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Preview the Effect As with the transitions described in the previous chapter, iMovie offers two kinds of preview for titles: ·Previewbox.If you click a title style's name, you see a real-time preview of your title animation in the small Preview box above the list of titles. It's very tiny, but it lasts as long as the fnished title will last, giving you a good idea of your title's readability. (The Speed and Pause sliders affect these previews.) ·Monitorwindow.If you click the Preview button, iMovie shows another kind of preview in the Monitor window. This time, you get to see every single frame of the animation, no matter how long it takes your Mac to spew out these images. On slow Macs, you may not see the animation play at real-world speed; you're getting, in essence, a slow-motion version of the full effect. Setting Up a Title Choose a Font Using the pop-up menu just below the list of effects, you can choose a typeface for your text. Consider these guidelines: ·UseonlyTrueTypeorPostScriptfonts. Just don't use bitmapped fonts. And if you have no idea what these terms mean, don't worry. All the fonts that come preinstalled on your Mac are TrueType fonts, and will look terrifc in your iMovie production. You need to worry about the font type only if you've manually installed some additional ones (probably very old ones) onto your Mac. Note: The beauty of iMovie's titling feature is that the fonts you choose become embedded into the actual digital picture. In other words, when you distribute your movie as a QuickTime fle, you don't have to worry that your recipients might not have the same fonts you used to create the fle. They'll see on their screens exactly what you see on yours. ·Beconsistent. Using the same typeface for all of the titles in your movie lends consistency and professionalism to the project. ·RemembertheQuickTimeeffect. If you plan to distribute your fnished movie as a QuickTime fle--an electronic movie fle that you can distribute by email, network, CD, disk, or Web page--use the biggest, boldest, cleanest fonts you have. Avoid spindly delicate fonts or script fonts. When your movie is compressed down to a 3-inch square, what looks terrifc in your Monitor window will be so small it may become completely illegible. (Look at each illustration in the catalog discussion at the end of this chapter. If the text is hard to read there, you won't be able to read it in a small QuickTime movie either.) If your movie is going to be a QuickTime movie, turn on the QT Margins checkbox, too. Doing so increases the maximum font size you're allowed to select using the text-size slider. (See the box on the next page for the explanation.) Come to think of it, you might want to choose big, bold, clean fonts even if you're going to play the fnished movie on a TV whose resolution is far lower than that chapter7:titles,captions,andcredits 185