The Matrix text effect in After Effects

Rich Young
By Rich Young 11.12.12

There are a number of ways to generate the Matrix text effect, and reflex dictates a list. Several tutorials have been done using particles with Particle Playground and CC Particle World, and other built-in and 3rd-party tools.

Here's the preview of an approach by Arvid Schneider in Enter The Matrix Using Particular 2:


Here's some other approaches:


Later, Boris FX added their method for their plug-ins in Boris TV, Episode 191: “The Matrix” Effect.


THE MATRIX (MACHINE) CODE IN AFTEREFFECTS - TUTORIAL/САМОУЧИТЕЛЬ by Crawlerz - Russian Tactical seems like it should work:


One of the many free web/code projects is Matrix Text, which outputs animated gifs to your specifications: