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06-14-2009, 08:57 PM
Does anybody know how to make a scroll stop when it reaches the end? I'm scrolling some credits and I want it to stop on the last few lines of text. How do you do that?

06-15-2009, 07:27 AM
For credits, consider using a still image of text (e.g. png, tga) and scroll it up using the a 3D Position keyframe.

06-16-2009, 02:04 AM
I think there's a "Hold Still" filter ("Effects" tab -> "Video Effects") that you can put underneath your credit roll to make the text stop where you want it to.

06-16-2009, 07:15 AM
For credits, consider using a still image of text (e.g. png, tga) and scroll it up using the a 3D Position keyframe.Of course, Dufusyte is referring to the alternate use of a Text Still, effected by keyframes you create within the Control Tree Y-Axis Position node.

1. Keyframe the motion you desire, for your new "Still Image of Text". But then, you'd want to
2. Add a final keyframe which defined when that motion comes to a "stop".

Additional Note:
Although the CG does provide a gadget for "Stop" as the end behavior for a scroll, your use of a still image instead -- whose Y-Axis movement is keyframed, will use a lot less computer computational power, than a text scroll that's created within the CG.

06-23-2009, 07:34 AM
But if you really wanted to do it in SpeedEdit, this is the way;
*The following is using a DV 4:3 SpeedEdit project preset*
01) Use Notepad and type out your credits. Lets us assume you want to end the credits with the nostalgic "The End". Then make sure you hit the return/enter key at least 5/6 after the last credit and before "The End".
02) Hold down the CTRL+A to select all your text in Notepad. Hold CTRL+C to copy your text from Notepad.
03) ALT+TAB back to SpeedEdit.
04) Add a Title Page.cg to your project.
05) Select the Title Page and select the Control Tree tab (I like to keep the time line on the bottom and the control tree on top). Title should be highlighted and the cursor icon should be selected by default.
07) Hold down CTRL+V and a pop up will appear called "Import Text". Choose the alignment you desire and the forth preset position (square with dot at the top).
08) All your credits are now on the screen with the first credit at the top of the screen and the lower ones off screen (you can zoom out if you want to see all of your text)
09) On the left is the tree of properties pertaining to this clip, the title clip. Expand Page Properties.
10) Now under it, expand the Position to reveal the X and Y Position.
11) If you used the Top position preset, the Y should read 240.0.
12) This step is just to be sure: Make sure you are at the start of the Title Page clip by making sure the time line is at the start of it.
13) Next to the value of 240.0 is a black dot. This represents a key frame and when it has one, it is solid white so click on it to make it solid white making a key-frame on the first frame of the clip.
14) Slide the time line to where you want the titles to stop on the screen. Check off the black dot to make a key frame.
15) Now go back to the first frame of the title clip. You should still be in the Title Compose screen with the Title tab highlighted blue. If for any reason you are not, go there now.
16) You already made a key frame for frame 0 or the start with a value of 240 which shows the tile starting at the very top. Drag the virtual pot (circle with tiny dot at the top) to the right by holding the left mouse button over it and by going to the right, we are increasing in the positive Y. As you do this you should see your text move down on the title compose plane. A value of 670 will take it off screen to the bottom.
17) If you hit play or just drag the time line on the clip, you will notice you just animated the text to scroll up from 670 in the Y to 240 in the Y at the stop frame.
18) Now we need to set the end frame so go to the frame you made as the STOP frame. Adjust it's Y in the negative (drag mouse to the left) till the last text is centered on the screen and in my case, where "The End" centers is all alone.
19) SpeedEdit will automatically set this new key frame so just hit play and watch the credit scroll up and then stop at the text you choose.

Type some text in the Title before pasting any text. Adjust the size, color and choose the font before hand and then just back space to delete the text. This will now be the value the pasting of the text will use and very hard to manage after you paste in the text.
Each line of text from your text file (where ever you hit Enter/Return) has it's own properties in the tree to make changes if needed.
Use the splines tab to keep accurate track of the key frames by checking off the box next to the Y Position. This enables the display of it in the Splines plane.
Add Ease in and Ease out to key frame to make for a smooth stop and start.
Add a very little blur to the layer properties (this will add it to all of the clip) to soften the text if it shimmers too much.
Use this key framing of the Page Properties Y to have the credits stop and go on each individual credit.
Use the same key framing but on the X Position to do crawls that stop and go as well.

Take care and happy tiles,