Using Export Presets

Export presets let you quickly render your project using predefined groups of export settings. In many cases, using an export preset can simplify your workflow. Motion provides dozens of built-in presets that accommodate most common workflows.

You can edit the existing export presets, duplicate an export preset to use as a template for creating a custom preset, or create a new export preset with the settings you choose.

Choosing an Export Preset

Motion includes export presets for many typical work situations. There are presets for QuickTime movie, image sequence, and current frame export.

To choose an export preset
  • In the Export dialog, choose a preset from the Use pop-up menu.

These presets, available in the Use pop-up menu of the Export dialog, include:

QuickTime Movie presets
  • Apple ProRes 422 (HQ) Movie

  • Apple ProRes 422 Movie

  • Apple ProRes 4444 Movie

  • DV NTSC Movie

  • DV PAL Movie

  • DVCPRO HD 1080i50 Movie

  • DVCPRO HD 1080i60 Movie

  • DVCPRO HD 1080p24 Movie

  • DVCPRO HD 1080p30 Movie

  • DVCPRO HD 720p24 Movie

  • DVCPRO HD 720p25 Movie

  • DVCPRO HD 720p30 Movie

  • DVCPRO HD 720p50 Movie

  • DVCPRO HD 720p60 Movie

  • HDV 1080i50 Movie

  • HDV 1080i60 Movie

  • HDV 1080p24 Movie

  • HDV 1080p25 Movie

  • HDV 720p24 Movie

  • HDV 720p25 Movie

  • HDV 720p30 Movie

  • Lossless+Alpha Movie

  • Pixlet Movie

  • Uncompressed 10-bit 48 kHz

  • Uncompressed 8-bit 48 kHz

  • XDCAM EX 1080i50 VBR Movie

  • XDCAM EX 1080i60 VBR Movie

  • XDCAM EX 1080p24 VBR Movie

  • XDCAM EX 1080p25 VBR Movie

  • XDCAM EX 1080p30 VBR Movie

  • XDCAM EX 720p24 VBR Movie

  • XDCAM EX 720p25 VBR Movie

  • XDCAM EX 720p30 VBR Movie

  • XDCAM EX 720p50 VBR Movie

  • XDCAM EX 720p60 VBR Movie

  • XDCAM HD 1080i50 Movie

  • XDCAM HD 1080i60 Movie

  • XDCAM HD 1080p24 Movie

  • XDCAM HD 1080p25 Movie

  • XDCAM HD 1080p30 Movie

  • XDCAM HD422 1080i50 Movie

  • XDCAM HD422 1080i60 Movie

  • XDCAM HD422 1080p24 Movie

  • XDCAM HD422 1080p25 Movie

  • XDCAM HD422 1080p30 Movie

  • XDCAM HD422 720p50 Movie

  • XDCAM HD422 720p60 Movie

Image Sequence presets
  • JPEG Sequence

  • OpenEXR Sequence

  • Photoshop Sequence

  • PICT Sequence

  • PNG Sequence

  • TGA Sequence

  • TIFF Sequence

Current Frame presets
  • JPEG

  • OpenEXR

  • Photoshop

  • PICT

  • PNG

  • TGA

  • TIFF

Note: Photoshop export presets supports only a single-layer image, not multiple layers.

Exporting with Alpha Channels

To preserve areas of transparency in your project, you must export your project with an alpha channel. The default QuickTime Movie preset—“Movie - current project and canvas settings”—uses the Apple ProRes 4444 codec, which supports alpha channels. You can also choose Lossless + Alpha Movie, which uses the Animation codec. This codec is usable on any computer. In the Output pane of the Export dialog, you can choose whether the alpha channel should premultiplied or straight. For more information about using alpha channels, see More About Alpha Channels.

Additionally, to export your project with a transparent background, make sure that Background is set to Transparent in the Project Properties dialog (press Command-J to open the Project Properties dialog).

Viewing Export Preset Settings

You can view extended descriptions of the export presets in Motion Preferences.

Figure. Preferences window showing Presets pane.
To view export preset settings in Motion Preferences
  1. Choose Motion > Preferences, then click Presets.

  2. In the Presets pane, choose Export Presets from the Show pop-up menu.

  3. Click a preset in the list, and its settings appear in the Summary field at the right, along with a brief description.

    The preset selected in Motion Preferences is also displayed in the Export Options dialog.

Editing an Export Preset

You can edit an existing preset. When you edit an existing preset, you replace the original preset settings with your changes (unless you rename the preset).

To edit an export preset
  1. Choose File > Export, then click the Options button in the Export dialog.

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

  2. In the Video/Audio pane, edit the video and audio settings you want to change. Click the Advanced buttons for video and audio to edit advanced export options.

  3. Click the Output tab of the Export Options dialog, deselect the “Use current project and canvas settings” checkbox, then edit the output settings you want to change.

  4. When you are finished, click OK.

    To save a copy of the preset with a different name, type a name for the preset in the Name field, then click Save As.

    Note: You can also edit an export preset from the Presets pane of Motion Preferences by choosing Export Presets from the Show pop-up menu, selecting an export preset, then clicking the Edit button.

Duplicating an Export Preset

You can duplicate an existing preset, and use it as the starting point for creating a new preset.

To duplicate an export preset
  1. Choose File > Export, then click the Options button in the Export dialog.

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

  2. In the Video/Audio pane, edit the video and audio settings you want to change. Click the Advanced buttons for video and audio to edit advanced export options.

  3. Click the Output tab of the Export Options dialog, deselect the “Use current project and canvas settings” checkbox, then edit the output settings you want to change.

  4. When you are finished, click Save As, then type a name for the preset.

    Note: You can also duplicate an export preset from the Presets pane of Motion Preferences by choosing Export Presets from the Show pop-up menu, selecting an export preset, then clicking the Duplicate button.

Creating an Export Preset

If none of the included presets suits your needs, you can create a new export preset.

To create an export preset
  1. Choose Motion > Preferences, then click Presets.

  2. Choose Export Presets from the Show pop-up menu.

  3. Click the Add button (+) to add a new preset.

  4. Type a name for the preset in the Name field.

    You can optionally type a description for the preset in the Description field. (This is helpful if there are settings or other information you want to remember about the preset.)

    Figure. Export Options window showing Video/Audio tab.
  5. Select the video and audio settings for the preset in the Video/Audio pane of the Export Options dialog. Click the Advanced buttons to change QuickTime compression or audio settings.

  6. Click the Output tab of the Export Options dialog.

    If you want to change output settings, deselect the “Use current project and canvas settings” checkbox, then select the output settings for the preset.

  7. When you are finished, click OK.

For more on creating presets, see Export Options Window.

Deleting an Export Preset

If you decide you no longer need an export preset, you can delete it. You can delete user-created export presets, but not the default export presets that come with Motion.

To delete an export preset
  1. Choose Motion > Preferences, then click Presets.

  2. Choose Export Presets from the Show pop-up menu.

  3. Select the export preset you want to delete.

  4. Click the Delete (–) button.