Boris Graffiti Ltd. Problems

InterceptPoint wrote on 6/27/2004, 5:35 AM
I've been giving the Boris Graffiti Ltd. that comes with Vegas 5.0 a look.

It seems like it should be a good utiltiy for doing credit rolls but for me it isn't because it just bogs down my 1.9 GHz P4 - 1 GHz RAM XP Pro system to a crawl if I use a fairly long text file that would be a typical credit roll for me. The performance is so slow as to be unusable. Screen refresh can take minutes. I have had it hang just trying to close the text window.

And the rendered avi file I get is (for example) 820 MB for a 20 second clip.

What am I doing wrong?


taliesin wrote on 6/27/2004, 5:54 AM
Dependend on how long this text file is this is pretty usual. All the consumer title programs are not designed to handle very long text files. Probably you could test any consumer title program available, behaviour would be similar in any cases.

Mandk wrote on 6/27/2004, 7:23 AM
If you are using 3d text or other text effects in your roll it also slows it down considerably.
InterceptPoint wrote on 6/28/2004, 5:52 AM
Thanks for the inputs guys. I think the problem is indeed the very large text file that I used for my testing.

I have played a little more with the app and I think I will have a go at it for my titles and credit rolls. Although it does get bogged down with large text files the test I made was pretty extreme. The big advantages I see are the easy import from Word, the excellent presets and the ease and flexibility of the formatting within Graffiti. The negatives are the large files produced which I still don't understand and sluggishness with long, single file credit rolls.
Opampman wrote on 6/28/2004, 5:23 PM
I too have struggled with Boris and find the interface less than intuitive. May I suggest a great little program - I haven't tried rolls yet but I think you could do them - IMPACT PLUS 5 from I have been using their software and especially their drawing programs for years. Their Draw Plus makes a great title program and IMPACT PLUS 5 can do extruded text. In Impact you can animate the lighting, the letters, the colors, the camera position, etc and export as AVI files. You can do true 3d motion on the titles, change the lighting and just about anything you want since the changes all work off a timeline. It even has a particle studio to create fire, fog, smoke and the like. Take a look at it on the Serif website. It works grat with Vegas.
wolfbass wrote on 6/28/2004, 9:47 PM
Can you preview in outline (or wire, can't remember the proper name, not at my PC) so you use less resourses, until you have everything ready to preview?

Then make a cup of coffee while it refreshes?

Just a thought.