This section includes scripts that do text effects. These effects will require some work on your end to set up and are not simply plugins for popular video editing programs. In addition, you'll need to be comfortable editing a little code to get any effective use out of these. I've provided links for downloads for windows machines but this should run in any OS where you can get the python packages working (which should be all major ones). Google is your friend.
- points.py - Lets you pick points on an image for use in the other scripts.
- text.py - Takes the points from points.py and puts changing/growing text over all of them. You will have to edit the source somewhat to get any real use out of this unless you want to use the exact output I used in my video Arithmomania.
- rot.py - Takes the points from points.py and generates ever-changing text in those locations of the same length as the original text.
What you'll need:
Downloadmasstext.zip (contains all files)
Lets you pick points on an image for use in the other scripts. Results in a data file simply containing coordinates.
How to use it
Download points.py and stick it in your python folder (\python24\). Then open up a command prompt (Start->Run->'cmd') and navigate to your python folder ('cd \python24\'). Now just call the program with the name of the image you want to use (python points.py your_image.bmp). The file pointsout.txt will appear when you are done.
Takes the points from points.py and puts changing/growing text over all of them. You will have to edit the source somewhat to get any real use out of this unless you want to use the exact output I used in my video Arithmomania. Results in a sequence of .png files (which can be imported into adobe premiere, after effects, etc).
ExampleGives you an image sequence that looks like this. (but without the blur, that
How to use it
First, download and run points.py on your image. Create a directory called 'text' in your python directory. Open up text.py and edit the getEnd() function (requires some programming knowledge!). Also change pointsin.txt (included in the download) to fit your needs (pipes are newlines). Then open a command prompt and navigate to your python directory and run the program. The sole argument is your image file so your command should look like: 'python test.py my_image.bmp'
This is the same as text.py except it rotates the random characters instead of going to an end string. Everything from text.py should apply to rot.py.