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How to Highlight Texts in Video?

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May 06, 2022• Proven solutions

After you are done editing footage and the video is ready for distribution, one last thing that you may want to add to it is the text to make the clip more elaborative and informative so even the masses from the other regions of the world can get the idea that you are trying to convey.

Because the text plays a vital role in a video, be it in the form of lower-thirds, subtitles, or merely placed there to inform the audiences about a particular scene that is on the screen, the font, style, and formatting must be adequate enough to make the words clearly visible to the viewers.

That said, the following sections explain how to highlight texts in a video in various ways using Wondershare Filmora X.

Part 1: How to Highlight Texts in Filmora X?

This section explains how to add texts and highlight them in multiple ways, so the entire video looks engaging and professional. The step-by-step process of getting this done is given below:

Step 1: Import a Video and Add It to the Timeline

After launching Wondershare Filmora X on your Mac or Windows computer (a Windows 10 PC is used here for illustration), click anywhere inside the Media window, and import the source video to the application. Next, hover the mouse over the thumbnail of the footage, and click the + icon from its bottom-right corner. When the confirmation box appears, click the resolution button either under the Match to Media or Keep Project Settings section to add the clip to the Timeline.

Step 2: Add Texts to Video and Highlight

To add a text, click Titles from the standard toolbar present at the top of the interface, explore all the title presets that are available and can be added. You can use the search bar to find the related title and text, choose the one you like the most, and then drag it to the track above video in the timeline.

Use the buttons and menus in the Font section to adjust the size, alignment, weight, and style of the text. The options under the Settings section allow you to choose the text color, spaces between the characters and lines, and fine-tune the alignment. The Transform and Compositing sections enable you to scale and rotate the text, define its position on the screen more precisely, and specify the blending type and transparency level respectively.

Highlight Certain Words in Texts and Titles

highlight certain words in video

Select the words in the text, and then change the text color accordingly to highlight the words. Or click ADVANCED from the lower section of the window, and on the Advanced Text Edit box that opens up next, make sure that the Customize tab is selected. Now, select a character or a word in the Preview window, scroll down to the Text Fill section, click and open the Color palette, and choose a different color for the selected word. Optionally, while keeping the word selected, you can use the other options like Effect , Opacity , and Blur to further modify its appearance.

highlight text  in video

Next, select all the text, scroll down and check the Text Shadow box present at the bottom to enable the drop-shadow effect for clear visibility. You can click the Type menu to reveal the available shadow options, and choose the one that suits your project’s requirements. Further, use the Color box to choose a color for the shadow, and the Opacity , Blur , and Distance sliders for further customization according to your needs.

Finally, click OK to save the changes, and get back to the previous interface. Here, click OK again to exit the text editing mode.

Highlight Text Background

To highlight the whole text background box, go to the Advanced Text Edit interface, click the add box icon and then select the desired text shape.

add text box  in video

To highlight the text box, scroll down the text setting under Customize tab, and then change the Color under Shape Fill. You can change the color of the color fill or gradient fill to find the best result.

change  text box color  in video

Step 3: Save and Export

From this point onward, you can click the Play button under the Preview window to review the footage with the highlighted text, and then click EXPORT from the top of the interface to export the final video for distribution.

Part 2: How to Create Vox Highlighter Effect in Filmora X?

Just in case, the Vox highlighter effect is when a text (a word or sentence) that appears on the screen gets gradually highlighted, typically when the voiceover artist or the singer speaks out that particular word or sentence. Even though there are several tools to get this done, Adobe After Effects being the most popular one, the process in those apps is highly complex and tedious.

Understanding the users’ concerns, Filmora has now integrated a couple of options that make your Vox highlighting task quite convenient. You can learn how to get this done by following the instructions explained in this section.

Note: Before proceeding, it would be good if you collect all the required ingredients such as an image of a lined or plain page, an audio file with the typing sound, and the text that you want to have Vox effect on written on a text editor so you don’t have to type it on the screen, and can copy and paste it while working with Wondershare Filmora X.

To start with, use the method explained earlier to launch Wondershare Filmora X, import the photo of the page and the audio file to the Media window, and then continue with the steps given below:

Step 1: Add and Adjust the Page Image

Drag the lined page image from the Media window, and place it on the Timeline. Select the photo in the Preview window, and use the scaling handles to increase its size to cover the whole canvas. This will produce a full-screen video.

adjust lined page image size

Step 2: Add Text and Fine-Tune the Alignment

Click Titles from the standard toolbar at the top, drag the Default Title preset from the Titles window, and place it on a new layer in the Timeline.

add texts and title presets

Next, double-click the Title layer in the Timeline itself, and when the Text Editor window opens up, copy and paste the text in the input field. After this, use the methods explained earlier to change the color, alignment, and size and font of the text as required.

copy and paste  in Filmora

If need be, feel free to resize the photo of the page in the Preview window so the text stays properly aligned, especially if you are using an image of a lined page.

align elements in Filmora

Note: You can use the Preview quality and display settings button present at the upper-right corner of the Timeline to go to the Zoom Level menu and reduce the preview size to 25% or 10% for better visibility. Set the Zoom Level back to Fit when the page is resized correctly. You may also have to give several line breaks to the content manually, so the entire paragraph stays within the screen.

