Make sure the text is not Serif (with tails) or similar fancy stuff with thin lines. That is the first thing to check.
Sorry- I meant to add this is CS5.5
Jeff- I've been using this same font for other projects without problem. This just started happening on this project. Yes, it is a serif font but no problems before. It's always rendered well [Adobe Arabic].
Message was edited by: zech3 APOLOGIES- when I searched this issue, I didn't see my exact problem and the post below [ http://forums.adobe.com/thread/705407?tstart=0 ] just got resurrected from 2010, it didn't appear in my search... though I'm not sure our issue is identical...
Here's a better screenshoht:
And some screen shots of titles:
BEFORE text rendering problem. From a project last year, this typeface is skinnier but rendered much better!
AFTER text rendering problem started. This is the current typeface that, even though a heavier typeface, renders horribly!!
I should add that the titles seem to flicker a bit when transitions are applied to the start or end of title clip.
I would try a 2 pass VBR encoding. See if that works for you.