Ability to rotate the entire canvas instead of individual elements?

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Hi there!  I'm not sure if this functionality exists (and if not, if there is an effective way of accomplishing it (I'm all ears!)) but I was wondering if it's possible to rotate the entire canvas on a 360 degree rotation, instead of having to animate every element on the screen.

I'm building a video that has a lot of words appearing throughout the video (and will eventually form a word cloud that resembles a picture).  Some of the words are at 90 degree angles though, so I'd like them to pop up at 0 degrees, and then the canvas would rotate, putting that element at 90 degrees.

As more and more words are popping up, having to animate every singe word would require a lot of effort, so I was wondering if there is a way to rotate the entire canvas (while keeping the elements pinned to it) instead.  Similar to how a prezi presentation can look/feel.

Any/all advice would be greatly appreciated!!
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Rick Stone

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Hi there

I'm a PC user not a Mac user, so I'm not sure if the feature parity extends to Mac here, but a thought occurs that perhaps (if it's possible) that you could export a frame where you want to rotate. Then use the frame image and rotate that. Then add new elements as you go. If you need to do it again, repeat the process by exporting another frame with the new elements.

Cheers... Rick :)
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Hi Rick - as soon as I posted this, I thought about that as well; great idea!!  I think if the functionality doesn't exist, that's the best way to go about it .
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There isn't a way to rotate the whole canvas, however for the scenario you describe, I think you could group all of the text elements and apply your rotation animation to the group. That way they all rotate together, around the group's center point, instead of each around their own center points. You can still edit them individually by double-clicking on the group and moving/managing/whatever each word.
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This worked amazingly!!!  Thanks so much Paul!!!
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you're welcome!