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How to add text to video

Liza Brown
Liza Brown Originally published Aug 11, 22, updated Mar 27, 24

If you are making an instructional or explainer video, you will often find that you need to add text to various sections of the video. Depending on the tool you use, the process of adding text to a video can be simple or complicated.

In this article, we will share with you the different options you have when you want to add text elements to a video project.

In this article
  1. Add Text to a Video Online
  2. Add Text to Video on Computer
  3. Add text to Video on iPhone
  4. Add Text to Video on Android

Add Text to a Video Online

One of the easiest ways that you can add text to any video is to use a free online solution. There are many online tools to choose from but VEED is a free solution that is easy to use and offers a wide range of features to choose from.

Here's how you can use VEED to add text to your video;

Step1Go to on any browser to access the video editing tool. Click on “Upload Your Video” to open a new project. In the new project screen that appears, tap on “Upload a file” to add your video.

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Step2Once the video is open, click on the “Text” tab on the left and then select the type of text you want to add to the video.

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Step3Type in your text and then use the options below the text box to choose the font style, size, and color of the text. You can also use the duration icons below the text to indicate where you want the text to appear during playback.

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Step4When you're happy with the changes, click on the “Export” button at the top to save the changes and download the video.

Add Text to Video on Computer

While online tools like VEED can come in handy when you want to make simple changes to a video, you will often find that they don't have the necessary features to customize the text in various ways. For that, we recommend Wondershare Filmora, a desktop editing suite that has a lot of useful features.

Filmora combines its wealth of editing features and a simple user interface to make it one of the most effective video editors in the market. Here's how you can add text to any video using Filmora.

Step1Download and install Wondershare Filmora onto your computer. Open the program and then click on the “Import” button to start. You can also just drag and drop the video to the main window to open it.

Step2Once the video is open in Filmora, you will need to drag it to the timeline panel before you can start to edit it.

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Step3Click on the “Titles” tab at the top to open the text and title presets that you will need to add text to the document. Filmora offers more than 200 text effects to choose from. Just double-click on one of the presents to select it and then the preview window to see it in real-time.

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Step4If you like the preset that you have selected, place the cursor on the position in the timeline where you would like to add the text and then drag and drop the title track above the video in the timeline.

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Step5If you would like to change the duration of the text simply drag the edge of the timeline until you get the length that you desire. Filmora also allows you to edit and customize the text. To do that, double-click on the “Title” time frame to get some customization options.

Step6Once you are happy with all the changes you have made, click on “Export” and choose an output format to save and export your video.

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Add text to Video on iPhone

One of the easiest ways to edit a video on an iPhone is to use iMovie. This simple and effective solution can help you edit videos on your iPhone in numerous ways including adding text and subtitles. The following are simple steps to help you use iMovie to add text to a video on an iPhone;

Step1Open the video clip that you would like to add text to. Once the video is open, click on the Text icon from the options at the bottom of the screen.

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Step2Select the style you would like to use from the list of templates.

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Step3A sample text will appear on the screen. Tap on it and then select “Edit” to enter the desired text. Tap “Done” once you are done typing.

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Step4To move the text to the desired location, simply tap on it again and reposition it. You also have the option to increase or decrease the size of the text as desired using the pinch motion. If you want to change the color or font, tap on the “T” that will appear below the clip and choose “Aa” to change the font or the multicolored circle to change color.

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You also have numerous other options in terms of effects including text-shadow. Just tap on the “three-dot icon” to access these features.

Add Text to Video on Android

The best way to add a video on Android devices is to use third-party apps. The good news is that there are several very useful video editing apps that you can use for this purpose. In this guide, we will show you how you can add text to a video on Android using two of the most effective solution.

Using the PowerDirector by Cyberlink

PowerDirector is a video editing app that allows you to edit various aspects of the video including adding text to the video. Available on the Google Play Store, this app has a wealth of additional features that include trimming, rotating clips, and even adjusting the color, brightness, and saturation.

Here's how you can use PowerDirector to add text to your video;

Step1Install PowerDirector on your device. Open it and tap “New Project” at the top. Select an aspect ratio depending on the video project you are working on and enter a project name.

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Step2Select the video that you would like to edit from the folders that show up on the screen. The video will be added to the main timeline of the project.

Step3Select the video layer and then tap on the layer mask from the left sidebar. Select the text tab at the top and then choose the text style that you want to add to the video. Tap on the “+” button inside the style to add the text style you have selected.

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Step4Type in the text that you want to add to the video on the text box and then tap on the “T” icon at the top-right corner of the text box to customize the text.

You can use PowerDirector to change the font, color, and text size or even add effects like Text shadow.

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Step5When you're done editing the video, tap on the “Export” icon at the top-right corner of the screen and choose if you would like to save the video on the device or share it via a social media app.

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Liza Brown
Liza Brown Mar 27, 24
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