Quantizing in Motion

This Week on MacBreak Studio

This week on MacBreak Studio, I show Steve Martin from Ripple Training a few ways you can use the Quantize parameter behavior in Motion.

Continuing on our theme of “what does this do”, we dive again into one of Motion's lesser-known, lesser-used, and often misunderstood parameter behaviors. Quantize takes any parameter that it's applied to, and forces value changes on that parameter into a step function. So what starts out as a smoothly ramping change in value, such as position changing linearly over time, becomes a series of discrete steps with the value instantly changing from one frame to the next, then staying fixed for a period of time. You can adjust how fine or coarse this quantizing is applied.

While we use position and rotation parameters to demonstrate the behavior in this episode, you can apply it to just about any parameter of any layer, filter, mask, or even other behaviors. So use your imagination to play and discover other things you can quantize.


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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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