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Bill Rabkin
"Scroll Text" Behavior -- What is "Adaptive Spacing"?
on Mar 11, 2020 at 9:46:01 pm

In Motion 5.4.5, among the Scroll Text behavior's properties is "Adaptive Spacing." This property has a dropdown with 3 values: None (default), Line, and Paragraph. Unfortunately, Apple's Help for Motion does not describe this property.

I'm building a credit scroll in Motion to use as a Title in FCPX. At the bottom of my credit scroll is the copyright notice, and above that is the crew list. I've included text lines for 6 crew members:
ROLE1
NAME1
...
ROLE 6
NAME6
© 2020 John Doe

For some episodes I may have fewer than 6 crew members. If I have only 3 crew members and I delete ROLE4 through NAME6, there will be a large space between the third name and the copyright notice.

Does Adaptive Spacing compensate for this and remove the extra vertical space?

Also, I found in FCPX that when I entered roles and names of my 3 crew members, the entire "Crew" text block moved upward. As a result, it overlapped the text block above it. Is there a way to prevent this -- that is, to "lock" the Y-position of the "Crew" text block?

Thanks!

Motion 5.4.5
FCPX 10.4.8
iMac 27" Retina 2017
macOS 10.14.6 Mojave


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