Motion 5 release notes

Learn about current and previous Motion updates.

Before installing a Motion update, make sure to back up your important files, including projects, media, and the version of Motion that you’re updating.

New in Motion 5.3

  • Redesigned dark interface puts the focus on your motion graphics
  • Updated arrangement of icons streamlines the Motion interface
  • Window layouts are now optimized for portable Mac computers and desktop displays
  • Images are now viewable in wide color on supported Mac computers and external displays
  • Import, edit, and deliver video in standard Rec. 709 or in wide Rec. 2020 color spaces
  • Improved Link behavior lets you link attributes such as width and height to drive animation automatically
  • New Align To behavior lets you easily connect and animate multiple objects without keyframing
  • Improved environment reflection controls allow for more realistic 3D text rendering with anisotropy, which changes the appearance of an object based on angle of view
  • More realistic brushed metal surfaces enhance 3D text
  • Improved performance when playing and adjusting 3D text
  • New arrow cursor shape
  • Support for Stickers format when exporting image sequences
  • Additional Stickers project templates
  • Support for Live Photos
  • Play Selection command

Issues addressed in Motion 5.3:

  • Graphics maintain high image quality after scaling to smaller template sizes
  • Slider widget snapshot tags now allow for numeric entry of precise position
  • EXR images dropped into image wells appear correctly
  • Installed third-party plug-ins are checked for compatibility on initial launch
  • 3D text materials that contain gradients render correctly
  • Improved rendering of opacity and depth with layers in 3D text
  • Improved support for rendering third-party fonts in 3D text
  • Tab stops in a saved Motion project load and export correctly
  • Material presets are maintained when copying 3D text from one project to another
  • Filters applied to 3D text no longer clip the base of a shadow when rotated
  • Saving projects correctly collects media for previously saved templates
  • Improved performance when working with shapes
  • Panorama photos from iPhone appear correctly in the canvas
  • Videos recorded with iPhone import correctly
  • Fixed a crash when applying a sequence behavior to a text generator
  • Affinity Photo PSD images load correctly
  • Fixed an issue where PSD layers could become merged when loading projects
  • Autosave Vault naming now supports 2-byte languages including Japanese, Chinese, and Korean
  • Missing media reconnection menu is fixed
  • Improved 3D title rendering on Intel 5000 systems
  • Fixed an issue that could cause incorrect rendering of the Concentric Circles generator on systems with Intel integrated graphics
  • Improved stability of the Match Move behavior
  • Resolved an issue in the Motion Path behavior when setting the X or Y radius of circle to 0

Previous versions

New in Motion 5.2.3

  • Improves stability when adding Photoshop files to a project
  • Improves stability when searching in iTunes and photo libraries
  • Improves stability when using the Undo command after ungrouping a parent group
  • Correctly saves percentage-based parameters in the Checkerboard generator after closing and reopening a project
  • Correctly saves the preview movie for Motion templates created in German, Japanese, and Chinese
  • Fixes an issue in which points on a Bezier shape could incorrectly switch from Linear to Smooth
  • Fixes an issue in which some objects within Motion templates could render with soft edges
  • Adds iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPad Pro, and Apple TV (4th generation) to the Apple Devices compatibility list in the Share window

Motion 5.2.2

  • Fixes render errors that might occur when using reflective materials with 3D text
  • Improves stability when swapping materials on 3D text with published parameters
  • Improves performance when loading text styles
  • Motion Title templates with published text layout parameters now export correctly
  • Fixes an issue that could cause 3D text to appear dark when rendered

Motion 5.2.1

  • Fixes an issue in which Photoshop files could be imported with an incorrect color profile
  • Fixes an issue that could cause Motion to quit on launch

Motion 5.2

Before installing an update to Motion from the Mac App Store, be sure to backup your important files, including projects, media, and the version of Motion that you’re updating.

Introducing 3D titles

  • Beautifully animated and easily customizable 3D text
  • Simple templates to get started quickly
  • Cinematic templates with built-in backgrounds and animations
  • Save any 3D title and access it instantly in Final Cut Pro X
  • Large collection of text styles to create stunning looks in one click
  • Customize your titles with hundreds of combinations of materials, lighting, and edges
  • Additional controls adjust environments, shadows, and more
  • Instantly convert 2D titles to 3D
  • Create advanced 3D looks with multiple materials and edges on each character
  • Flexible surface shading with options for texture maps, diffuse and specular reflection, and bump mapping
  • Cast shadows from 3D text onto itself and other objects in a 3D scene
  • Add multiple lights, cameras, and tracking to any 3D title
  • In-camera glint effects
  • Support for sequencing 3D text animations
  • Over 90 built-in materials including metals, woods, plastics, and more
  • Combine layers of materials to create unique looks
  • Customize any material and save as a new preset
  • Easily add real-world attributes including paints, finishes, distress, and more 

Camera formats

  • Panasonic AVC-Ultra codec family
  • Sony XAVC S
  • JVC H.264 Long GOP

Additional features

  • 12 new generators, including Manga Lines, Sunburst, and Spiral Graphics
  • Improved keyframing, including copy and paste in the Timeline
  • Improved mask and shape creation for rectangles and circles, plus conversion to bezier shape for more control
  • Easily monitor background Share operations from within Motion
  • Improved performance on Intel-based GPUs
  • Better performance of FxPlug plug-ins and built-in effects that use multiple frames, such as Echo and Trails

