Apple Motion Learn

Quickly create a text cube in Motion

In this quick tutorial, I will show you how to create a cube that you can add text or anything else you want and have it rotate in 3d Space to your liking.

Animate it the way you want and then publish some setting to use in Final Cut Pro. Enjoy! 🙂

Here is the video:

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Motion Master Templates Featured in Premium Beat

Today was an exciting day as my little online store got featured on Premium Beat. For those that do not know Premium Beat is a premiere place to find Music and Sound Effects for your projects. The quality of work is great and prices are amazing. I have used many of their tracks for client projects in the past and I highly recommend you check out their work.

Here is the article at Premium Beat that featured my store:

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Places to find inexpensive or free background music

If you need free or low-cost music for your video creations. Here are some great places to find freebies or inexpensive music.

I will be adding more the list as I discover more.

** Also, please make sure to check with the license of each site to make sure it works with your project.

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Blender to Motion Tutorial

In this tutorial I will show you how to export your Blender keyframes to use inside of Apple’s Motion software. This will allow you to use two very powerful tools for your animation and cg creations.

You may download the Blender to Motion script here:

Special thanks to OSXrules at for creating this awesome script! You rock! 🙂

If you are new to Blender make sure to watch these tutorials to help get you started:

Make sure to also check out,, & for more info and resources.

Please let me know what you think or if you have any questions. Have a creative day! 🙂

Also check out the most recent demo reel from Blender:

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New Free Final Cut Template – Polaroid Play

Here is the latest new Template for Final Cut Pro and Motion.
This one uses a 3D animation of a Polaroid Camera flying at the screen and taking a picture that reveals it in its Polaroid magic.
Please let me know what you think. Have a fun photo taking day! 🙂

Download it today here:

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New Free Final Cut Template – Holiday Cheer

Hello and good day!

I would like to share this amazing new template that can be used inside of Final Cut Pro and Motion.
This template is a 3D animation that I had created inside of Blender and then exported the keyframes to Motion for setting up and compositing.
Please let me know what you think and I hope you love it as much as I enjoyed creating it. 🙂

Make sure you download it here:

Have a festive day! 🙂

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New Free Final Cut Template – Rounded Corner Lower Third

You may download this template here:

This Rounded Corner Lower Third for Final Cut X and Motion 5 comes with 4 different social media Graphic User Interfaces to choose from. You can add up to 2 drop zones, customize  the colors, add text and other options.  Add your own videos, photographs or graphics.

The animation was created in Apple’s Motion 5.

The photographs for the demo video were provided by Gratisography and Deyson Ortiz. Music for the demo video was provided by Jahzzar’s album “Tumbling Dishes Like Old-Man’s Wishes“.

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Create a Rounded Corner Lower Third for Final Cut

Hello and good day!

I created a video tutorial on how to create a Rounded Corner Title template inside of Apple’s Motion Software that you can customize and use inside of Final Cut Pro.

In this tutorial you will learn how to draw the lower third, animate a nice soft bounce, add some text and then how to publish and save it so you can use it inside of Final Cut.

Download this template for FREE.
If you would like to download this free template ready to go please click here.

I hope you enjoy this tutorial as much I enjoyed creating it!  If you have any questions or tutorial requests please let me know in the comments below.

Have an amazing day! 🙂



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Free Final Cut Pro Template – Social Package

I just finished creating the latest FREE template for FCPX and Motion 5 called Social Package.

Circle of Love is a 3D template for Final Cut X and Motion 5 of a 4 different Social Media Interface animating in motion.

This template is free to use so please feel free to download it here:

Special thanks to GRATISOGRAPHY for providing the beautiful images for the demo video.

The animation and preparation was done in Apple’s Motion 5.



Apple Motion Tutorials Inteviews Learn how to teach your students about video production in Apple’s Motion

Recently I was invited to do a presentation on the how Motion and Final Cut Pro can work together using Templates.  It was a great podcast and Jeff and Sam were great fun to speak with.

In the podcast we went over how simple it can be to create a template in Motion and then use that template inside of Final Cut to speed up the workflow.
Please key me know what you think of the podcast. Educational Blogs, Podcasts, App Reviews and more | Learn how to teach your students about video production in apple motion

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Listen to amazing Digital Production podcasts at DigitalCINEMAcafe

Digital Cinema Cafe

If you would like to listen to some very informative podcasts in regard to the world of digital video editing and distribution, then I highly recommend this website.

So far I have learned tons of inside tricks of trade. The show is hosted by Chris Fenwick of SL\CE Editorial and Colorist Alex MacLean. The shows are entertaining, funny and very educational.

Check them out and let know what you think.

