Motion 5 - Text Animation and Text Sequence Behaviors

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Text Animation and Text Sequence Behaviors

In Motion, text behaviors are divided into two basic categories: Text Animation behaviors
and Text Sequence behaviors. Text Animation behaviors allow you to create crawls, scrolls,
animated text tracking, and “type-on” effects. This group also includes the powerful
Sequence Text behavior, which allows you to create a custom animation that sequences
text style and text format attributes through text characters over time. The style attributes
include face (fill color), glow, drop shadow, and outline. The format attributes include
position, opacity, scale, rotation, tracking, and so on. The sequence can run through the
text from left to right or right to left. Alternatively, you can create a custom animation
for the direction of the sequence. The sequence can be applied per character, per word,
per text object, and so on.

In the following illustration sequence, the text in the upper area of the image is animated
by modifying the Scale, Blur, and Opacity parameters in the Sequence Text behavior. The
lower text is animated using the Fade In/Fade Out and Tracking behaviors.

Text Sequence behaviors are preset versions (the parameters are already selected and
animated) of the Sequence Text behavior. There are six classes of Text Sequence behaviors:
Basic, Continuous, Energetic, Glow, Highlighter, and Subtle. Although each Text Sequence
behavior applies a specific preset animation effect to a text object, you can customize
the effect by adding, removing, or modifying parameters.

Note: Although mostText Sequence behaviors have a definite start or end (fade in or out,
blur in or out, and so on), the Continuous group of behaviors have no start and end points.

You can save a modified behavior to the Library. For more information, see

Saving a

Modified Text Behavior to the Library



Chapter 17

Animating Text