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michiel | 16 years ago | 6 comments | 3 likes | 6,604 views

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Instead of creating a seperate text layer for every character, I've used a single layer and animated the JUMBLE property

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Just discovered a YouTube movie that's using this effect:

michiel, 16 years ago

Hey michiel, that's a video I made of my kids last week. I thought your intro was perfect for this one. :)

As always, I did give credit to Bluff Titler in my description!

I was actually going to link the movie here, but you beat me to it!

dibbkd, 16 years ago

Michiel, I like this jumble effect on the text, but it brings up
another text effect I would like: is it possible to have a line of text, each letter of which would be initially invisible and then they would randomly appear in their proper position until the entire text was visible? I know I could do this by treating each letter as a separate text object, but that would be much too hard if there was very many letters.

Thanks for your help --- Dick

Dick, 14 years ago

To do that you have to create 2 keys:

The 1st key has a TRANSPARENCY property of 1
The 2nd key has a TRANSPARENCY property of 0

Both keys have a FLEXIBILITY property of (1,0,1)

The FLEXIBILITY property is very powerful, but a bit cryptic. An in-depth description of this property can be found here:

michiel, 14 years ago

Again, and as always, a quick and clear explanation -- thanks.
Another question:
1) Suppose I have a 2 min. video and I want something (a word, for example) to show up at 1 min. and be visible for 5 sec.
2) I know that I can make the word transparent until it should show and then make it opaque and then back to transparent again.
3) It seems that BT has to "remember" this information for the entire 2 min. rather than just the 5 sec. it is displayed. Is this, as it seems, a waste of resource? Does it matter? Is there a more efficient way?

I'm asking because I'm making a video in which about 20 short statements will appear, one at a time, for about 5 sec. each throughout the approximate 2 min. of video. I'm wondering if all 20 are "remembered" by BT all the time or whether BT would only need to "remember" one at a time.

Dick, 14 years ago

The answer is no it does not matter.

BT shares resources between layers and chances are high that you're using the same font, effect and texture in your 20 text layers.

michiel, 14 years ago

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