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Saber not working on 3d text

Community Beginner ,
Aug 30, 2021 Aug 30, 2021

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Attaching a screenshot. 

 

While the 3d text was successful, attaching saber to the text doesn't seem to be working... Really at a loss here. Very new to after effects. Any help would be super appreciated!

 

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Niko

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Aug 31, 2021 Aug 31, 2021

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Duplicate the raw source layer without the extrusion, apply the effect to the duplicate. This is the typical beginner error of trying to do everything in a single comp and on a single layer, which rarely ever works.

 

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Sep 01, 2021 Sep 01, 2021

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Thanks!

 

So I duplicated the text layer, and turned the extrusion depth to zero, didn't work. Then I turned off the 3d effect, which got rid of the text altogether. Once duplicated, what exactly do I need to do to make the text to maintain the 3d effect but have saber work? Thank you so much!

 

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Niko

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Sep 02, 2021 Sep 02, 2021

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You are misunderstanding. There is no way to combine this directly by using the 3D extrusion. Saber has no way of actually accessing the 3D data since this is an encapsulated part of the API using the C4D renderer or the old Raytrace 3D not avialable to third-party developers. You have to fake it using conventional layers with masks and that simply could mean you have to create a whole ton of duplicates just to get those flaming edges or whatever you fancy and work with even more duplicates of your extruded 3D layer to use as track mattes plus you may face additional masking. There isn't a push-button solution here. This could easily become a rather complex task.

 

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Sep 02, 2021 Sep 02, 2021

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Figured it out! This tutorial had a good fix. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b6tCA7_vAqw&ab_channel=Tmill

 

Text no longer extrudes but I'm fine with that as long as it motion tracks, which I should've specified was my main concern. Mixed up my terms. Appreciate you helping out! 

 

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Niko

MOTION TRACK YOUR SABER text in AFTER EFFECTS!POG------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------...

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