300+ Shortcuts for Apple Motion

1. General Interface

Command+O

Open a project

Command+N

Create a project

Option+Command+N

Create a project from the Project Browser

Command+J

Open the project’s Properties Inspector

Command+S

Save a project

Shift+Command+S

Save a project as a new project

Command+W

Close a project or active window

Command+I

Import a file

Shift+Command+I

Import a file as a project

Command+E

Export movie

Option+Command+E

Export a selection as a movie

Command+P

Print the current view of the canvas

Command+Z

Undo the last change

Shift+Command+Z

Redo the last change

Command+X

Cut the selection

Command+C

Copy the selection

Command+V

Paste the selection

Command+D

Duplicate selection

Command+A

Select all items

Shift+Command+A

Deselect all items

Delete

Delete the selection

Command+M

Minimize the active window

Command+,

Open Motion Preferences

Shift+Command+P

Display Page Setup dialog

Command+H

Hide Motion

Option+Command+H

Hide other open application files

Command+Q

Quit Motion

Spacebar

Play/pause a project

A

Turn on/off animation recording

Home

Go to the start of a project

End

Go to the end of a project

Option+Command+T

Show or hide the toolbar

2. Motion Menu

Command+,

Open Motion Preferences

Command+H

Hide Motion

Option+Command+H

Hide other open application files

3. File Menu

Command+N

Create a project from the Project Browser

Command+O

Open a project

Command+W

Close a project

Command+S

Save a project

Shift+Command+S

Save a project as a new project

Command+I

Import a file

Shift+Command+I

Import files as a project

Option+Command+W

Close all open projects

Shift+Command+P

Open the Page Setup window

Command+P

Print the current canvas view

4. Edit Menu

Command+Z

Undo the last change

Shift+Command+Z

Redo the last change

Command+X

Cut

Command+C

Copy

Command+V

Paste

Option+Command+V

Paste special

Command+D

Duplicate

Delete

Delete

Shift+Option+Command+T

Transform Control points (on a complex shape)

Command+A

Select all items

Shift+Command+A

Deselect all items

Command+J

Open the project’s Properties Inspector

Command+F

Find and replace

Command+:

Show spelling and grammar

Fn twice

Start Dictation

Ctrl+Command+Spacebar

Emoji and Symbols

5. Mark Menu

I

Mark In point of a selected object or set the play range when no object is selected

O

Mark Out point of a selected object or set the play range when no object is selected

Shift+{

Move the selected object’s In point to the location of the playhead

Shift+}

Move the selected object’s Out point to the location of the playhead

M

Add a project marker at the current frame (with no selection) or add object marker (with selection)

`

Add a project marker at the current frame (with no selection) or add object marker (with selection)

Option+Command+M

Open the Edit Marker dialog

Option+Command+I

Mark In point of play range

Option+Command+O

Mark Out point of play range

Option+X

Reset play range

Shift+L

Turn on Loop Playback

A

Turn animation recording on and off

Option+A

Open the Recording Options window

Home

Go to the start of a project

End

Go to the end of a project

Shift+Home

Go to the start of the play range

Shift+End

Go to the end of the play range

Left Arrow

Go to the previous frame

Right Arrow

Go to the next frame

Shift+Left Arrow

Go backward ten frames

Shift+Right Arrow

Go forward ten frames

Option+K

Go to the previous keyframe

Shift+K

Go to the next keyframe

Option+Command+Left Arrow

Go to the previous marker

Option+Command+Right Arrow

Go to the next marker

Shift+I

Go to the selection In point

Shift+O

Go to the selection Out point

Command+R

Perform a RAM preview of the play range area

Option+Command+R

Perform a RAM preview of the current selection

Option+Shift+Command+R

Perform a RAM preview for the whole project

6. Object Menu

Shift+Command+N

Add an empty group to the project

Option+Command+C

Add a camera to the project

Shift+Command+L

Add a light to the project

Shift+Command+D

Add a drop zone to the project

Ctrl+Command+R

Add a rig to the project

Shift+Command+]

Move the selected object to the top of the Layers list

Shift+Command+[

Move the selected object to the bottom of the Layers list

Command+]

Move the selected object up the Layers list by one level

Command+[

Move the selected object down the Layers list by one level

Shift+Command+G

Group the selected objects into a new layer

Option+Command+G

Ungroup a group of objects

Ctrl+T

Make an object active or deactivate an object

Ctrl+S

For an audio track, enable/disable the Solo button of the selected track; for an object, solo the object

Ctrl+I

Isolate the selected group or layer

Ctrl+L

Lock/unlock an object

Ctrl+Shift+S

Unsolo only the video portion of a file that contains video

Ctrl+D

Convert a 2D group to 3D, or convert a 3D group to 2D

Shift+Command+M

Add an image mask to the selected object

Ctrl+K

Add a keyframe (to the last modified parameter for the selected object)

