Creating auto-trace mask from roto brush information to be applied to a new layer

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Aug 09, 2022 Aug 09, 2022

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Hi there, hoping someone may have an answer to this problem.   I've roto'd a layer  (layer 1) and I'm looking to take that roto info  and make a keyframed mask out of it in order to apply it to layer 2 so that I can have layer 2 masked with layer 3 showing through and scrap layer 1 altogether ( I just needed the shape/ motion fro layer 1).   I found tutorials that suggested auto-trace in order to achieve this but when I apply auto trace (even after freezing the roto) it only allows me to create a static mask from a single frame or selects the entire frame so that I have a 16x9 rectangular mask and completely ignores the roto information.  Has anyone had experience with this issue or does anyone know another method for creating a keyframed mask from a roto that can be applied to a separate layer?

 

Thanks in advance!  Ps I am using the most recent version of AE 

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Aug 10, 2022 Aug 10, 2022

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Pre-compose the Rotobrush stuff.

 

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Aug 11, 2022 Aug 11, 2022

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Just to follow up from Mylenium, I'd actually go further and render out your roto-ed footage with an alpha channel and then auto-trace that.  Rotobrush is incredible, but it uses a LOT of resources and seems to "redraw" whenever you make a change anywhere in your comp.

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