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Tom Shanan
Random Fade Up Characters (by line?)
on Sep 17, 2012 at 6:06:44 pm

Hey everyone,
I'm trying to use the preset "Random Fade Up" to get random letters to fade up, but I have a long text I would like to have rolling up, and only have the random letters fade up one line at a time in consecutive line order (and not completely random).

So halfway through the action it would look something like this:

FIRST LINE TEXT LOOKS LIKE THIS
SECOND LINE TEXT LOOKS LIKE THIS
THI D LINE EXT LO KS L K THIS
F RT I E TE L O S L E H S
F T I E T O KS KE H
XT L E T L S L S
S T E L L S
L L S


etc.


Can anyone suggest a way of doing this?
Your help would be greatly appreciated


PS
I'm not pro at AE, so please be as specific and detailed as possible with your explanations please =)


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John Cuevas
Re: Random Fade Up Characters (by line?)
on Sep 18, 2012 at 1:04:21 am

This might not be the most elegant solution, but you could use the (name your own price)Decompose Text script to break all your blocks of text into individual lines. Then just add the random fade up effect to each line of text and offset the keyframes.

When you download the scrip, navigate to your adobe-> support ->scripts -> ScriptUI Panels folder and place the DecomposeText.jsx file there.

Then when your run AE again, select your text layer and go to windows and run the script.

Johnny Cuevas, Editor
Thinkck.com

"I have not failed 700 times. I have succeeded in proving that those 700 ways will not work. When I have eliminated the ways that will not work, I will find the way that will work."
---THOMAS EDISON on inventing the light bulb.


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Tom Shanan
Is there any chance there is a better way?
on Sep 18, 2012 at 2:07:43 am

Thanks for your detailed answer, but I am hoping to find a better way to do this, hopefully one that would keep the text as one unit.

Thanks!


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Roland R. Kahlenberg
Re: Is there any chance there is a better way?
on Sep 18, 2012 at 12:30:48 pm

It's best that you have each line of text on its own layer. Otherwise it'll be a nightmare setting things up and tweaking it if you want/need to.

After applying Random Fade Up, select the Animator Group name (Animator 1 would be the default name) and click on the Add flyout menu to select Position. Then set the y-value sufficiently high so that it the text is off screen, below the comp.

Once you have the first line of text done up, it's easy to duplicate the line and paste in the second line of text. Spread out and/or stagger the Start keyframes and change the Random Seed value for subsequent lines of text to achieve variation.

HTH
RoRK

Intensive AE & Mocha Training in Singapore and Malaysia
Adobe ACE/ACI (version 7) & Imagineer Systems Inc Approved Mocha Trainer


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Darby Edelen
Re: Random Fade Up Characters (by line?)
on Sep 18, 2012 at 4:40:17 pm

Text animators are kind of a black box, so I figured it'd be easier to upload one than try and talk through it. So here's a text animator I whipped up. I think it may be close to what you want to achieve. If you have any questions about it let me know.

4675_lineanimation.zip

Darby Edelen


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John Cuevas
Re: Random Fade Up Characters (by line?)
on Sep 18, 2012 at 8:45:22 pm

Now that's an elegant solution Darby. Kudos.

Johnny Cuevas, Editor
Thinkck.com

"I have not failed 700 times. I have succeeded in proving that those 700 ways will not work. When I have eliminated the ways that will not work, I will find the way that will work."
---THOMAS EDISON on inventing the light bulb.


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Tom Shanan
Re: Random Fade Up Characters (by line?)
on Sep 19, 2012 at 3:36:57 am

Oh wow!! Thanks! Just as I began to lose hope.

Any chance you can save that for AE SC5.5 ?


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John Cuevas
Re: Random Fade Up Characters (by line?)
on Sep 19, 2012 at 12:01:12 pm

In case Darby doesn't see this or doesn't have a CS5.5 version, here you go.(figure I owe you, cause I wouldn't have that awesome text animator from Darby had you not asked)

4679_linefadeuprandomcharacter.ffx.zip

Johnny Cuevas, Editor
Thinkck.com

"I have not failed 700 times. I have succeeded in proving that those 700 ways will not work. When I have eliminated the ways that will not work, I will find the way that will work."
---THOMAS EDISON on inventing the light bulb.


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Roland R. Kahlenberg
Re: Random Fade Up Characters (by line?)
on Sep 19, 2012 at 1:16:52 pm

AcccCKK! I thought Tom wanted a 'rolling up' effect as well. Something like this -

http://www.broadcastgems.com/mediaserver01/COW_TextAEP_RampUp_PLUS_Position...

Cheers
RoRK

Intensive AE & Mocha Training in Singapore and Malaysia
Adobe ACE/ACI (version 7) & Imagineer Systems Inc Approved Mocha Trainer


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Tom Shanan
Re: Random Fade Up Characters (by line?)
on Sep 20, 2012 at 6:04:46 am

Oh wow. That was really cool and it's much closer to what i wanted (the way the lines assemble at the same time but orderly finish one after the other) Any chance i could have that plugin without the characters flying up?

When I meant "roll up" i was just going to have the whole credits roll up for the end titles of a film, as the letters appear.

Also don't worry about the version, i got AE6 now -haha

Cheers!


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Roland R. Kahlenberg
Re: Random Fade Up Characters (by line?)
on Sep 20, 2012 at 9:48:56 am

IF you don't need the text characters to scroll up then the Ramp Up Face thingy will work. Just place each line of text on a separate layer and adjust the Random Seed (under Advanced menu in the Text Animator group) and the spread out the keyframes.

Cheers
RoRK

Intensive AE & Mocha Training in Singapore and Malaysia
Adobe ACE/ACI (version 7) & Imagineer Systems Inc Approved Mocha Trainer


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Tom Shanan
Re: Random Fade Up Characters (by line?)
on Sep 20, 2012 at 6:06:47 am

HAHA thanks mate!!
I upgraded to AE6 so i worked it out!


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Morgan Mendieta
Re: Random Fade Up Characters (by line?)
on Jul 22, 2016 at 8:17:45 pm

Wow thank you for this solution. Much appreciated.


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