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Can you control application of a text animator with an expression?

Explorer ,
Dec 28, 2023 Dec 28, 2023

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Hello, 

 

I would like to make a .mogrt with a text layer where the user can select (via drop-down or checkbox) one of two intro animations, and one of two outro animations. 

 

One of the intro animations is using a text animator; the other is using the Basic 3D effect. 

 

For the Basic 3D, I'm pretty sure that I can link up the "Opacity" parameter under "Compositing options" to a checkbox or dropdown and effectively turn that animation "on" or "off" that way. 

 

However for the text animator I haven't found an easy way to turn that "on" or "off." 

 

So far I have been trying to do this all with only one text layer. However one potential solution that a friend recommended is to have two separate text layers (I could parent one source text to the other so that both are updated simultaneously by the user of the .mogrt). Then I could have the Basic 3D on one text layer and the text animator on the other text layer; and connect my checkbox/dropdown to the opacity of each respective layer instead of trying to control the application of the effects to the layer. 

Do you think that is the best way forward? Or is there an easy way to get at the properties of a text animator using expressions? 

 

Thanks; I'm relatively new to expressions and very appreciative of any help/input 🙂 

 

 

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LEGEND , Dec 28, 2023 Dec 28, 2023

Text animators have a global Amount setting under the Advanced options. If not needed to e.g. scale the effect intensity at different font sizes, this can be rigged up to effectively turn an animator on and off without any hoopla.

 

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Text animators have a global Amount setting under the Advanced options. If not needed to e.g. scale the effect intensity at different font sizes, this can be rigged up to effectively turn an animator on and off without any hoopla.

 

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Ah thank you! I thought I had tried that — but must have missed something because it seems to be doing the trick now. 

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