Stories by Ben Long

  • Apple's Motion proves worth the wait

    With its promise of real-time compositing, colour correction, and a drag-and-drop interface - not to mention its $449 price - few programs have been as eagerly anticipated as Apple Computer's Motion 1.0. Video editors and motion-graphics pros wondered if Apple's new product would provide an alternative to their current compositing application, be it Adobe After Effects 6.5 (4.5 mice; November 2004), Discreet's Combustion 3 (4 mice; September 2004), or Apple's own Shake. The answer is no - the program is not an outright replacement for those far more expensive tools. But after using Motion for just a few days, you may be surprised at how much of your compositing and graphics workload you will choose to move to this excellent new contender.