2 Replies Latest reply on Sep 3, 2008 11:34 PM by Mylenium

    Creating a string of random digits

    Level 1
      I'd like to use a row of random digits as a background for a counter, but I haven't figured out a way to create that effectively in AE. The numbers filter is somewhat limited in that it will only create 8 or 9 digits, and it's not very stable as far as uniform spacing of the numbers. Any suggestions?
        • 1. Re: Creating a string of random digits
          A. Cobb Level 3
          Here's one way:

          Create a text layer with as many zeroes as you want digits. Under the Text property group add a Character Offset animator and a Wiggly Selector. On the Wiggly Selector, set the following property values:

          Mode: Add
          Max Amount: 100%
          Min Amount: 0%
          Based On: Characters
          Wiggles/Second: whatever suits your purposes (0 if you don't want the numbers to change)
          Correlation: 0%
          Character Offset: 10
          • 2. Re: Creating a string of random digits
            Mylenium Most Valuable Participant
            The spacing of the numbers is solely dependent on the font or the character range you choose. This is regardless whether you use native text layers or effects. You will have to use a fully monospaced font or a font that provides alternative table numbers (which are also monospaced), which any good commercial fonts do. The latter may require adding a second animator before the wiggly one to define a base offset.