Frequently asked questions

Trouble using BluffTitler? Here are the answers to some frequently asked questions.

Table of contents

Top 10 most asked questions

1) When I start BluffTitler I get the error message: This application has failed to start because D3DX9_34.dll was not found.

BluffTitler requires the latest version of DirectX 9. Updating DirectX solves the problem. Learn more

2) Is it possible to change the texts of a BluffTitler animation?

Yes. Choose Edit > Change all Texts... or press <Control> A. Learn more

3) Is it possible to change the pictures of a BluffTitler animation?

Yes. Choose Edit > Change all Textures... or press <Alt> A. Learn more

4) How do I change the font size?

You can change the font size with the Font Size property. You can select this property with the dropdown listbox above the 3 sliders. You can change the fontsize itself with the first slider.

A BluffTitler animation is built out of layers and every layer can have its own font size. You can select a layer with the dropdown list box above the Play button.

5) Where can I find more BluffTitler fonts?

There's no such thing as a "BluffTitler font". BluffTitler uses standard TrueType fonts that can be downloaded from websites like:

You do not "import" a font into BluffTitler. Instead you install a new font on your computer and from that moment you can use this new font in any application, including BluffTitler.

You can select a new font with the Media > Change Font menu item, or by pressing F6.

A BluffTitler animation is built out of layers and every layer can have its own font. You can select a layer with the dropdown list box above the Play button.

Next to vector fonts, BluffTitler also supports bitmap fonts. You can use Alphabix to create bitmap fonts for use in BluffTitler.

6) Does BluffTitler come with any presets?

Yes. The installer comes with about 300 ready to use demo animations, presets and examples covering almost all possible effects.

You can open a demo animation with the menu item File > Open Show.... You can play an animation by pressing the Play button.

The best examples/presets can be found in the online gallery.

7) May I use demo animations in my own videos?

Yes!

8) Does BluffTitler run on my computer and is it suitable for my project?

We advise you to try the evaluation version before ordering. The purpose of the evaluation, or demo version is for you to find out if the program meets your requirements. You can download the free evaluation version here.

9) Is BluffTitler compatible with my favorite video and animation software?

The answer is yes. BluffTitler exports animations in the AVI format. This is the most widely supported animation format and every video and animation tool on this planet can import AVI files. You can export an animation with the menu item File > Export as Movie...

Tips for importing BluffTitler created animations into other software can be found here.

10) What is the best way to create a 2 hour video with lots of BluffTitler effects?

BluffTitler has been designed for the creation of short animations and special effects. We advise you to split your video into small BluffTitler projects and use your NLE tool to mix them together.

Tips for importing BluffTitler created animations into other software can be found here.

Troubleshooting

BluffTitler refuses to work on my computer or crashes regularly, what can I do?

BluffTitler combines the latest video and 3D techniques so make sure your system is up-to-date. In our experience it is possible to fix all stability problems by performing the following steps:

  • First check out the hardware requirements to see if your system meets the minimum requirements.
  • Make sure you are running the latest version of BluffTitler.
  • Reboot your system.
  • Update the driver of your graphics card. You can download the latest driver from the website of your video card's manufacturer. For example if you own a GeForce card go to www.nvidia.com and if you have a Radeon visit www.amd.com. Do not forget to install the driver after downloading.
  • Install the latest version of DirectX.
  • Update Windows at: www.windowsupdate.com.
  • Free memory and CPU usage by not running too many programs in the background.
  • Sometimes it helps playing around with the hardware acceleration slider in the control center of your graphics card.
  • Set the colour quality of your desktop to Highest (32 bit).
  • Do not push your graphics card to its limits by using the highest desktop resolution possible. By using a normal resolution like 1024 x 768 you save precious video memory that can be used by applications like BluffTitler. Also do not use super high resolution pictures.
  • And last but not least: do not download our software from crack sites, update your anti-virus software, your anti-spyware software and your firewall.

I am getting out of video memory errors. How can I free video memory?

  • Do not spread your desktop over 2 monitors.
  • Do not set your desktop to the highest resolution possible.
  • Do no set your photo and video cameras to maximum quality.
  • Do not set BluffTitler to maximum quality: choose Settings > Medium Quality or Low Quality.
  • Do not use software antialiasing when exporting: select Hardware Antialiasing in the File > Export as Movie... dialog.
  • Close all other applications.
  • Turn off hardware antialiasing in the control center of your graphics card.
  • Install a graphics card with more memory.
  • Mark the Limit texture resolution to show resolution checkbox in the Settings > General Options dialog.

