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Chapter 10. Text Tracks > Creating a Text Track That’s Synced to Other Tracks

Creating a Text Track That’s Synced to Other Tracks

If you have a lot of text to add to a movie, and it needs to appear at precise times, the following technique may help you create a properly timed text track efficiently. When this track is added to the movie, it should display the correct text at the correct time.

To create a text track that’s synced to other tracks:

1.
Open the movie to which you want to add text, and choose Window > Show Movie Info to open the Movie Info window.

2.
If the triangle to the left of the words More Info isn’t already pointing down, click it so that it points down and shows extended information about the movie.

3.
Open your word processor, and arrange the open windows so that you can see the movie, Movie Info window, and word-processing window (Figure 10.12).

Figure 10.12. Open your word processor, your movie, and the Movie Info window.


4.
In the first line of the word-processing file, type {QTtext}{timeScale:30} (Figure 10.13).

Figure 10.13. Start your file by entering this line of text.


The descriptor {timeScale:30} indicates that your values are entered as thirtieths of a second. You’ll want to enter values this way because this format is how the Movie Info window shows time, and you’ll be copying values from that window.

5.
Click in the movie you’re indexing, and move the Current Location indicator to the first location where you’d like text to appear.

6.
Click in the word-processing window, and on the next line, type (in brackets) the current time as it appears in the Movie Info window; press Return; then type the text you want to appear at this point in time (Figure 10.14).

Figure 10.14. Starting on the second line, type the current time (listed in the Movie Info window), and on the next line, type the text that you want to appear at that time. Repeat this procedure for each line of text.


7.
Repeat steps 5 and 6 at each point where you want to add text.

8.
After the last word, press Return, and enter (in brackets) the Duration value that’s listed in the Movie Info window.

9.
Save the text file (as text-only), and import it into QuickTime Player to create a movie with a text track.

10.
Choose Edit > Select All and then Edit > Copy.

11.
In the movie to which you want to add the text, move the Current Location indicator to the far left of the Time slider.

12.
From the Edit menu, choose Add to add the text.


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