Exporting from Motion

When exporting, you can choose which media to include in the exported file. You can choose an export preset, or set video, audio, and output options individually. You can export the entire project or, if you have marked a play range, export only the play range.

To export your project
  1. Choose File > Export (or press Command-E).

    The Export dialog appears and the project name appears in the Save As field.

    Figure. Export dialog.
  2. Type a new name in the Save As field or use the existing project name.

  3. Browse to the location where you want to save the file using the pop-up menu and arrow button at the top of the dialog.

    To show a file browser pane, click the arrow button to the right of the Save As field.

  4. Choose an export type from the Export pop-up menu.

    You can export a QuickTime movie, an image sequence, or the current frame as a still image. For information about the different kinds of export files, see Choosing the Export Type.

  5. Choose a preset from the Use pop-up menu.

    For information about Use settings, see Using Export Presets.

  6. If necessary, click the Options button to set export options individually.

    For information about setting export options, see Setting Export Options.

  7. Choose the media to include in the export file from the Include pop-up menu.

    You can export video and audio, video only, or audio only.

  8. Select the “Use play range” checkbox if you want to export only the marked play range, rather than the entire project.

    For information about marking a play range, see Defining the Play Range.

  9. Click Export.

    An Export progress window appears, and shows the time elapsed and time remaining. Depending on the size and complexity of your project, exporting may take some time.

    When the export is finished, the dialog closes.

Choosing the Export Type

You can export your project as a QuickTime movie or as a numbered sequence of images, and you can also export the current frame as a still image.

QuickTime Movie

When you export your project as a QuickTime movie, the project is rendered as a movie file (.mov). Exported QuickTime movies can include both video and audio, video only, or audio only.

Image Sequence

When you export your project as an image sequence, each frame is rendered as an image file. The filename of each image file includes a sequence number that is incremented for each successive file. Exported image sequences can include video only.

You can define the number of digits in the sequence number by adding a pound character (#) for each digit to the end of the filename, and enclosing the pound characters in brackets [ ]. For example, to make the sequence number four digits long, you add [####] to the end of the filename.

Note: When you export an image sequence, Motion creates a still image for each frame of the project, which can result in a large number of files. You may want to create an empty folder to contain the image sequence files.

Current Frame

When you choose Current Frame, your project is exported as a still image (based on the current playhead position). Exported still images include video only.

For a complete listing of video, image, and audio export formats, see Video and File Formats.

Setting Export Options

If no export preset meets your specific needs, you can customize the export settings for your project. You can set export options for video, audio, and output individually. You can also set advanced export options, including QuickTime compression and audio settings.

To change the video export options
  1. Choose File > Export, then click the Options button.

    The Export Options dialog appears, with the Video/Audio pane visible.

  2. In the Video section of the Video/Audio pane, choose the video settings you want:

    Figure. Export Options dialog showing Video section of the Video/Audio pane.
    • Choose the kind of export from the Kind pop-up menu.

    • Choose the codec used to compress the exported project from the Compressor pop-up menu. The available choices change depending on the kind of export you selected.

    • Drag the Quality slider to adjust the level of compression. You can also type a value between 1 and 100 in the field next to the slider. The lowest level of quality is 1, and the highest level of quality is 100. Some codecs may not allow you to adjust the quality level.

    • If you are exporting an image sequence, type a number for the starting frame of the sequence in the “Start number” field. Select the “Add spaces” checkbox to add an extra space to the filename between the name and number. Some applications require the space to read the image sequence files in the correct order.

    • Click the Advanced button to view and select advanced audio and video options. The available options change depending on the kind of export you selected.

To change the audio export options
  1. Choose File > Export, then click the Options button.

  2. In the Audio section of the Video/Audio pane, choose the audio settings you want:

    • Choose the export sample rate from the “Sample rate” pop-up menu.

    • Choose a mix type from the Mix pop-up menu.

    • Click the Advanced button to set the compressor format, rate, quality, bit depth, and channel mix settings in the Sound Settings dialog.

      Additional export settings are available in the Output tab of the Export Options dialog.

To change the output export options
  1. Choose File > Export, then click the Options button.

  2. Click the Output tab.

  3. In the Output pane, choose the output settings you want:

    Figure. Export Options dialog showing Output pane.

    Export presets are exported with “Use current project and canvas settings” selected by default. When this checkbox is selected, the Color option is set to Color + Alpha. All other fields are set according to the current project and canvas settings.

    • Select the “Use current project and canvas settings” checkbox to use the current project settings as displayed in the Project Properties dialog or turn it off to specify different settings. When the “Use current project and canvas settings” checkbox is deselected, the export uses the settings defined here, overriding your project settings.

    • Choose one of the project preset sizes from the Resolution pop-up menu, or choose Custom and type a custom frame size in the two Resolution value fields.

    • Choose whether the export file includes only color data, only alpha channel (transparency) data, or both from the Color pop-up menu.

