16 new backgrounds for iMovie that can be used in Final Cut Pro and some very curious new Motion discoveries. Copy protection being one of them.

iMovie also got an update on Thursday, with it came a new set of backgrounds that can be used in Final Cut Pro.

Tucked away in the iMovie release notes was the announcement of 16 new solid and textured backgrounds. As we first discovered that iMovie travel maps can be used (and edited) in FCP, we were obviously keen to see how these new backgrounds could be used in Final Cut Pro.

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The good news is they do transfer over to Final Cut Pro. All you have to do is put the generators on the timeline in iMovie (Like the above screenshot), then 'Send Movie to Final Cut Pro' from the File menu.

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Then the sequence should open up automatically in Final Cut Pro with the generators on a new Project timeline.

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Good news, but some bad news as well. Depending on which iMovie generator you take over, it may only have a limited range of controls available in the FCP Inspector. Shame. Anyway, we all love free stuff and a funky colourful moving chevron background might be exactly what you are looking for!

But we didn't stop there...

Digging around in the iMovie app bundle, we found some new Motion projects that look to be replacements for the original compositions that were built in the now deprecated Quartz Composer.

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Please, do not go digging in the app if you are unsure of what you are doing, you might remove something that is vital, resulting in it not being able to boot. You do so at your own risk!

But there are some templates that FCP & Motion users mind find handy. We made a copy and then opened up Action Background from the copy on the desktop.

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So, have the old QC maps been replaced with Motion alternatives? They have, but they are 'locked' and display the message that they have been locked by a third-party developer.

Is this a new copyright protection device built right into Motion? I'm curious, how do you lock a Motion file without running it though another app? Is this FxPlug4 at work? You can open the file in Text Edit and have a browse for what's going on if you can't get to sleep tonight.

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All interesting stuff, we will be spending more time exploring the internal workings of iMovie in the future. The ability to provide copy protection for standalone Motion plugins would be huge for developers.



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@filmeditor_KD's Avatar
@filmeditor_KD replied the topic: #115052 19 Jun 2021 01:43
Hi all, there is a very simple way to get these backgrounds and maps generators to your FCP, you just find them in the iMovie package and then simply copy them to the folder movies/motion templates/generators/new folder
then they will simply appear in FCP ready to use
You can open backgrounds in Motion directly from FCP
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@filmeditor_KD replied the topic: #115053 19 Jun 2021 02:48
I made a quick tutorial