I have several layers of text which I want to mask to a bottom layer, which is a moving image.
The text layers appear in sequential chronological order to make a sentence (and I need them on several layers for positioning). The first word's mask works great, but none of the other texts/masks end up showing as they are on lower layers and are being masked
I also want the masked out area to be black.
I am attaching an image which shows what I want, but imagine each word is on a different layer, show up sequentially, and are surrounded by black.
Use text animators to reveal your text. Use the text layer as a track matte for the video. All that is required is two layers.
If you insist on having each word on a separate layer, precompose your animated text layers and then use the pre-comp as an alpha track matte for your video.
These are AE basics.
I knew that it was really basic thing. I was just going about it all the wrong way. I was confused as to what to pre-comp and what not to.