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Typing text across a screen

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Damien13 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Dec 8, 2013 7:19 PM



Is there a way of typing live across the screen- as in using iMovie- so that it appears as if the words are being wriiten by a typewriter as the video is playing? I don't know if I'm making any sense here but they used to use this technique in old black and white films.


Thank you,



iMac, OS X Mavericks (10.9)
  • Matthew Morgan Level 7 Level 7 (22,420 points)
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    Dec 8, 2013 9:05 PM (in response to Damien13)



    You make complete sense.


    Unfortunately, there's no way to do what you want just using iMovie.


    There is a Typewriter title in Final Cut Pro X but that's an expensive solution.


    The only way you could do it with iMovie would be to create your titles in an image editor (PhotoShop, Pixelmator) and then bring them into iMovie and use either the Cutaway or Picture in Picture tools.. But you'd need to create a series of graphics, revealing your title letter by letter. A bit labor intensive but doable.



  • Matthew Morgan Level 7 Level 7 (22,420 points)
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    Dec 9, 2013 8:03 PM (in response to Damien13)



    You're welcome.


    I only wish I could be of more help.


    There could be something in Keynote. I've only just palyed around with it.


    Whatever you do, you need text on top of an alpha channel background layer with nothing in it. That is to say a graphic overlay with only text and a transparent background. Pages can't do that. Not sure about Keynote as I've not really used.


    I'm not familiar with Wondershare.


    I do know that the effect is in Final Cut Pro X though.


    I'll post if I can come up with anything else.




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