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Walkthrough: 2.5D Effect Using Motion and Affinity Photo

Walkthrough: 2.5D Effect Using Motion and Affinity Photo

Note from Izzy: The format of this article is an experiment. We’re curious to hear whether you like it. Of course, we’ll continue to make videos (which is our main thing), but some folks prefer text which is why we gave this format a try. Let us know if you want more. :)

Now here’s Blake…

Several years ago, my dad showed me this crazy cool effect he used in a video. He took a still photograph of my mom and him in the desert and made it appear three dimensional.

They seemed to be separated from the desert background, and the camera moved to the side, showing depth between the two layers. It blew me away.

I’ve since learned that this effect is usually called 2.5D (pronounced “two and a half D”) because it’s not quite three dimensional. It’s more like arranging flat layers in a 3D space.

Anyway, I’ve started seeing this effect in other places (mainly documentaries), and it’s still just as cool to me now as it was back then.

It’s an alternative to the Ken Burns Effect and a great way to create visual interest. It has a similar slideshow appearance but now with depth.

Here is an example workflow to create this effect. We’ll use a combination of Affinity Photo and Motion. Continue reading Walkthrough: 2.5D Effect Using Motion and Affinity Photo

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Why Motion? (Part 1)

why motion?

Because so many people have asked me how they would use Apple’s Motion, I thought I’d start a series of articles discussing why you might want to consider adding Motion to your workflow, along with the kinds of things you can do with it.

To be clear, when I edit a video I usually do most of the work in Final Cut Pro X.

That said, there are certain things that are better done in Motion (which is a separate app developed by Apple and makes a great companion to Final Cut Pro).

Continue reading Why Motion? (Part 1)