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Videos where text scrolls on and off the page - how do you do this?

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#1 David Ashcroft

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Posted 14 August 2012 - 08:36 AM

Sorry the title is not very descriptive, i didn't really know how to ask my question in few words :)

But basically, is there any software (paid or free) that can make videos with cool text transitions.

The best example i can give is the Girl Effect video, look at the way text scrolls on and off the screen here:

I am pretty sure making it look this cool would be complicated, and i assume it has been made using flash, i could be wrong :)

Anyway, anyone have any ideas or suggestions?

Thanks in advance!!

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#2 dark messenger

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Posted 22 August 2012 - 09:19 PM

I imagine the animation of the text has probably been made in flash, maybe in after effects, and the transtion of each word/block of text was done individually by hand (so to speak) with means of animation paths and modifiers, and not one of a programs preset animations.

Making something like that wouldn't be too complicated if you know what you're doing (ofcourse), however I do not know of any free alteratives to either program, it could perhaps be done in blender, but I wouldn't know where to start in assisting you make the animation. Your best bet would either be trial versions flash/AE and hope you learn how to do it/make it within 30days, study lots of tutorials, or try with blender and study lots of tutorials.

Sorry I cant be of much help :P


#3 Chris Cosgrove

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Posted 23 August 2012 - 05:17 PM


Having just run that video and looked at it carefully, I am reminded of transitions in Powerpoint - it's very like animated transitions.

An alternative way of doing it is to draw each frame ! They are, after all, fairly simple but at 25 frames/second that's a lot of frames ! I did something vaguely similar once, an animated GIF of candle flames on a birthday cake. This was done in a graphics package by drawing the outline of each 'flicker' of the flame and then sequencing them. To avoid the impression of the flames dancing in lock step, I started the sequence for each flame at a different point in the cycle.

Would it be worth your while seeing if you can create video out of a Powerpoint animation ?

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