Developer: Apple

Current Version: 5.4

Last Updated: 1 month ago

Download Size: 2.4 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 
• Import 360° media and design 360° titles, generators, and effects
• 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 using more than 100 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

Motion Graphics for Final Cut Pro
• Save any title, effect, transition or generator and access it directly in Final Cut Pro
• Customize Final Cut Pro titles, effects, and transitions by opening them in Motion
• 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
• Save any 360° motion graphic and access it immediately from the effects browser in Final Cut Pro

Stunning Effects
• Choose from more than 230 behaviors for natural-looking motion without keyframes
• 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
• Use the intuitive keyframe tools in Motion for precise control of the timing and position in your animation
• Apply 360° effects including blurs, glows, and more
• Harness a thriving ecosystem of third-party FxPlug plug-ins with custom interfaces for tasks like advanced tracking, advanced color correction, and more

Effortless 3D
• Transition from 2D to 3D space by adding cameras
• Create 3D scenes within a 360° project for ultra-realistic 360° environments
• 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 
• Import wide color images, view them on supported Mac computers, and then export in standard Rec. 709 or wide Rec. 2020 color space 
• Export standard or 360° projects to Apple devices and publish directly to YouTube, Facebook, and Vimeo
• Deliver ProRes 4444 video for uncompressed quality at reduced file sizes
• Send to Compressor to access advanced options for custom encoding like HEVC

System Requirements: macOS 10.12.4 or later, 4GB of RAM (8GB recommended for 4K editing, 3D titles, and 360° video editing), OpenCL-capable GPU graphics card or Intel HD Graphics 3000 or later, 256MB of VRAM (1GB recommended for 4K editing, 3D titles, and 360° video editing), 4.7GB of available disk space (3.5GB app, 1.2GB supplemental content). 

Some features require Internet access; fees may apply. Blu-ray recorder required for burning Blu-ray discs. Video output to VR headset requires Mac computer with discrete graphics running macOS High Sierra. 27-inch iMac with Radeon Pro 580 graphics recommended.


Release Notes:

360 VR motion graphics
• Import 360° video and design 360° titles, generators, and effects
• Output 360° video to a connected VR headset*
• Apply 360° effects including blurs, glows, and more
• Save any 360° motion graphic and access it immediately from the effects browser in Final Cut Pro
• Share 360° video directly to YouTube, Facebook, and Vimeo
• Apply the Reorient filter to easily change the orientation of 360° video
• Create 3D scenes within a 360° project for ultra-realistic 360° environments
• Use the 360° Look Around view to preview your 360° scene without a VR headset
• Edit 360° video into a non-360° project and animate the pan, tilt, and zoom
• Place any graphic, still, or video into a 360° project, then reposition and resize to fit perfectly into the 360° scene

Additional features
• Easily convert between a Motion project, Final Cut Pro generator, Final Cut Pro title, Final Cut Pro effect, or Final Cut Pro transition at any time
• New Overshoot behavior creates realistic spring-loaded animations without the need for keyframes
• New Looks filters offer a variety of photographic-inspired looks
• Faster, higher quality Optical Flow analysis using Metal
• Import, playback, and editing of High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC, also known as H.265) video clips and High Efficiency Image Format (HEIF) photos from Apple devices**
• Send to Compressor to export motion graphics projects in the HEVC format

* Requires compatible VR headset, macOS High Sierra, and SteamVR
** HEVC and HEIF support requires macOS High Sierra


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 152 out of 165 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 5.4
Review by scionbro

Great app, but hangs after simple tasks - RIght after I bought motion, I loved it. It is really simple and easy to use. PLus there is alot of support for the app. My only problem with it is that on my iMac11,1 the app is constantly hanging and locks up unless you relaunch it. This mainly happens with audio analyzing. It says it finished analysing the audio then I press play to see if it worked. 8 out of 10 times motion will just freeze. I have sent apple many crash reports to Apple and i would love if they could fix all the problems people are having with motion freezing, crashing, or hanging.

Found helpful by 2 out of 2 people
Version 5.4
Review by Nick LaPalomento

Doesn’t get the recognition it deserves! Motion rocks! - Having previously messed around with After Effects and being overwhelmed, I began to dabble with Apple Motion. Color me impressed. Very easy to use, and the results are amazing. The more and more that I use it, the more I like it. Give it a shot, I think youll be pleasently surprised at what its capable of and what you can create with it.

Found helpful by 1 out of 1 people
Version 5.4
Review by GOODD64

Amazing - I’ll be honest, I hate how this program handles shadow effects for 3d models. But even tho this program is mainly for FCPX transtions it can create some amazing standalone videos. I just wish Apple would push this program in that direction like After Effects. I’ll still chose this program over After Effects because of how simple the layout is and how it is clearly optomized for apple computers.

Found helpful by 0 out of 0 people