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Annotation (Text Animation Included)
Annotations are used to convey key messages to your viewers by adding text, dialog box, line, arrow, sketch, or shapes. In this section, you’ll learn to:
- Add/Remove Annotations
- Copy and Paste Annotations
- Mark the Annotation as a favorite (New!)
- Customize Annotations
- Add Behaviors to Text for Text Animation (New!)
1. Add/Remove Annotations
To add an annotation to your video, switch to the Annotation tab and select a category from Text, Dialog box, Line&Arrow, Sketch, and Shapes. Now you can double-click the annotation to have a preview, then drag it to the timeline or Preview Window.
To remove an annotation, select it on your Timeline or in the Preview Panel and press Delete on your keyboard. Alternatively, you can right-click on the annotation and choose Delete.
2. Copy and Paste Annotations
To copy an annotation, just right-click the annotation on the timeline and select Copy from the sub-menu. Then move the Playhead to a new location, right-click the timeline, and select Paste from the sub-menu.
3. Mark the Annotation as a favorite (New!)
For frequently-used annotations, you can mark them as the favorites by clicking the heart icon. After that, all marked ones will be collected in the first category – Favorite, which can be easily accessed.
4. Customize Annotations
Properties Panel on the right enables you to modify the settings or change the specific parameters for annotations’ customization – Text content, Text Border, Text Shadow, Transform, Shape, Behavior (for text animation).
Text Content – Fonts/Color/Style: Enter the text in the box and choose the font, size, color, and format style you want. If you want to roll back all settings to the default, click the button at the top right corner.
Text Border & Text Shadow: To adjust the appearance of texts, just enable the Border section and/or the Shadow section. For Text Border, you can change the color, choose the opacity level, blur range, and size. For Text Shadow, you can select the shadow type and then adjust the parameters.
Transform - Resize/Rotate/Re-position: Under the Transform section, you can change the size of the annotation, rotate it, or position it with parameters. Similarly, all adjustments can be made in the Preview Panel directly. Just select the annotation and then make changes to the blue bounding box there.
Shape – Fill/Border: To change the color, opacity, and border size of the annotations’ shape, go to the Properties Panel under the shape option.
Change an Annotation's Duration: To adjust the duration of an annotation, drag its left or right edge of the annotation on your timeline.
5. Add Behaviors to Text for Text Animation (New!)
Starting from DemoCreator v5.0, the Behavior is created for text animation. Here are the detailed steps to make an animated text.
Firstly, add text or dialog box to the timeline, then customize it as you need.
Secondly, check the Transform tab of the Properties Panel and scroll down the page to Behavior.
Thirdly, hover over the behaviors to preview the effect and select the one you like by clicking it. (The option can be withdrawn by clicking the Refresh button.)