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Create a comp size solid above your text layer. Apply the mask to the solid. Set the Track Matte setting of your text layer to Alpha Matte. The text layer will now adopt the alpha channel of the masked solid. You can freely animate the text and mask independently.
Thanks, Andrew. Brilliant suggestion!
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I've been trying to figure this out for the past 2 hours. For any beginners like myself I will explain Ray's wonderful tactic, broken down to the most minute of details.
1.Make a shape layer where you want your text to appear
2.Move that layer directly above the text layer
3.Right click the text layer, hover over mask and then click new mask
4.Click on your text layer and go into the layer flyout at the top of the screen
6.Click track matte then, alpha
7.Move the text in and out of where the shape layer, (now mask), is to reveal and hide
This breakdown was incredibly helpful. Thanks Michelle!