2 answers · asked · Lesson: Stomp Jump I · Course: Animation in Blender Workflow & Body Mechanics

How do I use the grease pencil?

Hey Wayne, 

I'm trying to use the grease pencil in the movie clip editor but I can only make one stroke.  I can't find where to change the settings of the pencil or how to use it, really.  Could you help me out?



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    Hi Joe.

    Since 2.8, Grease pencil was split into 2 things.  Annotations for simple drawing on the screen and fully blown 'Grease Pencil Objects' for all the fancy stuff.

    You only have one type of stroke with the annotation tool.

    If you want to use the different brushes you can't use the clip editor/VSE anymore.  However, you can do it by dropping the video clip in as a background on the camera then drawing your lines in a grease pencil object.

    Or by adding the video as an image plane in the 3d scene and then drawing the strokes in a grease pencil object.

    Hope that helps.  Let me know if you're still stuck.

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      Hi there. I have a similar question. I did my anotations in the "video editing" workspace. They work fine.

      After that I switch to the "Layout" workspace and create a new window with the video sequencer/preview. I see the reference video next to my 3D model, but I cannot see the annotations that I did in the video editing workspace.

      Any idea? Annotations are checked in the n-panel, but there is no annotation data block.


      Just figured it out as I am writing the question. I have to click on the symbol next to "new" and link in the annotation data block. Leaving this here in case anyone has the same problem.