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One on One Training in Apple’s Motion – Creating a Generator

Recently I had the opportunity to show Charlie from how to set up an FCPX generator for his Light Leaks products. In this video, we go through the basics on how to rig different options, publish parameters and set up a Generator.

Please excuse the city noise as Charlie was traveling at the time of this recording.

We used ScreenHero to do the screen shared session while I was in Florida and Charlie was in Brazil. Screen hero is great since it allows us both to control a screen at the same time with each mouse cursor labeled with the user’s name.

Thank you Charlie, for letting me share this video session with the world.

Please let me know what you think or if you have any requests for future sessions. Thank you and have an amazing day!

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Free FCPX Template – Circles of Love

I just finished creating the latest FREE template for FCPX and Motion 5 called Circles of Love.

Circle of Love is a 2D template for Final Cut X and Motion 5 of a circles in motion. This was part experimentation, challenge and homage to the beautiful intro animation to the WWDC 2013 Keynote Presentation. This was originally a test to see if some the motions in that video could be be created in Motion.

This template is free to use so please feel free to download it here:

Special thanks to <a title=”GRATISOGRAPHY” href=”” target=”_blank”>GRATISOGRAPHY</a> for providing the beautiful images for the demo video.

The animation and preparation was done in Apple’s Motion 5.



Apple Final Cut X

My thoughts on Final Cut X

I believe these last few years have been the most exciting and talked about years in Final Cut’s history.  This is for good reason as Apple did a full re-release and update of their ever popular editing program Final Cut Pro.

Below are a few of the reasons of why many professionals were upset by this huge update and my counter points to those reasons.

Final Cut X is not professional.

I completely agreed with this comment with release of Final Cut X.  Like many others I was very upset with the new release as I had invested over 10 years into mastering Final Cut Pro and I did not want to or feel like learning something completely new.  I guess we can say I was comfortable and content with my current workflow.

In all fairness there has not been any software that I can think of after a major rewrite without its share of bugs, issues and features lost.

After many quick and timely updates I can now say that Final Cut X has delivered on all its promises of a software that I believe is more powerful and more impressive than any earlier version of Final Cut.

Final Cut X is hard to learn.

I also agree, especially when professionals have used complicated software bloated with tons buttons, windows and always in your face features.  But, what I have discovered is that learning something simple, especially after many years of a complicated workflow is more daunting since we expect complexity.

We are professionals and our tools should be intimidating or else any novice can use it and leave us professionals out in the cold.  Right? Well not really, if anything when our workload is easier we get more time to play and be creative.  One example I love to use is the mighty pencil and brush.  It is a very simple tool, but in the hands of a person that knows how to use it well they can create amazing work.

Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication. – Leonardo Da Vinci

Final Cut X is just iMovie on steroids.

I felt the same thing as well and I still believe this statement is true.  Apple is not known to release Beta versions of their software and who better to test out a brand new Graphic User Interface ( GUI ) than those that will not complain that much like first time users and hobbyists.

Not only was this an ingenious way to test out a completely new software interface, but it also allowed for iMovie to become a stepping stone for all future professionals since the feel is similar to Final Cut X.  Plus we can now import iMovie projects straight into Final Cut X, which is great for producers that like to get more involved in their projects and start a rough cut of their project out on location.

Final Cut X does not have a monthly membership plan.

This is one thing I am very happy for.  Almost everything is now based on membership plans and our monthly expenses can get pretty high quickly.  If we add $50 here and $25 there the overall monthly costs can add up to $100s a month.

Let us take an example and compare it to Final Cut X.  If I paid $50 a month for a membership fee the yearly cost for the last 3 years since Final Cut X’s first release would be $1,800.  Instead in the last 3 years I have paid less than $300 total and the savings continue to increase the more years I use Final Cut X.  That means I have saved $1,500 which could be used for a new Cinema Display, External Storage, iPad Air or a nice vacation.

I warn people to not look at the price of a membership as a monthly cost but instead multiply it to a yearly cost and then multiply that for at least a minimum of 3 years.  If we do the math for 3-5 years we can see how expensive things can get.  Also if we look at the price structure of Apple’s software I do not believe upgrades for Final Cut X will not be expensive or it may even be free, just take a look at the cost of OSX.

Apple dropped the ball with the new release of Final Cut X.

I also agreed with this when Final Cut X first came out.  I even downloaded free trials of its competing software out fear of Apple’s discard of the professional market with their “professional” iMovie clone.  But fortunately I decided to give Final Cut X a real fair try and not just a few hours of toying around and complaining as I originally did.

I also thought that this was not the first time Apple has done something bold and drastic so maybe there is more to this release than meets the eye.  Think back from the time of the 1984 Macintosh commercial release or when Final Cut first came out or Apple dropping the floppy drive and even with the latest release of Mac Pro.  They were either unusual, controversial or even a little off-putting but in the end they made sense and stuck.

