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Apple - Motion - Tech Specs


Minimum System


Tech Specs

OS X v10.9.2 or later

256MB of VRAM (1GB

4GB of RAM (8GB recommended

recommended for 4K)

for 4K)

4.05GB of disk space (2.85GB app,

OpenCL-capable graphics card or

1.2GB supplemental content)

Intel HD Graphics 3000 or later

User Interface

Dark look to enhance

View color channels and alpha

color perception

channels independently

Single-window layout for all user

Canvas alignment tools including

interface panes

dynamic alignment guides, 3D

Onscreen controls for

grid, and rulers

selected filters


Keyframe editor pane with a

gesture-based interface

streamlined timeline view for

3D mouse support

intuitive time-based control

Integrated File Browser for fast

Center toolbar for tools;

access to Finder content

color-coded objects and inspector

RAM Previews for viewing complex

keyframe controls for easy


Save favorite settings, customized

Unlimited tracks of movie clips,

effects, gradients, text styles, and

graphics, text, and particles

more in the Library

Project sizes up to 16K (8K

Over 1900 pieces of Apple-

resolution requires a graphics card

designed, royalty-free vector

with 512MB of VRAM; 1GB or more

artwork, high-resolution images,

recommended; 16K resolution

and animated design elements

requires a graphics card with 1GB

of VRAM)
Open multiple projects
simultaneously to easily switch,
copy, and paste between them
Color bits per channel: 16-bit float
for GPU rendering; 32-bit float for
background software rendering of
Motion projects in Final Cut Pro

Instantly display and access all

layers in the project using a
single keystroke
Create, save, and remap custom
keyboard shortcuts
Show images outside the visible
frame boundary for easily
adjusting offscreen objects

(float processing requires a

Automatically collect media used

graphics card with 256MB of

in a project for easy backup or

VRAM; 512MB or

moving to other locations

more recommended)

Use Spotlight in OS X to locate


Motion projects by searching on

nonsquare-pixel support

any layer name or text string

Semitransparent heads-up display

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animations at full frame rate

created in the project

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with onscreen controls for layers,

behaviors, and filters
Onscreen controls for 3D position,
3D rotation, 3D anchor point,
skew, four-corner pin, crop, and
text glyph manipulations
Enable/Disable viewing and
rendering of Lighting, Shadows,
Reflections, and Depth of Field
Support for dual monitor display

3D Compositing

Position, rotate, and intersect

Enable shadows for selected point

multiple layers in 3D space

or spot lights, define objects to

Combine multiple layers into 3D

groups for hierarchical

control the shadow colors

3D animations

and softness

Add, animate, and cut between

Enable Reflectivity on most

multiple cameras

objects, movies, paint strokes,

Walk-Camera intuitively operates

like a first-person video game
Adjust the cameras near and far

Activate depth of field to enhance

realism and control focus
Enable particles, Replicator

object popping

elements, and paint strokes to

animate in 3D space

creating and modifying complex

Create 3D text behaviors for

camera moves


Quad split view for displaying

multiple orthographic and
perspective views
Inset viewer for quickly checking
alternative views while

animations with full 3D position

and rotation control
Create 3D motion paths for layers,
cameras, and light sources
Apply behaviors like throw, orbit,

making adjustments

and vortex with 3D attributes

Multiple light sources including

Isolate any layer to a Front view for

ambient, directional, point,

easily modifying masks or

and spot

editing text

Layer list view makes it easy to

Composite with premultiplied or

change the stacking order of any

non-premultiplied Alpha channels

layer, group, filter, or

Mini-timeline built into the Canvas

animation behavior

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and more

soft clipping planes to avoid

Apply Camera behaviors for easily

Timeline Editing
and Layering

receive or cast shadows, and

that displays a single track for the

Grouping for applying compound

currently selected layer, group,

transformations and filters

filter, or behavior

Common bring to front and

Trim, slip, slide, and retime audio

send to back functions

and video clips via the

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Opacity and blend mode display


for quick access on every layer

Retime clips using frame blending,

and group
Create drop zones for easy
image replacement
Clone layers for linking instances
of images that inherit

motion blur blending, or

optical flow
Cache optical flow retiming
analysis to change speed at any
time without reanalyzing
Full timeline with drag-and-drop

