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Michael Garske
Technique for linking mask generation with live text?
on Mar 9, 2017 at 7:25:15 pm

Hi everyone,

I'm creating a series of text-based templates that use red giant plugins like Tao. Since many plugins cannot be applied to a text layer directly, requiring masks, wondering if anyone knows of the technique to automatically create masks based on changes in a text layer. Possibly to live link masks on a solid layer based on characters in a text layer?

I understand it's a simple matter to create the masks and delete old masks, but if there were a way to streamline that process it would be hugely helpful.

Thanks in advance for your help!


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Dave LaRonde
Re: Technique for linking mask generation with live text?
on Mar 9, 2017 at 7:27:07 pm

Can you use text layers as track mattes for this?

Dave LaRonde
Promotion Producer
KGAN (CBS) & KFXA (Fox) Cedar Rapids, IA


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Michael Garske
Re: Technique for linking mask generation with live text?
on Mar 10, 2017 at 3:18:54 pm

Saddly not. The plugin requires masks to work.


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Michael Szalapski
Re: Technique for linking mask generation with live text?
on Mar 14, 2017 at 2:49:11 pm

Are you wanting masks that follow a box around the text or do you want it to actually match the shape of each character?
Either one would be tricky...

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Michael Garske
Re: Technique for linking mask generation with live text?
on Mar 23, 2017 at 2:55:06 am

I'd like to create masks that link to each character. If the mask generation can be automated, it will help greatly reduce the amount of time it takes to modify templates.


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