Smooth scrolling end credits, how to?

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For the life of me I can't seem to get a smooth scrolling end credit using a text callout. No matter what I do, it's jerky coming up from the bottom. Seems like the more text there is, the worse the jerky-ness. Can anyone help? Thx! 



Ps. I have tried all the easing options.
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First off, smooth scrolling text callouts have been something Camtasia 8 could never pull off  either.

However, a still image will scroll very smoothly.
If you have access to Photoshop or anything along that line, this is what I would do. Create a PNG the same width as you project and long enough to contain all of your end credits. Type in your credits.
Import and scroll it.

This is a solution I came up with 3 years ago and I'm sure it still works today.

Regards,Joe
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Awesome Joe, I was just about to fire up FCP and build the credits there... but this sounds faster. But what a pain... if the credits change :) 
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Even faster, I just screen captured the credit role, then grouped the screen capture with the text-editable callout (turned that off), and I'm good to go. Not perfect, but good enough. Good lord. I usually do everything in FCP and Motion, but this time I have tons of screen captures so I thought I could just do everything in Camtasia. I guess quality suffers a bit here?

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As long as you can live with it.
Yeah,Camtasia falls short with regards to high quality animations.
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Is the jerkiness still there when you produce the video out? Some things are slow to render inside the editor/preview, but still come out as expected when the real video is made.
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thx Paul. No, it's smoother inside than out - I've got a fast iMac :) I tried recreating the call out animation from scratch, and that helped a lot. Something must have gotten bungled. 
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Weird, but, glad it's working better.
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Found a trick for this you can try, but may yield marginal results with text, due to readability issues (for image-based content, it seems to work fine):
  1. Make at least 2 copies of the object on the timeline.
  2. Place each copy above the original
  3. Offset the first copy by 1-3 frames to the right of the original.
  4. Offset the 2nd one by 1-3 frames to the right of the first copy.
  5. Set the transparency of each to 33%.
  6. Pull the end edges of the copies back, to line up with the original end point.
  7. Test render a segment.
  8. If looks good, render the whole piece, and place the rendered clip on the timeline, locking the tracks of the objects.
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Thx Bruce. I'm okay now (just ignoring the problem). What you propose looks interesting, but too much work for an end credit :)