Synopses & Reviews
It’s not that you didn’t want to create motion graphics for your video or DVD projects: You simply didn’t have the time or money to take on a program like After Effects. Now you don’t need to! With Apple’s $299 Motion and this project-based guide to it, you’ll be animating like a pro in no time! Assuming no prior motion graphics knowledge, this Apple-certified guide (the only one geared to newcomers to the field) starts slow, introducing you to motion graphics aesthetics at the same time you learn the program. From the first chapter, you’ll be playing with the interface, building projects, and adding behaviors as you learn what makes Motion tick and how to use it effectively. Each lesson builds on the last as you learn about the time pane; behavior; particles; working with text, keyframes, Audio Editor, and sprites; importing/exporting and rendering; managing media; creating layered projects; and more. Review questions reinforce the knowledge, and a DVD with lesson files and media lets you work along with the book’s projects.
Got a mouse and a keyboard? Then you're ready to start making beautiful music with Apple's Soundtrack music arrangement software and this hands-on guide. With Soundtrack, you don't need to pay a composer or fork out royalty payments to start creating perfectly synched scores in no time. All you need, in fact, is this hands-on, Apple-certified guide, and you can begin taking advantage of Soundtrack's more than 4,000 audio loops and dozens of audio effects in your own video, DVD, and Web projects immediately. In this book/DVD combo, you'll find a complete, self-paced course in all aspects of Soundtrack--from employing its interface to the secrets of creating original music, finding matching parts, mixing tracks, scoring to video, adding effects, and more. Step-by-step exercises, hands-on lessons, review questions at the end of each chapter, and a DVD crammed with lesson files--plus dozens of composing tricks and loads of advanced editing tips--make this the place to master Soundtrack.
About the Author
Mary Plummer is a professional musician, composer, and video editor who’s edited music videos, documentaries, and independent feature films. She is also the author of several books, including Apple Pro Training Series: Soundtrack.