About Filters

When desktop publishing was first introduced, people tended to fill their publications with numerous fonts on a page, simply because they could. The result was often as amateurish as it was enthusiastic. And with Motion’s easy-to-use filters, you might be tempted to adorn your kinetic graphics projects with a surfeit of visual effects. This is what’s known a bad idea. The best way to think about filters is as a condiment for your project—not the entree. A handful of thoughtfully selected and well-executed filters goes much further than a grab bag of every filter in the Library. Not only does a bunch of filters start to affect performance, but they clutter and confuse the look of your project.

To get the best performance from Motion, use a recommended graphics card. For more information, visit the Motion website at http://www.apple.com/finalcutstudio/motion.

You add filters to objects in much the same way as behaviors, and you have the same ability to adjust the parameters of the filters over time without having to adjust keyframes.

There are 13 categories of filters in Motion, organized alphabetically in the Library.

Figure. Filter categories in the Library.

Note: Many third-party companies offer FXPlug filters and effects to extend the functionality of the Final Cut Studio suite. If you install such a third-party product, additional effects will appear in the Filters list, usually in a separate custom-named category.