Preset Text Sequence Behaviors (Motion 3.0.2 and Earlier)

The Text Sequence behavior subcategory includes the 3D Move, Basic, Fade, Glow, Miscellaneous, Move and Zoom Text behavior groups. Although all of the behaviors in these groups are predefined animations, the parameter values can be modified, and other parameters can be added or removed. For example, the Blur Fade In behavior (from the Fade group) automatically animates the text Blur and Opacity values by default. However, you can add a parameter, such as Scale, to the behavior.

All of the sequence behaviors are variations on the Sequence Text behavior in the Text Animation subcategory. Although the Text Sequence behaviors are all presets—the parameters are already selected and animated—you can still add, remove, or modify any parameter that is available to the Sequence Text behavior. For more information on the Sequence Text behavior, see Using the Sequence Text Behavior (Motion 3.0.2 and Earlier).

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.

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.

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

Working with a Preset Text Sequence Behavior: Drop In From Left (Motion 3.0.2 and Earlier)

In this section, the Drop In From Left behavior (from the Move group) is used to illustrate working with the Text Sequence behaviors. In general, the guidelines for modifying the Drop In From Left behavior also apply to the other sequence behaviors.

Figure. Canvas window showing static text.

Note: Because the sequence behaviors are preset variations of the Sequence Text behavior (in the Text Animation subcategory), the guidelines for modifying the Sequence Text behavior also apply to the Text Sequence behaviors.

Applying the Drop In From Left Behavior

The Drop In From Left behavior creates an animation in which the text characters fade and drop in vertically from left to right to land in their original position. The parameters included in the behavior are Opacity and Position. The following steps begin at the first frame of the text.

To use the Drop In From Left behavior
  1. Apply the Drop In From Left behavior (from the Text Sequence subcategory) to the text.

    Because the behavior creates an animation in which the text starts above its original position and drops in, the behavior selection box moves up in the Canvas. Also, the selection bar is located at the left edge of the box because the animation starts at the leftmost text character. This appears and displays the projected motion of the text.

    Figure. Canvas window showing behavior selection box.

    Once applied, the Drop In From Left behavior appears in the Layers tab and Timeline.

    Figure. Layers tab showing behavior layer.

    The HUD also appears. Remember that because the sequence behaviors are all preset variations on the Sequence Text behavior, the Drop In From Left HUD parameters are identical to the parameters in the Sequence Text behavior (in the Text Animation subcategory).

    Figure. Drop In From Left HUD.

    As with the Sequence Text behavior, the specific text parameters that the behavior uses to create the animation are listed in the Inspector. Because the Drop In From Left behavior uses the Opacity (from the Face controls) and Position (from the Format controls) parameters, those parameters are listed in the Inspector.

    Also, because you can apply sequence behaviors to text with applied styles (such as Glow or a Library text style), all of the Style parameters also appear in the Text Sequence behavior parameters. Using the Drop In From Left behavior as an example, if the Glow and Outline are enabled for the text to which the behavior is applied, the Glow and Outline are also affected by the Opacity preset.

    Figure. Drop In From Left behavior controls in the Behaviors tab of the Inspector.
  2. Click Play (or press the Space bar).

    From left to right, the text characters fade and drop in and land in their original position. As the text animates, the selection box expands to encompass the text characters.

    Figure. Canvas window showing animated text.

    In the Inspector, notice the Position parameter is automatically included in the behavior parameters. This is because the Drop In From Left behavior animates the text characters to drop in one at a time (by default). The value of the Y Position determines the furthest vertical point from the original position of the text. The default Y Position value is 200, which means the text animation begins 200 points above the original position of the text. To change the initial starting position of the text, enter a different number in the Position parameter value sliders.

    In the following image, the Y Position value is set to 100, so the text falls a shorter distance (than the default 200 pixels). A value of 100 is also set in the X Position value, so the text falls at an angle rather than vertically.

    Figure. Canvas window showing animated text.

    Because the Drop In From Left behavior animates the opacity of the characters of text, the Opacity parameter is included in the behavior parameters. The Opacity value determines the most transparent point in the text animation. The default Opacity value is 0%, which means the text animation begins completely transparent and ends at the Opacity value of the original text. To change transparency of the text, enter a different number in the Opacity parameter value field.

    Note: You can set different Opacity values for the different text style parameters (Outline, Glow, and Drop Shadow).

Changing the Speed of Text Sequence Behaviors

With the Drop In From Left 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. By default, the duration of a Text Sequence behavior is 60 frames.

Figure. Timeline tab showing behavior bar set to a short duration.

Like the Type On behavior (in the Text Animation subcategory), 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 (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).

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

Adding or Removing Text Sequence Behavior Parameters

Although the Text Sequence behaviors include predetermined parameters, you can add and remove parameters. Parameters are removed and added in the same manner as adding parameters to the Sequence Text (Text Animation) behavior—using the Parameter Add and Remove pop-up menus. The following example continues with the Drop In From Left behavior to illustrate adding parameters to a Text Sequence behavior.

To add a parameter to a sequence behavior
  1. Select the sequence behavior to which you want to add a new parameter.

  2. In the Parameter row, choose a parameter from the Add pop-up menu.

    Figure. Inspector window showing Add parameter pop-up menu options.

    The chosen parameter is added to the sequence behavior.

    Figure. Inspector window showing parameters added to the behavior.
  3. Set a value in the new parameter (Scale). In this example, the Scale value is set to 150%.

    In addition to the text dropping and fading in, the text Scale value begins at 150% scale and changes to 100% as the characters land in place.

    Figure. Canvas window showing animated text.
  4. To remove a parameter, choose a parameter from the Remove pop-up menu.

    The chosen parameter is removed from the sequence behavior.