10 Replies Latest reply: Sep 7, 2012 9:04 AM by Old Toad
trawickfamily Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

Hello!

 

I am trying to use iDVD 7 to create a photo slideshow but my text is showing up terribly after I burn the DVD. Even the automated title text is poor quality and pixelated. I was originally trying this on iMovie but I was getting the same problem so I switched to iDVD and fixed some of the other problems I was having, but my text is still terrible. It's not quite unreadable but it is very unsightly. I would appreciate any input, especially if it doesn't require purchasing more software, which I don't have the authority to do here at my work.Please help! Thanks!

 

Dwayne


Mac OS X (10.5.8)
  • 1. Re: iDVD 7 Poor text quality
    Klaus1 Level 8 Level 8 (44,495 points)

    Try this (from J keller):

     

    There are some tricks, but the basics for titles are:

     

    1) use large size fonts where possible

     

    2) use san serif fonts where possible (like Arial or Helvetica without curlyQs)

     

    3) don't use pure black, white, or red because these tend to bleed on TVs, especially if the titles are on a high contrast background.

  • 2. Re: iDVD 7 Poor text quality
    trawickfamily Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    How do I do that for the title and notes text that it automatically puts on screen? I can edit the titles and notes but I don't see a place to change font, etc. The title/notes font is white but its just an arial or arial-like font, no serifs, etc. Thanks for the input! I hear this works a lot betterif you start with Keynote and then export the Keynote slideshow as a movie and then use iDVD, but this work computer doesn't have keynote. Alas.

  • 3. Re: iDVD 7 Poor text quality
    Klaus1 Level 8 Level 8 (44,495 points)

    Yes you can. Click on the text you want to change to highlight it, then click the 'i' button bottom left.

     

    Now you can change the font, style and size.

  • 4. Re: iDVD 7 Poor text quality
    trawickfamily Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    That works for the main titles, but the 'i' button does not respond when I'm trying to change the titles and notes of the individual photographs.

     

    Thanks for your help though!

  • 5. Re: iDVD 7 Poor text quality
    Klaus1 Level 8 Level 8 (44,495 points)

    No, you need to re-do the texts on the photos before bringing them into iDVD.

  • 6. Re: iDVD 7 Poor text quality
    Old Toad Level 10 Level 10 (115,690 points)

    When adding photos with text for an iDVD slideshow try adding a size that is a multiple of the final size that gets encoded, i.e. 2 or 3 times 640 x 480 pixels.  That should keep the text sharp after resizing down to the final size.

     

    OT

  • 7. Re: iDVD 7 Poor text quality
    trawickfamily Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I think we're not understanding one another. At first I had used photoshop to add text and then added them to iDVD. But those were coming out terribly and so I learned that you could have iDVD automatically insert notes which you input in iDVD or the names of the photographs overtop the images. This functionality is accesed either in the window wherein you can add or delete images from the slideshow, in the Settings menu, or under iDVD/Preferences/Slideshow. Its called "Show Titles and Comments." So I went back into photoshop, got rid of the text I had added and then turned on this feature. So now iDVD automatically places a grey rounded rectangle near the bottom of my photos with the name of the image file. That is the text that is giving me trouble, and the text that I can't seem to adjust.

     

    Thanks again for your guys' help. I really, really appreciate your time and effort! I hope this description gives you a better idea of my problem.

  • 8. Re: iDVD 7 Poor text quality
    Old Toad Level 10 Level 10 (115,690 points)

    That text is fixed by iDVD as to font, size ,etc.  There's nothing you can do to alter it.

  • 9. Re: iDVD 7 Poor text quality
    trawickfamily Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    This shows how much of a noobI really am. Guys, the problem was that I was using a DVD player that was not HD ready. I switched it with a better DVD player and instead of hooling it up to the TV via RCA I used an HDMI cable and voila! The text is clear.

     

    Thanks again to everybody for your help. I'm sorry you spent so much time helping me with a problem that didn't exist, but I appreciate your time and effort none the less.

     

    Case Closed

  • 10. Re: iDVD 7 Poor text quality
    Old Toad Level 10 Level 10 (115,690 points)

    We all learned something new this time around. Thanks for the feedback.