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 Apple-certified Master Trainer, and consults for corporations and individuals. He is the author or co-author of a half-dozen books on motion graphics and editing from Peachpit Press and writes for ProVideo Coalition. He maintains www.applemotion.net, a resource for Motion. Mark has an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Dipping Your Toes into Motion

Dipping Your Toes into Motion

So you’ve been working with Final Cut Pro for awhile now. And recently you or your organization upgraded to Final Cut Studio 2. You’ve heard about…

Motion Tip: Blend Modes and Pass Through

Motion Tip: Blend Modes and Pass Through

When working with blend modes in Motion, it’s important to understand how groups of layers interact with each other so that you get the result you are looking…

Can I Use This In My Video?

Can I Use This In My Video?

Copyright law is complicated, and it can be difficult to determine if a certain song, image, or video can be used without obtaining the copyright holder’s permission. I…

Editing, Motion Graphics, and VFX

Editing, Motion Graphics, and VFX

One of my local heroes, Stu Maschwitz, has posted a very intriguing article proposing that Adobe integrate After Effects with Premiere Pro. It’s required reading, IMHO, for both…

Motion Quick Tip: Cleaning Up With Crop

Motion Quick Tip: Cleaning Up With Crop

When you blur elements in Motion, sometimes your edges can become “tainted” – here’s how to fix them quickly and easily. Here’s a typical…

Animating Photoshop Layers in Motion Redux

If you missed my original video tutorial that shows you how to take a multi-layered Photoshop file, quickly and easily spread the layers out in z-space in Motion…

Inspirational Motion Graphics

Inspirational Motion Graphics

I saw this animation recently and I thought it was a great example of a powerful message created primarily with animated text. What do you think…

Troubleshooting Motion

Troubleshooting Motion

Has it happened to you? You are chugging along great, working on a cool project. Then one morning you fire up Motion, and something goes wrong.Perhaps it freezes or…

The Future of Visual Effects

The Future of Visual Effects

Some very smart folks in the University of Washington’s Computer Science department are cooking up some pretty amazing procedures that could well revolutionize the process of creating visual…

Graphic Design from Poetry

Graphic Design from Poetry

Held every year in Bremen, Germany, Poetry on the Road is an international literature festival. The theme for the festival in 2007 and 2008 was designed by Boris Müller…