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Kendrick MartinFont size for a cinima screen
by on Sep 28, 2009 at 2:33:59 pm

Hello,
I'm working on some text in After Effects for a film that will only be shown in a movie theater. Is there a guide to what font and font sizew work best? I'd like to fit as much as possible without it being to small.

Thanks


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david bogieRe: Font size for a cinima screen
by on Sep 29, 2009 at 2:18:53 pm

the size of the screen is irrelevant.
Assuming you are using conventionally available playback systems, 1080 X something, the only thing that is different between your HD television set and a huge cinema screen is the size of the pixels; the number of pixels is the same.
If you use 12 pixel text, the glyphs may be 4 feet tall but they will only consist of single pixels that are 4 inches tall.
In the olden days of NTSC, we were taught that between 8-12 lines of text was the most that would be legible from across a living room, depending on typeface, leading, color, edge effects, and drop shadow. These technical considerations were all weighed against the importance of the text elements to the story or the message. If your screen is 1080 high, just do the math.

If this is at all important, you want to create several test pages and view them from three distances. Note your best options and then make some more tests with more subtle changes to see if you can get a better image.

If you are successful, please consider coming back and telling us how you made out. Most of our discussions around here that relate to projection turn out to be academic because the OP never returns to close the thread.

Hope you get better advice and good luck with your project.

bogiesan



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Mark HollisRe: Font size for a cinima screen
by on Sep 29, 2009 at 8:18:59 pm

1080 may refer to a video resolution. It is not necessarily a film resolution. The most predominant film resolutions that are being used are 2K at 2048×1080 and 4K at 4096×2160 for DI work. Those resolutions are width x height.

Before anyone can answer the question, one needs to know what resolution Kendrick will be working in.

Hate to answer a question with a question but there it is.

What if there were no hypothetical questions?


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Dave LaRondeRe: Font size for a cinima screen
by on Sep 29, 2009 at 8:24:57 pm

[Mark Hollis] "Hate to answer a question with a question but there it is. "

You get used to it. That sort of thing happens all the time around here. There are a surprising number of folks who visit here who've had their copies of AE for just a few months... or even weeks. They don't know what to ask, to say nothing of what information is significant.

Dave LaRonde
Sr. Promotion Producer
KCRG-TV (ABC) Cedar Rapids, IA


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david bogieRe: Font size for a cinima screen
by on Sep 30, 2009 at 2:16:31 pm

While true, it's just as safe to assume the OP is using video, not film, and merely using the term "film" like you might use the term "dial" to describe pushing the buttons on your cell. The misspelling of "cinima" implies a disconnect from the physical medium.

bogiesan



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