Using the Crawl and Scroll Behaviors (Motion 3.0.2 and Earlier)

In this section, the Crawl Left behavior is used to illustrate working with the Text Animation behaviors. The guidelines for modifying the Crawl Left behavior also apply to the Crawl Right, Scroll Down, and Scroll Up behaviors.

The Crawl Left behavior scrolls the text to the left across the Canvas.

To use the Crawl Left behavior
  1. Apply the Crawl Left behavior (from the Text Animation subcategory) to the text.

    The behavior animation path appears and displays the projected motion of the text. The animation path extends from the anchor point of the text. For example, if the alignment of the text in the following image was set to Center, the animation path would extend from the anchor point at the center of the text.

    Note: To show and hide animation paths, use the View pop-up menu in the upper-right corner of the main window (above the Canvas).

  2. Click Play (or press Space bar).

    The text moves horizontally across the Canvas over the duration of the text to which it is applied.

Crawl Left and Crawl Right Controls (Motion 3.0.2 and Earlier)

Use the parameters in the Crawl Right or Crawl Left behavior tabs in the Inspector to modify the crawl animation.

  • Rate: Increases or decreases the rate of the crawl. By default, Rate is set to 10 (pixels per second). A higher rate increases the speed of the crawl, so the text travels a greater distance over time; a lower rate slows the crawl.

    Note: Although the Rate slider value is limited to 100, you can enter a higher value in the value slider.

  • Position Offset: Offsets the start position of the text. By default, the crawl animation begins at the original position of the text. To move the text further to the right at the start of the animation, enter a higher number in the Position Offset field. For example, to move the text 80 pixels to the right, drag the Position Offset slider to 80 or enter 80 in the value slider.

    Note: Although the slider value is limited to 100, you can enter a higher value in the Offset value slider.

  • End Offset: By default, the text crawls to the end of the duration of the text. To stop the crawl 60 frames from the end of the text layer (or project), for example, drag the End Offset slider to 60 or enter 60 in the value slider.

    Note: Although the slider value is limited to 100, you can enter a higher value in the End Offset value slider.

Scroll Up and Scroll Down Controls (Motion 3.0.2 and Earlier)

Use the parameters in the Scroll Up or Scroll Down behavior tabs in the Inspector to modify the scrolling animation.

  • Rate: Increases or decreases the rate of the scroll. By default, Rate is set to 10 (pixels per second). A higher rate increases the speed of the scroll, so the text travels a greater distance over time; a lower rate slows the scroll.

    Note: Although the Rate slider value is limited to 100, you can enter a higher value in the value slider.

  • Position Offset: Offsets the start position of the text. By default, the scroll animation begins at the original position of the text.

    Note: Although the slider value is limited to 100, you can enter a higher value in the Offset value slider.

  • End Offset: By default, the text scrolls to the end of the duration of the text. To stop the scroll 60 frames from the end of the text layer (or project), for example, drag the End Offset slider to 60 or enter 60 in the value slider.

    Note: Although the slider value is limited to 100, you can enter a higher value in the End Offset value slider.