Motion 5 - Drop Zone Parameters

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Drop Zone Parameters

You can add any media object to any drop zone, but the object might not have the same
dimensions as the drop zone. Motion provides controls to help ensure the image placed
in the drop zone is handled as you want, scaling, stretching, and positioning the object

The Image Inspector contains the following drop zone controls:

Drop Zone:

When an image is selected, select this checkbox in the Image Inspector to

convert an image layer into a drop zone.

Note: Drop zones in Final Cut Pro templates do not have a Drop Zone checkbox.

Source Media:

Use this image well to assign an image to the drop zone. Drag a media

item from the Layers list, Media list, File Browser, or Library.


Use this pop-up menu an alternative method of assigning an image to the drop zone.

The menu contains a list of media items in your project. Select an item to assign it to the
drop zone.


Pans the image within the drop zone. Adjust the X value slider to move the image

horizontally and the Y value slider to move the image vertically.


Scales the image in the drop zone. Use the Scale slider to resize the image uniformly.

To resize the image horizontally or vertically, click the Scale disclosure triangle and adjust
the X or Y parameter.

Fill Opaque:

When the drop zone is scaled down or panned, fills the drop zone

background with the color set in the Fill Color well. If the Fill Opaque checkbox is not
selected, the empty drop zone area is transparent.

Fill Color:

When the Fill Opaque checkbox is selected (and the image is scaled or panned),

sets the drop zone background color.

Use Display Aspect Ratio:

Select this checkbox to resize media placed in the drop zone

according to the project’s aspect ratio. For more information about display aspect ratios,

Adding Multiple Display Aspect Ratios to a Template



Chapter 6

Creating and Managing Projects

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Use this button to clear the image from the drop zone, replacing it with a

downward-arrow graphic.