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Carlos Silva
Animated painting "path" on a map
on Aug 1, 2012 at 10:35:16 pm


I am trying to create a simple animation based on the Red5 paint tool. I have created a "paint layer" and then drawn on the canvas, which is a map. Actually, I would like to create an animated painting "path" on the map, showing along time the painting being drawing, but I am unable to do this. All paints I could create are static and doesn't have keyframes (I made a draw, not an animation!).

I would appreciate help to:

a) How could I create such animation?

b) Is it possible to add a "drop shadow" to the animated painting "path"?

Thanks in advance,

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peter mcauley
Re: Animated painting "path" on a map
on Aug 2, 2012 at 2:58:29 pm

Hi Carlos,

Animating a paint stroke is fairly easy - here's how to do it:

• To make a dash or dot that follows the paint path:
• Set the time marker (CTI) to the start of the timeline
• Create the stroke
• Make the Paint track / layer the current selection - you should see two tabs in the control window Paint Tab and Transform Tab
• In the paint tab, set the Strokes End to a very small value - start with a value of 2
• Set the animation type to Linear
• Set the Stroke Begin to 0
• Set the animation type to Linear
• Move to the end of the timeline
• Set the Strokes Begin to 98
• Set the Strokes End to 100
• Now as you playback the timeline, you should see the stroke moving per your animation

• If you want to create a continuous line paint-on and do not want to see a dash or dot (which is what I have described above) then only make adjustments to the Stroke End parameter and leave the Stroke Begin parameter set to 0 with no animation.

To make the drop shadow, move the paint track onto the face of standard shape track, then turn off the eyeball on the media sub-track. You can then enable the drop shadow option for that track.

Feel free to send me your email address and I'll send you a RED 5 project that shows you how to do this. You can contact me at

I hope this helps,


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Marcus Warren
Re: Animated painting "path" on a map
on Aug 2, 2012 at 3:36:42 pm

Peter, it would be great if mini-tutorials, like the one you supplied for this post, could be collected somewhere. You churn out a few number of these on this forum, so it would be cool to have easy access to them, whether here or on the Boris FX site.

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peter mcauley
Re: Animated painting "path" on a map
on Aug 2, 2012 at 3:40:01 pm

Hi Marcus,

You are right and actually I am in total support of this. We've done some of this in the past and to help that cause, I'll record a mini tutorial of this paint feature and post it for everyone.

Thanks for mentioning this.


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Carlos Silva
Re: Animated painting "path" on a map
on Aug 2, 2012 at 6:17:16 pm

Hi Peter,

Many thanks for explanation!

As suggested, it would be great to find tutorials on Boris joined in some place. To newbies - as me - it would be handy!


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