Apple has proven to not be a follower of trends or a company that adds a few features here and there and calls it a day.  Instead Apple is known to rush to the edge, jump off the edge and eventually after the dust settles we find that the edge was well worth the leap.  When the competition begins to look the same Apple diverts to a whole new path. Apple takes risks with everything they create and sometimes times they are not successful, but when they are a hit we all benefit big time!

Apple’s Final Cut X was not ready for professional release.

I also agree with this comment.  But in all fairness we professionals raised our torches and pitchforks in demand for a new update to Final Cut and the Mac Pro.  If we think back there were tons of rumors that Apple was leaving the professional market behind since many years went by without an update or a hint of one.  So I believe an early release was to ease the fury of the professional market and to at least demonstrate that we were not being abandoned.

Yes, Final Cut X was not ready by a long shot when it was first released, but at least it was a taste of what was to come.  Those that have had many years of experience in the industry knew not to leave their old Editing software for something new and shiny. As professionals we need careful thought of new tools.  However, after the many huge updates Apple has released since Final Cut X first came out they have proved that they are listening to our concerns and demands.  My editing speed has increased by at least 3 times and every new update brings new features that increase my workflow even more.

Final thoughts.

If we are truly interested in using FCPX then we what we need is patience as this is entirely a whole new way of editing.  Is it scary? Heck yes!  But is it worth it.  I say double heck yes!  Be aware that all the new features are not out in the open and instead they are hidden until we need them and since there are hundreds of new features this is a very good thing.  I would love to name all the new features, but there are so many I would need a few more posts to cover them all.

My advice is when we first open FCPX we should think of it as a new piece of software, because in essence it is.  I know many of us do not like change, especially when it comes to our tools of the trade, but many times change is good and most times it is a necessity in our fast moving industry.

So after a few years of using the new Final Cut X I am proud to say that I am very happy I took the leap of faith back in 2011 and we can only expect things to get better, cleaner and faster in the years to come.

In closing I would like to say, “Thank you Apple for being trail blazers that you are.  Please continue to do what you do best and that is to think different and be bold” 🙂


One must either anticipate change or be it’s victim. – Galbraith.



Website update – Part 1

I have decided to upgrade my website for my Week of Hustle!

In addition the new domain name is now instead of
On top of that I have decided to move to a new web hosting company.

The old web hosting company I have used for the past 3 years was They did great work,  professional and they were very solid. But, I have found another hosting company called that provides more specialized WordPress support and has some amazing features that makes my web work and life easier.

I found out about through word of mouth and I heard nothing but great things. They also only host WordPress sites, so if there is a WordPress related question they are very quick to help.

I have also used for close to half a year with my store’s website and a client’s website and have been very happy with them.

A feature I love  is the staging area. This genius idea creates a staging site or a what I call a test site with a simple click of a button.  So once the live site is ready just click on “Copy Live to Staging” button and this will create an exact clone of the live site with a staging sub domain. Use the test site  to test themes, styles, plugins and features to our heart’s content without the fear of doing any harm to our live site. Once happy with the results and everything works just click on the  “Copy Staging to Live” button.  

There is also their daily backup option which is nice to have because we can make backup points when we want and we can restore our backup points as well with a click of two buttons.  This feature has been very valuable to me as I admit that I am human and I do make mistakes.  In the past I had to ask a restore and that could be a slow down. cost is higher than but it has been worth every penny as they have many other premium features included.  I also found a coupon code for a huge discount. “Google: coupon code

One note though is that all WPEngine does is WordPress hosting.  So we are responsible for email service and the one I recommend is  They do email service and domain registration.  Very simple to sign up and I like how they do not try to up sell all the time like other companies.  One big benefit from having your site hosting and email service separate is that if the site is down we can still get our email and vice versa, although this has been very rare it is nice to know.

The theme for this website has changed to the Basis Theme from Theme Foundry. This company also made the Twenty Twelve theme which was the default theme for WordPress during the year 2012 and I have used it since. Theme Foundry’s themes are very clean, minimalist and load fast. I have worked with the company in the past and I know their support is top-notch and their code is clean and easy to use.

The new work portfolio for this site  will automatically use the larger images for the two most recent portfolio items and older items will use the smaller images. However I may change this so all the images are large.  This is something I am working on with the use of Justin Tadlock’s plugin Custom Content Portfolio.  It is still under construction so please do not mind the dust.

I  began a blog post to keep my progress and hopefully I can help shave a few hours of work off your day. I will keep you updated and please let me know your thoughts. Thank you for your time and have an amazing day! 🙂