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Customize Overlays

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Note: This video tutorial is compatible with Filmora V11, V12 and V13 versions.

Filmora allows you to add multiple overlays to your video. You can use overlays to add emotions and personality or set the tone in your videos. They are additional elements to your video, and they don't cover the entire video. That means they do not disrupt the user experience.

Keeping this in mind, here is how to add overlays in Filmora:

Categories of Overlays

Smartphone Viewfinder

The Smartphone Viewfinder, which is under the ViewFinder category, makes your video look like you were recording it live. Double-click on the video in the timeline to make adjustments to your overlay.

Filmora Overlays - Smartphone Viewfinder Smartphone Viewfinder

You can change the opacity or duration of the overlay effect. The opacity (transparency) has a value of 0 to 100. Applying a lower value will make the filter more transparent.

Filmora Overlays - Change Opacity Change Opacity

The duration of the overlay effect is five seconds; however, you can change it by dragging the overlay effect's edge in the timeline.

Water Damaged Film

The Water Damaged Film, located under the Damaged Film category, is a great way to add an extra flair to your vintage video.

Filmora Overlays - Water Damaged Film Water Damage Film
TV Static

TV Static also has some cool glitch overlays; for instance, the Strong Glitch option can add a glitch effect in your video and distort it. This effect makes your video look like it was recorded with defective video recording equipment.

Double-click on the glitch overlay effect after adding it to your timeline to enable you to change its setting to make the effect more convincing.

How to Add And Customize Overlays

Step 1: Import Your Video in Filmora

Open Filmora and go to File and select the Media tab, where you'll find the Import Media Files Here button. Click on this option and navigate to the folder with the media file you would like to import. Click OK, and the video will appear in Filmora's media library. Alternatively, you can import your video by dragging it from the folder on your PC and dropping it into the media library. Now, drag and drop the video into your timeline.

Filmora Overlays - Import Video Import Video
Step 2: Choose & Apply Overlays

Head over to the Effects panel and select the Overlay option on the left side menu. You'll see several categories of overlays; some overlays are shapes, while others are frames.

Filmora Overlays - Choose & Apply Overlays Choose & Apply Overlays

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