TextDelay – Adobe After Effects Text Animation Plugin With Support for Expressions
TextDelay Is a native AE plugin from Plugin Everything (Makers of Textbox) that expands upon some of the basic animations you can perform within After Effects. As usual, I made a weird animation to go with it. Keep in mind these text animations are done with only scale & position keyframes. TextDelay handles the rest.
Driven by the scale & position keyframes, the plugin can delay the animation per character, word, or line. The perk to this being driven by the default animation attributes is that any expressions will be inherited by the plugin. It works perfectly with Animation Composer as I tested it after trying other random expressions. No issues to report there.
The interface allows for adjustment of the delay, type of character separation, the order of delay, and other various visualization options. It also includes motion blur as the native switches will not calculate accurate motion blur alone.
The only limitation I’ve come across is that faux italics do not function properly with the plugin. It creates an odd separation artifact between each letter as seen below:
With a regular price of $20 it is available on aescripts.com on sale for $15 until October 14th. TextDelay would be handy at times but not worth buying until the exact project calls for it. But if you want to use simple keyframes to create more interesting text animations without much effort, check it out.
- Compatible with CC 2017, CC 2015.3, CC 2015, CC 2014, CC, CS6
- Native plugin, not a script or preset. This means it is fast and you can add any expressions you want to it (or not!)
- Reverse, increment, and random order modifiers
- Range selector to control precisely which characters or words receive delay and which do not.
- Compatible with motion blur.
- Compatible with paragraph text.