Sharing Your Project

The Share feature is an easy “one-click” way to send your work to clients, friends, and other audiences without any advanced knowledge of transcoding, delivery file formats, or FTP protocols. From the Share window in Motion, you can quickly create and deliver a version of your project that will play on popular devices such as iPods, iPhones, Apple TV, MobileMe, DVD, or YouTube without having to open any additional applications.

With Share, you can also do any of the following:

To Share the current project
  1. Choose File > Share or press Command-Shift-E.

  2. Add outputs and adjust settings in the Share window.

  3. Click Export.

About the Share Window

The central tool for the Share feature is the Share window.

Figure. Share window.
  • Choose: Click the Choose button to open a standard Save dialog where you can select any folder in which to save the output files.
  • Outputs: Each of these outputs represents a separate media file which will be generated from the current Motion project. For example, you might want to create an iPod version, burn a DVD, and upload a copy to YouTube, all from the same project, and all at the same time. For more information about creating multiple outputs, see Creating Multiple Outputs.

    Each output contains a set of controls to configure the file it will create.

    Figure. Output controls in Share dialog.
  • Filename Template: Motion automatically enters a filename in this field for the output media file. The first part of the filename is based on the Motion project name. Motion also automatically appends an output type identifier (such as “iPod” or “YouTube”) at the end of the filename. You can manually edit any portion of the filename by double-clicking it.
  • Show Info button: Click this button to display more information about the current setting and the output media file.
    Figure. Share window showing Info balloon.

    Note: You can also double-click the Output bar to display the Share Info balloon.

  • Add/Remove Output: Click the Add Output button (+) to create additional outputs. To remove a particular output, click its Remove Output (–) button.
  • Post-transcoding action: Select this checkbox to activate any post-transcoding actions such as adding the clip to your iTunes library or creating a DVD.

    Selecting this checkbox automatically opens a drawer where you can set additional options specific to the current output type.

  • Show Details: Click Show Details to open the Action/Output drawer, where you can set post-transcoding actions and adjust output settings. The contents of the Action drawer depend on the type of output selected. For more about the different actions available, see Post-Transcoding Actions.

    The Output drawer contains the same options regardless of the selected output. For more about the Output drawer, see Additional Output Options.

  • Use play range: Select this checkbox to limit the output to the range specified in the Timeline play range. For more information about setting a play range, see Defining the Play Range.
  • Send to Compressor: Click Send to Compressor to open a batch in the Compressor application based on all of the current Share window outputs (and their applied settings). This allows you to use the advanced transcoding features in Compressor to complete the exporting session. For information about using Compressor, see the Compressor User Manual, available in Compressor Help.
  • Show Progress: Checking this box will cause the Batch Monitor to launch once the Export button is clicked. The Batch Monitor allows you to view or adjust the status of any Share export session after it has been submitted for processing.

    For more about using Batch Monitor, see the Batch Monitor User Manual, available in Batch Monitor Help or Compressor Help.

  • Export: Once you have created all the outputs you want in the Share window and are satisfied with the settings and details of your intended output media files, you are ready to export. Click the Export button to begin the batch processing.

    Note: Depending on the number of outputs, output types, and selected options (as well as the length and complexity of your project), exporting may take a long time. To monitor the progress of the batch, open the Batch Monitor application.

Post-Transcoding Actions

For many of the output types, additional settings are available to control actions taken once the new media file is created. The actions include uploading the clip to your YouTube account, posting it on your MobileMe page, burning a DVD, and other similar actions, each specific to the selected output type.

These settings are accessed in the Action drawer, which appears to the right of the Share window when the Show Details button is clicked or when the Post-transcoding action checkbox is selected for a particular output.

To Open the Action drawer
Do one of the following:
  • In the Share window, select the output you want to modify, then select the post-transcoding action checkbox under the output type pop-up menu.

  • In the Share window, select the output you want to modify, then click the Show Details button.

DVD Action Drawer

Use the DVD Action drawer to enter information and settings for the DVD you want to burn.

Figure. Share dialog showing Action Drawer for DVD outputs.

Important: For information about using Share to burn dual-layer discs, see Using Share to Burn Dual-Layer Discs.

  • Title: Use this field to enter a name for the DVD. By default the Title field contains the output filename.
  • Use Chapter Marker Text as Subtitles: Select this checkbox to create subtitles on the DVD based on the text contained in any chapter markers.

    Note: Subtitles are not supported on AVCHD discs. Also, it is recommended that you limit the number of AVCHD disc chapter markers to 50.

