Text quality in iMovie?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by SteveC, Oct 9, 2003.

  1. SteveC macrumors 6502

    Jul 7, 2003
    For the longest time I've been working on creating a nice movie in iMovie, and I'm having the worst time getting text into the movie without it looking AWFUL after it's rendered. It gets all distorded looking and goofed up when I try to do anything with text. (Title, credits, etc.)

    Is there a secret to this? What fonts are the best for it? How about font size and style? I'm really stuck here and can't figure this out.

  2. wrc fan macrumors 65816

    wrc fan

    Jan 19, 2003
    In a world where LPs are made like pancakes
    If you click on the titles button (on the lower right above the time line), there are a bunch of options for different text styles, and you can just typing in text for the credits other than that I don't know as I primarily use FCP.
  3. galveston macrumors newbie

    Oct 9, 2003
    I've found that the text looks horrible when viewing it THROUGH iMovie's preview and playback modes....though once exported to a high rez, low compressed quicktime file, the text is very sharp and suits me fine. Have you tried exporting and seeing how the text looks then?
  4. stoid macrumors 601


    Feb 17, 2002
    So long, and thanks for all the fish!
    iMovie plays back text based on the DV compression. TVs operate on an entirely different standard and system and refresh that a computer monitor. Those titles as rendered in iMovie, are done so that they will look good on a TV. As tex said, if you export to a high quality format (not to iDVD as that maintains the same playback idea) you will get a text graphic that looks sharp and crisp on the computer screen.

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