Motion Magic in Under 5 Minutes: How to Animate a Map

Motion Magic in Under 5 Minutes: How to Animate a Map

In this episode, I’ll show you how to create
this animated map effect. I’m Mark Spencer from Ripple Training. Welcome to Motion Magic where you’ll learn visual effects and motion graphics in under 5 minutes. Here we are in Motion,
where I’ve imported a map graphic. I’ll start by scaling it up and rotating it. Next,
I want to indicate a path of travel so I’ll select the Bezier shape tool and click on the map to add control points at each city. I’ll press Return, then in the HUD, turn
off the Fill and adjust the Outline Color and Width. In the Shape Inspector, in the
Style tab, I’ll change the brush type to airbrush, then increase the spacing to reveal
the individual dabs. Then I’ll open the Brush Profile gradient and move the white opacity tag over to make the dabs have a well­ defined edge. And I’ll adjust the Width and Spacing
as needed. To animate the dots onto the map, I’ll use the Behaviors shortcut menu and select Shape>Write On. I’ll move the playhead to 00:03:00 and press O to trim the behavior. If I play the project, the dots now animate along the path. To add a camera move that
follow the path, I’ll first add a camera by clicking the camera icon on the toolbar,
and then click Switch to 3D. I’ll use the Camera controls at the top right of the Viewer to Pan and Dolly the camera to my desired starting framing. To animate the camera from the Behaviors shortcut menu I’ll choose Basic Motion>Move. I’ll trim the Move behavior to end a little after the Write­On behavior and then press Shift­ O to move
the playhead to the Out point of the behavior. Then I’ll use the On­screen control to
set the ending framing. In the HUD I’ll change the Speed to Ease Both. If I play the project, the camera now moves to follow the path. If you would like to create this kind
of animation in Final Cut Pro X have a look at our Callouts plugin, which includes built ­in curved and straight paths that you can drag and drop on any map and quickly position.
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10 Replies to “Motion Magic in Under 5 Minutes: How to Animate a Map”

  1. I have just recently found your website and all your wonderful tutorials. I have already purchased and watched, in 2 days, FCPX Core Training. As I am not terribly new to editing but very new to motion graphics, I would like your opinion what tutorials you might have that will help me animate a property boundary. I am shooting a lot of ranches for realtors and one of the requests is to be able to see the property boundaries in the video. As a work around, I have been just showing a still frame with the boundaries and that seems to make them happy but I wanted to go a step further and show the boundaries and the drone flies over the property. I would start with a wide shot from very hi to show the entire property, then in other clips, I would be closer to the ground so the property boundaries would only be in part of the video, but it of course would need to animate in 3D space. Hope this makes sense.

    Many thanks,

  2. Thank you Mark for another awesome tutorial! This video is very close to what I want to do. I would like to animate a Route 66 trip I took by following the road precisely on a map. Can this be done? If so, do you have any tutorials on this along with what's needed to do so? As for the map itself, it appears that I would have to video my own and then download it into FCPX. Thanks again……. You and Steve are the best!! Ray 👍😊

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