Mark Spencer

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.

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…

Photoshop & Motion

Photoshop & Motion

Here’s a free video tutorial that shows you how to quickly create an engaging animation by arranging the layers of a Photoshop file in 3D space in Motion…

Stock Footage Options Continue To Expand

Stock Footage Options Continue To Expand

istockphoto.com used to be my primary source for inexpensive stock photography and video. But just this past week I’ve come across two new stock video competitors that…

Motion and the OoO, Part 2

Motion and the OoO, Part 2

In Part 1 of our exploration of Motion’s Order of Operations, or OoO (which you can find here), we looked at a situation where a drop shadow applied…

Motion and the OoO, Part 1

Motion and the OoO, Part 1

The OoO? Some sort of secret society? Almost – OoO stands for Order of Operations, and if you’re not familiar how Motion calculates the changes you make to…

What Inspires You?

What Inspires You?

You are deep in the middle of a complex project, racing to beat a tight deadline, and you’re stuck. Where do you find that creative spark? For me…

Could This Be The Card We’ve Been Waiting For?

Could This Be The Card We’ve Been Waiting For?

Yesterday AMD announced a new graphics card, the ATI Radeon HD 3870, which they say they expect to ship by the end of June. For anyone who has bought a…

Great Motion Graphics

Great Motion Graphics

Apple’s new iTunes ad featuring Coldplay performing Viva la Vida is IMHO just outstanding. The work gets better and better. You can see a hi-def version of…

Motion Quick Tip: Importing Illustrator and Photoshop Files

Motion Quick Tip: Importing Illustrator and Photoshop Files

When working with Motion, you’ll often import content that was created elsewhere. For example, Illustrator and Photoshop are two powerful applications for creating and manipulating images. They both…