May 27, 2010

Strange Final Cut Pro/Boris Title 3D bug

Filed under: Geek — By @ 1:46 am

Final Cut Pro’s built-in Boris Title 3D feature has been driving me a little crazy. On my first machine, I couldn’t get any of the buttons (including “Apply”) to activate unless I clicked it about 20 times. So, I moved to a second machine where I ran into an even stranger bug:

If you copy text with a substring of ffi, the i will be omitted. Traffic becomes traffc, and office becomes offc.

Try it and let me know if this happens to you. I’m running FCP 7.0.


  1. I unfortunately do not own a computer capable of running FCP, let alone ever having used it. I do know, however, that “fi” and “ffi” are commonly grouped into a single ligature in many fonts (e.g., [1]), so my guess is that the underlying “ffi” problem is a font issue. Can you try changing the font?

    [1] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Fi_garamond_sort_001.png

    Comment by Evan Sultanik — May 27, 2010 @ 9:10 am

  2. @Evan, You’re right! Nice catch.

    Comment by Wysz — May 27, 2010 @ 10:44 pm

  3. You’re right. It is not a bug. It is often considered to be a good thing and a perk of Open Type fonts.

    Has anyone figured out a way to make it stop though? I’m working on a project where it is not helpful. I guess I’ll just add a space between ‘f’ and ‘i’ and lower the space font size to make it disappear.

    Comment by Matt — November 23, 2010 @ 10:46 am

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