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Hey everybody! This is Eric Meek from web.mac.com/final cut studio school and I’m here to show how to do reflection in motion. I’ll show you how to do it in Final Cut Pro and all that good stuff and I’m just going to show you how to do it in motion because motion gives such a better result and such a more realistic reflection that I’m going to show you how to do it. Also, I was e-mailed about how to do it in motion also.
So here we go. I’ve got a clip in my canvass here, it’s just a nice d clip that I use a lot for a lot of my tutorials because it’s a really beautiful clip and it demonstrates a lot effects really nicely. I’m going to open my project by going up here to the top over to my project pane, I’m going to hit in the project button. Currently, using 2 gig RAM of my 14, I want to keep track of that.
Now, first thing we want to do is we want to select our video or picture in the project layers tab and hit the K Key and what this will do is, this will clone the layer, not duplicate it, there’s a difference. Duplicate it by hitting Command D and that will duplicate it. Now, if you hit the K Key it will clone it and the difference is a clone will update along with the other clip. If you change the original clip’s opacity, the clone opacity will change as it does, but a duplicated clip will not. And also, a cloned clip does not use near as much RAM as duplicated clip. So, you can keep that in mind.
So, select your clip and hit K to clone it and as you can see, a cloned layer, it will tell you it’s a cloned layer and it’s got this little emblem here. So now, that we have that, we want to flip it. So, what we’re going to do is we can go to our properties tab of our cloned layer into the properties tab right here. We’re going to go down to scale, the Y position. Now, click the Y position and leave the number the same just make it a negative. So, I want to make it -45 and that will flop the image completely over, like that right there. You can’t tell it because it’s not playing, but I will show you here really soon. Make sure all your levels, your movie started to beginning your project.
So now, when I select my cloned layer and drag it down, you can see it’s a complete duplicate or flop of the original. As you can see, the BBC motion and stuff it’s a complete flop, that turn into the negative scale the number. Instead of having taken your 3D transform tools which you can do. You can go in and get your 3D transform tools right here and flip it this way like this. It’s much easier just to do it the way that I showed you.
So now, I’m going to line up my clip like this right here to where there’s a small gap between the two clips, like that; small little gap. Now, what I want to do is, I want to select my group, make sure your group is selected. Select your shape right here. And when I draw all shape, I’m going to draw it around the whole bottom clip and a little bit of the top clip, like so. There. Now, we have a little shape and now, we’re going to go to our shapes tab and the inspector. Make sure fill is checked and outline isn’t.
Now, what we’re going to want to do is, we’re going to want to add and image mask to our cloned layer now. So, select your cloned layer, go up to the object menu and select add image mask. Now, what you want to do is, in your hood with your image mask selected. Drag the rectangle down into your hood like that right there and you will see it throws in as a reflection, but it don’t really look like a reflection because it’s using our source channel; the alpha channel as our source, we don’t want the alpha channel uses our channel source channel. We want to click this in the hood and change it to luminance.
Now, when we go back in and select our rectangle, select style, under the shapes tab, under the color fill mode, we’re going to select gradient and from the pop out menu, we’re going to select gray scale. And now, what we want to do is you can see it’s starting to come into play here, it’s starting to fade out a little bit.
Now, what we want to do is, right click and select edit gradient and it will bring this little tool up and you can select these little tools and adjust your gradient. So, I’m going to drag it down like this. As you can see, it kind of makes our reflection a little more less obtrusive, I guess you would say.
Now that we have that done, I’m going to select my group and I’m going to reposition both of them. I want to select my 3D transform tools and I’m going to grab the left one here and I’m going to tilt it to the right to give it a little dimension, like that and there we go, a pretty damn good looking reflection and when I play it.
It’s pretty good going. So, let’s see here, drag this out and we’ll drag this out sop it will last, you know, we want it to last. As you can see, it looks like a pretty that on a good reflection. It’s a lot better quality reflection in final clip.
Look at that, it’s beautiful. It really is. And of course it needs to wait here and there because I’ve done this so fast, but it’s a good reflection and if you’re trying to do effects like this and you’re not in a hurry, use motion and import it back into your project in Final Cut Pro. Only do this kind of stuff in final cut if you’re in a hurry and don’t have time to do this because motion as you can see gives such a better quality result. You can put using texts and titles out to the right here if you wanted to. So, it’s a really nice the way to so things, it’s really elegant and it’s popular nowadays especially with the Apple on their website.
So, I hope you’ve learned something. This is Eric Meek signing off and we’ll see you next time.