Remember that all pictures have to be stored as uncompressed textures on your graphics card. A JPG picture might be small in bytes, but the number of pixels is the only thing that counts. For example a picture with a resolution of 4096 x 3072 pixels always takes up 48 MB, no matter its filesize. And realize that by quadrupling the horizontal resolution the number of pixels increases 4x4=16 times!!! A resolution of 1024 x 768 only requires 3 MB (3x16=48)

My NLE tool refuses to import BluffTitler generated movies.

Make sure the resolution and framerate of your BluffTitler project matches your NLE project. Choose File > Set Show Resolution... to set the resolution and choose File > Export as Movie... to set the framerate.

Tips for importing BluffTitler created animations into other software can be found here.

My BluffTitler created AVIs are completely black, white or contain crap. What can I do?

This happens when your graphics card runs out of video memory and fails to report this to BluffTitler.

In the File > Export as Movie... dialog select the radio button Uncompressed AVI and select the dropdown listbox item Software Antialiasing - Low Quality or Hardware Antialiasing.

Exporting as AVI

How do I export a BluffTitler animation?

Choose File > Export as Movie...

I am wondering what settings for saving to AVI would match the quality and clarity of the show as seen in BluffTitler.

A typical BluffTitler animation runs 60 uncompressed frames per second on a desktop resolution of 1600 x 1200 pixels. Burned on a PAL DVD this has been reduced to 25 MPEG-2 compressed frames per second, 720 x 576 pixels. Can you see the problem?

Unless you have a very fast harddisk and lots of memory, a video file is always a compromise between sharpness and smoothness:

Exporting the animation uncompressed gives you the best possible image quality, but it won't play without stuttering.

Exporting the animation compressed gives you a smooth playing animation, but the individual frames look not as sharp.

Please understand that this has nothing to do with BluffTitler or the AVI format. It is a limitation of the current hardware: harddisks and DVD players are not fast enough to play an uncompressed animation in realtime. For this reason exported animations will never look as good as when played in realtime by BluffTitler.

Downloading and installing

When I start BluffTitler I get the error message: This application has failed to start because D3DX9_34.dll was not found.

BluffTitler requires DirectX 9 version June 2007 or later. Installing the latest version of DirectX will solve the problem.

The installer does not work.

If the installer does not work (or if you do not like installers) you can download the application as a ZIP file.

When I run BluffTitler it says: "Could not find any compatible Direct3D devices"

Most of the time this is caused by the fact that your graphics card does not support hardware vertex shading. Installing a better graphics card, like a nice NVIDIA GeForce or an AMD Radeon will solve the problem.

How can I remove the irritating DEMO text?

BluffTitler is not free. When you buy BluffTitler you receive the fully functional version with the irritating DEMO text removed. Learn more about buying BluffTitler

What are the differences between the evaluation and the full version?

  • In the evaluation version the word DEMO is printed in the render window
  • The menu items File > Save Show, File > Save Show as..., File > Save Show + All Media Files... and Preset > Save Preset as... are disabled in the evaluation version
  • The evaluation version always starts with the about dialog and ends with the order dialog

Apart from the above limitations, all features are enabled allowing you to fully test BluffTitler before purchasing the full version.

Is it safe to install BluffTitler?

Yes. The BluffTitler installer does not install new or alter already installed video codecs, DirectShow filters, DLLs or other system files. Therefore the performance of your other video and animation programs is not in danger.

If you want you can download the program as a ZIP file from the download page.

Does BluffTitler run on my computer?

We advise you to try the evaluation version before ordering. The purpose of the evaluation, or demo version is for you to find out if the program meets your requirements.

Is BluffTitler compatible with my favorite video and animation software?

The answer is yes. BluffTitler exports animations in the AVI format. This is the most widely supported animation format and every video and animation tool on this planet can import AVI files.

Tips for importing BluffTitler created animations into other software can be found here.

How do I uninstall BluffTitler?

Choose Start / All Programs / Outerspace Software / BluffTitler / Uninstal or use the Windows Control Panel.

My license keys fail to work, what did I do wrong?

Enter your license keys exactly as you received them. Please take care of the following:

  • keys are case sensitive: 'Kwasiba' is not the same as 'kwasiba'
  • do not add spaces at the end and the beginning of the keys
  • did your mistake a 0 (zero) for an O?

A good trick is to ask somebody else to enter your keys. For some reason it is impossible to see typing errors after staring at the same three words for longer than 10 seconds.

How do I upgrade to the latest version?

What happens to my own shows when I install a new version?

The installer only deletes or reverts the files that were installed by the previous installer.

What is your upgrade policy?

Upgrade info can be found in the release notes of the program history.