      Note: Some codecs do not support alpha channels.

    • Select the Premultiply alpha checkbox to mix semi-transparent pixels in the exported file with the project’s background color, as set in Project Properties.

    • Select the Field Rendering checkbox to render individual fields, instead of rendering whole frames.

    • Select the Motion Blur checkbox to have motion blur applied to moving objects, regardless of the setting in the View pop-up menu (above the Canvas).

    For more information on the Export Options, see Export Options Window.

Setting Advanced Export Options

You can select advanced export options for video and audio. The Advanced buttons in the video and audio sections of the Export Options dialog display the standard QuickTime export options.

Advanced video export options are available only when you are exporting your project as a QuickTime movie. The options available depend on the export format of your project.

To change the advanced video export options
  1. Choose File > Export, then click the Options button.

  2. In the Video section of the Video/Audio pane, click the Advanced button.

  3. In the Compression Settings dialog, choose the settings you want:

    Figure. Compression Settings dialog.
    • Choose a codec from the “Compression type” pop-up menu.

    • Choose the frame rate for your exported video in the “Frames per second” pop-up menu, or choose Custom, then type a number in the field that appears next to the pop-up menu.

    • If the codec you choose uses temporal compression, you can set the frequency of keyframes by selecting the “Key frame every” checkbox and typing the number of frames you want in the field.

    • If the codec lets you set the data rate for your exported video, you can do so by selecting the “Limit data rate to” checkbox and typing a number in the field.

    • Drag the Quality slider to adjust the level of compression. Some codecs may not allow you to adjust the quality level.

    • Choose the scan mode (Interlaced or Progressive) of the export from the Scan Mode pop-up menu.

    • Choose the aspect ratio of the exported video from the Aspect Ratio pop-up menu.

To change the advanced audio export options
  1. Choose File > Export.

  2. Click the Options button.

    The Export Options window appears.

  3. In the Audio section of the Video/Audio pane, click the Advanced button.

    Note: There are two different mix types for exporting audio: Stereo and 5.1 Surround. Each of them have different advanced options.

  4. In the Sound Settings dialog, choose the settings you want:

    Figure. Sound Settings dialog.
    • Choose a codec to compress the audio from the Format pop-up menu.

    • Choose an audio export format from the Channels pop-up menu.

    • Choose a sample rate for audio export from the Rate field.

    • Choose a quality from the Render Settings pop-up menu.

    • Specify any additional export options relevant to the codec format.

    • If there is an Options button, select it to view and set additional export options.

  5. Click OK.

About Sound Format Compression Settings

Each of the compression algorithms in the Format pop-up menu of the Sound Settings dialog has additional settings to control render quality and speed. In the Render Settings Quality pop-up menu, choose Faster, Fast, Normal, Better, or Best. Some of the compression formats have additional settings:

Format
Additional settings
Options
Linear PCM
Sample Size
8-, 16-, 24-, or 32-bit
Little Endian
Floating Point
Unsigned
Non-Interleaved
A-Law 2:1
AAC
Target Bit Rate
8, 16, 20, 24, 28, 32, 40, 48, 56, 56, 64, 80, 96, 112, 128, 160, 192, 224, or 256 kbps
AMR Narrowband
Bit Rate
4750, 5150, 5900, 6700, 7400, 7950, 10200, or 12200 bps
Frames Per Packet
1–15
Apple Lossless
IMA 4:1
MACE 3:1
MACE 6:1
Qdesign Music 2
Bitrate
8, 10, 12, 16, 20, 24,32, 40, or 48 kbps
Qualcomm PureVoice
Compression Options
PureVoice Full Rate, Qualcomm Half Rate
Optimize compression for streaming

If you choose Stereo mix, you can export your project from Motion in either mono or stereo. If you choose 5.1 Surround mix, Motion gives you the same mono or stereo options, plus the following additional channel layouts for Channels in the Sound Settings dialog:

Format
Channels exported and mix layout
5.0 (L R C Ls Rs)
Left, Right, Center, Left Surround, Right Surround
5.0 (L R Ls Rs C)
Left, Right, Left Surround, Right Surround, Center
5.0 (L C R Ls Rs)
Left, Center, Right, Left Surround, Right Surround
5.0 (C L R Ls Rs)
Center, Left, Right, Left Surround, Right Surround
5.1 (L R C LFE Ls Rs)
Left, Right, Center, Low-Frequency Effects, Left Surround, Right Surround
5.1 (L R Ls Rs C LFE)
Left, Right, Left Surround, Right Surround, Center, Low-Frequency Effects
5.1 (L C R Ls Rs LFE)
Left, Center, Right, Left Surround, Right Surround, Low-Frequency Effects
5.1 (C L R Ls Rs LFE)
Center, Left, Right, Left Surround, Right Surround, Low-Frequency Effects

These settings use the output channel settings from the Audio tab to assign tracks to each output bus. For more information on assigning tracks to output busses, Working with Audio.