Motion 5.2 also includes the following:

  • Improved stability when loading projects with missing filters or fonts
  • Choosing a smooth option on an already smooth point no longer changes the curve 
  • Checkbox parameters display in the curve editor
  • Double-clicking to add a new keyframe in the Curve Editor no longer changes interpolation of subsequent keyframes
  • The Keyframe Editor vertical scroll bar displays the entire graph
  • Keyframe Editor time scale is consistent

Motion 5.1.2

  • Motion 5.1.2 fixes reliability issues when burning a Blu-ray Disc or creating a Blu-ray disk image

Motion 5.1.1

  • Support for Apple ProRes 4444 XQ
  • Improved Sequence Text behavior for animating characters, words, and lines
  • Enhanced Contrast filter parameters for refined adjustments

This update also includes the following:

  • Updated preset text styles
  • General stability improvements

Motion 5.1

  • Optimized playback and rendering using dual GPUs in the new Mac Pro
  • FxPlug 3 with custom plug-in interfaces and dual-GPU support
  • Faster project loading, especially for complex projects
  • Share directly to YouTube at 4K resolution
  • Spanish language localization

This update improves overall stability and performance including:

  • Fixes a stability issue with splitting clips on the timeline
  • Fixes a stability issue when dragging media to a layer that is being edited
  • Fixes a stability issue when adding a point to an animated shape
  • Fixes a stability issue when quitting Motion while copying a text character
  • Fixes an issue where objects could appear to be missing in the Layers List
  • Fixes an issue with rendering XAVC media

For information on the security content of this update, please visit Apple security updates.

Motion 5.0.7

  • Resolves an issue where some third-party effects generated green frames during render
  • Resolves performance issues that could occur with certain titles and effects
  • Fixes a stability issue when splitting layers in the timeline
  • Fixes an issue where launching a plug-in with a check box could require multiple clicks
  • Fixes a stability issue with CoreMelt plug-ins

Motion 5.0.6

  • Fixes an issue with Image Units being removed when you saved a project
  • Fixes issues that occurred when working with multiple documents on dual displays
  • Fixes an issue with uploading clips that are larger than 1 GB to Vimeo

Motion 5.0.5

  • Improved anti-aliasing increases text sharpness for enhanced legibility, especially with small fonts and animated text
  • Open multiple projects simultaneously to easily switch, copy, and paste between them
  • Accelerated loading of complex projects
  • Ability to edit and export audio files with sample rates above 44kHz
  • Resolves a stability issue that could occur when applying the Keyer filter with the Inspector open
  • Resolves a stability issue that could occur when pressing Escape after accessing the Colors window in the Text Inspector

Motion 5.0.4 

Motion version 5.0.4 improves overall stability and is enhanced for the MacBook Pro (Retina, Mid 2012).

This update also resolves issues in FxPlug 2 where some images were returned at half height or upside down.

Motion 5.0.3

  • Improves loading time for projects
  • Improves performance of text editing in the Canvas
  • Fixes issues with Fill Opaque enabled in images converted to Drop Zones
  • Resolves a stability issue that occurred when deleting all characters with the Transform Glyph tool
  • Corrects the pixel aspect ratio display of Anamorphic clips
  • Improves speed of Save Current Frame
  • Resolves a stability issue when adjusting motion blur controls in the Project Properties Inspector
  • Resolves a stability issue when modifying media files while Motion is running in the background

Motion 5.0.2

  • Improves the speed and responsiveness of text editing
  • Ability to automatically add animation keyframes when recording is disabled
  • Keyboard shortcut for repositioning animation curves or paths
  • Ability to adjust the pan and scale of an image in a drop zone
  • Improves the look of the Keyframe Editor for easier keyframe viewing and editing
  • Improves support for timing-related FxPlug effects
  • Improves stability and performance when working with drop zones
  • Resolves a stability issue caused by clicking in the Canvas outside an object after repositioning the object
  • Resolves a stability issue that could result from clicking on the Photos folder in the Library pane
  • Keyframe Editor shows only animated parameters when the Animated display option is selected

Motion 5.0.1

  • Adds support for dual displays
  • Fixes an issue with the import and playback of multichannel audio
  • Resolves a stability issue when navigating to keyframes at a negative time
  • Fixes an issue with incorrect text positioning when the Inspector is open
  • Provides for correct kerning between characters when applying adjustments
  • Resolves stability issues when entering an empty string in a title while in Draft Mode

 

Back up the Motion application

To back up the currently installed Motion application:

  1. Create a new folder in the Applications folder, and name it after the application (for example, "Motion 5.2.3"). To check your version of Motion, open the application and choose About Motion from the Motion menu.
  2. Select the Motion application in the Applications folder. Choose File > Compress "Motion." It will take a few minutes to compress. 
  3. Move the resulting "Motion.zip" file into the folder you created in step 1.
  4. Move the folder containing the .zip file to a backup drive.

Information about products not manufactured by Apple, or independent websites not controlled or tested by Apple, is provided without recommendation or endorsement. Apple assumes no responsibility with regard to the selection, performance, or use of third-party websites or products. Apple makes no representations regarding third-party website accuracy or reliability. Risks are inherent in the use of the Internet. Contact the vendor for additional information. Other company and product names may be trademarks of their respective owners.

Published Date: