Overlapping effects?

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How does one go about creating an "overlapping" effect? For example, I have some text that I want to slowly move from point A to point B. I have that working. But I want to fade it in slowly, then fade it back out slowly. Seems all I'm able to do is to insert another effect after it stops moving to fade it out. But I want the text to fade out BEFORE it stops moving.
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Rick Stone

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Instead of having your existing effect move the text from point A to point B, have it move to the midpoint between point A and point B while fading in. Then put in another effect to move it from the midpoint to point B while fading out. Or use three effect if you do not wish for there to be a constant fade.
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Thanks for the suggestion. Most appreciated.

So in case it will help anyone else, here is the skinny on what I found to be the best approach to achieve this.

Add the callout
Open the Visual Properties area
Set the initial position and opacity of the callout
Click the Add Animation button (This adds an animation to the callout and "locks in" the settings for the start point)
On the timeline, click and drag the end point of the animation forward in time to the desired stop point
Click and drag to place the playhead at the end point of the animation. (this is most easily done by right-clicking the end point and choosing "Edit Animation")
Click and drag to set the final position of the callout
Place the playhead in the middle of the animation and adjust the Opacity to 100
This will split the animation but will produce the desired effect of fading from nothing to full view at the halfway point, then from full view to nothing at the end point.

Whew! Not sure why I struggled so much with this, but now it makes much more sense.

Cheers... Rick :)


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Nice! Thanks for the update. Using that approach, we might be able to have even more complex transitions and its easier than what I was thinking. Kudos!

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