Importing Motion projects into Final Cut Pro HD

Final Cut Pro HD includes support for exchanging clips and sequences with Motion. The applications are closely integrated so that, when using Motion and Final Cut Pro HD on the same computer, you have the option of working with the Motion project in both applications at the same time, without having to worry about moving files between applications. Or, you can export clips for someone else to use for creating advanced motion graphics while you edit, and then import the Motion project into your sequence when it's ready.

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If you have Motion installed on the same computer as Final Cut Pro, you can import Motion projects into Final Cut Pro HD in the same way you would import other media. To import a Motion project into Final Cut Pro HD, do one of the following:

  • Drag the Motion project into the Final Cut Pro HD Browser or Timeline.
  • Choose File > Import > Files, then select the Motion project in the dialog that appears.

Note: It's not necessary to import Motion projects back into Final Cut Pro HD if you exported them with the Embed Motion Content option selected. When embedded, the Motion project that appears in Final Cut Pro HD automatically picks up any changes saved to it in Motion.

What Happens When a Motion Project is Imported or Embedded?
Although you cannot edit the content of an imported or embedded Motion project clip in Final Cut Pro HD, you can play it to see how it looks in your movie, place it in your sequence, trim edit it, add transitions, and apply filters and titles to it. When a Motion project is imported or embedded into Final Cut Pro HD:

  • Final Cut Pro HD displays the project as a clip, with all of the layers of the Motion project composited together into one sequence. It appears in the Browser with a Motion filename extension. If embedded and already in the Timeline, it also appears in the Timeline.
  • The audio in Motion is not imported into Final Cut Pro HD.
  • If project properties (such as frame width or height) were altered in Motion, those new properties are reflected in the Motion project in Final Cut Pro HD.


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