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Seth Parker
Time overlapping animated text
on Sep 16, 2010 at 9:02:10 pm

I have a text layer setup with a Range Selector animation that causes each character to rotate and fade into position individually. I kept thinking that the animation wasn't quite as fluid as I wanted it to be and then I realized that each character was waiting on the previous character before its animation started. What I would like is for the animations to overlap a little. For instance, if I have word, "ABCD," as A is halfway through its rotation, B starts to rotate into position.

I'm almost afraid that this isn't even possible with the selector seeing as its basing the animation on a percentage of the letters, as there is never a percentage that includes multiple characters...

Thoughts or suggestions?


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Seth Parker
Re: Time overlapping animated text
on Sep 16, 2010 at 9:25:17 pm

I ended up changing shape of the Selector to Ramp Up and after adjusting some keyframes that did the trick. I would've liked to adjust the timing a bit more, but this animation looks smooth enough.


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Roland R. Kahlenberg
Re: Time overlapping animated text
on Sep 17, 2010 at 2:35:32 am

The Ramps do a nice job. When using the Ramps, it's a good idea to animate the Range Selector's Offset parameter instead of animating the Start and/or End parameters.

Cheers
RoRK

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Seth Parker
Re: Time overlapping animated text
on Sep 17, 2010 at 4:51:20 pm

The problem I'm noticing just using Offset is that all the letters rotate in at the same time, rather than sequentially.


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Roland R. Kahlenberg
Re: Time overlapping animated text
on Sep 17, 2010 at 5:15:11 pm

It's a matter of taste and preference and what's required for the job on hand.

With Ramp Up or Ramp Down, I normally set up as such -
Start = 0
End = n (where n is the total number of characters or percentage)
Offset = requires keyframing

The first Offset keyframe value is the negative of n (as above). The second keyframe value for Offset will be n.

The set Ease Low to 100% for a nice Ease In effect. And also try Ease High at -100%. Switching on Randomize Order sometimes makes things look nices. Add some Motion Blur for extra garnishing.

HTH
RoRK

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