FilmForth User Guide
Adding and Editing Text
In This Document:
- Adding Text
- Edit Text
Text is an integral part of conveying information during presentation of a video. Use it to help deliver your message with labels, punctuate main points, add captions, insert thought bubbles, and more.
NOTE: It is possible to include text as a formatted graphic as well, but the text will not be editable in FilmForth.
1. With your project open, move the Timeline Indicator in the Timeline window to the position where you want to insert the text in the project.
2. Click on the [Text] icon on the toolbar at the bottom of the FilmForth screen (see Figure 4.1 ). This will enter Text mode and reveal the Text toolbar (see Figure 4.2 ).
Figure 4.1: The Add Text icon on the toolbar.
Figure 4.2: The Text toolbar.
3. Click [Add Text] at the left of the toolbar. This will insert a text box in the preview panel with the words “Please input the text” and place a Text item in the project timeline.
4. Click the [Edit Text] button to the right of [Add Text] . This will reveal the Text screen (see Figure 4.3). You can also double-click directly on the text box to open the screen.
Figure 4.3: The Text screen.
5. Type in the text you want in your text box.
6. [Optional] Format the text using the features in the Text screen. Note the Text features in Table 4.1. Any formatting applies to the all of the text in the active text box.
Choose Font. Click the down arrow to open a drop list to select from. Type in a letter to quickly navigate to the name of a font.
Font Size. Click the down arrow to open a drop list to select from, or click directly on the current font size number to enter a font size in points (the default is 18 pts).
Click to add bold / remove bold.
|4||Click to add italic / remove italic.|
|5||Click to change color of the font.|
Click to change the background color in the font box.
Click to justify type to the left.
Click to center text.
Click to justify type to the right.
|10||Type your text here. The pre-filled text will be highlighted when the screen opens so that you can type and immediately delete it.|
Table 4.1: Text Tools
7. Click the [Back] arrow on the left of the toolbar to exit Text mode.
There are several ways to edit a text box this can be done directly on the Preview screen or by using the text tools. On the Preview screen you can reposition the text, resize the text and rotate the text box. With the text tools you can access the Edit Text screen, Split the text, Set Start position of the text in the timeline, Set End position of the text in the Timeline, Duplicate the text, or Delete the text. The following sections assume you have created a project with at least one existing text item.
A. Editing text on the Preview screen
1. With your project open in FilmForth, click on [Text] on the toolbar. This will reveal text items that you have previously created for the project in the Timeline and change the toolbar to text-specific tools.
2. Click directly on the text item you want to edit in the timeline. This will move the timeline indicator to the beginning of the text item and display the text in the Preview panel.
3. Use the options in Table 4.2 to edit the text.
Text Editing Optionsn in Preview
Click-and-drag directly on the box to move the text to a new position on the Preview panel.
Click-and-drag the blue Resize handle in the lower right of the text box to make the text larger or smaller.
Click-and-drag the blue Rotate handle in the upper right of the text box to rotate the text on center.
Table 4.2: Text Editing Options
4. Click the blue Back arrow in the far left of the tool bar to store the changes
B. Edit text using the Text toolbar
- With your project open in FilmForth, click on [Text] on the toolbar. This will reveal text items that you have previously created for the project in the Timeline and change the toolbar to text-specific tools.
- Click directly on the text item you want to edit in the Timeline. This will move the Timeline Indicator to the beginning of the text item and display the text in the Preview panel.
- Click the desired toolbar item in Table 4.3 to edit the text.
Open the Text Edit screen by clicking on the [Text Edit] item on the toolbar. This will open the Text Edit screen (see Figure 4.3) allowing you to perform all options in Table 4.1.
Click [Split] to duplicate the current text item to another row in the Timeline.
Move the Timeline Indicator to the position the text should begin displaying and click [Set Start] to reposition the beginning of the text object in the project timeline. Note that the exact indicator position is displayed below the Preview panel on the Playback bar.
Move the Timeline Indicator to the position the text should stop displaying and click [Set End] to reposition the end of the text object in the project timeline. Note that the exact indicator position is displayed below the Preview panel on the Playback bar.
Click [Duplicate] to duplicate the current text item to another row in the Timeline.
Click [Delete] to remove the current text item from the project.
Table 4.3: Text Toolbar Editing Option
4. Click the blue [Back] arrow in the far left of the tool bar to store the changes.
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