Preset Text Sequence Behaviors

Although the behaviors in the Text Sequence behavior subcategory are predefined animations, values can be modified and other parameters added, or existing parameters removed. For example, the Awaken In behavior (from the Basic group) automatically animates text Opacity, Scale, and Rotation values (Format parameters) by default. However, you can add a parameter, such as Position, to the behavior.

The Text Sequence behaviors are applied to text layers in the same manner as all other behaviors. However, there is one big difference between the Text Sequence behaviors and all other behaviors in Motion: Once added to text, the Text Sequence behaviors do not last the duration of the text. This is because usually—to achieve the desired preset effect—you want the animation to complete in a shorter period of time than over the duration of the text. The default duration of the behavior can be modified to slow down or speed up the effect of the animation.

All of the sequence behaviors are preset versions of the Sequence Text behavior in the Text Animation subcategory. For more information on the Sequence Text behavior, see Sequence Text Behavior.

As with all behaviors, you can save a modified behavior to the Library as your own custom behavior. For more information, see Saving a Modified Text Behavior to the Library.

As with Text Animation and other behavior subcategories, clicking a behavior in the Library stack plays the animation in the Preview area.

The following section discusses applying and customizing a preset behavior from Text Sequence category.

Customizing a Text Sequence Behavior

In this section, the Flare In behavior (from the Glow group) is used to show how to modify a Text Sequence behavior.

The following steps begin at the first frame of the text.

To modify the Flare In behavior
  1. Select the text layer to be animated, click the Add Behavior icon in the Toolbar, then choose Text-Glow > Flare In.

    At the first frame, the text is not visible because Face opacity and Glow opacity are animating from 0% to 100%.

  2. Click Play (or press the Space bar).

    The text characters fade in from 0% to 100% percent opacity, and sharpen in from a blur value of 10. A glow rides the effect in as the text appears.

    Figure. Canvas showing Flare In behavior with opacity, blur, and glow settings applied.
  3. With the Flare In behavior selected, click the Behaviors tab (if it is not already open).

    The Inspector lists the specific text parameters used to create the animation (above the Add and Remove pop-up menus). The sequence Controls are not disclosed by default.

    Figure. Inspector showing settings for Flare In behavior.

    Although most of the sequence Controls appear in the Flare In HUD, the Add and Remove pop-up menus (and the parameters they affect) do not.

    Note: In the Canvas, an editable animation path appears with the selected text. This is because Sequencing is set to Custom. For more information, see Using the Custom Sequencing Option.

  4. In the Parameter row of the Behaviors tab, choose Format > Rotation from the Add pop-up menu.

    A Rotation parameter is added to the sequence.

    Figure. Inspector showing expanded settings for Flare In behavior.

    Tip: Because most of the preset text sequence behaviors are keyframed, it is often helpful to see where the keyframes occur when customizing. Click the Timing icon in the Toolbar, or choose Window > Timeline to show the Timeline. In the Timeline, click the Show/Hide Keyframes button. The keyframes are displayed on the behavior’s bar.

    Figure. Timeline showing Show/Hide Keyframes button and visible keyframes in a text sequence behavior.
  5. Move the playhead to frame 1, then click the Record to turn on keyframing.

  6. In the Behaviors tab, set the Rotation dial to 90.

  7. Play the project (press the Space bar).

    Because the Rotation parameter has only a single keyframe, the text remains static at 90 degrees.

    Figure. Canvas showing text remaining at 90 degrees throughout the animation.
  8. Move the playhead to frame 30, and set Rotation to 0.

    Now that you’ve set a second keyframe value, the sequence is now animated.

    Note: You can edit the keyframes in the Keyframe Editor. For more information, see Keyframes and Curves.

  9. Return the playhead to frame 1 and play the project (press the Space bar).

    As the project plays, the text rotates from 90 degrees to 0 degrees.

    Figure. Canvas showing characters rotating from 90 degrees back to 0 degrees over the course of the animation.

    You can quickly change the color or other attributes of the text glow by using the Glow controls in the Style pane of the Text Inspector.

Changing the Default Settings in the Text Sequence Behaviors

Text Sequence behaviors use default text settings, such as glow color (yellow) and alignment (left). You can quickly change these settings in the Inspector.

To change the default glow color of a preset sequence behaviors in the Text Style pane
  1. Select the text sequence behavior.

  2. In the Inspector, click Text tab, then click the Style pane.

    Glow is not selected by default when using the preset Text Sequence behavior. However, the Color well is still accessible.

  3. Without selecting the Glow checkbox, choose a new color in the Color well of the Glow controls.

    Important: Selecting the Glow checkbox results in an additive effect: The values defined in the Style pane are added to those in the sequence behavior. This may cause the preset to change in appearance.

To change the default glow color of a preset sequence behavior in the Behaviors tab
  1. Select the text sequence behavior.

  2. In the Inspector, click the Behaviors tab.

  3. In the Parameter row, click the Add pop-up menu, choose Glow > Color.

    The Color parameter is added to the Glow parameters in the behavior.

  4. Use the Color controls to change the color of the glow.

To change the default text alignment for a preset sequence behavior in the Text Layout pane
  1. Select the text.

  2. In the Inspector, click Text tab, then click the Style pane.

  3. Choose Center from the Alignment pop-up menu.

Setting the In and Out Points of the Text Behaviors

The In and Out Points of text behaviors are defined in the same manner as all other objects. For more information, see Trimming Objects.

Changing the Speed of Text Behaviors

When a behavior from the Text Animation group is added to a text layer, the behavior is the duration of that text layer. Most of the behaviors from the Text Sequence group, however, are much shorter than the duration of the text layer.

For example, with the Awaken In behavior selected, notice that the duration of the behavior is much shorter than the duration of the text layer to which it is applied. You can see this in the mini-Timeline or the Timeline.

Figure. Timeline showing difference between the length of the behavior and the text object to which it is applied.

You slow down or speed up the animation by changing the duration of the behavior.

To slow the sequence animation
  1. Select the sequence behavior.

  2. Do one of the following:

    • In the mini-Timeline or Timeline, click the right end of the behavior bar and drag toward the right (to extend the behavior) to the frame where you want the animation to end.

    • Go to the frame where you want to set the new Out point, then choose Mark > Mark Out (or press O).

    For more information, see Trimming Objects.

    Note: Conversely, you can speed up the animation by shortening the duration of the behavior.

To speed up the sequence animation
  1. Select the sequence behavior.

  2. Do one of the following:

    • In the mini-Timeline or Timeline, click the right end of the behavior bar and drag toward the left (shorten the behavior) to the frame where you want the animation to end.

    • Go to the frame where you want to set the new Out point, then choose Mark > Mark Out (or press O).

    For more information, see Trimming Objects.