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.

Getting the Most out of Motion

Getting the Most out of Motion

One of the most enjoyable features of Motion is its ability to play back even moderately complex projects in real time – allowing for a type of interactive development process…

Don’t Forget Apple

Don’t Forget Apple

Apple has recently revised the entire Final Cut Studio section of their website, adding a large amount of descriptions, images, and video training on Motion. You can see some short…

It’s All In the Cards

It’s All In the Cards

Motion is a GPU-based application, which means that the graphics card you choose makes all the difference in the world: the better the card, the better Motion’s…

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…