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Dave J Carson
trouble with masking
on Jan 4, 2012 at 5:12:50 am

New to motion 5 and editing in general - so I apologize in advance if this is a somewhat simple question. I'm trying to apply something similar to a Ken Burns effect to some images that are masked. When I apply a motion to the image the masks move as well and I can't seem to get that to stop. Ideally I'd like to have the images move slowly behind the masks while the masks stay put. Thanks for your help.

DC


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Mark Spencer
Re: trouble with masking
on Jan 4, 2012 at 1:47:04 pm

Put the mask on the group containing the image - then you can move the image independently of the mask.

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Mark Spencer
Freelance Producer/Editor/Motion Graphics Artist
Apple-certified Master Trainer
Author, Motion 4 from Peachpit Press
http://www.applemotion.net


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Dave J Carson
Re: trouble with masking
on Jan 4, 2012 at 8:01:12 pm

Thanks for the reply Mark. I tried your suggestion, but I was unable to make it work. Perhaps I should elaborate on my project. I've attempted (somewhat successfully) to recreate a similar intro as seen at the beginning of the film "the lincoln lawyer". If you're not familiar with it, it is a series of stills and video footage sliding around the screen while introducing the cast. Being an amateur at best, my work flow is probably pretty sloppy compared to a professional. However, I was able to get the desired effect only without the slight movement behind the masks. My first group has a number of masks within it, each timed differently with some masks growing while other shrink or disappear. If I'm to understand your first reply - should I have created a new group for each mask?

Sorry for the lengthy reply.

Thanks again - my high school students will hopefully enjoy this project as it is part of their graduation ceremony.

Dave C


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Simon Ubsdell
Re: trouble with masking
on Jan 6, 2012 at 9:53:57 pm

If you set the Image Mask to "Stencil" (go to the Image Mask properties in the Inspector to find this checkbox), the mask will stay in place and you can move/scale/rotate the image within it. If it is not set to Stencil then the mask will move/scale/rotate with the image.

This might be another way of solving your problem.

Simon Ubsdell
Director/Editor/Writer
http://www.tokyo-uk.com


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Mark Spencer
Re: trouble with masking
on Jan 16, 2012 at 4:42:28 pm

Did Simon's solution work for you?

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Mark Spencer
Freelance Producer/Editor/Motion Graphics Artist
Apple-certified Master Trainer
Author, Motion 4 from Peachpit Press
http://www.applemotion.net


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Dave J Carson
Re: trouble with masking
on Jan 16, 2012 at 11:23:48 pm

It did work, however I was unable to apply the effect to more than one mask found within a group (some of the groups had multiple masks). However, I received an email from Kevin P. McAuliffe and he created a tutorial based on my specific problem. I applied he's technique and it work very well. Here's the link for anyone who's interested.

http://library.creativecow.net/mcauliffe_kevin/You-Ask-I-Answer_Track-Matte...

Thanks again for all your help.

Dave C


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