How to capture text rtf or pdf to movie

Discussion in 'Graphics' started by waterfall, Jun 26, 2009.

  1. waterfall

    waterfall Guest

    Is there a way to "capture" or record a text file, an rtf file, an HTML
    file, a pdf file, a tiff file or any other format that text can be
    converted to as a movie and then transfer it to a CD or DVD using Quick
    Time, iMovie, iDVD, Keynote or some other Mac software?

    Basically what I'd like to do is record a long "short-story" to disc so
    that it can be played back on any home DVD player and automatically stop
    at each page - then the reader can press the arrow key on the remote to
    move to the next page. I'd rather not have it in a constant scroll so
    that they have to pause. And I don't want to go out and have to buy new
    software - so mainly, I'm asking if Apple has included that feature in
    OS X, iLife or iWork. It would be nice to be able to choose the font
    size and color, the background, include main and chapter menus, etc.

    Thanks for your suggestions.
     
    waterfall, Jun 26, 2009
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  2. waterfall

    Király Guest

    In comp.sys.mac.apps waterfall <> wrote:
    > Is there a way to "capture" or record a text file, an rtf file, an HTML
    > file, a pdf file, a tiff file or any other format that text can be
    > converted to as a movie and then transfer it to a CD or DVD using Quick
    > Time, iMovie, iDVD, Keynote or some other Mac software?


    You could open your text in your favorite editor, and then take a screen
    shot of it. Repeat until you have captured all of your text in screen
    shots. Import the images into iPhoto. Then use iMovie/iDVD to make a
    slide show of them.

    --
    K.

    Lang may your lum reek.
     
    Király, Jun 26, 2009
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  3. waterfall

    JF Mezei Guest

    Király wrote:

    > You could open your text in your favorite editor, and then take a screen
    > shot of it. Repeat until you have captured all of your text in screen
    > shots. Import the images into iPhoto. Then use iMovie/iDVD to make a
    > slide show of them.


    Yeah, that would simple. But doesn't iMovie/iDVD have the ability to
    import text for titles ? I know that the Adobe product (Ipresent I
    think) has the ability to import text files with titles (think about end
    credits in a movie).
     
    JF Mezei, Jun 26, 2009
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  4. waterfall

    Tim Murray Guest

    On Thu, 25 Jun 2009 23:28:33 -0400, waterfall wrote:
    > Is there a way to "capture" or record a text file, an rtf file, an HTML
    > file, a pdf file, a tiff file or any other format that text can be
    > converted to as a movie and then transfer it to a CD or DVD using Quick
    > Time, iMovie, iDVD, Keynote or some other Mac software?
    >
    > Basically what I'd like to do is record a long "short-story" to disc so
    > that it can be played back on any home DVD player and automatically stop
    > at each page - then the reader can press the arrow key on the remote to
    > move to the next page. I'd rather not have it in a constant scroll so
    > that they have to pause. And I don't want to go out and have to buy new
    > software - so mainly, I'm asking if Apple has included that feature in
    > OS X, iLife or iWork. It would be nice to be able to choose the font
    > size and color, the background, include main and chapter menus, etc.
    >
    > Thanks for your suggestions.


    I'm thinking it's a bunch of one-item menus chained together. I'm going to
    ponder this.
     
    Tim Murray, Jul 4, 2009
    #4
  5. waterfall

    Tim Murray Guest

    On Thu, 25 Jun 2009 23:28:33 -0400, waterfall wrote:
    > Is there a way to "capture" or record a text file, an rtf file, an HTML
    > file, a pdf file, a tiff file or any other format that text can be
    > converted to as a movie and then transfer it to a CD or DVD using Quick
    > Time, iMovie, iDVD, Keynote or some other Mac software?
    >
    > Basically what I'd like to do is record a long "short-story" to disc so
    > that it can be played back on any home DVD player and automatically stop
    > at each page - then the reader can press the arrow key on the remote to
    > move to the next page. I'd rather not have it in a constant scroll so
    > that they have to pause. And I don't want to go out and have to buy new
    > software - so mainly, I'm asking if Apple has included that feature in
    > OS X, iLife or iWork. It would be nice to be able to choose the font
    > size and color, the background, include main and chapter menus, etc.
    >
    > Thanks for your suggestions.


    Both iDVD and iMovie have a slideshow feature. For example, take a bunch of
    Keynote slides and save to images. Then import the images into an iDVD
    slideshow with manual control, and you have a DVD slideshow. Problem maybe
    that text might be so hot, but...
     
    Tim Murray, Jul 11, 2009
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