Command+K

Convert the applied behaviors to keyframes

Option+Command+B

Convert a simple shape to a complex shape (with editable Control points)

E

Make the selected object the cell source for a particle emitter

L

Replicate the selected object

K

Clone the selected layer

Shift+F

Open the Media list and Inspector to display the source and properties of media objects

7. View Menu

Command+=

Zoom in

Command+-

Zoom out

Option+Z

Zoom to 100 percent

Shift+Z

Zoom to fit in window

Shift+V

Show full view area (the portion of layers that extend beyond the edge of the canvas)

Option+Command+=

Zoom Timeline in

Option+Command+-

Zoom Timeline out

Option+Command+0

Zoom Timeline to project duration

Ctrl+A

Set 3D view to active camera

Ctrl+P

Set 3D view to perspective camera

Ctrl+C

Set 3D view to next camera

Ctrl+Option+C

Select the current active camera

Ctrl+R

Reset 3D camera view

F

Fit the selected objects into view

Shift+Command+F

Frame the selected object

Ctrl+F

Focus on the selected object

Shift+C

Show all color channels

Shift+T

Show the transparent channel

Option+Shift+T

Show the alpha channel overlay

Option+Shift+C

Show the RGB channels only

Shift+R

Show the red channel

Shift+G

Show the green channel

Shift+B

Show the blue channel

Shift+A

Show the alpha channel

Option+Shift+A

Show the inverted alpha channel

V

Switch between the current channel and alpha channels

Shift+Q

Show the canvas at full resolution

Option+L

Enable/disable lighting in the canvas

Ctrl+Option+S

Enable/disable shadows in the canvas

Ctrl+Option+R

Enable/disable reflections in the canvas

Ctrl+Option+D

Enable/disable depth of field in the canvas

Option+M

Enable/disable motion blur in the canvas

Option+F

Enable/disable field rendering in the canvas

Ctrl+Option+B

Enable/disable frame blending in the canvas

Command+/

Show overlays

Shift+Command+R

Show the rulers

Command+'

Show/hide the grid

Command+;

Show/hide the guides

Shift+Command+;

Show/hide the dynamic guides

'

Show/hide the safe zones

Shift+"

Show/hide the film zones

Option+Command+;

Lock the guides

N

Enable/disable snapping to guides

Option+Command+/

Show 3D overlays

Shift+Command+'

Show 3D grid

Command+T

Show the Font dialog

Shift+Command+C

Show the macOS Colors window

8. Share Menu

Command+E

Export movie

Option+Command+E

Export selection to movie

9. Window Menu

Command+M

Minimize the active window

F1

Show the Properties Inspector

F2

Show the Behaviors Inspector

F3

Show the Filters Inspector

F4

Show the Object Inspector

F5

Show/hide the Project pane

F6

Show/hide the Timing pane

F7

Show/hide the HUD

F9

Show/hide the Background Task list

F8

Enter/exit Player mode

Command+2

Show/hide the Library

Command+3

Show/hide the Inspector

Command+4

Show/hide the Layers list or Project pane

Command+5

Show/hide the Media list

Command+6

Show/hide the Audio list

Command+7

Show/hide the Video Timeline

Command+8

Show/hide the Keyframe Editor

Command+9

Show/hide the Audio Timeline

10. Help Menu

Shift+Command+?

Open Motion Help menu

11. Audio List Controls

Command+6

Show/hide the Audio list

Ctrl+T

Make object active or inactive

Ctrl+L

Lock/unlock an audio file

Ctrl+S

Enable/disable the Solo button of a selected track

Up Arrow

Move selection up one level in the Audio list

Down Arrow

Move selection down one level in the Audio list

Command+I

Import

12. Global Tranform Commands

S

Activate the current transform tool (when another item in the transform tools pop+up menu is selected)

Shift+S

Choose the Select/Transform tool

Tab

Cycle through the transform modes (press repeatedly until the transform mode you want is selected)

