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Motion FX

By Autodesk Inc.

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Autodesk® Motion FX lets you create stunning real-time video effects using your computer’s camera.

Simply select your favorite preset effect, and create an incredible visual experience by moving in front of your computer’s camera. A preset cycling mode lets you automatically cycle through effects without lifting a finger. You can also use the Face Tracking technology of OS X Lion to emit effects from any faces visible to your camera.

If you want more personalization, there are more options you can play with in Motion FX. Color Detection lets you select a color from the live camera feed from which to emit effects, and with Effect Paint you can play with fluids using your trackpad or mouse. Video Warp mode lets you distort live video using your mouse or trackpad.

Lose yourself in the swirling dreamscape of Motion FX!


✓ Over 80 presets from Smoke, to Fire, to Rainbow Plasma, react in real-time to your movements
✓ Powered by Academy Award®* winning real-time fluid dynamics technology from Autodesk® Maya® software
✓ Effects can be displayed alone or composited on top of live video from your computer’s camera
✓ Cycle mode lets you dance and play while Motion FX seamlessly transitions from effect to effect, creating an endless swirling masterpiece
✓ 5 Modes:
✓ Motion Detect – Effects are created based on motion detected by your computer’s camera
✓ Face Detect – Emit effects from all visible faces
✓ Color Detect – Choose the color to emit effects from the video feed
✓ Effect Paint – Paint effects using your mouse or trackpad
✓ Video Warp – Warp live video using your mouse or trackpad
✓ Save snapshots to your Pictures folder by tapping the spacebar
✓ Support for Mac OS X Lion Full-Screen mode
✓ Hook up multiple cameras and switch between them
✓ Support for multiple displays lets VJs and performance artists use one display for control and another for projection to an audience
✓ Animated thumbnails allow you to preview each effect

If you have questions or comments about Motion FX or for technical support please visit the support link from this page.

* Academy Award is a registered trademark of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

What's New in Version 1.1.3

✓ Fixes low quality video compression issue experienced on some systems.

✓ Minor Bug Fixes


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Customer Reviews


One word: Awesome. It's got TONS of cool effects that can be triggered by motion sensors, eyes, color, or the mouse, and there's even this extra little face warping. I can't believe it's free. I'm so glad I got it! Now I can take a picture and set it as my profile picture and wow everyone with it :) You can make movies too, and it looks super cool if you hold a stick as a magic wand and draw some stuff coming out of it. It looks so real. The pictures as examples they show you aren't exactly the best ones. There are effects that are so much cooler. So get it! You won't regret it :)

Got my money's worth

Looks pretty cool, fun to mess around with. However, it would be much more useful if it could be used during Google+ calls, Oovoo, Skype, FaceTime, etc. when others can actually see the effects as well. Seems a little lame to record a video of yourself and friends then post it to Facebook.. Again it would be much more handy in a video call. Please work on making it compatible with video calls!


This app is soo much fun just to play around with. When showing this to friends its awesome to see some of the stuff they start doing to play with the effects. Runs great on my 20inch mid 2007 iMac.

Motion FX
View in Mac App Store
  • Free
  • Category: Entertainment
  • Updated: Jul 04, 2012
  • Version: 1.1.3
  • Size: 26.5 MB
  • Language: English
  • Seller: Autodesk

Compatibility: OS X 10.7 or later

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