Typewriter Effect Video

Discussion in 'Professional Video Production' started by adla111, Jun 6, 2008.

  1. adla111

    adla111 Guest

    Imagine that you are seeing this post appear one letter at a time-
    just as it is appearing to me as I type it. And imagine that as each
    letter appears you can hear the sound of the keyboard stroke that
    produced that letter.

    I think we've all seen this effect before. And I want to create a
    short video that consists of nothing but that: letters appearing one
    at a time on the screen as if being typed onto the screen at that
    moment. I will upload the video to YouTube.

    Can anyone suggest what would be the quickest and easiest way to
    produce such a clip? Other than making the occasional holiday video,
    I'm pretty much a complete novice at anything to do with creating
    adla111, Jun 6, 2008
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  2. On Fri, 6 Jun 2008 10:05:24 -0700 (PDT), wrote:

    I think that's s standard effect in After Effects. Maybe Premiere has it as
    well. COmbustion has it. And you can get it as plugins for all editing

    Martin Heffels, Jun 6, 2008
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  3. adla111

    nnJ Guest

    Yea. depending on the software being used, it may be a simple effect or
    available plug-in.
    If not, one way to fake it is to create still image pages of each 'spell'
    So let's say you were going to type out 'Merry Christmas'
    Make one still image with
    etc etc
    place the stills one after the other and set their duration for about 10-15

    another way to fake it is to spell the whole thing on a still|
    'Merry Christmas'
    then cover the still with some type of revelaing left to right wipe that as
    moved, reveals the letters one by one.
    little hacky but depending on the situation sometimes works fine

    The one thing to add to really nail the effect is the typewrite sound each
    time a letter is reveled. This especially helps if you are using the LtoR
    wipe 'hack'
    nnJ, Jun 7, 2008
  4. Or just select this effect in the character generator that comes with
    most NLE systems now. Final Cut's Live Type has about ten canned
    variations of this, as do most others, and on the PC side Inscriber CG
    does it in many different NLE systems. You type in the text first in a
    block, and apply the type-on effect to that block, with parameters for
    speed and other nuances. For something as effect-heavy as your
    proposed piece, use one of those programs, or AfterEffects can also do
    nobody special, Jun 9, 2008
  5. adla111

    adla111 Guest

    Thanks to everyone who replied. Sorry for the delayed thanks. Hmm,
    originally when I came to check for replies, I didn't see any.

    Not seeing any replies, I tried to figure something out. Eventually I
    created the effect (which was included in an animation I made) using
    SwishMax. That program has a typewriter effect feature.
    adla111, Jul 2, 2008
  6. wrote in @l17g2000pri.googlegroups.com:
    There are a few ways to do this. Others have already suggested using FX,
    such as titling or various plug-ins in your NLE software.

    However, if you want to actually imply someone typing text, for the sake
    of realism I'd suggest either shooting the platen of an actual typewriter
    as someone types the text, or the screen of a computer. In case of the
    latter, however, you'll have to set the screen brightness to its lowest
    setting, and white balance according to the screen. It'll look fine as
    long as you don't show anything outside the screen, which would seem too
    orangy. Otherwise, you'd have to use an orange filter on the computer

    For the sound effect, I'd recommend recording the keystrokes just as you
    (or your actor) types out the text. You can always speed up or slow down
    the video and sound (just make sure you select the "preserve pitch"
    option in your NLE). Any pre-packaged sound effect is likely to sound

    Jacques E. Bouchard, Jul 2, 2008
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