I have the following FFMPEG command which correctly wipes text across the bottom of a video.

ffmpeg -y -i test_small.mov -acodec libmp3lame -vcodec libx264 -pix_fmt yuv420p -b:a 192k -b:v 1400k -ar 44100 -crf 18 -vf "drawtext=text=string1 string2 string3 string4 string5 string6 string7 :expansion=normal:fontfile=foo.ttf: y=h-line_h-10:x=(5*n): fontcolor=white: fontsize=40: shadowx=2: shadowy=2" -an left_to_right_small.mp4

But this only happens once. How do I alter this so that the animation loops with a delay between each loop?


This works:

-vf "drawtext=text=string1 string2 string3 string4 string5 string6 string7 :expansion=normal:fontfile=foo.ttf: y=h-line_h-10:x=(mod(5*n\,w+tw)-tw): fontcolor=white: fontsize=40: shadowx=2: shadowy=2"

See Desmos for how it works.


x-axis is the video width.

y-axis is time.

The black line is the width of the image (adjustable in Desmos through a slider, x).

The black shade is the text in my formula.

t in Desmos corresponds to tw in FFmpeg CMD, which is the width of the text.

Blue area is the text in your original formula.

  • Thats awesome! How would I set the number of loops? – Bachalo Feb 9 '15 at 2:29
  • @eco_bach It's not as easy as it looks. You can use an if. – Timothy Gu Feb 9 '15 at 2:33
  • @eco_bach actually it's doable: (if(lt(5*n/(w+tw)\,NUMBER_OF_LOOPS)\,mod(5*n\,w+tw)-tw\,w)). See Desmos – Timothy Gu Feb 9 '15 at 2:44

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