I am trying to fine-tune a news ticker

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I'm trying to get a text banner to scroll across the bottom of the presentation and understand the concept. However, I don't seem to be able to add very much text into a text box before it either forces a second line or squashes it up so small I can't read it.

If I make the text box as big as I can then I have absolutely no control over where the first character starts on the line when the presentation is run. I have even tried adding lots of leading spaces in the text box, but the program seems to ignore them and starts the text where it wants anyway.

I have created several short boxes, each with a few words and overlapped them in the timeline, but it's laborious work and makes editing the content really difficult.

Any help would be appreciated.
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You can use Legacy callouts.

Use notepad or something like that to create your text. Copy and paste the text into a Legacy text callout by highlighting the ABC text and hitting "Ctrl+ V" on the keyboard.

Position the callout at the bottom of the screen. Drag the right side of the callout to the right. Keep dragging and repositioning the callout until the last words are visible, the desired font size has been set and there is only one line of text showing.
The callout should be positioned to the far left for animation.I imagine you already know this part. But other's seeing this post down the road. May not know the drill.
So, position the playhead where you want the animation to end. Apply the animation.

My text box is about 3 times wider than the outer canvas area is capable of showing. I'm zoomed out as far as I can go.



Drag the animation arrow to the starting point. Where you want to scroll in text. Make sure Playhead is positioned there.Highlight text box. Position text box accordingly. Using the arrow keys in this situation is not a bad idea.It's kind of slow, but ensures it stays in a straight line.If you hold "Shift" It moves much faster.

  
 
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Nigel L

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Hi Joe

Many thanks for your comprehensive explanation. I was using the behaviour options rather than animation. Your step by step guide worked perfectly.

I am sure that others will find it very useful.

Kind Regards
Nigel
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Try this free  news  scroller
 http://dream-scroller.software.informer.com/1.2/
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Nigel L

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Hi Gary

That's a really neat bit of software. It will certainly do the trick.

Thank you.

Nigel
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That does look like an interesting software. I'm pondering how one might go about using it in conjunction with Camtasia. I've used other software that has a scrolling ticker that is just one function of what it does, and I was never quite satisfied with the "smoothness" that it provided. Seemed regardless of how I tried to configure things, it always appeared a bit "jerky". I'm wondering if this software looks smooth enough?

Also, I'm guessing that one would run the ticker as they were recording using Camtasia so that the ticker is just burned into the recording?

I suppose if you wanted the ticker as its own layer, you could just set it up, then record only the ticker playing. Then you could layer it onto your Camtasia.

Interesting stuff and thanks for sharing! Rick :)
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Hi Rick

I have used it now successfully in Camtasia. I did as you thought, set it going and recorded it, then inserted it into my presentation prior to recording the whole presentation. 

It looks pretty smooth to me.

Nigel
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Cool beans! Appreciate the feedback on this. I've not used the tool myself, but it's good to know about for future possibilities!