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Chapter 10. Text Tracks > Creating a Text Track by Importing a Text File

Creating a Text Track by Importing a Text File

Creating a text track is simple, as long as you have a text or word processor.

To create a text track from a text file (Mac OS 9 and Windows):

1.
In a text or word processor, type the text you’d like your text track to contain, pressing Return to separate material that you want to see in different frames (Figure 10.1).

Figure 10.1. Type your text in a word or text processor, pressing Return after each line.


2.
Save this file as text-only.

3.
In QuickTime Player, from the File menu, choose Import (Figure 10.2) to display the Open dialog box.

Figure 10.2. Use QuickTime Player’s File > Import command to import the text file.


4.
Select the text file you created, and click the Convert button.

The Save dialog box opens.

5.
Provide a name for the file, navigate to the location where you want to save it, and click Save.

A new window appears, containing a text track with your text in it (Figure 10.3). The resulting track has centered white text on a black background; each line of text in the file is a frame with a duration of 2 seconds. Later in this chapter, we’ll show you how to change these default settings.

Figure 10.3. The resulting track is centered white text on a black background. Each line of text is a different frame.


Like tracks of any other type, this track can be added to another movie. For the precise set of steps, see Chapter 7.


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