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Old 16th February 2021, 01:01   #1  |  Link
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What fonts do you think are great for movie subtitles?

Any fonts you could recommend that are clean, easy on the eyes, and that don't distract from the movie?
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Any fonts you could recommend that are clean, easy on the eyes, and that don't distract from the movie?
Depending on what kind of movie/film/doucumentary color etc. these are good for subtitles:

Helvetica
Arial
Verdana
Antique Olive
Univers 45
Tahoma
Myriad
Museo Sans
Tiresias
Times New Roman
ae_Electron
CinecavXUIRegular
Roboto
Typodermic
Segoe UI

My favourite is Clear Sans, I use it on most of my projects.
Sometimes colored and bold.
The difference in the uppercase I makes it easier distinguish I from lowercase l.
Test to write Illinois...
Look here:
https://imgur.com/a/IezwpRf
Clear Sans Free
https://www.fontsquirrel.com/fonts/clear-sans
https://01.org/clear-SANS

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Depending on what kind of movie/film/doucumentary color etc. these are good for subtitles:

Helvetica
Arial
Verdana
Antique Olive
Univers 45
Tahoma
Myriad
Museo Sans
Tiresias
Times New Roman
ae_Electron
CinecavXUIRegular
Roboto
Typodermic
Segoe UI

My favourite is Clear Sans, I use it on most of my projects.
Sometimes colored and bold.
The difference in the uppercase I makes it easier distinguish I from lowercase l.
Test to write Illinois...
Look here:
https://imgur.com/a/IezwpRf
Clear Sans Free
https://www.fontsquirrel.com/fonts/clear-sans
https://01.org/clear-SANS
Thanks, varekai.

I will try them out.
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I say NO! to any font that makes no distinction between the letter "I" and the letter "l".

Comic Sans is evil as well.
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I say NO! to any font that makes no distinction between the letter "I" and the letter "l".

Comic Sans is evil as well.
Why?

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Tahoma would be my first choice, because it is a sans-serif font that distinguishes among lower-case L, capital I, and the numeral 1.

If your subtitles also must display unusual characters such as the eighth-note character (used to indicate music), then I would recommend the standard Arial font, as it has an extended set of Unicode characters (e.g. eighth-note character is Unicode 266A).
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Helvetica and Comic sans
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If lower resolutions: (and if I may consider NTSC SD now as low):
Verdana 18

Proven here for 720x480 DVD 16:9 and 4:3 under MaestroSBT rendering (Latin character set).

All resizing is gracefully handled, no thinned-out lines, round stays round.
Gives very nice and harmonic 3-liners within 2.35:1,
top line within picture, 2 lower lines in lower black letterbox bar.
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Comic Sans is evil as well.
Another viewpoint...
https://imgur.com/a/AUiDn
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I find varekai's list very useful.

For movies, ever considered using multiple fonts & (slightly) different colors? For non-spoken subs, voice-overs or other spoken languages, it can positively add to atmosphere/feel.
When applied subtly, it won't reduce easy reading.
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Clear Sans: good suggestion, varekai.
Just added it to my favourites.
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