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Simon Hustings
Pasting Thai text into FCPX
on Aug 2, 2013 at 2:27:47 pm

Hi Pasture,

I'm getting endless headaches when trying to paste Thai text into FCPX 10.0.8 & Motion 5.0.7. It's a very hit and miss affair. 6 times out of 10 it will paste the text directly into the text box within the Title Generator Inspector.. no problems at all and it all looks great.
The other 4 times, I hit cmd&v and nothing happens.. (i do see the quick blue highlight over the edit menu as i press the paste shortcut)
What's really bugging me is that I can copy and paste that text to my hearts content between Text Edit, Safari and Photoshop and the text always displays perfectly.

The workaround I figured out for Motion was to paste the text directly into the XML after opening the motion project in text edit. Re-opened in Motion and the pesky text was now displaying in all it's glory. I tried the same thing with FCPX and no dice.. I couldn't 'find and replace' as with Motion project file.

I will probably create the remaining subs in photoshop and import them as pngs but I just don't see any rhyme or reason as to why FCPX is behaving like this. (unless it a specific Thai accent or character it doesn't like?)

I've trashed both app prefs, checked validity of Thai font (Thonburi), tried plain text instead of rtf and still no joy, even flushed the RAM. No difference.

My other option would be to import srt via xml but I'm pretty eager to figure out why this is happening. I know FCP 7/X has always been poor at handling non romanic text (Arabic in particular) but at least with Arabic it never worked properly and I knew where I stood! Thai kinda works and kinda doesn't work and that bugs me :)

Any thoughts or suggestions greatly received!



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