Geared more toward novices and prosumers than professionals, this capable newcomer lets you create 3D text and titles, lathe objects, and a variety of animations with relative ease. MotionStudio's interface is intuitive, which should be comforting to motion graphics novices. The Edit Window displays your project as you work, and can reflect changes in near real-time--with virtually no waiting for rendering. Also, you can drag objects directly within the Edit Window for a more tactile way to customize basic aspects like position, rotation, and size. The Timeline Window spans the bottom of the interface, and is relatively simple to navigate.
The new Corel MotionStudio 3D offers great power for adding 3D text and animations from pre-built components, and it's priced at only $ with the main Edit window at the top, the Timeline window across the bottom. Corel MotionStudio 3D is an animation and effects application compatible with Windows XP, Vista, and 7, and is for electronic download. Quick Compare. Meet MotionStudio 3D, Corel's inaugural entry into the animation On top of its basic 3D titling and text animation capabilities, . Price, $
Corel MotionStudio 3D Editing Software Review By - January 1, The new Corel MotionStudio 3D offers great power for adding 3D text and graphics animations to your video productions — with animated extruded text, flying and exploding 3D objects, and naturalistic fire and smoke. For example, you can import and export 3D geometric models in common modeling formats DirectX and 3D Studio , build complex models from scratch with detailed materials, and combine objects into hierarchical structures such as tires on a car.
You then can keyframe animate the object shapes and motion, and build entire 3D scenes, complete with lighting and camera control. This all sounds very complicated, but what Corel has done with MotionStudio 3D is to provide an entirely different personality focused on the needs of video editors — particularly for preparing Web animations and videos with transparency to overlay into your productions.
You can export animations as Flash SWF or animated GIF for the Web, or in a wide variety of common video formats, including bit alpha for transparency blending and 3D anaglyph or side-by-side formats.
MotionStudio 3D comes with an extensive library of more than pre-defined objects, including spinning globes, turning gears, and flying spaceships. Then you can select from hundreds of materials, object styles, and animated effects to customize the objects in the scene. Plus, all this power also works with 3D animated text, plus particle effects including bubbles and snow.
After you assemble your scene, you can add global effects, including lightning, fireworks, and clouds, and add realism with lens flares, shadows, reflections, motion blur, and even depth of field. Then set the final scene view with backgrounds, global lighting, and camera settings. Of course, you also can dig in further to customize the object attributes and fine-tune the keyframed animation. But all the heavy lifting of setting up the objects, attributes, motion, and scene can be done as simply as drag and drop from the library.
The MotionStudio 3D interface has a familiar design, with the main Edit window at the top, the Timeline window across the bottom, plus option panels to the right, and additional toolbars above and to the left.
You use the Edit window to directly manipulate the objects as you edit them and preview the animated result, and then access the panels to view and set attributes and access the library of pre-built components. To start building an animation, go straight to the EasyPalette, which is the library of pre-built objects, styles, and effects. Click through the hierarchy to select a category, and preview the available items including animations.
For example, click Text Objects and select the desired look, with pre-defined font, texture, and 3D bevel. The 3D text then is added to the Edit window, where you can double-click to edit the text and set the font attributes. Next, modify the look of your text by using other pre-built elements in the EasyPalette. Browse under Object Style to change the surface material e. Browse under Object Effects to bend, twist, explode, and tumble and bounce your object.
Or for 3D text, browse under Text Effects for different types of text motion paths and per-character animations. With a handful of clicks, you now can have a 3D text animation customized from multiple hundreds of options, for example with a beveled look, motion video texture, and popping characters flying across a curved motion path.
Unlike with video editors, the MotionStudio 3D timeline does not show each layer in the scene — instead the rows list the keyframable attributes for the currently-selected object.
Even better, the styles and effects that you have selected from the EasyPalette have already constructed the timeline for you, complete with the current attributes and keyframe points set for the animated effects.
To adjust the other object attributes, click the corresponding row in the timeline to view and modify the settings in the Attribute panel. And to animate any of these settings, add a new keyframe in the timeline and change the attributes at that point. Or you may want to create more complex 3D scenes. You can add more elements through the EasyPalette, or you can build your own objects.
Select 3D geometric shapes or particle effects, or draw 2D shapes and import your own 2D artwork and then expand them into the third dimension, including merging overlapping regions and cutting holes. Then use the Graphics tool to extrude flat art into 3D, or the Lathe tool to rotate 2D shapes around an axis.
Finally, as you start to develop more complex scenes, use the grouping tools to make more complex objects, and to view and access the hierarchical scene structure in the Object Manager panel. Responsible 3D Corel MotionStudio 3D is an impressive re-packaging of traditional 3D modeling into a nicely accessible tool for video editing enthusiasts. You can create quite effective text and graphics animations without being a 3D expert by using the models, styles, and effects in the EasyPalette library.
And the underlying 3D modeling architecture provides lots of headroom to further customize your productions with your own objects, textures, and motions. Tech Specs.