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Pav Vladislav
Automatically compress and morph/shrink text
on Sep 6, 2017 at 12:14:59 am

I'm a beginner in AE btw. How can you make a lower thirds that automatically compresses text inside a box? Coz i don't want to edit the characters manually.
And second is how to morph/shrink the same text? Just like how CNN lower thirds work. I'm using CS4. Thanks in adv for your responses.


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Dave LaRonde
Re: Automatically compress and morph/shrink text
on Sep 6, 2017 at 1:26:00 am
Last Edited By Dave LaRonde on Sep 6, 2017 at 1:36:59 am

Sorry, but on CS4 that's all hand animation. And then you render it..

The sophisticated character generators that animate such things -- using HARDWARE, incidentally -- didn't come out until about 6 years ago, about 5 years after CS 4 was released.

You could probably pick up one of those CG's for about $70,000. Broadcast hardware ain't cheap. I has to work reliably and for years with zero down time.

Dave LaRonde
Promotion Producer
KGAN (CBS) & KFXA (Fox) Cedar Rapids, IA


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Kevin Camp
Re: Automatically compress and morph/shrink text
on Sep 6, 2017 at 5:51:03 pm

you can do it with later versions of creative cloud versions of ae... adobe added a sourceRectAtTime() expression function that can determinate the size of a text layer that can then be used to create a 'shrink-to-fit' expression to scale text layer to fit a maximum size.

Kevin Camp
Art Director
KCPQ, KZJO & KRCW


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