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Importing several videos as a single layer instead of staggering the videos 06 Aug 2022 00:48 #121705

Greetings,

I really like Apple Motion and would like to know if it will allow me to import several videos and spread them across the timeline as a single layer instead of staggering them as multiple layers. I'm sure Final Cut Pro can do this but I can't afford the cost of that Final Cut Pro. Currently I've been using Filmora to do that, but I would like to do all of my editing in Apple Motion. If the software can do this, please let me know how to do it hopefully with some tutorial links.

I would also like to be able to split and remove chunks of each video as needed.

Thanks so much.

Truly,
Emad

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Importing several videos as a single layer instead of staggering the videos 08 Aug 2022 15:47 #121734

Motion won't do that, as it's not built to do it. Have you considered iMovie?

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Importing several videos as a single layer instead of staggering the videos 08 Aug 2022 16:51 #121735

Thanks for the reply.

Can iMovie be a plugin with Motion or Motion be a plugin to iMovie so I can slice and dice on the timeline in iMovie and send the file directly into Motion? I have Filmora, but that software can't do that. Currently, I have to export the file then import it into Motion.

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Importing several videos as a single layer instead of staggering the videos 09 Aug 2022 01:11 #121744

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Motion can't do what you want explicitly but if you just need to *treat* all the imported videos as a single layer "track", then just load them up in a Group, arrange them in time, then select their Group and make a Clone layer (just type the K key). [Turn off the Group visibility if it remains on.] You can do just about anything you want with the clone as if it were a single object/timeline.

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Importing several videos as a single layer instead of staggering the videos 09 Aug 2022 02:50 #121745

Thanks for the helpful reply. Do you know of a video tutorial showing how to do that? I'm still very new to Apple Motion.

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Importing several videos as a single layer instead of staggering the videos 09 Aug 2022 04:24 #121746

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I made a quick demo for you:

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Importing several videos as a single layer instead of staggering the videos 09 Aug 2022 08:15 #121749

Thanks so much. You are the best. 👌

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Importing several videos as a single layer instead of staggering the videos 09 Aug 2022 23:56 #121776

You can have motion distribute the clips in time one after the other on import if you drag all the clips down into the Timeline and hover. A pop up will come up and give you to option to lay out the clips in a composite or sequentially.

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Importing several videos as a single layer instead of staggering the videos 10 Aug 2022 00:17 #121778

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Nice! That's my "learn something new every day" tip ;)

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