  • Background: Click the Add button to select a file on disk to serve as a background graphic for the DVD title. If nothing is selected, the background will be black or white, depending on the setting in the Disc Template pop-up menu. Once a file is selected, you can remove the selection by clicking the Clear button, at which point you can click Add again to choose a different file.
    Figure. Clear button for the Title Graphic control
  • DVD preview area: A preview area shows what the disc menu will look like based on any loaded graphic and the settings selected in the Disc Template pop-up menu.
  • Main Menu/Chapter Menu: Click the Main Menu button to preview the disc’s root menu in the preview area. Click the Chapter Menu button to preview the disc’s chapter menu.

Blu-ray Action Drawer

Use the Blu-ray Action drawer to enter information and settings for the Blu-ray disc you want to burn.

Figure. Share window showing Action drawer for Blu-ray output..

Note: Because Blu-ray and AVCHD menus are best suited for display at 1080i or 1080p resolutions, ensure that your player and display are set accordingly.

Important: For information about using Share to burn dual-layer discs, see Using Share to Burn Dual-Layer Discs.

  • Title field: Use this field to enter a name for the Blu-ray disc. By default, the Title field contains the output filename.
  • Use Chapter Marker Text as Subtitles: This checkbox will create subtitles on the disc based on the text contained in any chapter markers.
  • Include Loop Movie Button: Select this checkbox to add a button on the disc menu to loop the movie.
  • Background: Click the Add button to select a file on disk to serve as a background graphic for the Blu-ray menu. If nothing is selected, the background will be based on the template chosen in the Disc Template pop-up menu. Once a file is selected, you can remove the selection by clicking the Clear button, at which point you can click Add again to choose a different file.
    Figure. Clear button for Title Graphic control.
  • Logo Graphic: Click the Add button to select a file on disk to serve as a logo graphic for the Blu-ray disc. Once a file is selected, you can remove the selection by clicking the Clear button, at which point you can click Add again to choose a different file.
  • Title Graphic: Click the Add button to select a file on disk to serve as a graphic for the Blu-ray title. If nothing is selected, the background will be based on the template chosen in the Disc Template pop-up menu. Once a file is selected, you can remove the selection by clicking the Clear button, at which point you can click Add again to choose a different file.
  • Disc preview area: A preview area shows what the disc menu will look like based on any loaded graphics and the settings selected in the Disc Template pop-up menu.

    Note: In order to successfully share to a Blu-ray disc, you must have a Blu-ray compatible DVD burner.

  • Main Menu/Chapter Menu: Click the Main Menu button to preview the disc’s root menu in the preview area. Click the Chapter Menu button to preview the disc’s chapter menu.

Using Share to Burn Dual-Layer Discs

When you burn a disc using Share, the data rate in the output media file is calculated automatically based on the capacity of the disc media, the type of disc format (DVD or Blu-ray disc), and the duration of the source media file.

  • If you initiate a Share export session before inserting blank dual-layer DVD or Blu-ray Disc media into your disc-burning device, the Share feature assumes single-layer media and adjusts the data rate accordingly.

  • If you initiate a Share export session after inserting blank dual-layer DVD or Blu-ray Disc media into your disc-burning device, the Share feature detects the dual-layer media and adjusts the data rate accordingly.

    To ensure the best quality for a dual-layer projects, first insert blank dual-layer DVD or Blu-ray Disc media into your disc-burning device, then click Export to initiate the Share export session.

    Note: If you choose Hard Drive (Blu-ray) in the Output Device pop-up menu to create a disk image (.img) file, the Share feature invariably assumes single-layer media and adjusts the data rate accordingly.

MobileMe Action Drawer

Use the MobileMe Action drawer to enter information about movies you want to publish to a MobileMe Gallery on the web.

Figure. Share window showing Action Drawer for MobileMe output.

Note: When you choose the MobileMe output type, the Share feature creates three output media files for each source media file: Mobile, Medium, and Large. If you publish to MobileMe, the MobileMe gallery automatically plays the most appropriate version for any viewer’s device and connection speed. For information about manually adjusting the number and the details of the media files created with the MobileMe output type, see Sending Outputs to Compressor and the Compressor User Manual.

  • User Name: Use this field to enter a MobileMe member name. Do not include “@me.com” or “@mac.com.”

    The MobileMe member name is required for successful uploading via Share.

  • Password: Use this field to enter a MobileMe password.

    The MobileMe password is required for successful uploading via Share.

