airport text
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airport text is free title plug-in for iMovie done the way thy should have been. on the surface, it re-creates the old text panels in airports and train stations that have arrays of flip-over letters (like the old alarm clocks).

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
Requirements
PPC, Mac OS X 10.2 or later, iMovie 3.






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Dalahast reviewed on 26 Oct 2006
This is terrible. You can't even use the regular text slider and it has a very jumbled interface. Then, when trying to preview the effect, my Mac did an automatic emergency logout to prevent damage to my hard disk and the schoolwork I was doing was totally lost! VERY BAD. DO NOT USE THIS IF YOU WANT TO KEEP YOUR FILES.
[Version 1.0]


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Anonymous reviewed on 25 May 2004
Just tried it. Works as indicated. Another nice plugin for the collection
Only a few suggestions:
The flow of characters before stopping at the final text isn't as smooth as I'd hoped. i.e. lots of character substitution then suddenly you arrive at the final text rather than a more gradula change of characters, regardless of adjustments to the speed bar.
It took me a moment to realise you change text size by dragging the text box in the 'configure' window rather than using the text slider.
Also got momentarily caught out using the system colour wheel to adjust text colour. i.e. I didn't close its window and iMovie wouldn't respond (other than to beep) until I brought the colour wheel window back to the front through the Finder and closed it.
As a general summary: A great and simple little plug in.
[Version 1.0]


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Downloads:6,336
Version Downloads:3,104
Type:Multimedia Design : Video
License:Free
Date:11 May 2004
Platform:PPC 32 / OS X
Price:Free0.00
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airport text is free title plug-in for iMovie done the way thy should have been. on the surface, it re-creates the old text panels in airports and train stations that have arrays of flip-over letters (like the old alarm clocks).

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
  • fade-in
  • fade-out
  • fades can be limited to half/time only
  • force mono-space for all fonts
caveat emptor:
we are not very impressed with the way Apple has implemented the user interface for titles. it’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.

notice:
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 don’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 don’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.


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