iMovie HD, Using Foreign Language (Traditional Chinese) Input In iMovie

Most of us have given iMovie a go in the most commonly used language medium, English. What about non-English input in iMovie? Is that even possible?

Here are a few pointers that will save you heaps of time tinkering around. In this article we discuss using Traditional Chinese font in iMovie HD. The principles taught are also applicable to earlier versions of iMovie.

This article assumes basic hands-on experience in changing the input medium for Mac OS X. If you require guidance in this, its probably best to read our earlier article, Mac OS X, Using Foreign Language(Traditional Chinese) Input before proceeding with this tutorial.

The first step is to activate the foreign language input, as explained in our earlier article(Mac OS X,  Using Foreign Language(Traditional Chinese) Input). In our example, Traditional Chinese input is the preferred input.

Open your iMovie HD project, and select the Titles menu. The common oversight is not selecting the correct font in iMovie HD causing iMovie not to display the corresponding Traditional Chinese font. For the Traditional Chinese font, change the iMovie HD Title font to GB18030 Bitmap Regular.



Clicking on Preview or rendering the titles should display the new Traditional Chinese font.


When using languages other than Traditional Chinese, its best to check the appropriate font to use. This can be quickly referenced using Font Book within your Mac’s Applications folder.


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