Re: [videoblogging] Re: deeplinking considered n/a

On 30/06/2004, at 3:00 AM, petertheman wrote:

> You *can* add text in Quicktime SMIL movies. I had it working but it
> looked kinda bad, so I'm not sure how far Quicktime's support for text
> goes…

text in quicktime is text. ie it is stored as plain text ascii and so
displays differently on mac and pc and if you specify gill sans and the
client doesn't have it, then it will use something else.

if you want credits, then do credits and burn them into the film itself.

why does qt do this?

1. text tracks are editable by clients. (yes, really)
2. they're searchable by clients since they are text
3. they are incrediably lightweight (sicne they're just text files)
4. they can be manipulated since they aren't 'burnt' into the video in
the way that credits work so you can make them shrink, grow, scroll,
not scroll etc. i have a lot of vogs from a few years ago that used
multiple text tracks to make 'snow' text movies 🙂

there are some scripts you can use in things like livestage to control
fonts in text tracks on the basis of platform.

cheers
Adrian Miles
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