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Building a Random Number Background

Animating text properties in Adobe After Effects By Stephen Schleicher

If you havent visited the DMN After Effects forums you are missing out on great discussions, informative announcements, and quick and easy tutorials.  A recent posting asked about creating a background of random numbers and letters.  This is a snap with the Text Tool of Adobe After Effects.

Step 1:  Create a New Composition (Command+N on the Mac, or Control+N on the PC).  For this exercise, lets use the DV NTSC Preset with a length of 10 seconds.

Step 2:  Since we want a background of random letters and numbers and we are not planning on resolving a title, this step is quite simple.  Select the Text Tool from the Tools Palette.  In the Character Palette, lets select the Tahoma font with a green fill color.

Step 3:  In the Comp Window, click and drag out a region that completely covers the work area.  By doing this we ensure that our text will wrap around when it reaches the end of the line.  For more on this useful feature be sure to check out the tutorial I wrote about it.

Step 4:  Now fill the region with text you have pasted (Lorem Ipsum comes to mind), or create your own.

To fill the entire line, try using Justify All.

Step 5:  In the Timeline, twirl down the arrow next to the Text Layer, then twirl down the Text Property.

In the Switches column, select Animate>Character Offset.


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