8 Replies Latest reply: Mar 10, 2009 12:08 PM by SnoopyGraphic
jdfredman Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
Can anyone tell me how to change the default fonts in the titles in iMovie 09? I'm using the Boogie Lights title screen, but don't like the default font. I can't find any way to keep the motion but change the font.

iMac, Mac OS X (10.5.6)
  • MikeSr Level 1 Level 1 (100 points)
    You can change the fonts in iMovie Preferences to your favorites.

    Once in the app & after choosing the title hit the Font button in the viewer window.
  • MikeSr Level 1 Level 1 (100 points)
    You can change the fonts in iMovie Preferences to your favorites.

    Once in the app & after choosing the title hit the Font button in the viewer window.
  • jdfredman Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    The Boogie Lights title has its own default font that is different from the programs. When you select this title, there is no Font button in the view window. It is there with the older titles from iMovie 08, but not the new ones. It seems as if you are forced to use that font if you want that particular motion.
  • dontwhine Level 1 Level 1 (95 points)
    that's correct... some of those themes are indeed designed as is.
    But if you add a title like lower third or centered and many more you can pick the font you wish.
  • odditonic Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Wow, that's really an unfortunate limitation. Thanks for the information, though! I've been fighting this one all morning!
  • SnoopyGraphic Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
    I found similar limitations with text effects. For instance, I liked the lens flare visual effect but didn't want text with it (in my case I didn't want any text at all...). There aren't any options for doing this. Very frustrating. However, I have found that sometimes with the text effects you can "go around the back door" to get it to do what you want. In the case of the lens flare, I chose that text effect but deleted the "text here" and then didn't add any text. Try it - it works. If you want the boogie nights visual without that font, I bet you could add it using my method (deleting the text box in essence) and then add a different text box to it separately so you can select your own font. I think this program is one where you really have to think outside the box to get it to do what you want sometimes.
  • odditonic Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    That is definitely an interesting working around! I just tried it and I can confirm that it works. (It opens up some interesting new options, too!) The truth is, though, that it seems a little bit odd to me that I can open the font dialog box, change the font, and then see no change reflected in the text. It feels like a bug and a fairly reasonable thing to want to do... All the same, thanks for the interesting tips! I will find a way to use them!
  • SnoopyGraphic Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
    Oh - one thing - I did have that "phantom text" problem where the deleted "text box" did come back once or twice, but I just deleted it again and it is fine now. I've had that effect working now for over two weeks and no further reverts. I even exported the movie and it works great.