properties automatically

editing to choose between

Solo tracks for easier viewing

compositing and assembling

and refinements

multiple clips

Isolate selection for temporary

Insert and overwrite editing

framing and solo of an object to

directly into the timeline

facilitate editing of an object in a

3D composition

Markers that can be placed in the

timeline or on a specific clip
with notes


Unique behavior animations for

Keyframe edit tool, keyframe

creating natural phenomena like

sketch tool, and a keyframe box

wind, gravity, and vortex

manipulation tool

Sophisticated simulations like

Copy and paste keyframes from

attract, repel, and orbit, which

different tracks and parameters

create multilayered 3D animations

Keyframe settings for ping pong,

Text sequencing for automating

repeat, and progressive

complex title animations in

Record animations and thin

3D space

keyframes in real time

Auto-animated Parameter controls

like oscillate, wriggle, and more

Draw keyframes in the Keyframe

editor using a freehand pen tool

Parameter linking for driving

Squish, stretch, and move groups

secondary animations

of keyframes using a

Retiming behaviors automate

transform box

ramping in and out of

Save curve sets for quick access to

speed changes

common parameters

Audio behavior for syncing

View animated curves for

animations with audio tracks

easier navigation

MIDI behavior for triggering

View keyframes in the timeline for

parameter changes via any

quick positioning

MIDI device

Enable/Disable keyframe and

Shape behaviors allow for tracking

behavior-based animations to

points on a shape or creating

easily compare different results

random wriggling
animated shapes
Complete keyframe-based
animation tools
Keyframe editor with Bezier,

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Linear, Constant, and Ease In/Ease

Out curve interpolations

Particle Engine

Sprite-based particle engine with

Save newly created particles in the

accelerated performance

Library for reuse in other projects

Over 200 particle presets for easy

Choose between point, line,

access to sparkles, fire, smoke,

rectangle, circle, box, sphere, and

and more

more for emitter shapes

Animate particles in 3D space with

Control birth rate, life, speed,

Face-Camera control

angle, spin, scale, and gradient

Apply multiple objects or video

colors for particle cells

clips as emitters

Scale particles over their life or

Apply additive blend mode for

add behaviors like orbit and vortex

intense glowing results

Animate emitters and cells

for amazing 3D results with

little effort


Paint Effects

Paint with pressure-sensitive

Rotate the stroke in 3D space with

vector-based brushstrokes

Face-Camera control for

Select from over 140 customizable

volumetric 3D strokes

brush styles from traditional

Assign pressure and speed to

to abstract

brush properties when using a pen

Modify brush width, color, opacity,

and tablet

and jitter over the stroke path

Enable dynamics on paint dabs for

Automatically draw on and draw

particle paint type effects

off with full customization

Apply Replicator-like sequencing

Edit brushstrokes as Bezier or

animations that can cause the

advanced B-spline paths

paint stroke to ripple through

3D space

Replicator Tool

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Automatic replication of any

Change the offset for rows and

graphic, text object, or movie file

columns, causing them to shift

along defined patterns

position across the

Over 200 Replicator presets that

defined pattern

can be completely customized

Control origin of animation from

and resaved

various points of the pattern

Animate replicated patterns in 3D

Add random scale and angle

space with Face-Camera control

setting for more

Save newly created Replicators in

natural replications

the Library for reuse in

Apply additive blend mode for

other projects

intense glowing results

Choose between line, rectangle,

Set color of replicated objects

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circle, burst, spiral, wave, box,

from a single tint to a

sphere, and more for

user-defined range

Replicator patterns

Add Replicator Sequence behavior

Define the number of rows,

for wavelike animations over

columns, and 3D ranks that fill or

various patterns

outline the pattern

Control pattern size, cell size,
angle, scale, and gradient colors
for Replicator cells

Title Design

Vector-based text engine for

Text field parameter in Inspector

creating clean type at any size

makes it easy to edit text even if

Import capability supporting Text

text is obscured in the Canvas

and RTF files to create Motion

Fill text with solid or

text objects

multipoint gradients

Format text using size, rotation,

Apply static images or video clips

slant, tracking, kerning, and more

as textures to text faces

Animate individual text characters

Control textures using hold frame,

in 3D space using customizable

offset, wrap modes, and opacity

text behaviors

Support for Asian, Cyrillic, and

Transform single characters with

other Unicode system fonts

the Adjust Glyph tool

Right-to-left and vertical text

Select from a common set of blend

support for non-Roman languages

modes, including normal,

like Japanese, Chinese, and Arabic

multiply, screen, and add

Search-and-replace function to

Customize text styles with control

find and modify specific text

over the face, outline, glow, and

throughout a project

drop shadow

Shrink-to-fit option that

Type-on and text-on-a-path

automatically resizes text to fit

layout/animation options

into a given area

Scroll and Crawl layouts and

animation options that support
large amounts of text

Tracking and

Match move using single-point

Provide directional hints for

tracking or four-corner pinning

fast-moving regions by using the

Create tracking data that can be

look-ahead feature

referenced by multiple objects

Stabilize using traditional point

Track a filters onscreen

stabilizer or optical flow analysis

position controls

Automated optical flow stabilizer

Offset tracking for creating a

single track from multiple offsets
Tracking behavior highlights best
potential tracking points,

