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How to translate Arabic – “Lost in translation”

Timecode recently produced a short video for one of their clients that used Arabic text. We had the English version professionally translated and received a Word document with the Arabic text.


So we did the obvious thing of copy/pasting the text from Word to After Effects, this seemed to work fine, until we noticed that the Arabic text was copied in reverse…





After much head-scratching and research, we found a way to put the text in reverse order, without mirroring the characters. This meant that the text would read from right to left.


We decided to make a tutorial on how to do this and even managed to make it in under one minute. After all these things are easy when you know how! Below is the tutorial for those of you who are interested, please excuse the inferior audio quality, I had no decent mics when I made this.



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