Lines get thicker when drawing is done

  • Hi Mike,

    the thread you referred me too is dealing with intersecting lines
    appearing first.  My problem is the sudden shift in thickness
    when the animation finishes.  The lines suddenly get thicker as
    soon as the lines are done drawing. 

    There are no images to embed, only Illustrator paths.

    What I need is for the lines at the end of the animation to maintain their
    thickness that they have while the drawing animation is happening.

    Any insight would be helpful.



  • Also, I'm loading multiple images into one scribe file.
    As soon as the first image is done drawing, it shrinks and moves
    out of the way of the second one for no reason whatsoever.
    The second image also imports with a huge bounding box
    for no apparent reason, even though the artboard in illustrator
    barely exceeds the size of the drawings. 

    I've been at this an hour, trying to do relatively simple things...
    really trying to execute the basic functionality of the program,
    but it is so buggy and unwieldy as to be unuseable.

    I will keep at it for a bit but I think I will soon be
    exploring after effects alternatives.
    I am on a deadline and don't have time for
    random size shifts and image moves that I didn't program.


  • The thread at the link actually deals with 2 issues which both result from settings in CC.
    1) new settings added in Creative cloud versions of illustrator cause the lines to draw even thinner than in previous versions and then thicken much more noticeably after the image is drawn (this may pertain to your problem).
    2) Intersections in the lines thicken before the rest of the lines.

    If you are using CC then you may be able to greatly reduce the thickening issue by using the save settings shown in that thread.

    Also, in that thread, Christopher H mentions that using one consistent line thickness for the whole scribe might make the thickening less noticeable or nonexistent. I have not personally confirmed that.

     -Mike (videoscribe user)

  • Thanks Mike,

    I was using different stroke sizes,
    I will try to redo in CS6 or change my CC settings
    using one stroke size and see how that works.

    Can you give me any tips on why the files come in with unusually
    large bounding boxes, or why they move around for no reason
    after the drawing animation completes?


  • If you use only stroked paths and filled paths you should probably experience none of those problems.

    Any fancy stuff like masks, glows or effects of any kind may have unexpected consequences. hidden layers and embedded images may still affect the bounding box and increase file size as well.

    If you start with just the stroked and filled paths you can probably experiment a little bit with the fancy stuff to see what works and what causes problems.

    -MIke (videoscribe user)


  •  I usually use different stroke sizes too so I'm not sure if using all one size helps.

    Or maybe using just even numbers like 2pt 4pt 6pt... I haven't really experimented with different things.

    -M (vu)

  • So I'm doing a scribe in CS6 using 1pt thickness throughout, and the problem persists.

    I need a consistent line thickness from start to finish...  
    this needs to be addressed before software is released,
    did this not come up in product testing?

    Sorry to sound snarky, but  I'm facing a project where I will be cranking out
    like thirty of these over a period of two weeks...
    which does not leave me much time to come up with fixes or alternates.


  • It's weird because I did another one earlier,
    in CS6 with different stroke sizes, and the problem is not
    there at all.  What is the trigger for this?  Structurally the two
    files are almost exactly the same. 

    I need some consistency and predictability
    if this is going to work for me.


  • Hi Brian,

    Thanks for getting in touch with us.

    When you import an image into VideoScribe (SVG, PNG,Jpeg) VideoScribe creates a bitmap layer over the image.

    This in some cases can cause a shifting after the image is drawn depending on the image itself.

    We have some recommended guidelines in creating SVGs for VideoScribe which we use on this Blog Post

    which is link from our Instant Answer called Create you own images.

    I can included some other factors to consider when creating SVG's for VideoScribe (Adobe Illustrator based).

    1. Ensure you start with a high quality artboard setting. Ensuring the artboard is set to a good quality will mean your resulting images will import at a better quality:

    2. Ensure that your Stroke settings are set to px rather than pt, This can be set in the preferences table:

    3. Increase the default image quality in VideoScribe:

    4. If you are getting the shift, try increasing the stroke width of your image (please see attached example).

    5. Try adjusting the zoom and camera position on the image.

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  • Hi Joe,

    Thanks for the quick reply.
    I tried adjusting all my settings in Illustrator and Videoscribe
    as depicted in the picture above, yet the line thickness still shifts at the end.

    Increasing stroke size mitigates the effect, but does not eliminate it.

    For now I'm working on a workaround using either After Effects or FCP,
    where I will freeze the last frame after the drawing completes, but before the
    line thickness increase kicks in. 

    That should be a workable solution, but I would suggest trying to
    fix this for future versions.  Also, I would love a 24fps export option. 
    That is pretty standard here in the US, and I imagine you have a lot
    of users over here across the pond. 

    Thanks again,


  • I have tried every method explained and it doesn't solve the problem. As a result I've given up trying to create whiteboard videos using only videoscribe. 

    Instead I just create single scenes and cut them together with after effects and premiere, and do all transitions within those applications. This is a major problem within videoscribe and needs to be fixed.


  • Hi Chris and Bryan,

    With the example SVG I attached do you get the issue when you import it? 

  • Hi Joe,

    I don't seem to be able to download it. 

    Oddly enough the assets provided by the client on my project only open in Illustrator CC,
    but they have slightly thicker lines and so far the problem is not apparent.  Lucky!

    However if it does show up again, I'll use my freeze frame fix in After Effects or FCP. 



  • Another issue I'm having now is that when I resize an object in videoscribe,

     the resize doesn't stick.  It just draws out the same size as it was on import. 

    As if I hadn't resized it at all.  Any fixes?

  • On the same note, I have already rescaled the object in illustrator, and checked the "use artboards" box
    when exporting to svg.  Neither this or rescaling in videoscribe seems to have any effect....

    no matter what, the image takes up the entire screen.

    this is super annoying. 


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