DirectX

BluffTitler requires DirectX 9 version June 2007 or later.

How do I update DirectX?

DirectX is available as a free download from Microsoft. It is available in 2 flavours:

The web installer is preferable because it only downloads the files you require and installs them fully automatically.

If the web installer refuses to work, or if you would like to install DirectX on an offline computer, you will have to download the redistributable. This installer is a bit confusing because it installs another installer that you also have to run.

When you run the redistributable installer it asks "where you want to place the extracted files". The files it extracts are temporary files that you can delete when the installation is completed, so it is best use a location like: d:\temp

One of the extracted files is DXSETUP.exe. This is the real installer that you also have to run. After running this file, DirectX is installed on your system and you can delete all the extracted, temporary files.

Do I also have to update DirectX on Windows 8?

Yes. BluffTitler requires the latest version of DirectX 9, which may not be present on your Windows 8 system.

But Windows 8 comes with DirectX 11 and I do not want to downgrade to DirectX 9

Windows 8 has DirectX 9 as well as DirectX 11 installed: they live side by side. Updating DirectX 9 does not affect higher versions of DirectX.

But isn't any version of DirectX 10 or 11 newer than any version of DirectX 9?

Not according to Microsoft's logic. After Microsoft released DirectX 10, it kept releasing new versions of DirectX 9. This has probably something to do with the fact that DirectX 10 was not designed to run on XP.

BluffTitler requires at least DirectX 9 version June 2007, which has been released after the first version of DirectX 10.

After updating DirectX, BluffTitler still complains about not being able to find D3DX9_34.dll.

Are you sure you have correctly installed DirectX? If DirectX is correctly installed the D3DX9_34.dll file can be found in the C:\Windows\System32 folder.

The redistributable installer is a self-extracting archive. When you run it you need to specify the folder it should extract to. Then once extracted, run the DXSETUP.exe from that folder to install it. Once run, you can safely delete the extract folder.

If you run the web installer then it does this for you.

Using BluffTitler

I have problems using the interface of BluffTitler, how do I start?

Take the getting started lesson.

How do I change the background colour?

BluffTitler uses the colour of the ambient light layer as the background colour. You can select the ambient light layer with the Layers listbox. Another option is to use the File > Set Background Colour menu item.

How do I change the font size?

You can make the texts smaller and bigger with the Font Size property. When you select this property with the listbox above the three sliders you can use the first slider to change the font size.

How do I change the texture?

Use the menu item Media > Change Texture... or press <F9>.

How do I attach a particle layer to a text layer?

Select the text layer and use the menu item Layer > Attach Particles to active Layer....

How do I rearrange the order of the layers?

You do not have to: layers are automatically sorted by their distance to the camera. Only in the situation where you have more than a single 2D picture layer, manually rearranging makes sense. To move a layer up choose Layer > Bring active Layer Forward.

How do I change the size of the tool window?

You can't.

How do I make a layer temporarily invisible during the animation?

Simply move the layer to an invisible position.

Is it possible to change the random startup shows?

Yes. At startup BluffTitler loads a random show from the media/shows/startup folder. Feel free to place your own shows in this folder.

How can I overlay a BluffTitler animation onto a video background?

You can export an animation with transparency info (32 bits RGBA) by choosing File > Export as Movie and selecting the Uncompressed AVI with Transparency radio button.

How can I access BluffTitler's cache, settings and temporary files?

Select Start > All Programs > Accessories > Run and type %appdata%. Choose the folder Outerspace Software / BluffTitler.

Antialiasing

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My BluffTitler created AVIs run very slowly and never reach the end

This happens when the software or hardware you are using to play the AVI file is not powerful enough to handle the AVI you've created. Reasons can be: the resolution is too high, the framerate is too high or the file is too big.

For Video/DVD authoring tools, this is only a problem in preview mode because the video file/DVD it creates will player perfect (the WMV file Windows Movie Maker creates will play perfectly), but if you want to watch the AVI on your computer you will have to use a lower resolution, a lower framerate or use compression.

My favourite DVD authoring tool refuses to load BluffTitler created AVIs

On this page you can find tips for the most popular NLEs.

BluffTitler can't use my favorite AVI codec

If a codec refuses to work you have to do some experimenting with different resolutions. Some codecs have strange limitations. For example DivX seems to work only with a limited number of standard resolutions like 640 x 480. If everything fails choose Microsoft Video 1 or Full Frames (Uncompressed).

BluffTitler refuses to run when another animation tool is running

Some programs lock system resources that might prevent BluffTitler from running correctly. Solution: close all other programs before starting BluffTitler

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