Developer: Apple

Current Version: 5.3.1

Last Updated: 2 months ago

Download Size: 2.3 GB - Download


Designed for video editors, Motion is a powerful motion graphics tool that makes it easy to create cinematic 2D and 3D titles, fluid transitions, and realistic effects in real time.

2D and 3D Titles 
• Build 3D titles from scratch, design them with easy-to-use templates, or instantly convert any existing 2D title to 3D
• Easily create beautiful titles that you can animate with drag-and-drop behaviors and intuitive text animation tools
• Choose from a large collection of text styles to create stunning designs in one click
• Customize 3D titles to create endless looks with over 90 Apple-designed 3D materials including various metal, wood, and stone surfaces 
• Vector-based characters scale, skew, and rotate with pristine sharpness, while the modern engine in Motion lets you design in real-time
• Quickly animate text on or off the screen by choosing from more than 100 behaviors, including Type On and Blur Out
• Save any title and access it directly in Final Cut Pro

Motion Graphics for Final Cut Pro
• Customize Final Cut Pro titles, effects, and transitions by opening them in Motion
• Build stunning 2D and 3D compositions with more than 1900 royalty-free Apple-designed elements
• Make adjustments to any parameter during playback and instantly see results
• Create Smart Motion Templates with any combination of single parameters and rigs, which let you control a group of parameters with a simple slider, pop-up menu, or checkbox in Final Cut Pro
• Use the intuitive keyframe tools in Motion for precise control of the timing and position of all the elements in your animation

Stunning Effects
• Choose from more than 230 behaviors for natural-looking motion without programming
• Track a moving object in a video clip with the point tracking and match move feature
• Create an accurate chroma key in a single step with the Keying filter
• Use SmoothCam to eliminate camera jitters and image stabilization to smooth bumpy shots
• Create your own paintbrushes and 3D strokes or use one of 140 brush presets
• Design your own particle emitters or choose from 200 presets for real-world effects such as smoke and sparkles
• Choose a circle or rectangle mask or use the bezier and freehand mask tools to quickly draw and adjust control points for rotoscoping
• Harness a thriving ecosystem of third-party FxPlug plug-ins with custom interfaces for tasks like advanced tracking, color correction, and more

Effortless 3D
• Transition from 2D to 3D space by adding a camera or cameras to any 2D project
• Set up realistic shadows that animate dynamically with the movement of cameras and lights
• Track objects or groups of objects with drag-and-drop ease by applying the Camera Framing behavior
• Selectively define focus as an object moves in 3D space
• Turn any shape, video plane, or paint stroke into a reflective surface in 3D space

Breakthrough Speed, Quality, and Output 
• GPU optimizations to speed up playback and rendering, with dual-GPU support for blazing performance on Mac Pro
• Import wide color images, view them on supported Mac computers, and then export in standard Rec. 709 or wide Rec. 2020 color space 
• 64-bit architecture supports deeper, multilayered effects for use in Final Cut Pro
• Export projects to Apple devices and publish directly to popular websites such as Vimeo and YouTube
• Deliver ProRes 4444 video for uncompressed quality at reduced file sizes 
• Send to Compressor to access advanced options for custom encoding

System Requirements: OS X 10.11.4 or later, 4GB of RAM (8GB recommended for 4K editing and 3D titles), OpenCL-capable graphics card or Intel HD Graphics 3000 or later, 256MB of VRAM (1GB recommended for 4K editing and 3D Titles), 4.8GB of disk space (3.6GB app, 1.2GB supplemental content). 

Some features require Internet access; fees may apply. Blu-ray recorder required for burning Blu-ray discs.


