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3 Power Tips to Take Your Broadcast Graphics Production to the Next Level – Avid Motion Graphics Gridlines

ByBill Hadsell on Thursday, July 11th, 2013

The following is the third in a series of blog posts from Bill Hadsell, Senior Product Manager for Avid, that will take a closer look at how graphics professionals can build strong on-air brands, with a specific focus on Avid Motion Graphics.

Avid Motion Graphics is capable of generating impressive graphics in both 2D and 3D with equal ease. However there is much more to graphics for broadcast than pretty pictures. I’d like to share with you three power tips that can take your graphics production to the next level. And with most things in AMG, this functionality is so easy to get started with that it’s almost scary!

 

Power Tip 1: Binding Made Easy

First, there is the concept of “Binding”. With AMG the user can literally bind any parameter for any object to any other parameter for that same object or even to different objects. Want to bind a value from a data table to an object? How about binding an object’s scale to another object’s scale? It’s as easy as drag and drop! Want to bind the color of an object to a data table so that you can adjust color based on external data? Simple! Here’s how you do it.

Avid Motion Graphics Gridlines Power Tips Binding
See that little white line going from the data table to the red value for the object material? Hold down the “alt” key and drag the value from one box to the next – it’s now a “Bind” and it stays that way until you remove it or replace it. Change the value in the data table and it changes the color – done.

Power Tip 2: Timing is Everything

Next let’s look at “Timers”. Timers are like a routine that runs within a set period of time and can loop, oscillate or play once and end. A timer has no brains to it—it’s just a timer. The power of this function is immense, though. Bind a timer to a parameter of an object and guess what? You just animated that object with no keyframes at all. Say what? Here’s how it’s done.

Avid Motion Graphics Gridlines Power Tips Timing
Add a Timer to your composition. See that little white line going from the timer “go to” function to the rotation value for the object? Hold down the “alt” key and drag the value from one box to the next – the timer is now bound to the object’s rotation. Go to the bind settings and enter 360 to make it spin all the way around. Hit Play – done.

Power Tip 3: Writing the Script

This tip involves a word that scares many designers— “scripting”. Luckily AMG makes scripting much easier by giving you the ability to create script code within the UI. You guessed it—drag and drop.

Avid Motion Graphics Gridlines Power Tips Scripting
Open a Scripting window in your composition. (AMG uses Python). Create a script that can modify any parameter of an object by dragging a parameter or value to the scripting window. AMG writes the script for you and gives you a starting point for creating advanced script- based interaction with your graphics.

I encourage everyone to take a tour of AMG and try it for yourself using the free trial. You’ll get links to tutorial videos to help you get started. Spend 10 minutes with it and you will be amazed.

Please send me your thoughts, I’d be happy to discuss them with you and perhaps you can help us invent the future of graphics technology the way that you want to see it.

Stay tuned for the next post in this series in 2 weeks.

Sincerely,

Bill Hadsell
bill.hadsell@avid.com

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