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very basic question: How to make a circle appear?

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Karsten Schlüter Level 7 Level 7 (29,465 points)
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Aug 14, 2011 11:09 PM

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':




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!



  • edvinpedvin Calculating status...

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


    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.




  • 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:


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




  • edvinpedvin Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)


    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?







    Screen shot 2011-08-16 at 11.03.19.png


    Screen shot 2011-08-16 at 11.03.46.png

  • 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?






    Screen shot 2011-08-16 at 13.38.09.png

  • 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!





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