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Looking For The Best Map Animator? 25 Jul 2019 13:16 #100581

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I'm looking for the best map animator for FCPX. I came across FCPX Maps 1.1 by Pixel Film Studios (below). This appears to be what I'm looking for but, I only could find a couple reviews which stated that it freezes and is hard to use. I took a trip through several states along Route 66 and would like to animate the trip along the roads I took with video. If you know of a great map animator plugin, please let me know. If you have used the one I mentioned, please let me know your thoughts as well. Any help would be most appreciated. Thanks, Ray

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Looking For The Best Map Animator? 25 Jul 2019 16:28 #100587

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Depending on what particular map/travel animation you are looking for, you may want to check out mTravel ( www.motionvfx.com/store,mtravel,p2190.html?q=mTravel ) and mTravel 2 ( www.motionvfx.com/store,mtravel-2,p2664.html?q=mTravel ) by motionVFX. I have mTravel and it works flawlessly. motionVFX has great support too.

Of course, you can roll your own and Mark Spencer has a good tutorial for doing that in Motion

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Looking For The Best Map Animator? 25 Jul 2019 16:39 #100588

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I don't recommend Pixel film studio. Not the best company
Motion VFX is way better as a company.

But I haven't used or tried the software mentioned by Thinkfilm.

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Looking For The Best Map Animator? 26 Jul 2019 02:27 #100591

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Not a fan of Pixel Film Studios. I don't touch their stuff.

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Looking For The Best Map Animator? 26 Jul 2019 12:37 #100598

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thinkfilm wrote: Depending on what particular map/travel animation you are looking for, you may want to check out mTravel ( www.motionvfx.com/store,mtravel,p2190.html?q=mTravel ) and mTravel 2 ( www.motionvfx.com/store,mtravel-2,p2664.html?q=mTravel ) by motionVFX. I have mTravel and it works flawlessly. motionVFX has great support too.

Of course, you can roll your own and Mark Spencer has a good tutorial for doing that in Motion


Thank you for the links and Mark's video!! I looked at their videos which looks impressive. I sent motion vfx the following email asking them a few questions in regards to their tutorial below;
1) In your tutorial, the generated route moves from start to finish ahead of the drop zone. Can the drop zone be used at the head of the route line during animation?
2) Can the Start and Finish text and Start and Finish icons be turned off. In some situations, I wouldn't want them visible.
3) I like the fact that route lines can be changed by using B-Spline, Bezier, Linear. I have some routes that may need more than 15 points. Is there a way to increase that number to further my route precisely?
4) Can a drop zone be added for example at the beginning and the end of the created route animation? If so, can it be adjusted from small view to full screen view? 5) Are there any plans for 3D type animation?

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Looking For The Best Map Animator? 26 Jul 2019 12:41 #100599

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Albo wrote: I don't recommend Pixel film studio. Not the best company
Motion VFX is way better as a company.

But I haven't used or tried the software mentioned by Thinkfilm.


Thank you for your advise....... Ray

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Looking For The Best Map Animator? 26 Jul 2019 12:43 #100600

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FCPX.guru wrote: Not a fan of Pixel Film Studios. I don't touch their stuff.


Thank you for your experience ....... Ray

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Looking For The Best Map Animator? 27 Jul 2019 00:15 #100609

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Pixel Film Studios is pretty awesome. They've always been extremely helpful to me whenever I had an issue. One issue I had where a plug-in wouldn't work on my weak Mac Pro Trash Can. They fully refunded me without much hassle.

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Looking For The Best Map Animator? 27 Jul 2019 11:31 #100611

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Redifer wrote: Pixel Film Studios is pretty awesome. They've always been extremely helpful to me whenever I had an issue. One issue I had where a plug-in wouldn't work on my weak Mac Pro Trash Can. They fully refunded me without much hassle.


Glad you had a good experience....... After researching the internet, it seems that you are the exception to what I've read. After viewing FCPX Maps 1.1 video by Pixel Film Studios, it appears to be what I'm looking for, but all I see is negative reviews. Thanks for chiming in, I appreciate your input. Ray

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Looking For The Best Map Animator? 27 Jul 2019 12:39 #100614

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What you're trying to do is just way to easy to do manually, anyway. Just do it in Motion manually.
www.macprovideo.com/article/motion/anima...n-5/?afid=nz7PtNjaP5

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Looking For The Best Map Animator? 27 Jul 2019 12:45 #100615

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FCPX.guru wrote: What you're trying to do is just way to easy to do manually, anyway. Just do it in Motion manually.
www.macprovideo.com/article/motion/anima...n-5/?afid=nz7PtNjaP5


Thanks for the help and the link. Ray :)

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Looking For The Best Map Animator? 28 Jul 2019 13:24 #100628

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Looking For The Best Map Animator? 28 Jul 2019 13:37 #100629

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FCPX.guru wrote: And the rest...
finalcutprox.guru/fcpxguru/fcpxguru/mPV_HUB.html

Happy hunting!


Awesome!! Thanks for the links! :)

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Looking For The Best Map Animator? 07 Aug 2019 13:11 #100769

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The following example is similar to what I would like to create. Thanks, Ray

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Looking For The Best Map Animator? 07 Aug 2019 13:18 #100771

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Sorry, The video can be found below. I had a problem uploading. Thanks again, Ray

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Looking For The Best Map Animator? 08 Aug 2019 04:15 #100781

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Motion should work just fine. If you want a car to be animated along the motion path you could just use a clipart automobile.

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Looking For The Best Map Animator? 08 Aug 2019 15:43 #100792

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arc wrote: Motion should work just fine. If you want a car to be animated along the motion path you could just use a clipart automobile.


Thanks for the help....... Ray :)

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Looking For The Best Map Animator? 30 Dec 2019 21:28 #103654

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I have had terrible luck with the Pixel Studios product. It has been incredibly buggy and the only documentation they were able to provide for how to use it was a 5 minute very high level video. I took the recommendation of someone else in this chat and purchased the motionVFX product, it is significantly better!

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Looking For The Best Map Animator? 02 Jan 2020 21:45 #103696

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funlovingolsons@gmail.com wrote: I have had terrible luck with the Pixel Studios product. It has been incredibly buggy and the only documentation they were able to provide for how to use it was a 5 minute very high level video. I took the recommendation of someone else in this chat and purchased the motionVFX product, it is significantly better!


I totally agree, I took a chance and purchased FCPX Maps 1.1 from Pixel Studio's. After hours with them on the phone and having access to my computer, they still couldn't fix the problem they have with FCPX Maps 1.1. They finally stated back in August tyhat they need to update it. Guess what?? No update as of yet and they're still selling the same exact one. Never again with this company for me. Happy New Year to you and your's!! Ray :)

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