Adding a Generator

This section provides a quick introduction to adding a generator to a project. For a description of each generator, see Generator Parameters.

To add a generator to a project
  1. In the Library, click the Generators category.

  2. In the stack, click a generator.

    The generator preview appears in the preview area. If the generator is animated, such as Clouds, the animation plays in the preview area.

  3. Drag the generator to your project.

    As with other objects, you can add the generator to your project by dragging it to the Canvas, the Layers list, or the Timeline.

    The generator and its HUD appear in your project. (If the HUD in not visible, press F7.) The HUD contains a subset of the complete controls that appear in the Generator pane of the Inspector.

    Note: Generators added to a project are not added to the Media list. The Media list only includes media files imported into Motion, such as image sequences, video files, Photoshop files, and audio files.

Alternatively, you can add a generator to your project by clicking the Add Generator pop-up menu in the toolbar (to the right of the New Camera and New Light buttons) and choosing an item from a submenu.

Using the Add Generator pop-up menu in the toolbar is quick, but it does not provide a way to preview the generator before adding it to the project.