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bypasses selecting points and

time-consuming setup
SmoothCam optical flow analysis
removes jitter and rocking from

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eliminating guesswork

handheld shots while retaining

Advanced tracking algorithm

overall camera moves

maintains accurate analysis when

Adjust amount of smoothing

patterns rotate or skew

applied to transforms, rotation,

Smart retry feature resets the

and scaling in real time

search region automatically for

less user intervention

Filters and

Over 110 accelerated filters for

Advanced keying color-wheel

real-time interactivity

control for adjusting the tolerance

More than 10 blur filters, including

and softness in the chroma and

Gaussian, Channel Blur, Radial

luma channels of the keyed region

Blur, and Defocus

Stylize filters like Vignette, Bad TV,

Simple and bevel borders

More than 15 color correction

Bad Film, Color Emboss, Halftone,

Line Art, and Slit Tunnel

filters, including Color Balance,

Unique kaleidoscope and

Gradient Colorize, Color Reduce,

tiling filters

and Threshold

Time-based filters for echo and

More than 25 distortion filters,

strobe effects

including Refraction, Insect Eye,

Video filters for deinterlacing and

Glass Distortion, Ripple, Scrape,

broadcast-safe colors

and Polar

and luminance

Stunning glow effects for Light

Generators that automatically

Rays, Bloom, Aura, and more

generate patterns, noise, colors,

Keying filter that automatically

caustics, and concentric shapes

analyzes the dominant color of the

and spirals

visible frame and presents

Text generators that create and

onscreen controls for refining the

animate text elements like

sample color and edges of the key

numbers, currency, dates, and

Keying controls for filling holes,

timecode or can generate text

adjusting edge distance, spill

using the contents of a text file

level, and light wrap

Masking Tools

Bezier or advanced B-spline

Track entire shapes or control

masking tools

points using tracking behaviors

Create ovals, rectangles, and

Create image masks from alpha,

arbitrary freehand shapes

luminance, or RGB values of a

Control opacity, rounding, and

second image

edge feathering
Combine masks using
mathematical operations


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Support for AIFF, WAV, MP3, VBR

Control balance, gain, mute, and

MP3, and AAC (MPEG-4 Audio)

solo individually

Edit audio tracks in the timeline

Use master audio controls for

with trim, slip, and move

global audio adjustments

Retime audio tracks with

Trigger parameter changes based

pitch change

on audio frequencies or

Scrub audio tracks for frame-

transient hits

accurate positioning

Final Cut Pro

and Third-Party

Create and save Smart Templates

Rigs and parameters can be

in Motion for titles, effects,

published in a template for

transitions, and generators to

simplified control in Final Cut Pro

make them available in

Import vector PDF graphics,

Final Cut Pro for drag-and-drop

Photoshop layered documents,

application without rendering


Rigs allow multiple parameters to

TGA, or Open EXR files

be controlled with simplified

FxPlug 3 for GPU-accelerated

sliders, pop-up menus,

third-party filters and effects,

or checkboxes

including support for shapes,

Predefined aspect-ratio snapshots

paths, cameras, lights and

make templates automatically fit

custom interfaces

the Final Cut Pro project

Support for Image Unit plug-ins

frame size
Define fixed durations for intro
and outro sections in templates;
Final Cut Pro adjusts the title body
to fit the timing in the middle


Share feature to export and deliver

Accelerated motion blur with

content automatically to devices

customizable shutter

like iPod and Apple TV or to

services like Facebook, Vimeo, and
YouTube in a few clicks
Export to ProRes, H.264, MPEG-4,

Save custom export settings for

easier selection
Settings created in Compressor
can be accessed directly from the

and other QuickTime-

Share feature in Motion 5 and

supported codecs

Final Cut Pro X

Export OP1a MXF files using

Send a whole project to

bundled Compressor settings

Compressor for advanced

Export as movies or

encoding requirements

image sequences

Export Selection can render out

Export as OpenEXR format

selected objects

Export to uncompressed 8-bit and

10-bit 4:2:2
Support for progressive and

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field-based rendering

Make every effect special.

Advanced encoding. Simplified.

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