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Chapter 10. Text Tracks > Specifying the Duration and Appearance of Individual ...

Specifying the Duration and Appearance of Individual Frames of Text

By adding certain commands to a text file before you import, you can control when the text appears and how it looks in each frame. Time stamps specify when each line of text appears. Text descriptors specify the visual characteristics of the text—those things you can set in the Text Import Settings dialog box which we described in the previous section—as well as some dynamic characteristics, such as whether the text scrolls.

To create a text track with time stamps and text descriptors:

1.
In a text or word processor file, type {QTtext} on the first line.

This entry tells QuickTime that the file contains special commands (rather than just straight text), which it must process when imported.

2.
On the following lines, type your text, using time stamps and text descriptors. Details about how to specify these follow. Figure 10.7 shows an example text file that contains these commands.

Figure 10.7. This file can be imported into QuickTime Player.


3.
Save and import the file into QuickTime Player as described in “Creating a Text Track by Importing a Text File” earlier in this chapter.


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