I’ve Been Shattered

This week on MacBreak Studio

This week on MacBreak Studio, I show Steve Martin from Ripple Training how to shatter an image in Motion.

After Effects has a great Shatter effect built-in (it used to be a separate plugin way back in the day that was developed by AE guru and instructor Brian Maffitt, from whom, in addition to the books of Trish and Chris Meyers, I learned a great deal about After Effects).

Motion doesn't have anything as powerful as the shatter effect in Motion, but you can achieve a similar effect with a little elbow grease. In this episode, I use clones, masks and keyframes to demonstrate one approach.

Clones are a very powerful feature of Motion that can really come in handy in a variety of situations. Unlike duplicating a layer or group of layers, which creates a completely independent copy, cloning creates a new layer that inherits certain properties of the source. For example, any behaviors, filters, or masks you apply to the source will pass through to the clones. And if your source includes video or graphics, if you exchange the media in the source, all the clones will update as well.

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Mark Spencer is a freelance producer, videographer, editor, trainer and writer based in the Bay Area. He produces Final Cut Pro X-related training and plugins for with his partners at Ripple Training. He is an…

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