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Jamil Munoz
Type on Text Expressions
on Apr 13, 2018 at 11:31:33 pm

Working on a command-line style end crawl for a project. The text was made in Photoshop and brought into AE, with the following expressions applied:

to Source Text:
L = text.sourceText.length;
T = time*effect("Speed")("Slider") -effect("Start At")("Slider")*effect("Speed")("Slider");
F = Math.round(time % 1);
if (F==1 | (T>L & T>0) ){Fl="_";} else(Fl="")
substr (0,T)+Fl

to Position:

Works fine, but one portion of the original text is intended as a different font size than the rest. The expressions cause the font to change scale to match the existing text (i.e. main credits are size 18, special text is size 12, but is upscaled to 18 by the expression). Is it possible to fix via editing the expression?

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Dave LaRonde
Re: Type on Text Expressions
on Apr 14, 2018 at 4:25:48 am

Did you make the text editable in AE?

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

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Jamil Munoz
Re: Type on Text Expressions
on Apr 14, 2018 at 4:33:51 am

Yes, text is editable. When the source text expression is deactivated, the text size is as intended, but when it's active, the text size changes.

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Roland R. Kahlenberg
Re: Type on Text Expressions
on Apr 14, 2018 at 6:43:24 am

I developed a type-on effect that will solve your issue but you'll need to keyframe the Cursor's scale and position when the larger text is activated by the cursor.

Here's the URL - it's free. ☺

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