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  • Sat, Oct 19 2013 3:30 AM

    Animate Title Letter Opacity

    Hi All,

    I have a tilte which is "Resolve".

    Over the course of a few seconds, I need to have the letters to appear on the screen in the following order: l, o, v, e, s, e, R. So the progression would be as follows:

          l

         ol

         olv

         olve

       solve

     esolve

    Resolve

     

    Any thoughts on how to do this would be much appreciated. I've looked at the AvidFx type on feature, but that seems unable to work with a user specified order.

    Thanks much!

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  • Sat, Oct 19 2013 4:11 AM In reply to

    Re: Animate Title Letter Opacity

    How do you want them to appear? In Position? Cut or Fade? Move to position?

    If in position you could have a simple title Resolve. then save 6 other versions of it each with one letter less. then cut the 7 titles onto your timeline in the appropriate order and cadence.

    Or make the title in Avid FX and animate each letters transparency.

    If moving in Avid FX change individual letters position size and transparency.

    Reasonably sure one of Douglas's early tutorials showed a couple of versions of this.

     

  • Sat, Oct 19 2013 5:15 AM In reply to

    Re: Animate Title Letter Opacity

    Andrew,

    Thanks! I would like the letters to just fade up in place, no movement.

    I thought about the TT method you outlined above. But the letters are not equal in size, so there would probably be a slight jump between some of the titles.

    What I did right now is create seven new video tracks and cut a different letter into each track. Since each new title track only contains one letter that never disappears, there won't be any jumping due to slight letter misalignment.

    I will be looking into the AvidFX method more and search for a Douglas tutorial.

    Thanks for your help!

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  • Sat, Oct 19 2013 5:36 AM In reply to

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    Re: Animate Title Letter Opacity

    Create your entire final title as you want it to appear, either in title tool or as a graphic.

    Cut the title/graphic into the timeline.

    Add edits where you want each change to occur temporally.

    Go into each segnment and crop out the parts you don't want to see.

    add dissolves to each add edit mark.

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    Re: Animate Title Letter Opacity

    Andrew is on the right track

    I would however make it even simpler in Avid FX

    Try Andrew's idea first

    Here is a short example I made just now, using my variation.

    http://www.screencast.com/t/s1W7mCSkLBx

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  • Sat, Oct 19 2013 9:00 AM In reply to

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    Thank you Douglas!! I will work on the AvidFX solution and report back. :)

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    Re: Animate Title Letter Opacity

    BobbyMurcerFan:

    Thank you Douglas!! I will work on the AvidFX solution and report back. :)

    In the meantime I have just finished editing a tutorial on my approach to creating the effect you are looking for.

    It is quite straightforward in AvidFX. If you are interested in knowing more about the tutorial, please visit this url:

    http://www.gaijin-eyes.com/2014/2014_Avid_FX_Text.html

    It is the tutorial that is numbered 12_11, at the bottom of the page.

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  • Sun, Oct 20 2013 2:47 PM In reply to

    Re: Animate Title Letter Opacity

    You could also create the title in Photoshop, using individual layers to represent each "stage" of the build.  Then import the .psd into MC and choose the Sequence of Layers option.  Next adjust the layers in Avid to give the proper look.  You could put dissolve between them or, as I prefer, use Fade Effect to save from having unneeded pre-computes and rendering. 

    The key is to start with the final look and work backwards. 

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  • Sun, Oct 20 2013 8:40 PM In reply to

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    drbgaijin:

    BobbyMurcerFan:

    Thank you Douglas!! I will work on the AvidFX solution and report back. :)

    In the meantime I have just finished editing a tutorial on my approach to creating the effect you are looking for.

    It is quite straightforward in AvidFX. If you are interested in knowing more about the tutorial, please visit this url:

    http://www.gaijin-eyes.com/2014/2014_Avid_FX_Text.html

    It is the tutorial that is numbered 12_11, at the bottom of the page.

    Regards

    Douglas

     

    Douglas, Thank you so very much!! I'm downloading it as I type. Wink

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  • Sun, Oct 20 2013 8:42 PM In reply to

    Re: Animate Title Letter Opacity

    Kenton, Thank you very much for the Photoshop suggestion!

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  • Sun, Oct 20 2013 11:01 PM In reply to

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    Re: Animate Title Letter Opacity

    For what it's worth, Kenton's approach is one of the techniques that I use too.  And if you don't have Photoshop, any art package that handles layers will work.  I've created an animated title this way using the Gimp on Linux.

    However an even simpler approach would be to open the title in the effects tool and keyframe right and left crop values.  This assumes that the font that you've used has no oberlap between letter boundaries.

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    Re: Animate Title Letter Opacity

    Follow on from the above.  Since you want the letters to dissolve on, instead of keyframing, force a cut where you want each transition.  Open the first part of the title in the effects tool and crop it so that just the "l" is visible.  Move to the next, and crop it so that you see "ol".  Keep going until your have the full word ""Resolve" visible.

    Now just place dissolves between each cropped section of the title.  Done.

    That may sound a little unwieldy, but I've found it a very quick method of doing this.  But as I said above, whether you can use it or not really does depend on whether your font has clear space between each letter or not.

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  • Tue, Oct 22 2013 12:43 AM In reply to

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    Thank you for the suggestion, it's quite clever!

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  • Tue, Oct 22 2013 9:35 PM In reply to

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    I've had a chance to investigate all of the methods suggested and even a few variations that I've come up with.

    Have to say that Douglas' tutorial is INVALUABLE. The method of using AvidFX has many advantages because you are making an *easily adustable*, fully keframeable vector graphics effect. And this effect sits right on *one* MC timeline track.

    Additionally, the clarity with which it is described is amazing.

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    Re: Animate Title Letter Opacity

    Yes

    Thank you for that, BMF

    I do, as you do, also appreciate the others who posted ideas.
    Quite often I will change one of my older established workflows, after I read how other editors are working.
    Maybe this time some other editors will investigate how Avid FX can make the whole process semi-automatic. Geeked

    It's all about give and take and keeping an open and receptive mind.

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