A) Some fonts don't draw nicely in Videoscribe.
B) Insufficient spacing between words
C) Irregular spacing between letters.
D) Videoscribe can only draw western fonts and left-to right languages correctly. No support for Arabic, Chinese, Hebrew etc.
E) Complex maths formulas or diagrams are very tedious to input, or symbols are lacking
Solution: (this topic was updated for version 2.3.5 of videoscribe, but it may work in other versions as well. Videoscribe now includes the ability to import fonts from your computer and they may draw better than they did in version 1 without the extra work of making
them into an SVG. However if you can't get the results you want by
simply typing the text into videoscribe, the following process should
work very well.)
1) type your text into your illustrator or inkscape document, or copy/paste it
into your document. write a word or a sentence or a paragraph in a font of your choice. adjust any spacing, kerning or other settings to your satisfaction using the text menu options in your program.
2) I believe that you can import LaTeX (I'm not very familiar with it) data into illustrator in pdf format as vectors( and then skip to step 4 or 5). You can also import png or SVG images. However, large file sizes or files with extraneous data might cause problems in videoscribe.
3) convert the text to outlines. In Illustrator, I believe that you click TYPE>CREATE OUTLINES. In inkscape I think it is PATH>OBJECT TO PATH. This step converts your editable text into vector paths that are filled with no strokes. The text converted to outlines should look something like this:
4) If your new paths seem completely overloaded with anchor points (lets say.. more than 15 or 20 per letter) you may be able to reduce them using PATH>SIMPLIFY in inkscape if you are feeling adventurous. experiment with the settings for best results. If this step seems too confusing, just skip it.
5) now that you have your vector paths, it may be a good idea to lock those layers so you don't accidentally select or move anchor points during the later steps. After you have locked the existing art, add a new layer for the next steps
6) on the new layer, you'll be making the reveal stroke(s) that the videoscribe hand will follow when drawing your text. You can use the pen tool or the pencil tool with a BASIC stroke (no paintbrush or other effects). use rounded caps and corners. Use a stroke big enough that you can manually
trace over each of the
letters and the letters will be completely hidden under the stroke. If your finished videoscribe is going to be drawing at a leisurely pace, then you may want to be very precise with your reveal stroke(s)- be careful when drawing over each letter that you do not cover parts of the adjacent letters. If your final video is going to be drawn quite quickly, you don't have to be
as precise. You are basically just adding a path for the hand to follow
that APPROXIMATES the motion of writing the letters. it can be one
continuous curvy/squiggly line like a sawtooth pattern covering each letter in the proper drawing order. try to cover each letter before moving
to the next. If you are using the pen tool , click and drag to create each anchor point and you will get smoother curves in your reveal stroke instead of sharp corners. your reveal strokes can be one long path or multiple smaller paths. In the attached screenshot I adjusted the reveal strokes to 50% opacity so you can see the text and the reveal strokes. I set the layer color to green and the stroke color to purple for easier viewing:
Of course you will want to cover ALL of your text that you wish to be
drawn nicely in videoscribe, even though I only covered some of the
words in my screenshot.
7) After finishing your reveal strokes, set the opacity of the reveal stroke(s) to zero so it is transparent.
8) export the finished image as an SVG. in inkscape 0.48.5 default setting should be fine. In Illustrator versions that are older than 2013 most settings seem fine but you can refer to the below screenshot if you want. In illustrator CC or newer, you really need to use these settings to avoid problems:
9) import into videoscribe and test. If you have to update your SVG. you will need to be sure to import the NEW version into videoscribe and not just re-import the cached version from "recently used" images appearing on the import menu.
10) if any of your reveals draw in the wrong direction you will have to go back and reverse the direction of the path in inkscape or illustrator. adding more anchor points to the "end" of the path may work or you can google other solutions for your particular drawing program.
method should work with Chinese, Japanese, Hebrew, mathematical
equations, and any other written languages regardless of the direction
in which you would like them to be written or read.
-Mike (videoscribe user)
Well done Mike!
I've done this but the problem is that VideoScribe still only draws the outline of the Arabic characters and the colour gets filled in afterwards.
How do I get VideoScribe to look like it is drawing the whole character in one go, rather than the outline of every character. This is really frustrating.
here's a file which I added a transparent set of strokes over the top of the orginal text - as described in the article.
No - it doesn't work - exactly the same outline is happening. On the 2nd layer, I didn't convert to outlines.
and here is an example of how it should look (the blue path on top of the black text):
I'm not using Adobe Illustrator - I'm using Inkscape - so the diagram is not helpful.
OK - I worked it out now. That does work. Thanks.