Is Motion Array Any Good?

I see a lot of people who have bought templates from motion array struggle with installing and using them. In this article I will answer a few of those questions.

TL:DR

Yes! Motion Array templates are a good option for DaVinci Resolve. There are a few caveats but overall they do what they say on the tin.

What is Motion Array?

Motion Array is a marketplace for creators to post and sell their templates. This means that when you download a template it wasn’t made by motion array but by a freelance creator. This is the same business model as a stock footage websites.

Isn’t it an After Effects Site?

No longer! if you looked at Motion Array a year ago there would only be a few templates for DaVinci Resolve. Look today and there are 100’s of templates and the collection is growing daily.

Projects

The majority of Motion Array templates are complete projects for you to import and make your own. If your intentions is to incorporate the template into your own project then ensure “dynamic project switching” is on in the project manager.

Alternatively use the Motion Array Template project in read only. Then build your project and use “SaveAs” to create a new project of your work.

But, They don’t work!

Most often than not, when you first use a motion array template you’ll be faced with a black screen. This is because the creator hasn’t thought about the end users system. They have designed and spent a lot of time creating the template. However they have used different fonts than you have installed, which causes the black screen. I have also noticed that the templates don’t always come with adequate instructions.

Adding your Media

This isn’t straight forward with any template for DaVinci Resolve, due to the MediaIn node having a project media ID rather than a file path. There are several solutions for this but they can be for an intermediate/expert level user. Therefore Motion Array templates which are designed to change out the media, have to be imported as a project. This may change in the future as Fusion Studio can handle video in a loader node but compositing in fusion would normally use a sequence. Importing stills or sequences into a template can be easy but currently these aren’t implemented.

Title Packs

Installing title templates would depend on how and when the template was made. DaVinci Resolve has updated the way you can install title template with .drfx. However DaVinci Resolve still accepts older macros. Macros are only text files which instruct DaVinci Resolve on how to recreate the title. On reflection this is how the transporter in star trek works.

After Effects Templates!

I think that this needs a mention, I see a lot of people who want an After Effects template for DaVinci Resolve. Fusion is Blackmagic’s equivalent to After Effect not Resolve. Resolve has a Fusion page which is as powerful and you can recreate the After Effects templates within Resolve. But After Effects esque templates are not designed for the Resolve Edit page.

There are After Effects style templates available which you can assemble on the edit page with maybe a little time spent in the Fusion page. They are Apple Motion Templates! Yep! Apple Motion templates are easy to use on the Edit page. You would use the assets rather than the .motn file. The .motn file is an Apple Motion xml file and can be adapted so Resolve will be able to import it, however there is no need as the assets just drop onto the tracks in the edit page.

Conclusion

If you are creating a project and require a quick solution then Motion Array is value for money. The time to create a template by yourself can be weeks. DaVinci Resolve has the tools for you to create your own without forking out for a monthly subscription. You will have to take into account how much your time is worth.