  • Title: Use this field to enter the name of the movie you are publishing.
  • Description: Use this field to enter a description of the movie you are publishing.
  • Hide movie on my Web Gallery page: Select this checkbox to limit viewing to the movie you are publishing. In other words, viewers will not be able to access other items in your MobileMe gallery.
  • Allow movie to be downloaded: Select this checkbox to allow viewers to download the movie you are publishing.

YouTube Action Drawer

Use this form to enter information about movies you want to publish to a YouTube account on the web.

Figure. Share window showing Action Drawer for YouTube output.

Important: You must complete all fields for successful uploading via Share.

  • Username: Use this field to enter a YouTube username.
  • Password: Use this field to enter a YouTube password.
  • Title: Use this field to enter the name of the movie you are publishing.
  • Description: Use this field to enter a description of the movie you are publishing.
  • Tags: Use this field to enter keywords that describe your movie. These are search terms that your intended audience might use to find your movie on YouTube.
  • Make this movie private: Select this checkbox to control viewing access to the movie you are publishing. When you make a video private on YouTube, you have the option of sharing it with a select number of people from any of the contact lists you create for your account.

Apple TV, iPhone, and iPod Action Drawers

The Action drawers for Apple TV, iPhone, and iPod are identical.

Figure. Share window showing Action Drawer for iPhone, Apple TV and iPod output.

QuickTime Action Drawer

The Action drawers for any of the other presets, including custom presets selected when the Output is set to Other, are all identical, with a single control.

Figure. Share window showing Action drawer for QuickTime movie output.

Additional Output Options

Motion allows you to override the current project and Canvas settings when creating an output in the Share window. This allows you to modify the included channels, camera angles, render quality, and render options such as Lighting, shadows, reflections and depth of field. These settings appear in the Output drawer.

Figure. Share window showing output drawer.
To access the Output drawer
  1. In the Share window, click the Show Details button.

  2. In the drawer that appears, click the Output button.

Option in the Output drawer

The controls found in the Output drawer are the same as the ones available when exporting, although they are arranged in a slightly different way.

  • Use current project and canvas settings: When this checkbox is selected, Motion uses the current project settings (in the Project Properties dialog) for the output. When this checkbox is deselected, Motion overrides the current project settings in favor of the options you select in the Output drawer.
  • Premultiply alpha: When this checkbox is selected, semi-transparent pixels in your output are mixed with the project background color.
  • Lighting: When this checkbox is selected, the lighting effects are rendered with the project. When this checkbox is deselected, no lighting effects appear in your final output.
  • Shadows: When this checkbox is selected, shadows are rendered with the project. When this checkbox is deselected, no shadows appear in your final output.
  • Reflections: When this checkbox is selected, reflections are rendered with the project. When this checkbox is deselected, no reflections appear in your final output.
  • Depth of Field: When this checkbox is selected, camera depth of field effects are rendered with the project. When this checkbox is deselected, no depth of field effects appear in your final output.
  • Field Rendering: When this checkbox is selected, the output always renders individual fields regardless of the setting in the View pop-up menu above the Canvas. When the checkbox is deselected, frames are rendered whole, regardless of the setting in the View pop-up menu.
  • Motion Blur: When this checkbox is selected, motion blur is applied to moving layers regardless of the setting in the View pop-up menu. When deselected, no motion blur is applied.
  • Frame Blending: When this checkbox is selected, frame blending is applied to moving footage in the rendered output. The result can be smoother looking playback, but this option can increase rendering time.
  • Use Float Bit Depth: When working in float space, turning this setting off drops the rendered output to 8-bit. Because working in float space drastically increases processing time, turn this setting off to speed your rendering time. This setting does not affect the use of float bit depth in the Canvas.

Creating Multiple Outputs

When you export via Share, you can create multiple outputs from a single source. For example, you might want create an iPod version, burn a DVD, and upload a copy to YouTube, all at the same time. When you click the Export button, all of the files will be created

To add an output in the Share window
  1. In the Share window, click the Add Output button (+) on the right side of any existing output.

  2. Use the output type pop-up menu in the output you just created to assign a specific output type.

To remove an output from the Share window
  • In the Share window, click the Remove Output button (–) on the right end of the output you want to remove.

Sending Outputs to Compressor

From the Share window, you can send one or more outputs to the Compressor application. Clicking the Send to Compressor button opens a batch window in Compressor based on all of the current Share window outputs (and their applied settings). This allows you to use the advanced transcoding features in Compressor to complete the exporting session. You can use default Apple settings or create custom settings for future Share exports. For information about using Compressor, see the Compressor User Manual, available in Compressor Help.