Shift+Drag the object

Constrain the movement of an object to the X axis or Y axis

Command+Drag the object

Override snapping while moving an object

Option+Drag the object

Duplicate a selected object

13. Select/Transform Tool

Shift+Drag the object handle

Scale an object proportionally

Option+Drag the object handle

Scale an object from its anchor point

Option+Shift+Drag the object handle

Scale an object proportionally from its anchor point

Shift+Drag the object rotation handle

Snap the rotation of an object to 45+degree increments

Q

Select the 3D transform tool

14. Crop Tool

Shift+Drag the object handle

Crop an object proportionally

Option+Drag the object handle

Crop an object from its center

Option+Shift+Drag the object handle

Crop an object proportionally from its center

Command+Drag over the object

Pan a cropped object within the bounding box

Drag over the object

Move the bounding box around a cropped object

Option+Command+Drag over the object

Move the bounding with the cropped object

15. Edit Points Tool

Double+Click the path/Option+Click the path

Add a point to a path

Command+Click the point

Convert a point to linear

Command+Drag the point

Convert a linear point to Bezier

Command+Drag the tangent handle

Scale a tangent proportionally

Option+Drag the tangent handle

Break or relink a tangent handle

Shift+Drag the tangent handle

Constrain a tangent handle to 45+degree increments

Command+Drag the B+Spline point

Adjust a B+Spline point bias

Command+Click the B+Spline point

Switch a B+Spline point bias

16. Edit Ellipse and Edit Rectangle Tools

Option+Command+B

Convert a simple ellipse, rectangle, or mask to a complex shape or mask (with editable Ctrl points)

17. Pan and Zoom Tools

H

Select the Pan tool

Z

Select the Zoom tool

Option+Click in the canvas

Zoom out with the Zoom tool selected

18. Rectangle and Circle Tools

R

Select the Rectangle Shape tool

C

Select the Circle Shape tool

Shift+Drag in the canvas

Draw a shape proportionally

Option+Drag in the canvas

Draw a shape from its center

Option+Shift+Drag in the canvas

Draw a shape proportionally from its center

Shift+Drag a rotation handle

Snap the rotation of an object to 45+degree increments

19. Bezier Mask Tools

Option+B

Select the Bezier Mask tool

Option+B

Switch between the Bezier Mask and B-Spline Mask tools

C

Close the mask shape

Double Click a path

Add a point to the path

Command+Click a path

Add a point to the path

Command+Click a point

Convert a point to linear

Command+Drag a point

Create tangents on a point

Command+Drag a tangent handle

Scale tangents proportionally

Option+Drag a tangent handle

Break or relink a tangent handle

Option+Shift+Drag a tangent handle

Constrain a tangent handle to 45+degree increments

Esc

Cancel shape drawing and delete the open mask

Return

Exit mask+drawing mode

20. B-Spline Mask Tools

Option+B

Select the B-Spline Mask tool

Option+B

Switch between the Bezier Mask and B-Spline Mask tools

C

Close the mask shape

Double Click a path

Add a point to the path

Command+Click a path

Add a point to the path

Command+Drag a B-Spline point

Adjust a B-Spline point bias

Command+Click a B-Spline point

Switch a B-Spline point bias

Esc

Cancel mask drawing and delete the open shape

Return

Exit mask drawing mode

Option+B

Select the Bezier Mask tool

21. Layers

Shift+Command+N

Create a group

Command+]

Bring an object up one level in the Layers list

Command+[

Send an object down one level in the Layers list

Shift+Command+G

Place the selected objects in a new group

Option+Command+G

Ungroup a group of objects so you can manipulate each object

Ctrl+T

Make the object active or deactivate the object

Ctrl+S

Enable/disable the Solo button of a selected track

Ctrl+I

Isolate the selected group or layer

Ctrl+L

Lock/unlock an object

Up Arrow

Move up one level in the Layers list

Down Arrow

Move down one level in the Layers list

Option+Left Arrow

Expand a group in the Layers list

Option+Right Arrow

Collapse a group in the Layers list

Command+I

Import

Shift+Command+M

Add an image mask to the selected object

Command+K

Convert the applied behaviors to keyframes

Shift+F

Open the Media list and Inspector to reveal the source and properties of media objects

K

Clone the selected layer

22. Library

Command+2

Show/hide the Library

Spacebar

Select the first item in the sidebar or file stack

Up Arrow

Move up one item in the sidebar or file stack

Down Arrow

Move down one item in the sidebar or file stack

Left Arrow

Move left one item in the file stack

Right Arrow

Move right one item in the file stack

23. Media List

Command+5

Show/hide the Media list

Up Arrow

Move up one level in the Media list

Down Arrow

Move down one level in the Media list

Command+I

Import

24. TimeLine Editing and Navigation

Command+Right Arrow

Nudge one frame forward

Command+Left Arrow

Nudge one frame backward

Shift+Command+Right Arrow

Nudge ten frames forward

Shift+Command+Left Arrow

Nudge ten frames backward

Shift+{

Move the selected object to the In point

Shift+}

Move the selected object to the Out point

I

Mark the In point of the play range or selected object

O

Mark the Out point of the play range or selected object

Option+X

Reset the play range by moving the In and Out points to the first and last frames of the project

Command+]

