I'm new to video scribe and quite struggling with the not-so-intuitive workflow...
One of the problems is when I try to move an item via morphing as explained in your tutorial (4 with the mug): a black line pops up over the line during morph?
It looks - also during the 'drawing' phase - as if a thicker mask-line is used?
Only I didn't draw a thicker transparent line or something like that??
I made just one single line, drawn in Illustrator. In orange, to see the difference with black lines from Videoscribe.
I have tried to illustrate in the attached jpg.
Hope someone can help me.
Thanks a lot.
OK, I tried to explain that I just used a simple line, (line settings in jpg) no special brush strokes or whatsoever.
When I export an svg there is a menu (also in the jpg) where I didn't change anything; just default settings. This menu cannot be found in any of your help files, only an older version in one of the tutorials ('creating you own svg's')
When I morph (I only want to move the item) there is a thick black line during the morph.
This line seems to have the same width (some hidden video scribe setting?) a used when I use 'draw' in stead of 'morph'. This becomes visible when lines are close together: then a part of the next line is visible during drawing of the first. When I use a filled item (see example) you can see a part of the fill during drawing.
Please find attached a .scribe file and the svg's I used for it.
Oh, and indeed I use the latest Illustrator CC.
I can't find any info on how to be careful with settings??
Thanks for your answer. The zip file was a new sample, addressing the same problem.
I just followed the steps in "Making SVG Images Draw Well" but the svg export settings menu is different from the one I get in Illustrator.
I'll try to explain again from start:
1) I make a simple shape with the pen tool in Illustrator CC
2) I 'export selected' to avoid exporting hidden layers or what not with the following settings (I couldn't find preferred settings for video scribe anywhere?)
3) import svg into video scribe
4) copy the clip, move it a little lower and select 'morph'
5) now, during the animation, the initial (upper) flower is replaced by a thick black line (Which I didn't draw!!) until the end of the animation, where it is replaced by the lower flower with the intended pink line.
All steps illustrated with images in the attached jpg.
Additional: As an experienced After Effects user; to me this problem seems to come from some 'hidden' and thicker mask-line that Video scribe uses internally? Indication for this thicker mask-line are given when a part of the fill is revealed in drawing a filled shape, and a part of neighboring shapes is revealed when drawing shapes close together. Both illustrated in the jpg too.
It's like this is happening 'behind the screen' (where the gray line is not drawn by me, but used as a mask by Videoscribe):
Ok I think we are on the same page now. I think there is just one problem and I think we can fix it.
(Your gray reveal stroke in your images confused me, but now I understand. I thought that you were actually seeing that gray stroke in videoscribe, but if I understand correctly, you added that to suggest what videoscribe is doing and it is not something that you actually see in videoscribe.)
I agree that the resulting effect in videoscribe is that videoscribe seems to be adding an oversize reveal stroke where there is none. This is part of the same bug (mentioned in item #7 in my previous link) that causes artifacts to appear everywhere that stroked lines intersect or anywhere that the stroked lines are close enough to be revealed by this imaginary reveal stroke. It is also the reason that when you morph the black strokes look much thicker. (note: the lines will always turn black during a morph but they should not get thicker)
SO we have identified the symptom! Now for the solution...
1) Instead of using FILE>EXPORT SELECTION>SVG can you try FILE>SAVE AS>SVG and see if the menu looks like the one in my previous link? If the menu is the same then this is one way to eliminate the phantom reveal stroke. (I realize this may require you to manually delete extra layers before saving, which is a pain. But if this works then at least you know there is a solution that works.)
2) if the regular SAVE AS menu no longer resembles the screenshot in my previous link, then further testing of the new menu will be required. However there is probably still some combination of settings that will work.
3) if you prefer to use FILE >EXPORT SELECTION>SVG there MIGHT be some combination of options on that menu that will eliminate the symptom. I don't have CC so I can't test it for you.
4) any version of adobe illustrator older than the first CC (2013) version will not have the same problem
5) any version of inkscape before 2013 will not have the problem I believe
6) opening and resaving your SVGs in a version older than 2013 or running them through SVGCLeaner will probably fix the problem.
-Mike (videoscribe user)
Thanks a lot for your detailed answer. You're right that I didn't see the gray stroke, just tried to indicate that there is 'some invisible' reveal stroke used internally in video scribe.
Perhaps a point of interest for the developers that it is so damn hard to get a shape into video scribe without all kinds of funny artifacts and workarounds. How about 'copy in Illustrator - and paste in Videoscribe ' for example? I have done this kind of animations for a long time, using After Effects and thought that video scribe would be easier and faster...
I will try your suggestions and let you know.
Yep, SAVE-AS in stead of EXPORT solved the problem!
There is indeed a different menu when saved then when exported.... (Hip hip Hurray for Adobe) and more important: obviously the resulting svg is different!
Thanks for pointing that out.
It is interesting that the color seems to stay blue in the second example, when it is clearly black in the first example. However, I think it might just be a video glitch and not a videoscribe glitch. The blue is so close to black that it is difficult to tell if it is really being treated as blue strokes by videoscribe (I don't think so) or if that particular example just renders bluish as a byproduct of the video encoding, color shift due to video compression, the tiny size of the morph elements in the video, etc.
I could not reproduce that apparent blueness in preview mode in videoscribe using your SVGs. (I'm using an older version of videoscribe though.Maybe it only works that way in some versions.)
what if you make the strokes bright red and thicker and try to reproduce the effect with the elements larger on the canvas? Do the strokes stay red?
I think that there is a suggestion thread (for moving color objects) in the Suggestions section. If you find it you can "LIKE" the opening post of the thread in order to encourage sparkol to focus on that issue sooner.
-Mike (videoscribe user)