motion cookbook

PACKT Publishing have published the Apple Motion 5 Cookbook. Written by Nick Harauz, it's billed as '110 recipes to build simple and complex motion graphics in the blink of an eye.' We take a good squint.

PACKT are expanding out of their traditional 'IT software' series of books into the more mainstream video and motion graphics sector. We have bought their books in the past for specialist areas such as PHP and CMS usage. In October last year they published their 1,000th title.

So we were very interested when their latest book on Apple's Motion 5 arrived at the office. The near 400 page publication starts right from the basics and moves through the application feature by feature by showing example projects.

The Apple Motion 5 Cookbook by Nick Huarez is available in hard copy and digital formats, but more about that later.

We were disappointed when we first opened the book up. The printing techniques PACKT use might be fine if you want to learn about Apache, Java or MySQL, but they do not do any favours to the Motion GUI.

Let us compare a page from the book with the same page from the PDF. We had to position the book right next to an office window to get enough light on it to show some detail.

motion cookbook dark page


Now compare the right hand page to the same page from the PDF Ebook version.

motion cookbook PDF page


A huge improvement, we are sure you'll agree. Maybe the quick to press & quick updating printing methods PACKT use just cannot do the images justice. 4 Colour pictures would of course make the book prohibitively expensive.

The hard copy version is available from the PACKT Publishing site for £27.99 which includes access to the Ebook version and the project files. If you have purchased the book through another source, the project files are available by registering on the site.

The Ebook version is available for download for £14.44

For the reasons outlined, unless you want to learn Motion where you can't read an Ebook, the printed version for us is a no-go.

So forgetting the printing quality, what about the content? The twelve chapters start right at the beginning and work through to what we would call an 'intermediate' level. The book (in electronic format) we would recommend for people who have never used Motion or have just made simple projects and want to know more. Hopefully the book can be kept as current as quickly as Apple release updates.

PACKT have made some sample chapters available online, but the pictures are in black and white not colour as in our downloaded PDF version.

If you build complex effects with linked parameters and multiple published parameters into FCPX, then this isn't the book for you. It's also not a finished template based book which the cookbook title tends to hint at. Compare it to Patrick Sheffield's excellent, but now slightly out of date How to Cheat in Motion

Bottom line is the book is a solid way to learn Motion and after working through the examples, you'll have a good grasp on the app. Just make sure you have access to the electronic version.



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I am the Editor-in-Chief of FCP.co and have run the website since its inception ten years ago.

I have also worked as a broadcast and corporate editor for over 30 years, starting on one inch tape, working through many formats, right up to today's NLEs.

Under the name Idustrial Revolution, I have written and sold plugins for Final Cut Pro for 13 years.

I was made a Freeman of Lichfield through The Worshipful Company of Smiths (established 1601). Though I haven't yet tried to herd a flock of sheep through the city centre!

Current Editing

great house giveaway 2020

2020 has been busy, the beginning of the year was finishing off a new property series (cut on FCP) for Channel 4 called The Great House Giveaway. I also designed and built the majority of the graphics as Motion templates. It has been a great success and the shows grabbed more viewers in the 4pm weekday slot than any previous strand. It has been recommissioned by C4 for 60 episodes, including prime-time versions and five themed programmes. The shows have also been nominated for a 2021 BAFTA.

Tour de france 2020
Although both were postponed to later in the year, I worked again on ITV's coverage of the Tour de France and La Vuelta. 2020 was my 25th year of editing the TdF and my 20th year as lead editor. The Tour was the first broadcast show to adopt FCPX working for multiple editors on shared storage.


BBC snooker the crucible

BBC's Snooker has played a big part in my life, I've been editing tournament coverage since 1997. I'm proud to be part of a very creative team that has pioneered many new ideas and workflows that are now industry standard in sports' production. This is currently an Adobe Premiere edit.

amazon kindle BF

Covid cancelled some of the regular corporate events that I edit such as trade shows & events. I was lucky however to edit, from home, on projects for Amazon Kindle, Amazon Black Friday, Mastercard and very proud to have helped local charitable trust Kendall & Wall secure lottery funding.

As for software, my weapon of choice is Final Cut Pro and Motion, but I also have a good knowledge and broadcast credits with Adobe Premiere Pro, MOGRT design and Photoshop.

Plugin Design & Development

I'm the creative force behind Idustrial Revolution, one of the oldest Final Cut Pro plugin developers. It hosts a range of commercial and free plugins on the site. One free plugin was downloaded over a thousand times within 24 hours of release.

I also take on custom work, whether it is adapting an existing plugin for a special use or designing new plugins for clients from scratch. Having a good knowledge of editing allows me to build-in flexibility and more importantly, usability.


Now in its 10th year and 4th redesign, running FCP.co has given me knowledge on how to run a large CMS- you are currently reading my bio from the database! Although it sounds corny, I am pretty well up on social media trends & techniques, especially in the video sector. The recent Covid restrictions has enabled live FCP.co shows online. This involves managing a Zoom Webinar through Restream.io to YouTube and Facebook. 

The Future

I'm always open to new ideas and opportunities, so please get in touch at editor (at) fcp.co. I've judged film competitions, presented workflow techniques to international audiences and come up with ideas for TV shows and software programs!


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