Friday, June 22, 2012

Placing A Copyright Notice in Your Video Part 2

To me, the keyboard is faster but I know some of you want more visual options. Another way to add a symbol is to use the Character Map (Windows) or Character Viewer (MacOS). I’m on a PC so that what I’m going to show you how to find and open the program.

To open the Character Map in Windows XP
  1. Start Menu
  2. Programs
  3. Accessories
  4. Character Map
  5. Click on the character you wish to copy, then hit "Copy".
  6. Paste into the title generator.

In Windows Vista
  1. Start Menu
  2. In the Search Box at the bottom type Character Map and press Enter
  3. The Character Map will appear on the screen.
  4. Click on the character you wish to copy, then hit "Copy".
  5. Paste into the title generator.
 Again, some of the title generators in video editing programs might not let you copy and paste, it depends on the program. For finicky video editing programs it has to be an absolute text file.

Here Is Where A Text Editor Can Help

The next thing you can do is to use a text editor to strip out any code and then paste it into the title generator. On Windows that would be Notepad. On the Mac OS that would be TextEdit included in the OS or the free version of TextWrangler.

Not a word processor. Nope. No can do, there are hidden codes that can gunk up the copy and paste process. 

Here is what you do:

  1. Type the code for your symbol in the text editor to get the symbol
  2. Copy that symbol
  3. Swing over to your video editing title generator
  4. Paste the text. Your symbol should appear.
This should work. Not promising but there is a good chance you will have your symbol in your title. Plus, you will be able to apply any formatting or customization that you want.

Alternatives and Resources 

If this doesn’t work then you might want to think about using a copyright image as a substitute. You can roll your own by using a image program like Irfanview or in your preferred image editing software. That is coming up in part three.

If you need a different symbols I would take a look at the Alt Codes and Special Characters page at the Teaching and Technology site of Penn State. There is also a section for those typing with International keyboards or needing International symbols.

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