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however, this plug-in is also a show-case to show off our plug-in expertise. in addition to the controls every title plug-in offers, this plug-in provides
- position title directly on frame with mouse
- preview title in NTSC DV size
- live preview (including fade-in and out)
- any text color
- any shadow color
- switch shadow on/off
- graphically set font size (not via a stupid slider) on-screen
- fades can be limited to half/time only
- force mono-space for all fonts
we are not very impressed with the way Apple has implemented the user interface for titles. itââ‚¬â„¢s very buggy, and we may opt to remove or change some or all of above features.
the biggest problem we (still) have with this plug-in is that it shows iMovie's shortcomings rather prominently (which is a shame, really, since iMovie is an incredibly cool program). iMovie's user interface for titles is not well thought-out, and haphazardly programmed. we feel lucky that it works at all, and many inconsistencies (e.g. you must click on a control after changing the text, or the plug-in won't be passed the new text) are definitely something we can't control.
this plug-in is a proof-of-concept. it proves that we can create working title plug-ins and that our core code base for this effect type works. however, we are not sure that we like the user interface Apple has forced upon title plug-ins. we take exception especially to the highly un-intuitive way titles are applied to a clip, and the way text is passed to a plug-in. furthermore, there are features that we yet donââ‚¬â„¢t understand, and that clearly should work differently if it was implemented as documented in the API documentation (e.g. size slider, speed slider).
and we really donââ‚¬â„¢t like the way the user is forced to allot time for a title. we prefer the way effects work: apply the effect to a clip, and let the plug-in calculate everything, including duration.
therefore, we might opt to convert the title plug-ins back to normal effect plug-ins in the future.