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Wondershare Filmora9
Add and customize Text/Title with effects
  • Large collection of geate Title & Text overlays.
  • Animated opener, Lower thirds, Subtitles, End Credit and more.
  • Save the edited video directly to the mobile device.

How to Add Text to Video Quickly

Apr 26,2019• Proven solutions

As we already said besides adding video and image overlay to the main video, you can also add text to video. Adding text is one of the professional ways to touch your videos. Adding text to video will allow viewers to watch the video in a noisy environment and get the information as well, which also works perfectly when people hanging out on Facebook to watch the muted Autoplay videos in News Feed.

While adding text to video will require some video editing software, you can find some online solutions but it's not difficult and can be completed in a few short steps using video editing software like Wondershare Filmora9. In this article, I will show you all the steps about how to add text overlay to video using Filmora9.

Before getting started, let’s check the video tutorial about How to add text videos first.

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From the video tutorial above we can see that adding text to video is easy, now let me show you how to add text to video step by step.

Part 1: How to add text to video in Filmora9

Step 1: Import your video files

After launching Filmora9, click New Project to enter the main screen. It is recommended to adjust settings such as aspect ratio and frame rates before getting started in the Project Settings window as shown below.

 Filmora9 Project Settings to add text to video

The default aspect ratio is 16:9, you can adjust the aspect ratio based on your needs and change it to 1:1 (for Instagram videos), 4:3, or 9:16 (videos shot vertically).

Click the "Import" button to select and add your video into the media library. For your convenience, you can also directly drag and drop the target video to the collection.

 Filmora9 Importing

Step 2: Add Videos to Timeline and Locate the Video Frame

Next, you need to drag and drop your video clips from the media library to the timeline panel to edit. Before adding text to video, you can trim, cut or delete part of the video based on your needs. Then Zoom in the timeline to show the video frame more precisely to locate the frames that should have a text overlay.

 Filmora9 to add text to video

Step 3: Choose Text Presets and Add text

Click the Titles tab to open the Text& Title presets. There are more than 200+ text effects built in Filmora9, which covering various styles such as Lifestyle, media, seasonal, opener, lower 3rd and end credits. Double click the titles preset to check the result in the Preview window.


 Filmora 9 to add Text to video

If it fits your needs, place the Playhead to the position where you want to add the text and title in the timeline and then drag and drop it to the track above the video in timeline.

 Filmora 9 how to add text to a video

Step 4: Change the Duration of the Text

In Filmora9, the default duration of the text overlay is 5 seconds, but you can drag the edge of the text module in the timeline to extend it to fit the length of the video based on your needs. Or, you can select the Text in the timline first and then click the Timer icon to change the duration of the text effect.

 add text to a video in Filmora 9

Step 5: Edit and Customize Your Text

Double click the Title frame in the timeline to open a window which allows you to do some basic editing of the titles. Here you can enter the text of your text overlay and change the text font, color and size.

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There are more than 20 text effect style for you to choose. Just double click one Style to apply it in the text overlay and you will see the changes in the Preview window.

You can also click the "Animation" icon to change the animation of your title text overlay or drag and drop the text box in the preview window to change the position.

Advanced Text Editing

To customize the text overlay further, click the Advanced button to open the Advanced Text Edit panel. Here, you can also apply a preset and an animation as well as customize the Text Fill, Border and Shadow elements.

Filmora9 how to add text to a video

You can add more text boxes to the video as well as new text shapes such as circle, rectangle, round bubble and arrow. Besides that, you can adjust the duration of each text element by dragging the edge of the text in the Text timeline.

Step 6: Export the new video

After adding your text overlay, click the “Play” icon to preview the result. If satisfied, click the “Export” button and choose an output format from the list. You can change the video and audio parameters such as Bit Rate, Encoder, Resolution in the advanced settings.

You can also directly upload to YouTube right from Filmora, or the classic way - burn to DVD for watching on your home player. If you want to play on your mobile device, choose the "Devices" tab and select a device such as iPhone, iPad, iPod, Zune, Samsung Galaxy, Xbox and more.

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Part 2: How to add text to video with other software

1. Windows Movie Maker

Originally, it is developed by Microsoft and many users use it to add text to video. You can use Windows Movie Maker to add various text templates to video. It supports changing text size, text font and color. If you like to highlight video message, adding text to video is the best way. You can also add text to video in a different position. Left or right is at your choice.

Windows Movie Maker add text to video

2. Video Studio

Video Studio is a video eidtor that you can use to add text to video. The steps are easy to follow. You just need to know where you want to add text first and then drag the text you like to the position. There are various templates you can use. Now fit this text to the whole video. Now, you can edit the text format. You can change text font and style.

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3. Animoto

Animoto is an online tool to add text to video. Without downloading. You need to log in to import video and add text. You can change text style to make it fit with your video. If your vido is young and happy, you should choose some funny text template to add. All the style is based on your video. You can choose text animations to stand out your video.

Animoto add text

Besides adding text overlay, Filmora9 has more brilliant editing functions to edit and produce videos inside a wide selection of file kinds with ease for all the users. You can easily trim or split video clips, crop video screen size, apply unique effects to your video files, flip/rotate them horizontally or vertically… Now download and try it out!

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Liza Brown
Liza Brown is a writer and a lover of all things video.
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