On TV interviews we can usually see text overlay placed in the lower area of the screen to identify the interviewees. In this article, we will demonstrate how you can add all kinds of textual representations to your own videos, such as text, watermark, your name, brand name, company name, title, sub titles, captions, openers, end credits, lower thirds, etc. By doing so, you can make your videos more appealing, informative, easier to comprehend and more fun too.
Filmora is a desktop video editor which can help us achieve that. It is one of the most popular software for simple video editing for beginners. It is powerful and easy to use. No learning curve required. Everyone can start making their videos more professional immediately.
We will use the movie maker for Windows in the demo. If you are using its Mac version, you may see slight difference in appearance. Run the video maker, choose to enter its full feature editing mode from the home screen. You can then drag your source video from computer to the timeline at the lower section of the video editor program. In the middle of the video maker is the toolbar with various useful tools. Select TEXT/CREDIT from there, you will then see the category of openers, titles, lower thirds, sub titles, end credits, see below screenshot.
Currently there are 93 text presets packed with the video maker program. If can’t find the one you like, there is an online Effects Store you can download more free effects or purchase premium effects. You can browse through each category to find the one you like. Drag a text style to the timeline to apply. You can then preview it using the built-in movie player at the upper right section. To type or edit the text, openers, titles, lower thirds, sub titles, end credits, simply double click it on the timeline to open its editing window. See below screenshot.
You can choose a different font style, add animation effect, font type, font size, change its alignment, color, add border, shadow to text and many more. Click Advanced to open the Advanced Text Edit window for more fancy features.
The last step is to save your video. Click Export from the toolbar at the middle, choose a format, then export the video from the video editor to your computer hard drive.
That’s it. Now you know how to add text, watermark, your name, brand name, company name, title, sub titles, captions, openers, end credits, or lower thirds to a video.