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Alex Maxim thanks user 'FCPX.guru' in the forum message ' Can't Edit Motion 5 Title in FCP X!'. 8 months ago
Alex Maxim replied to the topic 'Can't Edit Motion 5 Title in FCP X!' in the forum. 8 months ago

FCPX.guru wrote:

Super simple solution! Motion really needs a better text pane in the Inspector. You had a carriage return that left the actual first line of text empty, and the visible text on a second line below it. So you were clicking on the text box, and in the blank line above, so it seemed to not be working correctly.


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I simply backspaced the cursor to remove it, and it looks fine now.


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THANK YOU SO MUCH! :cheer:

We were really beginning to wonder whether something was seriously wrong with either FCP X, Motion 5 or us!

This works brilliantly now!

Many thanks once again!
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Alex Maxim thanks user 'FCPX.guru' in the forum message ' Can't Edit Motion 5 Title in FCP X!'. 8 months ago
Alex Maxim replied to the topic 'Can't Edit Motion 5 Title in FCP X!' in the forum. 8 months ago

FCPX.guru wrote:

You did publish being able to edit the text, right? Can you zip it up and email me a copy to look over?
benb at bbalser dot com

Thank you so much for your kind reply! We've attached these files to this post (they are very small in size). Please let me know if you can't view them.
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Alex Maxim thanks user 'FCPX.guru' in the forum message ' Can't Edit Motion 5 Title in FCP X!'. 8 months ago
Alex Maxim created a new topic ' Can't Edit Motion 5 Title in FCP X!' in the forum. 8 months ago

Hey there guys,
We hope that this post finds you in excellent spirits, and that you are all having a wonderful weekend.

We have a really weird problem that we haven't been able to solve: earlier today, we created a simple title in Motion 5, which is editable in FCP X. This title is a subtitle template, so we need the text to be editable in Final Cut Pro X.

However, when we double-click on the title in FCP X, it does not allow us to edit the subtitle template. Instead, it puts the cursor in the middle of the screen, and allows us to type there – which is sort of useless to us as the positioning is wrong and our formatting options are not there.

Does anyone have an idea what might be happening? We have never had this problem before.

Any thoughts, suggestions etc. are gratefully received, as ever.

With very best wishes/Alex Maxim
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Hey there guys,
Thank you so much for your additional contributions, which are enormously appreciated.

We ran some tests over the weekend, and have a few more still to do, but the results so far show a basic division: on everything except Apple MacBook Pros with Retina screens, the DVD looks great. Even on a 2009 MacBook Pro 13", the quality is superb.

We now need to find a standard HDTV screen and see how it performs on that. Ditto for Windows laptops.
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pszilard wrote:

Alex,

May I suggest you try the same comparison with a commercially bought DVD movie and see if that looks worse on the Mac than the TV? If it does, than you can safely assume that this is just the way it is rendered on the Mac screen.

Let us know the result.

Paul

Hi there Paul,
Many thanks for your kind message!

We are going to try various tests over the weekend, and will post the results here.
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JarrodMFay wrote:

Unfortunately, no. In the many years we produced DVDs we never saw any visible difference between the master DVD-R and the replicated copies. Sorry.

Many thanks for your kind and prompt response, which is sincerely appreciated!

We are going to try and test the DVD on a wider variety of computers and see where that gets us...there may be a difference between macOS and Windows...
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FCPX.guru wrote:

Even if it is Blu-Ray (HD) it'll look worse on a computer screen for two reasons.

Computer screens are higher resolution than TV, so you're enlarging it a good bit.
Computer screens are not interlaced, and refresh very differently than a TV screen.

Your DVD was formatted specifically for broadcast television screens.

We appreciate what you are saying; what concerns us is that the discrepancy is really quite substantial.

On a conventional DVD player hooked up to a TV, the picture quality is razor-sharp. In VLC media player or DVD Player, it is much more like it looks in DVD Studio Pro's Simulator: blurrier and SD-like. We have never seen this kind of quality gap in any other DVD.

Do you think this problem would be ironed out once the DVD has been professionally replicated?
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JarrodMFay wrote:

Are you watching the DVD in an SD resolution-sized window on your computer screen? If you are watching it full screen on the computer then you are relying on the computer's enlarging algorithm which can make it look worse. Just a thought.

Excellent question! Believe it or not, if anything the DVD looks slightly better full screen than it does in a 720 x 480 window.
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Hey there guys,
I hope that this post finds you all in excellent spirits, and that you are having a great week.

We've now authored our DVD project in DVD Studio Pro.

We have also tested the disc, which looks brilliant when played back on a conventional DVD player and television. However, when played in an Apple SuperDrive, the resolution isn't so great. It is not terrible, but there is clearly a loss of quality - this is true in both DVD Player and VLC media player.

Does anyone happen to know why this might be? We were thinking that a possible solution could lie in:

1. The anti-aliasing settings in Compressor (the level was set at zero); or

2. The media player we are using. Maybe there is a better one for DVD playback?

As ever, any guidance, ideas or thoughts are sincerely appreciated! And thank you for taking the time to read this post!
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Axel wrote:

All DVD players in PAL countries can also play back NTSC DVDs, in case you worried.

That's great to know! We had read that NTSC was better for compatibility reasons, but we weren't actually aware that DVD players in all PAL countries could play NTSC DVDs.

Many thanks for this valuable information!
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