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Old 08-09-2012, 09:02 PM   #1
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OpenShot Video Editor - scrolling text titles

The clip made by the software to hold the text that is to be scrolled is 5 seconds long. The clip only holds 32 charecters. There is a bug report about that that is a year and a half old. I have not found a fix listed anywhere.

I did find a hint of a work around. Create multiple title clips. That leave big gaps between words.

Does anyone know if you can resize the 5 seconds time on the clip and how.

Old 08-11-2012, 06:19 PM   #2
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Openshot video editor scrolling text

Openshot seems to be the easiest to use for what I want. I have about 70 videos that I need to put a title and copyright notice on at the beginning.
The scrolling title function will only accept 32 characters. My title is around 50 characters and the copyright is 169 characters.

This 32 character limit is a known problem as far back as 2 release/updates ago. It has not been fixed. One of the work arounds is to create a PNG image on a transparent background and overlay it to your video.

Using Gimp, for my title ( 36 charecters ), I created a PNG image 2010 x 240 pixels using 118 point type. This looks good and with a 45 second time length is readable.
Using Gimp, for my copyright notice ( 169 charecters ), I created a PNG image 10750 x 240 pixels using 118 point type (thats what it takes to fit 169 characters at 118 point size). The 60 second time length is OK, but the size of the text displayed is too small to read.

I've tried the suggestion of using Open Office to create a PDF and the 'pdf2svg' to convert it. This SVG file acts the same, text too small to read.

When I drop these images into the time line and play, the scrolling text starts, the title is Ok, the copyright is too small to read.

Has anyone encountered this problem and could tell me a solution?

Thanks for reading this
Old 08-13-2012, 12:37 AM   #3
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I've also been trying to work out how to add scrolling text to a video in OpenShot.

After hunting around, I've found that I can make the text animation in Kino, export the animation to a video, then import that video into OpenShot.

In Kino, I don't load any video - I just create one with the 'FX' window using the 'Titler' video filter. It can cope with large amounts of text, and the position and animation settings control the scrolling. The number of frames specified in the 'Create' tab control the length of the video and hence the speed of the scrolling. There are also controls to set the colour of the text, the background colour and the text border colour. I've attached a screenshot of the Kino FX window showing typical settings. (I used your question as the text by way of example.) I render the video in Kino (the 'Render' button in the FX window) and export it to a video file.

I import that video into OpenShot and add it to the timeline.

Unfortunately Kino doesn't allow a transparent background when creating a video like this. However, by setting the scrolling text's background colour in Kino to pure green I can then use the ChromaKey effect in OpenShot to remove the background from the text, so the scrolling text can be overlaid on another video on a lower track in OpenShot's timeline.

I've also attached a still from the Kino video showing your text scrolling on a green background, and another showing the chromakeyed text overlaid on a video.

I know it's not the all-in-OpenShot solution you may have been hoping for but it gets the job done. :-)

I hope it helps.
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Old 08-15-2012, 01:58 AM   #4
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My apologies for taking so long to reply. Thank you for jolting me out of my box. I tend to get that way sometimes when I want something to be such and such.

Even though I read the 'bottom to top' attribute for scrolling it never dawned on me to try it. I used Open Office to build a 7 line pdf file with a transparent background and pdf2svg to convert it.

Now my title scrolls right to left and my copyright from bottom to top.


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