This menu contains functions and commands that deal with files on your disk associated
• New: Opens the Project Browser dialog, where you can choose a project type or template
to create a document. If a default project is set in the Project pane of Motion Preferences,
a new document is created with that setting. (Command-N)
• New From Project Browser: Use this option to create a project from the Project Browser
• Open: Opens a Finder dialog where you can choose a Motion project to open.
• Open Recent: Opens a submenu that lists the most recently opened files, giving you
quick access to the projects you have been working on recently. You can clear the list
by choosing Clear Menu from the bottom of the submenu.
• Close: Closes the current project. If the project has not been saved, Motion asks you to
save the project before closing the window. (Command-W)
• Save: Stores the current state of the project to disk. If the current project is a Final Cut
Title, Final Cut Generator, Final Cut Transition, or Final Cut Effect, the Publish window
is appears. (Command-S)
• Save As: Saves the current state of the project with a new name. If the current project
is a Final Cut Title, Final Cut Generator, Final Cut Transition, or Final Cut Effect, the
Publish window appears. (Command-Shift-S)
• Publish Template: Available when the current project is a standard Motion project, saves
the current project as a Motion template or a Final Cut Generator template (for use in
Final Cut Pro X). When saved, Motion templates appear in the Compositions category
in the Motion Project Browser; Final Cut Generators appear in the Final Cut Pro
Generators category in the Motion Project Browser; and so on. For more information
on working with templates, see
Creating Templates for Final Cut Pro X
• Revert to Saved: Restores the selected project to the last saved state. All of the work
done after the last save is lost. Use caution; you cannot undo this operation.
• Restore from Autosave: Displays a dialog where you can choose a project previously
saved to the Autosave Vault. For more information on the Autosave Vault, see
• Import: Opens the Import Files dialog and lets you choose a file from disk to import
into your project. (Command-I)
• Import as Project: Displays the “Import File as Project” dialog. A new project is created
from the chosen file, using the file’s dimensions and duration. If multiple items are
selected, they are all placed in the same project. Additional options are available if an
image sequence is selected. (Command-Shift-I)
For more information, see
Opening and Closing Projects
• Reconnect Media: When a layer in your project refers to a file on disk that has been
moved or modified, this command allows you to reestablish that link.
• Remove Unused Media: When a media item is imported into the Media list (and not
into the project), this command allows you to remove the item from your project.
• Remove Optical Flow Retiming: When a media item has been processed for retiming,
choosing this menu flushes the retiming information file.
For more information on optical flow retiming, see
• Page Setup: Displays the standard system Page Setup dialog where you can set paper
size and orientation for printing. (Command-Shift-P)
• Print: Displays the standard system Print dialog, where you can print the contents of
the Canvas. (Command-P)