I'm trying to animate the stroke of individual characters in a text block so their outlines write-on over the course of a few seconds. I'm having an easy enough time of everything, except I'd like the characters to be drawn on in a random order, not necessarily left-to-right sequentially. I've found that changing the order of the layer masks does the trick, but as some of these text blocks are quite large and I've got a mask per character, randomizing them manually is taking a little while and not truly random (i.e. part of the write-on sequence affects characters in a seemingly random order, but others still seem left-to-right).
I was wondering if there was a script or expression to randomize the mask order in a layer or get the stroke effect to stroke randomly instead of sequentially from the top mask to the bottom.
Nope, you've chosen to undertake something that can't be accomplished automatically. I haven't heard of this being tried before, so I doubt a script to do it exists. I fear you're on your own with this one. Hope you have a lot of time!
Former Sr. Promotion Producer
KCRG-TV (ABC) Cedar Rapids, IA