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Chapter 10. Text Tracks > Exporting a Text Track with Text Descriptors and Time...

Exporting a Text Track with Text Descriptors and Time Stamps

Now that you know how to create by hand a text track with text descriptors and time stamps, we’ll show you an easier way to create such a text file—exporting a text track that already includes the commands. This way, you can simply edit the text rather than type it all yourself.

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

1.
Pick a QuickTime file with a text track, or create one by following the steps in “Creating a Text Track by Importing a Text File” earlier in this chapter.

Don’t worry about timing or styling issues at this point.

2.
Open the movie containing the text track, and from the File menu, choose Export (Figure 10.8) to open an export dialog box.

Figure 10.8. From the File menu, choose Export.


3.
From the pop-up menu at the bottom of the dialog box, choose Text to Text; then click the Options button (Figure 10.9).

Figure 10.9. Choose Text to Text, and click the Options button.


The Text Export Settings dialog box opens (Figure 10.10).

Figure 10.10. The Text Export Settings dialog box appears.


4.
Click the Show Text, Descriptors, and Time radio button.

More options appear (Figure 10.11). In general, you can leave the options as they are. In other words, each time stamp indicates how long the preceding line of text will appear. If you want to change the default setting for fractions of a second from 1/600, enter a number in the field at the bottom of the dialog box; we suggest 30 if you plan to use QuickTime Player to help you synchronize the text track to another track (see next page).

Figure 10.11. Click the Show Text, Descriptors, and Time radio button. Additional options appear. When you’ve specified changes for any of these options, click OK. Then you can edit and reimport the file.


5.
When you finish making changes, click OK. The Save dialog box opens.

6.
Specify a location for the file, change its name (if desired), and click Save.

You can open the new file in a text or word processor, edit it, and then reimport it. This method saves you time and decreases the likelihood of errors, because you can edit specific items rather than type everything from scratch.


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