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Chapter 10. Text Tracks > Specifying Text Track Appearance When You Import (Mac...

Specifying Text Track Appearance When You Import (Mac OS 9 and Windows)

When you import your text, you can specify such characteristics as font, size, and color, as well as the track’s width and height.

To change text features:

1.
Import the text as described in “Creating a Text Track by Importing a Text File” on the previous page, but click the Options button instead of Save (Figure 10.4).

Figure 10.4. In the Save dialog box, click the Options button to change text settings.


The Text Import Settings dialog box appears (Figure 10.5).

Figure 10.5. The Text Import Settings dialog box—which is slightly different for the Mac OS (top) and Windows—lets you change text properties.


2.
Make your changes:

  • Use the Font, Size, and Align pop-up menus and the Style options to change basic text properties.

  • To select a text or background color for the text track, click the square next to Text Color or Background Color, and use the Color Picker dialog box that appears. Click OK to return to the Text Import Settings dialog box.

  • Choose Use Best-Fit Width and Use Best-Fit Height, or enter your own values for width and height. When you choose the best-fit width and height options, QuickTime creates a movie that is 160 pixels wide and tall enough to fit the longest line of text being imported.

  • Choose Anti-Alias to fuzz the edges of the characters. This option makes the characters look smoother when they’re displayed in a large font size. Choose Drop Shadow to place a drop shadow behind the text.

  • Choose Keyed Text to specify a transparent background.

  • Choose Don’t Auto Scale if you want the text to remain the size that you defined, even if the movie window is resized.

3.
Click OK to close the Text Import Settings dialog box and return to the Save dialog box.

4.
Click Save to create your new text-track movie (Figure 10.6).

Figure 10.6. The resulting text track can be quite different from the default.



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