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Adam HopkinsMasking Problem
by on Feb 24, 2010 at 8:10:01 pm

I'm trying to put a counter on a project and I've got it up and running, but I want to mask the hours and minutes. I'm using the solid layer-effect-time-number way. As soon as I click in the layer window the time code disappears and the mask doesn't work. The time code is still there when I switch back to composition view however. What am I missing? Thanks.

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Dave LaRondeRe: Masking Problem
by on Feb 24, 2010 at 8:55:25 pm

Don't try to make a mask on the solid with the effect. Instead, use a different solid --or a shape layer if you prefer -- as a track matte to cover the hours and minutes.

Dave LaRonde
Sr. Promotion Producer
KCRG-TV (ABC) Cedar Rapids, IA

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Michael SzalapskiRe: Masking Problem
by on Feb 24, 2010 at 9:38:46 pm

To go a little more in depth:
A layer is just a layer, sans any effects. So when you go to the layer view, you're seeing the layer. Effects come later in the rendering stack.
Here's the help page on track mattes. Honestly, most of the pages in the help document are worth looking at. However, if you want a more user-friendly way to learn, check out this page and its accompanying links.

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Adam HopkinsRe: Masking Problem
by on Feb 24, 2010 at 11:35:30 pm

Thanks a lot guys.

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