oh well...


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Mark Spencer
Re: Applying Livetype Behaviors to Still Images in Motion
on Mar 9, 2011 at 4:55:26 pm

No, not at all - Motion works completely differently than LiveType

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Mark Spencer
Freelance Producer/Editor/Motion Graphics Artist
Apple-certified Master Trainer
Author, Motion 4 from Peachpit Press
http://www.applemotion.net


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Mark Suszko
Re: Applying Livetype Behaviors to Still Images in Motion
on Mar 9, 2011 at 5:29:37 pm

If I still own Livetype as a stand-alone app, can it be reinstalled stand-alone on my new machine when I get Motion 4 next week?


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Mark Spencer
Re: Applying Livetype Behaviors to Still Images in Motion
on Mar 9, 2011 at 5:32:04 pm

Yes - in fact you don't need to reinstall it, it should just remain.

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Mark Spencer
Freelance Producer/Editor/Motion Graphics Artist
Apple-certified Master Trainer
Author, Motion 4 from Peachpit Press
http://www.applemotion.net


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Jonah Benes
Re: Applying Livetype Behaviors to Still Images in Motion
on Mar 10, 2011 at 7:40:05 am

This is probably just an academic theoretical question...

But on the 1% chance it is possible, it could be a workaround of sorts.

I don't know much about the file format that Motion uses for the text it creates...

But would it be possible to convert a still image to that format in order to import it and then utilize the Text Behaviors?


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Mark Spencer
Re: Applying Livetype Behaviors to Still Images in Motion
on Mar 10, 2011 at 1:55:06 pm

Nope.

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Mark Spencer
Freelance Producer/Editor/Motion Graphics Artist
Apple-certified Master Trainer
Author, Motion 4 from Peachpit Press
http://www.applemotion.net


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