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Font weight for Hiragino Sans

Unread postPosted: Thu Feb 06, 2020 3:36 am
by redone1138
Hey guys,

I have finished a rather lengthy subtitle project for a feature with aegisub.
On my old computer (Mac High Sierra) when burning in the subtitle the system seems to have chosen the weight W5 (or close) for Hiragino Sans.
On on my new system (Catalina) it looks like W5 in aegisub but after burning in it‘s W0 or W1 ... which is MUCH TOO THIN.
This was not an issue on the old system.
Now I don‘t find any method to changing the weight manually... Hiragino Sans has many different weight options (W1, W2, W3, W4, ...)
How can I change this?
I looked at my .ass in textedit but can‘t find a weight option... can I change this system wide?
Please someone help out if there is any knowledge...

Re: Font weight for Hiragino Sans

Unread postPosted: Thu Feb 06, 2020 8:18 am
by LeSaint
Hi redone1138,

Do you have any specific options (bold, italic) applied on your style? I had a similar experience on a font set as bold that rendered differently whereas the bold font was installed or not (if not installed, the bold feature was generated, and the corresponding text was wider than the regular, but thinner than the bold defined in the font).

How do you "burn" your subtitles? Do you use hardsub (subtitles encoded on the video) or softsub (subtitles still separated from the video, in a mkv for example)? If you use hardsub, do you use the same computer to edit the subtitles with aegisub, and to "burn" the subtitles?
=> answering these questions would certainly help to diagnose your problem.

When searching for the font you mention in google, I see that the weight is sometimes included in the font name.

So, without more details, you could try this:
1) Try to add the weight to the name of your font in aegisub (like "Hiragino Sans W3" or "Hiragino Sans GB W3")
2) If this doesn't help, try to uninstall the font and only install the weight you need for this project (I don't use a Mac, so I don't know how to do this exactly).

Re: Font weight for Hiragino Sans

Unread postPosted: Thu Feb 13, 2020 11:35 am
by redone1138
Thank you so much for the reply.

I took a while since I came back to my computer.
But I can now confirm that renaming the font name in the ASS file helped!

It was "Hiragino Sans W3" that did the trick, usually Aegisubs only documents it as "Hiragino Sans".

Thank you :)