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  • A difficult request [Scrambling Letters]

     Roberts Adi updated 1 month, 1 week ago 3 Members · 15 Posts
  • Roberts Adi

    January 22, 2021 at 5:29 am

    Hello Guys.

    I am stuck

    I need to make this kind of animation called “scrambling letters.” It’s an animation of random letters that form a word at the end. Here is an example of what scrambling animation looks like:

    I want it to be used to animate the text under my logo in the image below:

    However I want the scrambling letters animation to follow a particular animation pattern based on the this youtube video below.

    In the youtube video, there are a total of 14 small rectangles. Each of these small rectangles represent scrambling letters that will form the name “R O B E R T S D I G I T A L” at the end. The scrambling letters by themselves dont actually move to the right. but their first appearance from the left to the right and the gaps that move from the left to the right make it seem like so.

    At the end of the animation, the word “D I G I T A L” that forms the second half of the 14 letter word should be in red.

    I have sent a copy of the AE file with the logo and text beneath it:

    I also tried to animate the text myself but it didn’t come out well so you can delete my own animation.

    A video explanation will be very helpful


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  • Filip Vandueren

    January 22, 2021 at 1:18 pm

    Try to think of each letter as it’s own animation, since they’re not moving anyway.

    That shouldn’t be too hard, even just manually creating that for 1 letter would take only a few minutes.

    Then copy that animation over, offset each 1 frame and change the final letter and you’re done.

    You’ll only have to take care of the laste 7 characters remaining red.

    I think this is a classic case of overthinking stuff on how to do it with clever text animators and/or expression, when – since you have a very clear plan of what it should look like – just manually keyframing it would be so much faster.

    We’ve all been down that rabbithole 🙂

  • Filip Vandueren

    January 22, 2021 at 1:39 pm

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    This took about 15 minutes 🙂

  • Roberts Adi

    January 22, 2021 at 3:33 pm

    wow Flip do you have the AE file?

    Can you send the link to me pls….?
    I’d really appreciate that thx

    In the meantime I’ll try to study the video very closely

  • Roberts Adi

    January 23, 2021 at 6:38 pm

    Filip do you have an email address?

    There’s something I’m still curious about

    I’d appreciate that


  • Filip Vandueren

    January 24, 2021 at 7:43 pm

    Hi Adi,

    I didn’t save the project file… Just pose your questions here ?

    To anticipate:

    The one thing that wasn’t visible in the screengrab is that there was of course still a normal character offset text animator running untill the final keyframe.

    Furthermore, I used two aescripts: Textexploder and Rift to quickly make single character layers from 1 word, and to quickly sequence all layers a few frames apart. Not necessary but just nice shortcuts to cut down on repetitive manual actions.

  • Roberts Adi

    January 24, 2021 at 10:00 pm

    Flip please

    My request is: Can you use a screen recorder to record how you made that

    from beginning to end so that I can follow your example through video.

    It will be a lot easier for me to understand and follow because I’m a compete newbie to After Effect. I am working on a school project.

    I appreciate the help and thanks again

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  • Filip Vandueren

    January 25, 2021 at 9:51 am

    Here’s the grab:

  • Roberts Adi

    January 25, 2021 at 11:18 am

    Flip thank you very much

    Now I’ll check it out

  • Roberts Adi

    January 25, 2021 at 5:02 pm

    Flip one last thing

    Send me a link to your rift 2 script for download

    Then delete the link immediately afterwards

    Tutorial was excellent and cool voice by the way

    You can send the link to my email address at [email protected] if you prefer…

    I’m almost done, its just the rift to complete the final part

    Thanks & best


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