Once a spanking new technology introduced to the world, I usually turn to the Visual QuickStart Guide first. When it comes to learn the basic concept of a program, nothing beats the Visual QuickStart Guide series and Mark Spencer’s Motion for Mac OS X is no exclusion.
Spencer assumes that you have never opened Motion before, so the first two chapters give you a quick glance at the program. Then he moves into Motion’s Objects, including the interface, timeline, and properties. Once you feel comfortable moving around, he will walk you through the goodies of Motion, such as Behaviors, Filters, Generators, and Particles. With the book’s concise style and Spencer’s simple instruction, you will be no stranger to one of the most powerful motion graphic tools on the market.
One of the advantages of Motion for Mac OS X is its depth of 504 pages. The book is a great reference whether you need to learn immediately how to create keyframes, work with audio, use templates, or produce title sequences.
Apple Motion is not too difficult to learn and once you understand the fundamental concept, you’ll be able to create professional looking motion graphics for only 25 bucks. The affordably priced is what I like best about the Visual QuickStart Guide series; learn a new software fast without put a whole in my pocket.