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LPK
02-13-2010, 02:00 AM
Hey everybody,

I am wondering if anybody here could help me with an effect I am trying to achieve?

Basically, I am creating a video as part of a university presentation, and I am trying to create an effect that shows quotes being scribbled over and then erased, and replaced by another quote. I got told to use After Effects for it, but I have just opened it up for the first time and I am pretty lost. I have tried desperately to search online but I am failing pretty bad, so it would be extremely useful if anybody could help me by offering some advice or pointing me towards a tutorial that will help me achieve it.

The effect I wish to achieve can be seen right at the start of this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7E3oIbO0AWE

Apologies for the link. It really is the only video I can find that has the effect I want to achieve.

Martin.

ToddKopriva
02-13-2010, 04:03 PM
Please do everyone a favor and, if you're going to cross-post questions on several forums, also cross-post the answers that you get so that people don't waste time helping you on one forum when you've gotten an answer on another.

suztv
02-16-2010, 02:01 PM
I know how to do this effect and have used it since version 3.0 - but to help you out I typed in "After Effects Write-on tutorial"... Here are the links that google found:

Google Video Results for After Effects Write on tutorials (http://www.google.com/search?q=AfterEffects+write+on+tutorial&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&aq=t&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&client=firefox-a&tbs=vid:1,pm:Ny53ZWIsdmlkuL5NOyvjv3ZJgAmNLtUCU-Vd5wg=&ct=title&oi=video_result_group&sa=X&ved=0CEAQqwQwAA)

http://www.creativemac.com/2004/02_feb/tutorials/ko25040217.htm
http://www.layersmagazine.com/animated-handwriting-in-after-effects.html
http://www.designertoday.com/Tutorials/After.Effects/1468/How.to.Use.the.Write.on.Effect.Adobe.After.Effects.Tutorial.aspx
http://www.videocopilot.net/tutorials/graffiti_writing/

That isn't even all of them. Depending on the timing and the overall effect that you want to achieve - there are different methods. Sometimes a mask gradient mask reveal is what you would use. Other times the write on is appropriate. One of the problems you might run into is that when writing out a name or quote - it takes longer than you might think. So you will have to speed that transition up and when all is said and done a mask reveal/cover would have worked just as well.

I hope these help and good luck on your project.

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