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Josh Smith
Animating text with sliders
on Mar 11, 2013 at 1:51:18 pm

Hi everyone,

I would like my text layer to count up from 0 to 1,800,000 over the course of 60 seconds. I have tried to use a slider control, but I can only get it to go up to 1,000,000. How can I fix this?

Also, how do I only animate part of the text? So, for example, I have it saying: "Time elapsed: 0 seconds", and I would like it to animate just where the "0" is, from 0 to 60, and the rest stays the same.

Also, how can I add commas into the animated numbers? So that I get 1,800,000 and not 1800000?

Thanks for your help!


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Joseph W. Bourke
Re: Animating text with sliders
on Mar 11, 2013 at 2:05:52 pm

I think that, in your case, Expressions are going to fill the bill. Here's a link to the expression, and a way to get numbers over a million:

Joe Bourke
Owner/Creative Director
Bourke Media

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John Cuevas
Re: Animating text with sliders
on Mar 11, 2013 at 2:22:00 pm

If instead of using a slider, you use Effects > Expression Controls > Angle Control, you can go over 1,000,000. I have no idea why angle control can do this and slider can't, but it's a good little work around.

So use the counter link that Mr. Bourke provided, but in the directions where it says use a slider, just change that to angle control.

Johnny Cuevas, Editor

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Todd Kopriva
Re: Animating text with sliders
on Mar 12, 2013 at 12:33:52 am

There's no good reason for the slider control value to max out at 1,000,000. I'll see if I can fix that.

Todd Kopriva, Adobe Systems Incorporated
After Effects quality engineering
After Effects team blog

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