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  • Scrolling Numbers to 1 Billion

  • andy Jackson

    January 26, 2021 at 5:05 pm


    I’m trying to create a number scroll from 0 – 1000000000 in ae21.

    Had a look around the numbers are limited to 30000.

    I’m not aware script enough to use those fixes … just wondered if any other ideas about how to do this? Only lasts for 24 frames ..

    Thanks in advance

  • Walter Soyka

    January 26, 2021 at 5:33 pm

    This is not going to be super-intuitive, but instead of the Numbers effect, you can use a Text layer, an Angle control (because sliders don’t go to 1 billion), and an expression.

    1. Add a text layer.
    2. Add an Angle Control effect to the text layer.
    3. Keyframe 0 and 1000000000 as you like on the Angle Control.
    4. Untwirl the text layer, then Alt+click the Text > Text Source stopwatch.
    5. Enter this expression:

    var numberAsText = "" + parseInt(effect("Angle Control")("Angle"));

    var separator = ",";

    numberAsText.replace(/\B(?=(\d{3})+(?!\d))/g, separator);

    The first line gets the value from the angle slider as an integer and changes it to text. The second line says we’ll use a comma as the separator, i.e. so you get 1,000 instead of 1000. (If you don’t want a separator, you can clear out the comma, leaving nothing between the two quote marks. If you want to use a period, change the comma to a period.) The third line is a little crazy, but it uses something called a regular expression to insert the separator every three digits, starting at the end.

    Here’s a project with all this set up so you can see.

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