Windows MovieMaker Font Installation
June 22, 2011 11:27 AM   Subscribe

We need to make a video quick for an upcoming presentation in Singapore (twelve hours later), and only one of us is proficient in one video-editing suite, which is Windows Movie-Maker. Now, we needed install a particular font. After installation the font worked fine in MS Office, but then it won't show in MovieMaker. We've tried a reboot and exiting and launching the program again, but still nothing. What did we miss? (We don't have the installer on hand so reinstalling is not an option for us. Thank you for saving us maybe a couple hours of rest this sleepless night.)
posted by drea to Computers & Internet (3 answers total)
Here are a couple ways to try and upload your font to WMM:

General Font installation for Windows:
* Windows 7/Vista:
Select the font files (.ttf, .otf or .fon) then Right-click > Install

* Under any version of Windows:
Place the font files (.ttf, .otf or .fon) into the Fonts folder, usually C:\Windows\Fonts or C:\WINNT\Fonts
(can be reached as well by the Start Menu > Control Panel > Appearance and Themes > Fonts).

Note that with the internal unzip tool of Windows (unlike Winzip), you cannot install a font by a simple drag and drop of the .ttf from the zip window to the Fonts window. You must first drag and drop it anywhere (for example on the desktop) then into the Fonts folder.
You can also go through: File > Install a new font... in the Fonts folder menu then browse the fonts, instead of drag and drop the fonts into the window. Although this method is laborious, it would seem that it functions better in some cases.
posted by MansRiot at 12:56 PM on June 22, 2011

This might be different from the expected solution, but I was in a similar situation and found someone on to do it for me at the last moment. Was cheap and good, but use Skype and spend the time explaining what you want.
posted by Yavsy at 5:07 PM on June 22, 2011

After some more googling I found out that Windows Movie Maker doesn't accept OTF fonts, so I had the fonts converted to TrueType.

Thanks everyone for your help!
posted by drea at 8:49 PM on June 23, 2011

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