Saving and Sharing Custom Behaviors

You can save any object in Motion to the Library, including cameras, lights, customized filters and behaviors, groups, and layers (customized particle systems, replicators, shapes, and text). Objects animated with behaviors or keyframes can also be saved to the Library and retain their animation when applied to another project.

Customized behaviors can be saved in an existing folder in the Library, such as the Favorites category, or you can create a new folder within an existing category. Once a behavior is placed into the Library, it can be added to a project like any other object in the Library. Behaviors saved in the Library appear with a custom icon.

Note: Items that are saved to the Library appear in the Finder with a .molo extension (“Motion Library object“). These items cannot be opened from the Finder.

You can save multiple objects to the Library as one file or multiple files. For example, if you create an animation that uses multiple behaviors and you want to save the cumulative effect of those behaviors, you can save all of the behaviors as one item in the Library.

Although you can save custom behaviors into the Behaviors category, it is generally recommended that you save items that you use frequently in the Favorites category; some Motion Library categories contain so many items that utilizing the Favorites or Favorites Menu category may save you search time. Within the Favorites category, you can create additional folders to assist you in better arranging your custom items.

Behaviors that are saved to the Favorites Menu category can be quickly applied to objects using the Favorites menu.

You can also create new folders in existing categories. You can create a new folder in the Favorites or Behaviors category. Folders created in the Behaviors category appear in the Library sidebar. Folders created in the subcategories, such as the Basic Motion subcategory, appear in the Library stack and not the sidebar.

To save a behavior to the Library
  1. Open the Library and select the Favorites, Favorites Menu, or Behaviors category.

  2. Drag the customized behavior you want to save from the Layers tab, Timeline, or Inspector into the stack at the bottom of the Library.

When you save a customized behavior, it is saved in the /Users/username/Library/Application Support/Final Cut Studio/Motion/Library/ folder.

Note: If a custom behavior is dragged to another subcategory, such as the Glow (Filters) subcategory, it is automatically placed in the Behaviors category and the Behaviors category becomes active.

To save multiple behaviors to the Library
  1. Open the Library and select the Favorites, Favorites Menu, or Behaviors category.

  2. In the Layers tab, select all of the behaviors you want to save and drag them to the stack, holding down the mouse button until a drop menu appears.

  3. Choose “All in one file” or “Multiple files” from the drop menu, then release the mouse button.

    “All in one file” saves all the behaviors together. They are listed as one item in the Library. “Multiple files” saves the behaviors as individual objects in the Library.

  4. To name the file or files, do one of the following:

    • Control-click the icon, choose Rename from the shortcut menu, then type a descriptive name.

    • Select the icon, click “Untitled,” then type a descriptive name.

    Note: When you Control-click the icon, the Edit Description option becomes available. This is a handy tool that allows you to enter custom notes about an item saved in the Library. Once you choose Edit Description, enter your notes in the text field and click OK.

To create a new folder in the Behaviors, Favorites, or Favorites Menu category
  1. Open the Library and select the Behaviors, Favorites, or Favorites Menu category.

  2. Do one of the following:

    • Click the New Folder button at the bottom of the window.

      Figure. New Folder button in the Library.
    • Control-click an empty area of the Library stack (the lower section of the Library), then choose New Folder from the shortcut menu.

      Note: You may have to expand your stack window or use icon view to access an empty area.

      An untitled folder appears in the subcategories list in the Library sidebar.

  3. With the new folder selected, click the name, type a new name, then press Return.

To create a new folder in a Behaviors subcategory
  1. Open the Library and select a Behaviors subcategory, such as Basic Motion.

  2. Do one of the following:

    • Click the New Folder button at the bottom of the window.

    • Control-click an empty area of the Library stack (the lower section of the Library), then choose New Folder from the shortcut menu.

      The new untitled folder appears in the Library stack. The new folder does not appear in the Library sidebar.

  3. With the new folder selected, click the name, type a new name, then press Return.

To move a behavior to a custom folder in the Behaviors category
  • Drag the behavior to the new folder in the Library sidebar.

    The custom preset is added to the new folder and to the All subcategory.

To move a behavior to a custom folder in a Behaviors subcategory
  • Drag the behavior to the new folder in the Behaviors subcategory in the Library stack.

    The custom preset is added to the new folder and to the All subcategory.

Deleting Custom Behaviors

Custom behaviors can easily deleted from your system, if necessary.

To delete a custom behavior
  • In the Library stack, Control-click the custom behavior, then choose Move to Trash from the shortcut menu.

To delete a custom folder from a subcategory in the Library stack
  • Control-click the folder in the Library stack, then choose Move to Trash from the shortcut menu.

Note: You can also delete the folder from the Finder. The folder is stored in the /Users/username/Library/Application Support/Final Cut Studio/Motion/Library/ folder.

Important: Deleting a custom object or folder cannot be undone.

To delete a custom folder from a category in the Library sidebar
  • In the Finder, navigate to the /Users/username/Library/Application Support/Final Cut Studio/Motion/Library/ folder, Control-click the folder, then choose Move to Trash from the shortcut menu.

Moving Behaviors Among Different Computers

Each customized behavior you drag into the Motion Library is saved as a separate file in the /Users/username/Library/Application Support/Final Cut Studio/Motion/ folder on your computer. For example, a saved custom behavior named My Motion Path in the Favorites folder of the Library appears in the /Users/username/Library/Application Support/Final Cut Studio/Motion/Library/Favorites/ folder.

Figure. Mac OS X Finder icon for a saved animation path in Motion.

Items that are saved to the Library appear in the Finder with a .molo extension (“Motion Library object“). These items cannot be opened from the Finder.

If you’ve created one or more custom behaviors that you rely upon, you may want to move them to other computers that have Motion installed.

To copy a custom behavior to another computer
  • Copy one or more Motion custom preset files to that computer’s /Users/username/Library/Application Support/Final Cut Studio/Motion/Library/ folder.