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How to Create a Typewriter Effect in Adobe Premiere Pro CC (2018)

Learn to Create a Typing Effect in Adobe Premiere Pro CC

Getting text moving is a good way to make it more interesting. One of the best ways to get text to move, is to animate it when it comes into the screen. Due to our common knowledge of computers, typing is a very good choice for this animation. This effect is commonly known as the typewriter effect. Where one letter is typed at a time, to draw attention to the text itself.

It provides something we are all familiar with and provides that movement. This effect can be accomplished in After Effects and Premiere Pro. After Effects is the far simpler approach, however it can still be done if Premiere is your only piece of software. Today, I am going to be showing how to Create a Typing Animation in Adobe Premiere Pro CC.

How to Create a Typewriter Effect in Adobe Premiere Pro CC (2018)

  1. Create a new sequence and drag in whatever footage you want to use.
  2. Go to the text tool, click once to create a new textbox. Then type in your text.
  3. Click on the graphics file that was created, up to effect controls, and then down to your text layer.
  4. Then go down to source text and click on the little stop watch to begin an animation.
  5. Now move forward however long you want the animation to be. (Maybe 2 or 3 seconds)
  6. Then go back to the effect controls and click the create keyframe button next to the source text.
  7. Now move back a few frames, and delete the first character. Then move back a few more frames, and delete two characters. Back a few more and 3 characters…and so on.
  8. This will generate the effect over time. To get this to work out exactly, you may need to do some quick math. Total Frames/Total Characters = How many frames to move each time. So for 3 seconds, that is 90 frames (at 30fps). Let’s say we are using “this is text” which is 10 characters. 90 / 10 = 9 frames between each character change.

That’s all there is to it. This can be a bit tedious for longer productions, but it’s all Premiere Pro has readily available. If you want to see how to do it extremely quickly in After Effects, check out the the above video and jump to 3:55!

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