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Specify the Size of the Lettering iMovie is extremely conservative with its font-size choices. Even with the Size slider (just to the right of the Font pop-up menu) all the way to the right, and even with "QT Margins" turned on, iMovie doesn't let you make titles that fll the screen. (Keeping your text short may help. If the phrase is very long, iMovie further reduces the point size enough to ft the entire line on the screen, even if the type-size slider is at its maximum. In other words, you can make the font for the credit PIGGY much larger than you can ONE HAM'S ADVENTURES IN MANHATTAN.) If you feel hemmed in by the font-size limitations, consider using a still-image "title card" with text as large as you like, as described on page 244. Setting Up a Title Choose an Animation Direction Most of iMovie's text effects are animated. They feature words fying across the screen, sliding from one edge of the frame to the other, and so on. Some feature directional arrows (seen in Figure 7-1, for example) that let you control which direction the text fies or slides in. By clicking the appropriate arrow, you can specify which direction the text should fy. (The directional controls are dimmed and unavailable for other text effects.) Note: In the case of the Music Video effect, the arrow specifes which corner the text block should sit in, motionless. The catalog of text effects at the end of this chapter identifes those that offer a direc- tion control, and what it does in each case. The "Over Black" Checkbox Under normal circumstances, the text you've specifed gets superimposed over the video picture. Particularly when you're creating opening or closing credits, however, you may want the lettering to appear on a black screen--a striking and professional- looking effect. In those cases, turn on the "Over black" checkbox. It's important to note that when you do so, you add to the total length of your movie. Adding the "Over black" title is like inserting a new clip, in that you force the clips to the right of your text effect to slide further rightward to accommodate the credit you just inserted. (When the "Over black" checkbox isn't turned on, adding a text effect doesn't change the overall length of your movie.) The "Over black" option is attractive for three reasons. First, it looks extremely pro- fessional; it's something people who don't have an editing program like iMovie can't even do. Second, the high contrast of white against black makes the text very legible. Third, the audience will read it, instead of being distracted by the video behind it. Tip: You don't have to limit yourself to adding text over black; you can just as easily superimpose your titles over blue, over red, or over fuschia. The trick is to create a colored clip as described on page 140, and add your titles to it. In that case, do not turn on "Over black", since you want your lettering to foat on top of the existing video, which happens to be a solid, unchanging color. chapter7:titles,captions,andcredits 187