Is there any way to do a handwriting effect in Hitfilm pro without having to manually masking each letter? I know how to do it in AE but don't know how to do it in Hitfilm pro.
@Gdane114 Take a look at my tutorial on how to draw in the air...
AE has a much, much easier way of doing it. To achieve similar results the best tutorial I've seen on it is this. I've done it this way myself, and it works fine if your doing a few words. Anything more and forget about. As much as I love Film Sensei's drawing sword trick that wont work either (I tried) as you can't control the line precisely enough to produce the effect you want.
@Dimipapa Take a look at this video on how to animate a signature. I do the same thing, but I hand animate the movement giving complete control!
@filmsensei I Don't think I've seen that particular video before but I have tried that same technique and it really wont work on fonts unless they are super big maybe. I don't remember exactly how I tried to do it, i think I set it up to try and fill in the font somehow but the problem is the motion. Either way I did it I tried animating it the exact same way you do in that video and it just wont work well on something that isn't super big like a john hancock signature. We need something like this in HF to do it easily.
@Dimipapa You could do that same thing with the Neon Path effect. Neon Path works on layers with masks, and the masks don't have to be closed. You could do it all as one unbroken (and NOT closed) mask on a layer, with the Neon Path effect either on that same layer or on a grade layer. For greater control, use multiple masks on multiple layers, and separate Neon Path effects targeting different masks. In either case, tweak the Neon Path effect to create a thick solid line, and use that as a matte for an actual typeface.
you can have it fill in left to right with seemingly one line with the neon path effect?
Yup. That’s effectively the HitFilm equivalent of that last video you shared. It'll be a little different in HitFilm than what the video shows, but it's basically the same. Here's a rough outline of the process:
Here's my final result using just those first three letters as an example. This has the extra Extension keyframes added to get rid of pauses between letter strokes. Notice that small flicker where the end of the "n" sits? That's because I placed my first mask point too close to the letter shape.
If you shudder at the thought of making the mask backwards, you could draw it normally, but you'll also need to keyframe the Evolution property to go from -1x to 0 over the same time span that Extension is going from 0 to 100. Just a side effect of how Neon Path interprets the mask's "direction."
Another side note: because this technique has Neon Path on a grade layer above the text, it's effectively creating a matte for everything below it. If there are other layers under the text, you'll see the full Neon Path curve, not just where the text lies, and none of your other layers. There are a couple ways to deal with this:
Edit: in case anyone is wondering, this is now on my tutorial production schedule.
@CleverTagline meh, you can push it back. Got all I needed. ?
I've actually been racking my brain trying to figure out a way that wasn't exactly what you described, but I guess, if you don't have one, there isn't one.
@CleverTagline That's is a close to the Stroke effect in AE as I have ever seen. I snagged that for the archive and imagine my surprise when the gif came with the copy and paste. Thanks, sir!
@CleverTagline That's pretty slick!
thats looking pretty good, I look forward to that tutorial. Maybe you can have an overlay with the white of the text invisible and have it fill in the text fully.
Wow, thanks for the information!!! Yes its helpful but Hitfilm needs a proper stroke effect
@Dimipapa "Maybe you can have an overlay with the white of the text invisible and have it fill in the text fully."
That's pretty much what the process above does. The text remains invisible until the Neon Path line reveals it. If that's not what you meant, could you please explain further?
CleverTagline oh i didnt catch that part sorry
@CleverTagline thank you so much for this tip -it solved my biggest problem while recreating the title sequence of a German TV series. I followed your instructions but used an image instead of text. The spiral was drawn on black background (ripped off the original scene and used Photoshop). As the width of the line changes I just added a Luminance Key to the spiral image and Keyed Out Darker. Worked all like a charm and I needed less than 10 minutes to incl. Photoshop to create the effect. Top!