Apple Motion 5 – 101: Lesson 18 – Rolling/Scrolling Text Pt. 1

By Kevin P. McAuliffe (doddleNEWS)

In our last lessons, in our look at Apple Motion 5, we talked about the creating custom paths for our Path Text inside of Motion 5 (click here and here for the tutorials). In this lesson, let’s talk about creating credit rolls to add to the end of our edits.

The first thing you’ll need is to add some text to a new composition window. Normally I will type in the first credit, or first line of my credit roll to get things set up and ready to go.

Before you enter the rest of your text, make sure you have it selected in the Layers Tab, and then head over to the “Layout” tab of the Inspector, and you’ll see under the layout controls, there is a drop down for the “Layout Method,” and you’re going to change it from Type to Scroll.

Once you do, you’ll immediately notice the canvas change, with a new layout for your text. You might be wondering why this new layout. Well, if you start entering text, you’ll notice that right sidebar can easily be adjusted to see your roll, even when it leaves the frame.

Scroll Window

This way, there’s no messing around to set thing up, it quick and simple, inside the Text Scroll window.  Just scroll the window to the area you want to adjust, and then scroll it back to the top when you’re done.

Be sure to check out our growing list of Apple Motion 5 – 101 tutorials here. You can pick up Motion 5 [iTunes link] and Compressor 4 [iTunes link], only $49 each. Also, check out Final Cut Pro X here [iTunes link], it’s only $299 and there’s a free 30-day trial.

Kevin P. McAuliffe is one of the Senior Editors at Extreme Reach in Toronto, Canada. His current clients include Paramount Pictures, Warner Bros. Pictures, Walt Disney Pictures, and E1 Entertainment, to name a few. You can follow him on Twitter @kpmcauliffe.

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