Scroll Text Behavior

The Scroll Text behavior allows you to quickly create scrolling or crawling text. Scroll Text can also be applied to other objects, such as shapes and images, to create integrated credits, prologues, and so on.

When the Scroll Text behavior is applied to text, whether the text is imported (RTF or TXT files) or created in Motion, the Scroll Direction is set to Vertical by default (in the Behaviors tab) and the layout is automatically set to Scroll in the Layout pane of the Text Inspector. When Scroll Direction is set to Horizontal, layout is automatically set to Crawl in the Layout pane of the Text Inspector. When the Scroll Text behavior is actively applied to text, you cannot change the Layout Method parameter unless the Allow Layout Override checkbox is selected.

Note: The Adjust Glyph tool is not available with the Scroll or Crawl layout methods.

To create a vertical scroll
  1. Apply the Scroll Text behavior (from the Text Animation behavior category) to the layer you want to animate.

    For information on applying text behaviors, see Applying a Text Behavior.

    Because the Scroll Direction is set to Vertical and the Start Off-Screen checkbox selected by default, the layer shifts to below the Canvas for the beginning of the scroll. The direction, position, and speed of the scroll can be changed in the Inspector or HUD.

  2. Click the Play button.

    The layer automatically scrolls upward in the Canvas.

  3. To edit the text, double-click the text in the Canvas.

    The text stops scrolling, the ruler appears at the top edge of the text, and the scroll control becomes available at the right edge of the text. To continue playback, deselect the text by pressing Esc or clicking in an empty area of the Layers tab or the Timeline layers list.

    For more information on the scroll controls, see Non-Path Text Controls in the Layout Pane.

  4. To customize the scroll, use the parameters in the Behaviors tab of the Inspector.

    For more information on the Scroll Text behavior parameters, see Scroll Text Controls.

To create a horizontal scroll
  1. Apply the Scroll Text behavior (from the Text Animation behavior category) to the layer you want to animate.

    For information on applying text behaviors, see Applying a Text Behavior.

  2. Select Horizontal from the Scroll Direction pop-up menu in the Scroll Text HUD or Behaviors tab of the Inspector.

    Because the Start Off-Screen checkbox is selected by default, the layer shifts off the Canvas to the right for the beginning of the crawl. The text is positioned in a single line and Layout Method set to Crawl in the Layout pane of the Text Inspector.

    The direction, position, and speed of the scroll can be changed in the Inspector or HUD.

  3. Click the Play button.

    The layer automatically crawls left in the Canvas.

  4. To edit the text, double-click the text in the Canvas.

    The text stops scrolling and the scroll control becomes available at the lower edge of the text. To continue playback, deselect the text by pressing Esc or clicking in an empty area of the Layers tab or Timeline layers list.

    For more information on the scroll controls, see Non-Path Text Controls in the Layout Pane.

  5. To customize the scroll, use the parameters in the Behaviors tab of the Inspector.

    For more information on the Scroll Text behavior parameters, see Scroll Text Controls.

To change the speed of the scroll in the Timeline
  • In the Timeline, do one of the following:

    • Drag the behavior’s bar to the left to speed up the scroll.

    • Drag the behavior’s bar to the right to slow down the scroll.

      For more general information about adjusting behaviors in the Timeline, see Changing the Timing of Behaviors.

Scroll Text Controls

Use the parameters in the Inspector to adjust the direction, rate, and position of the scroll.

  • Scroll Rate Mult: Available when Speed Control is set to Automatic, multiplies the rate of the scroll by the amount in the slider. Amounts higher than those available in the slider can be entered in the value slider.
  • Scroll Rate: Available when Speed Control is set to Fixed, sets the speed of the scroll in pixels per second.
  • Allow Layout Override: Allows the text layout be manually changed. For example, when horizontally scrolling imported RTF text, the text is automatically placed in a single line. If the Allow Layout Override checkbox is selected, the text retains its paragraph form.

    Note: This parameter is available only when the Scroll Text behavior is applied to a text layer.

  • Start Off-Screen: When this checkbox is selected, the text is automatically moved to an off-Canvas position for the start of the scroll.