9 Replies Latest reply: Aug 16, 2011 10:54 PM by Karsten Schlüter
Karsten Schlüter Level 7 Level 7 (31,265 points)

New to Motion5, read lot's of tutorials, but this very simple task is beyond my skills:

I like to appear a circle, as 'drawn':

 

kreis.jpg

 

saw tutorials how to make handwritten typo, so I guess, it has to do with masks (?)

and digged thru 'behaviors' - no luck.

do I think too complicated?

 

... thanks in advance!

 

k.

  • edvinpedvin Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)

    That should bE> the same way that you do "flourishes", which is discussed in this thread:

    http://forums.creativecow.net/thread/170/858730#858731

     

    You need to apply an "image mask" (by right-clicking) to your red circle.

    The source for this img mask should be a your paint-stroke, with write-on behaviour checked.

     

    cheers;

    e.

  • Karsten Schlüter Level 7 Level 7 (31,265 points)

    YEAH! That makes it! ... at last, almost ...

     

    Have to find out, why the starting point of the 'painting' isn't the starting point where I did start to paint the  mask ... but anyhow, there're enough 'knobs' to play with  - EXCELLENT!

     

    Thanks!

  • edvinpedvin Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)

    Hope you'll be able to work as intended.

    I'm a motion noob myself, and find these forums a tremendous resource.

    Here's a project I did before the weeked, where I got really god advice form another member:

    https://discussions.apple.com/message/15925938#15925938

     

    A cool effect and a project that provides a lot of learning, if you're interested.

     

    Cheers;

    ::e

  • edvinpedvin Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)

    Hey,

    must admit I tried to do this in Motion 5, and could not make it work.

    Being quite sure it should work the way I did it, I decided to try it in Motion 4 as well.

    I found out that it works in Motion 4, but not in Motion 5.

     

    I did a screen-grab in both versions 4 and 5, but can't upload video here (greyed-out option),

    so I attached stills from both version at frame 10 of the project.

    Project was created in Motion 4; nothing is changed when opening in Motion 5.

     

    So I'd like to find what could be at work here; why doesn this not work in Motion 5?

     

    BR;

    ::e

     

     

     

    Screen shot 2011-08-16 at 11.03.19.png

     

    Screen shot 2011-08-16 at 11.03.46.png

  • Karsten Schlüter Level 7 Level 7 (31,265 points)

    I LOVE it, how things envolve here at the boards: you solved my problem, now I have to explain, how it worked

     

    look:

     

    Bildschirmfoto 2011-08-16 um 11.20.34.png

     

    when you use the built-in 'paint' features, in this example the circle, no mask needed. just add the write-on behavior. works with bezier-tool too (to create the blue bar in final animation:

     

    Bildschirmfoto 2011-08-16 um 11.23.42.png

     

    btw: why do you use an un-paid 3rd party tool to publish simple screen-shots? MacOS comes with all you need;

    cmd-shift-3 (whole screen)

    cmd-shift-4 (hair-cross/selection)

    cmd-shift-4 and space-bar ('Cam'/selects a window in toto)

  • edvinpedvin Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)

    >>btw: why do you use an un-paid 3rd party tool to publish simple screen-shots? MacOS comes with all you >>need;

     

    Yes, I know :-}

    But I had already exported the video, which clearly illustrated how the animation worked in M4 butnot M5.

    Then whenI couldn't attach the video file, my brain froze and I uploaded screen snaps of the video instead.

    I caught myself in the act but got lazy and wouldn't go back and do screensnaps from both M4 and M5 again.

    Stupid + Lazy = bad combo

     

    Back to your project: Did you use the Paint tool for your red circle? I don't understand... How can you make a perfect circle with Paint + write on?

     

    On a different note: Look at the attachment. Notice anything strange with the HUD vs. the Inspector?

     

    BR;

    ::e

     

     

    Screen shot 2011-08-16 at 13.38.09.png

  • Karsten Schlüter Level 7 Level 7 (31,265 points)

    edvinpedvin wrote:

     

    .... Did you use the Paint tool for your red circle? I don't understand... How can you make a perfect circle with Paint + write on?

    sorry, me no good English:

    I meant: when you not use imported pictures (jpgs) but 'paint' your graphics with M5's built-in features. the write-on-behavior follows the 'paths' the rectangle/circle/bezier-tool creates - no masks needed.

     

    a circle: circle-selector, shift-key = perfect circle. as you can see in my screen-shot above: give that selection an 'outline' ('fill' is in use with the white circle), color.done.

    a box: two points with the bezier-tool (hold shift to make it 0°/90°), modify end- and starting-points to be recangular, add color, done.

     

    this basic animation has 4 layers: the red circle being 'painted', the blue box appearing, the white 'dot' tumbling in, the 'station name' randomly dropping in.

     

    if you know HOW a 10min-done-project ...

  • edvinpedvin Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)

    Aha, NOW I understand: It's a shape/path, and then you apply a write-on behaviour directly to the shape itself, afterwards. Didn't think of that. Perhaps the technique I pointed you to was like this, but I didn't read all of it

     

    The technique I tried is a general masking technique, in which you animate the source of an image mask to unveil something else, which needn't be limited to shapes, but can be anything: Image, video, shape, text, ...

    And I really want to find out why it didn't work in M5.

     

    But thanks for showing me something new!

     

    Cheers;

    ::e

  • Karsten Schlüter Level 7 Level 7 (31,265 points)

    edvinpedvin wrote:

     

    .... But thanks for showing me something new!

     

    thank YOU for showing me something new! ...