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Syed Iqbal
Text animation presets and Arabic text
on May 30, 2017 at 3:19:26 pm

Hi folks,

This is the first time I have to deal with Arabic text animation. Besides After Effects buit-in text animation presets I have a few more really cool animation presets that I use for my English projects.

However, I am just curious to know if these presets can be used for Arabic text which is from right to left. I installed Arabic language and After Effects allows me to copy all the Arabic text into After Effects text layers.

Is there anyway I could alter some settings so that my animation comes into effect from right to left. For example, if we use BulletTrain preset, it should animate characters starting from right.

I would be waiting for your tips soon.

Thanks
Syed


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Kevin Camp
Re: Text animation presets and Arabic text
on May 30, 2017 at 3:51:51 pm

i haven't tested this on all presets, but in this case it would appear that time reversing the offset keyframes and then setting either the 'mode' (in the advanced settings) from add to subtract or the 'shape' from ramp up to ramp down should reverse the order.

Kevin Camp
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KCPQ, KZJO & KRCW


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Syed Iqbal
Re: Text animation presets and Arabic text
on May 30, 2017 at 4:13:48 pm

Hi Kevin,
It has worked like a charm and I tried it on Bullet Train preset to test it. Thank you so much Kevin.

Some 3rd party or external presets I believe would not allow to make these alterations which are probably locked by the author of those presets. In other words only few expression controllers for example like amplitude, frequency, decay, delay and cycle time are some of those things that we can change, not the offset, mode or shape of

For example when I tried to make these changes on a 3rd party preset one of the parameters named "Amount" has some code in the expressions area that begins with something this "eval('@JSXBIN"


Regards,
Syed


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Kevin Camp
Re: Text animation presets and Arabic text
on May 31, 2017 at 3:34:01 pm

if an animator is using an expression rather than keyframes, you'd need to modify the expression to 'reverse' it.

then last line of the expression is often the value that is being calculated... it might be possible to simply add a minus at the front of that value to get the inverse, but i'd need to see the expression to know for sure.

it's also possible for animators to animate the start or end properties rather than the offset. so you'll likely need to look at each animator on a case-by-case basis.

Kevin Camp
Art Director
KCPQ, KZJO & KRCW


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