to add some more information about this: the problem seems to be when trying to edit the title. Here's why i think this is the case:
1. if i duplicate another title, i can place it in the timeline without any issues. But, if i double-click on the title to edit what it says, PE 4.0 crashes
2. if i try to create a new default still title, when PE places it in the timeline and attempts to display the title editor, it crashes.
needless to say this is a major issue for me because these titles are an essential part of my video.
thanks. i don't know if this is going to help me. it sounds like a pretty ugly process. i downloaded Fontdoctor and can't even get it to run.
here's a fun fact: when PE 4.0 crashes, it puts up a message that says it needs to close. if i click on either 'send error report' or 'ignore' it closes. if i ignore the message, i can apparently keep working. i worry however that i may utimately being doing more harm than good.
in this mode i was able to add some new titles, but now some of them don't display when the movie plays. they display in the monitor window, but not during playback.
this is becoming a nightmare.
I got FontDoctor to run -- where is the font folder that i should examine in Windows XP?
For me, it's C:\WINDOWS\Fonts. As I also have many thousands of fonts, that are not often installed, I have several other folders, as well: C:\Fonts\OTF, PS Fonts and TTFonts. As Premiere will only use "installed" fonts, the Windows' Font folder is the one to be initially concerned with. After you check that out, you might also want to look under Program Files\[Program Name]\\\Fonts (Adobe programs often install fonts from each of their programs, and these are usually duplicate copies, as if they are installed, they will appear in your Windows' font folder. Still, it never hurts to check out every font on your system, especially if you use a font manager, that is likely to dynamically install/uninstall fonts from other folders.
Thanks. I'm only seeing fonts in my windows fonts folder.
there's a related thread about this here http://forums.adobe.com/message/1886034#1886034 but it's not producing any help yet.
And, especially when working with photos, don't forget to render your timeline regularly, so you don't burden the program too much trying to render on the fly. To render, just press Enter and let the program work. The red lines above your photos on the timeline will turn green.
You should also ensure, for stability, that you have the latest version of Quicktime.
If you render often and you've got adequate RAM (at least 1 gig but preferably 2 or more), you should have less of an issue with the program crashing when you open the Title workspace.
Thanks for the advice. I render regularly and have 3GB of RAM but I still get the error message in the Titler. Amazingly, I just push it aside and keep working and it seems to be doing ok. Scary, but I'm getting by.