 Filmora Zoom level

Change the X and Y Position values in the Title Group Controller box to adjust the position of the text according to the image of the page. Click OK in the Text Editor window when done to save the changes.

 change text position

Step 3: Add and Manage the Highlighting Color

Before proceeding, drag to move the Title track from Layer 2 to Layer 3 . Now, select Media from the standard toolbar, click Sample Colors from the navigation pane in the left, and drag your preferred color from the available sample colors to Layer 2 of the Timeline. While keeping the Color layer selected, use the scaling handles in the Preview window to reduce the size of the color to cover only the first line of the text.

 add sample color to highlight texts

Select all the three layers in the Timeline, and drag the right handle of any one of them to increase the duration of all three of them.

extend duration

Next, count the number of lines in the text in the Preview window. Now, select the Color track, place the Skimmer ( Playhead ) at somewhere around 15% or 20% of the total duration of the visibility, and click Split from the upper-left toolbar of the Timeline. Repeat this process to split the Color track according to the number of lines (e.g., 7 parts for 7 lines in this example).

Filmora split

Because the first part of the Color layer is correctly placed, double-click the second part, expand the Transform tree from the left pane of the Image tab, and modify the Y Position value in the right window to drag this Color part to the second line of the text. If required, adjust the scaling of the Color in the Preview window so it covers the entire sentence in the line. Repeat this process to move all the parts of the Color layer to cover their corresponding lines of the text. Click OK when done.

adjust sample color position

Step 4: Add Vox and Sound Effects

Hover the mouse over the Timeline ruler at the top and drag it to the right to magnify the frames. Next, place the playhead at the last frame of the first part of the Color layer. While still in the editing mode, go to the Animation tab from the top of the left pane, click the Customize tab, and click Add to add a keyframe to the frame.

add keyframing animation to highlight texts

Now, place the playhead on the first frame of the clip, and click Add again to add a keyframe here too.

Once this is done, while on the first keyframe, double-click this Color layer part, and drag the right scaling handle of the Color in the Preview window to the left to reduce the size of the Color covering the text. At this point, you can click the Play button under the Preview window to see how the Vox effect is applied to the first line of the text.

Repeat this process for all the remaining parts of the Color layer by adding the keyframes at their first and last frames, and adjusting the size of the Color in the Preview window accordingly. Click OK when done.

 highlight texts   keyframing animation

Note: Before clicking OK , you can select and move the last keyframe from any part of the Color layer to the left or right to make the animation fast or slow respectively, and then adjust the duration of the part itself using its side handles as needed. If you’re doing this, make sure to adjust the duration of the text and image layers as well.

Optionally, you can go to Effects from the standard toolbar and add the Ribbon and/or Textile presets to the Timeline to apply those effects to the video.

To apply the sound effect, once again, go to Media from the standard toolbar, select Project Media from the left pane, and drag the audio file from the Media window to the Audio layer in the Timeline.

 add typing sound effects

Place the play head on the first frame, click the Play button under the Preview window, and stop the playback as palyhead reaches the last keyframe of the first part and the Color covers the first line of the text. While keeping the palyhead on this frame, select the audio track, and click Split from the toolbar above the Timeline, select the remaining part of the audio, and press Delete on the keyboard to get rid of that portion.

 split  typing sound effects

Right-click the remaining part of the audio track, and click Copy from the context menu. Place the playhead on the first keyframe of the second part of the Color layer, right-click the audio track, and click Paste . Ctrl + drag the right scaling handle of this audio part to extend (or shrink) it to the second keyframe of this part. Repeat this process for all the other parts of the Color layer.

Click the Play button under the Preview window to review your complete animation, and if found acceptable, export the final video for distribution.

 copy  typing sound effects

Below is a detailed video tutorial about how to create Vox Highlighter Effect in Filmora X. Keep watching and highlight the text in video now.

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Wondershare Filmora X allows you to highlight the text, add background to it, and even change the color of a single word or character in the content. Adding shadows, adjusting the transparency level, and applying the blur effect using the available options in the application are a few things that make the text appear more clearly. Furthermore, the keyframe-oriented animations can be used to have Vox highlighting effect on the text in case of voiceover or karaoke videos.

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