In our last lesson, in our look at Apple Motion 5, started to take a look at creating a credit scroll/roll by setting our text up to animate it (click here for the lesson). In this lesson, we’re going to animate our scroll not using keyframes, but a behavior.
Once you have created the scroll’s layout the way that you want, most people’s instinct is to get ready to keyframe. Instead, with the text selected in the layer tab, we’re going to apply a behavior to our text to make it scroll, which is much easier then the “hit & miss” method of keyframing.
We can navigate to LIBRARY>BEHAVIORS>TEXT ANIMATION, and you’ll see a behavior for Text Scroll that you’ll want to take and drag and drop to your text in the Layers tab. Once you let go, you’ll immediately see your text disappear, and if you hit play on your timeline, your text now perfectly scrolls from off the bottom of the screen to off the top of the screen.
Now, at any point you can select the behavior in the Layers tab, press F7 on your keyboard, and get more parameters to adjust like Scroll Direction, Speed Control, Scroll Rate multiplier, and Reduce Flicker parameters.
To be honest, though, in most cases you won’t need to adjust the parameters of your scroll because Motion 5 does a great, simple setup for you, in most cases, on the first attempt.
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], for only $49 each. Also, make sure you 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.