Bring an object up one level in the Timeline layers list

Command+[

Send an object down one level in the Timeline layers list

Shift+L

Enable/disable loop playback

Option+A

Open the Recording Options dialog

Shift+Home

Go to the start of the play range

Shift+End

Go to the end of the play range

Shift+I

Go to the In point of the selected object

Shift+O

Go to the Out point of the selected object

Left Arrow

Go to the previous frame

Right Arrow

Go to the next frame

Shift+Left Arrow

Go backward ten frames

Shift+Right Arrow

Go forward ten frames

Option+Command+Left Arrow

Go to the next marker

Option+Command+Right Arrow

Go to the previous marker

Command+R

Render a RAM preview for the play range

Option+Command+R

Render a RAM preview for the selected object

Option+Shift+Command+R

Render a RAM preview for the project

M

Add a marker at the current frame

`

Add a marker at the current frame

Option+Command+M

Open the Edit Marker dialog

Spacebar

Play/pause the project

A

Turn on/off animation recording

Home

Go to the start of project

End

Go to the end of project

Command+K

Convert the applied behaviors to keyframes

Shift+Delete

Ripple delete (remove the current selection and close the gap in the Timeline)

Option+Shift+V

Paste special

Option+Command+=

Zoom Timeline in

Option+Command+-

Zoom Timeline out

Shift+Z

Fit Timeline in window

Option+Command+0

Zoom Timeline to project duration

25. KeyFraming Controls

Double Click a path/Option+Click a path

Add a point to the path

Command+Drag a Bezier point

Create tangents on a point

Command+Click a Bezier point

Convert a point to linear

Command+Drag a B-Spline point

Adjust a B+Spline point bias

Command+Click a B-Spline point

Switch a B+Spline point bias

Command+Drag a tangent handle

Scale tangents proportionally

Option+Drag a tangent handle

Break or relink a tangent handle

Shift+Drag a tangent handle

Constrain a tangent to 45 degrees and original value

26. Shape and Mask Controls

Shift+Drag in the canvas

Draw a shape proportionally with the Rectangle, Circle Shape, and Mask tools

Option+Drag in the canvas

Draw a shape from its center with the Rectangle, Circle Shape, and Mask tools

Option+Shift+Drag in the canvas

Draw a shape proportionally from its center with the Rectangle, Circle Shape, and Mask tools

Esc

Cancel spline drawing and delete the open spline

Return

Exit spline drawing mode and complete the existing spline drawing

Double Click a path

Add a point to the path

Option+Click a path

Add a point to the path

Command+Click a Bezier point

Convert a point to linear

Command+Drag a Bezier point

Create tangents on a point

Command+Drag a tangent handle

Scale tangents proportionally

Command+Drag a B-Spline point

Adjust a B+Spline point bias

Command+Click a B-Spline point

Switch a B+Spline point bias

Option+Drag a tangent handle

Break or relink a tangent handle

Shift+Drag a tangent handle

Constrain a tangent to 45 degrees and original value

Option+Command+B

Convert a simple shape to a complex shape (with editable Ctrl points)

27. 3D Controls

Q

Select the 3D transform tool

,

Switch the 3D transform tool between position+only and universal

.

Switch the 3D transform tool between rotate+only and universal

/

Switch the 3D transform tool between scale+only and universal

Ctrl+A

Set 3D View to Active Camera

Ctrl+P

Set 3D View to Perspective

Ctrl+C

Set 3D View to next camera

Ctrl+R

Reset the 3D camera view

Ctrl+D

Switches a group between 2D and 3D

28. Inspector

Command+3

how/hide the Inspector

Up Arrow

Increase a slider value by an increment of one

Down Arrow

Decrease a slider value by an increment of one

Shift+Up Arrow

Increase a slider value by an increment of ten

29. Miscellaneous

E

Create a particle emitter

Shift+Command+M

Add an image mask to the selected layer

ZandClick the color wheel

In the Keyer filter, zoom incrementally into the Chroma Control

Option+ZandClick the color wheel

In the Keyer filter, zoom incrementally out of the Chroma Control

ZandDrag right in the color wheel

In the Keyer filter, zoom smoothly into the Chroma Control

ZandDrag left in the color wheel

In the Keyer filter, zoom smoothly out of the Chroma Control

Spacebar+Command

In the Keyer filter, zoom smoothly in or out of the Chroma Control

HandDrag the color wheel

In the Keyer filter, pan the Chroma Control

Shift+Z

In the Keyer filter, reset the chroma zoom and center (when the pointer is over the Chroma Control)

Up Arrow

Select the next object above

Down Arrow

Select the next object below

Command+Arrow Keys

Nudge the selected objects one pixel

Shift+Arrow Keys

Nudge the selected objects 10 pixels

Shift+Drag in the canvas

Add/Remove selected objects using the region box

Command+Click an object/objects

Select multiple objects in a group or layer

Shift+Click an object

Add to selection

Created by rank17 on 5/8/2017. Last updated by pcbaczek on 6/21/2020

 

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