Release Notes:

• Improves stability when using multiple camera behaviors
• Improves performance when exporting H.264 files and changing frame rate
• Fixes a stability issue when using the Timecode text generator
• Fixes a stability issue when the cursor rolls over markers during playback
• Fixes a stability issue when using the nudge keyframe shortcut

Introduced in Version 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
• Support for the Touch Bar on MacBook Pro lets you easily adjust key attributes like kerning and text color
• Timeline overview in the Touch Bar lets you view your entire project at a glance and navigate with touch
• 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


Most Helpful Reviews

Version 5.1
Review by PearElite

Great Application, but needs one thing... - I love motion 5, I have used it in most, if not all of my projects. It has a easy to use interface and you can get the hang of it really easily. For 50$ you’re getting a lot more than you paid for. I’ve also used motion in some of my school projects, (like for designing magazine covers and such) which is where would like to make a suggestion. I think Apple should add a feature at startup where you can select if you’re working with a photo or a video (or just have the option to export as a jpeg). If motion 5 had a picture editing feature that included all the same tools as the video editor I think it would have some really great potential and even be a bit of a competitor to photshop. But overall it’s a great application as is and really worth your 50$.

Found helpful by 150 out of 163 people
Version 5.2.1
Review by KemahTXMusicMan

Avoid this update! Badly Crashes my MacBook Pro ! - Apple needs to review this release. Upon launching it for the first time the app crashed so hard on my early 2015 13-inch Macbook Pro that graphics on the computer were completely distorted and I could no longer use my computer. I could no longer read the screen. It looked like a messed up jigsaw puzzle. I opened Motion, loaded a new 3D template showing the earth from space. Pressed play and boom!!! I eventually managed to fumble into a place where I could perform a shutdown and I did. Tried the app again. Boom! Kills my Mac dead. :-( May 16, 2015 - Another release another train wreck. Crashes almost immediately after I start using it on my new Mac!! I guess it’s time to look for a replacement. Avoid this update! Gosh I hope I have a back up still I’d held on hoping for a successful bug free release - sadly that didn’t happen.

Found helpful by 25 out of 36 people

More Reviews for Current Version

Version 5.3.1
Review by RbBtSn0w

Awesome app for mac. - its’ great app for create tool. Alway do work with apple software.

Found helpful by 7 out of 8 people
Version 5.3.1
Review by Alex Crocker

Fantastic AE alternative! - I have always wanted to learn motion graphics software in order to make better looking Minecraft server banners, but am disgusted by Adobe’s Creative Cloud subscription model. Thus, Motion 5 was a much more appealing option. I recently got it through an education bundle on Apple’s website.

Found helpful by 6 out of 7 people
Version 5.3.1
Review by Chatlanian

Not user friendly and crashes a lot - If you want to do anything advanced at all. Avoid this suite. Keyframe animation is pain. Very had to work with, it is all mouse driven, hardly any useful shortcuts. It is not possible to select and move several keyframes on multiple layers without this software freezing and/or crashing. If you make a mistake of checking the "Preview Movie" checkbox, the suite will constantly render your project before it is finished. It hangs and crashes a lot. Sometime hours of work are lost after the crash. This is on a latest 2016 MbpPro with top specification. Very very unstabile product with a lot of bugs, and no fixes. Avoid, if you want to do anything moderatly advanced.

Found helpful by 5 out of 11 people
Version 5.3.1
Review by ipaul0221

i love motion 5 but... - If you are looking for a great compatibility with the MAC design graphics affinity designer tool, it will help you a lot without difficulty in choosing it as MAC user of windows users. It is my personal opinion, of course. I also remember that I hesitated a lot while migrating to mac as a windows user. The Affinity designer tool is a powerful tool for MAC OS. I admit it. There is a shortage because it is early. We hope to be able to fight against ADOBE soon with solid technology.

Found helpful by 3 out of 11 people
Version 5.3.1
Review by Stuke

Here’s the magic! - In today’s world where attention spans are measured in seconds, Motion gives you the tools (100s of them) to build everything you can imagine (and not just in 2D…3D is easy as well). Here’s where you create mini clips (call them transitions, generators, etc.) but you may even build stuff that stands alone. IT IS NOT AN ADD-ON TO Final Cut Pro X; however, it is an essential tool for customization, to make it YOUR own production. (Tip…turn to Izzy for tutorials.) At this price, forget about all the older versions and the few percent who say something isn’t there from the last version…start new like me and you will be hooked, and your audiences HUGELY impressed with your production. Take your time, experiment, and fine-tune. Finally, do a little quality control, then publish it to Final Cut Pro, or just export it as a master video clip.

Found helpful by 10 out of 10 people