10 Replies Latest reply on Dec 7, 2012 7:03 AM by bjbillinger

    Masking Help

    bjbillinger Level 1

      I am fairly new to AE but have been given the task of creating new Lower 3rds for our videos.   This is what I am wanting.  on the left hand side I want it to come from the diamond scrolling to the right basically coming from the top and bottom points of the diamond and then when it move back the same way.  I hope that kind of explains what I want to see it do.  Basically in the masked portion of the  screenshot I don't want the grey area and want the mask to stay stationary.




        • 1. Re: Masking Help
          BenjaminMarkus Level 4

          I'm still a bit confused.  Are you just trying to mask out the gray part of the shape layer that the mask is covering in the screenshot?  What are your mask settings?  Another visual example or test-render might be helpful here.

          • 2. Re: Masking Help
            Mylenium Most Valuable Participant

            I don't quite understand what you are saying, eitehr. If you mean you want the crners of the rhomb to be the edge of the wipe, then well, simply use a wipe. Your'e making this far too complicated. Create the cover in the pre-comp, then move it as a whole layer in your parent comp. That makes two keyframes for it coming in, two for it to zap back after a while. No masks, no futzing around.



            • 3. Re: Masking Help
              bjbillinger Level 1

              This is what I want it to eventually look like.


              Morning Schmooze.Still007.jpg


              I want the red arrow to flash along side the KC diamond then pull out the grey background and text and then slide back to the diamond and flash off.


              I just don't want the grey box to appear on the left side of the diamond.  I hope this helps.

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              • 4. Re: Masking Help
                Dave LaRonde Level 6
                • Duplicate your semi-transparent solid, and remove the angled mask at the right.  Change its opacity to 100%.
                • Move it horizontally to the left so the right-hand edge is at the top & bottom of the diamond-shaped logo.
                • Use it as a track matte for the semi-transparent solid: either an alpha matte or an alpha inverted matte; I forget which, but you'll know when the semi-transparent solid's current left-side edges disappear.
                • 5. Re: Masking Help
                  bjbillinger Level 1

                  Ok I got that to work for the background.  Now the text is the problem... I want to create the same illusion with it coming out of the diamond.

                  • 6. Re: Masking Help
                    Dave LaRonde Level 6

                         Duplicate the layer used as the track matte.  Use it as the track matte for the text.  Very Simple.

                    • 7. Re: Masking Help
                      bjbillinger Level 1

                      I tried doing that.  I duplicated the layer that I used as a track matte for the background and put it above the text... changed the text layer to Inverted Track Matte as that is what worked with the background layer that I wanted to scroll out and this is what I got.


                      Lower 3rd Text_1_00031.jpg

                      • 8. Re: Masking Help
                        Dave LaRonde Level 6

                        There's an operator error somplace in the comp, sorry to say.....

                        • 9. Re: Masking Help
                          Rick Gerard Adobe Community Professional & MVP

                          I'm thinking you want to have the the text and the arrow move out with the background like they are appearing from the diamond with the KC in it. I'd create a new comp with just the text and the gray background and the red >. Drop that composition in your master comp, rotate a square solid 45º and place it above the nested comp but below the Diamond KC. Set the solit as a track matte for the gray solid and animate the position.


                          There you go, you're done. Took me less than 2 minutes to produce this screen shot.



                          • 10. Re: Masking Help
                            bjbillinger Level 1

                            That got it! Thank you guys! I figured when I came up with this idea it was well out of my range of capabilities.