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Text Track expression

Community Beginner ,
Oct 17, 2023 Oct 17, 2023

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I'm not sure if someone has already posted this issue, but I have the following situation: I have two text layers, text 1 and text 2. Text 1 will have the number of days, and text 2 only says 'days ago.' I want to use an expression so that as the number increases, it shifts to the left and doesn't overlap. In this example, I'm changing the values from a SourceText in Essentials Graphics.

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So, I used this expression, and it creates the desired shift, but the issue is that it animates the shift. I want the shift to occur directly from the SourceText in Essentials Graphics, and I want to be able to adjust the shift because I'll make it very large.

// Get the width of the text
w = thisLayer.sourceRectAtTime().width;

// Get the value from the source text
t = parseInt(thisLayer.text.sourceText);

// Define initial and final values for the number
start = 0;
end = 1;

// Define a duration for the animation in seconds
duration = 2;

// Calculate the text offset based on time
offset = linear(time, 0, duration, start * w, end * w);

// Return the original position minus the offset
value - [offset, 0];

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Community Expert , Oct 17, 2023 Oct 17, 2023

Why not just make the number right-justified? 

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Oct 17, 2023 Oct 17, 2023

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Why not just make the number right-justified? 

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Oct 17, 2023 Oct 17, 2023

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My goodness, It worked hahhaha! I'm so embarrassed. Thank you very much. I guess I overcomplicated something so simple.

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Oct 18, 2023 Oct 18, 2023

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In these situations, my extension Pins & Boxes is also very helpful.

If you want the "d ago" to move to the right, when the number grows, you could just create a pin for the right edge of the number layer and then parent the "d ago" text to it.

In this example, the small text is parented to the pin at the lower right corner of the bigger text:

pins-optimized

 

Mathias Möhl - Developer of tools like BeatEdit and Automation Blocks for Premiere Pro and After Effects

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Feb 18, 2024 Feb 18, 2024

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Good. Is there a non have to pay way?

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Pins & Boxes creates expressions. In principle, you can create all expressions yourself, but it is much more work then relying on the tool.

Mathias Möhl - Developer of tools like BeatEdit and Automation Blocks for Premiere Pro and After Effects

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