I have not run into this problem before. I usually do large blocks of text in Illustrator, make the artboard fit the text and then import that into AE. If you use Pixel Preview in Illustrator you can fine tune the position and size of the text to make improve the final quality of the text in video. You could also open up the text in Photoshop, import the PSD as a comp, convert the text to editable text and go from there.
Thanks, Rick. Here's what I found that deals with this:
- Yes, it appears that there IS an initial length limit with natively created text boxes, and it appears to be about 500 characters or two paragraphs (imagine that).
- Good news: it isn't an absolute limit. If you use the text tool (instead of the select tool, like I was doing), you can drag the bottom handle on the text block to whatever length you desire. Note that in my experience, it was a bit tricky to grab it 'just so' to be able to extend it. However, with a few attempts, I was able to do it.
- Imported text, like you're doing, seems to be immune to the initial limit, so that is also a workaround.
I hadn't had, before this project, a text box of the length which I had, so I had never experienced/had to deal with it before now.
Hope this helps other folks who may hit the same rock of having more text to display than their initial text box will permit.
You could Click somewhere in the comp window and just start typing, no text box necessary. It brings a different set of concerns -- positioning, laying out the text properly as you thype, proper paragraph settings. But it DOES eliminate the need for a text box. Pick your preferred type of aggravation, I guess....