Avid Media Composer title tool cannot see all MAC fonts

Screen grab showing relevant folder structures
Enabling Media Composer title tool to read all MAC fonts

Where is that Avid font

At the time of writing this article, I am an Avid video editor using OS X Yosemite 10.10.4 and editing video with Avid Media Composer version 8.4.1 on a new MacPro.

For some time (a few years) I’ve been frustrated that my Avid video editing title tool cannot see all the fonts listed in my Mac Font Book. Quite often when working for clients a specific font has been required which I’ve been unable to access in title tool even though the TrueType font set has been correctly and fully installed on my MacPro.

Sometimes I’ve even had to get the client to deliver a .png file of the text elements so that I can deliver the project. Not ideal at all. To try and resolve the issue I’ve spent quite a lot of time reading related video editing blogs and searching Google through different sets of relevant keywords.

Last week I had this problem again at a client site whilst editing a series of promotional videos. During some downtime, I continued my search to resolve this problem. During this most recent search, I found a website page at Font Shop that although not specifically related to Avid and title tool has fixed this problem for me.

A possible solution

During the install of Microsoft Office, a ‘Microsoft’ folder is installed with the MAC font folder structure. Removing this ‘Microsoft’ folder has resulted in both my Avid title tool and Marquee tool now seeing all my MAC fonts on font book. I did have a look at the new Avid Media Composer NewBlue Titler tool for 4K and UHD projects and could also see that all my MAC fonts appeared in there as well.

I found the problem ‘Microsoft’ folder within Macintosh HD – Library – Fonts folder structure. Within this font folder was the ‘Microsoft” folder. I moved this folder (which contains a series of fonts that come with Microsoft Office) into the trash and then deleted the trash. After a restart, I was then able to access all my Mac font book fonts. I did check the contents of the ‘Microsoft’ folder before I deleted it and could see that I already had installed this list of fonts on my system. I knew the answer had to be out there somewhere.  I’ve posted this helpful answer up on the Avid Community Media Composer Mac forum so that it may help other video editors.

Update – using Photoshop and the subcap effect

I did explore using Avid compatible New Blue FX which seems to support more of the fonts that I have installed on my MAC. Over time, with Avid upgrades etc, this became more expensive and complicated.  Most recently I’ve been using Adobe Photoshop to create any title texts and exporting those as .png files with a transparent background layer. I’ve then imported these into Avid as a matt key. The Avid subcap effect found in the effects palette can also be used to add name titles and text translations.

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Julian Langham

Julian started his career in media in 1994; shortly after Julian was invited to join the BBC where he was quickly promoted to Editor. Julian left the BBC to develop his freelance career in 2009. Highly-practised and skilled in constructing engaging narratives, Julian’s key strength is his ability to produce strong visually-led stories. In his work, Julian shares his passion for creating powerful synergies between story content, visual rhythm and music.