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How to Create Custom Lower Thirds in Filmora

Liza Brown
Liza Brown Originally published Jan 29, 23, updated Mar 27, 24

As a video creator, there are times when you need to use Lower Thirds. Although many lower-third presets are available, making unique and personalized ones can ensure your video stands out.

So, to empower your inner video creator, this article will show you how to make your own Lower Thirds in Filmora.

In this article
  1. What is Lower Third
  2. How to Make Your Own Lower Thirds in Filmora

Part 1: What is Lower Third

A Lower Third is a mix of motion graphic design and texts that are placed in the lower area of the screen. It provides additional information, such as a person's name or other relevant information, without distracting the audience from the main content.

Lower Thirds can be used in various settings, such as news broadcasts or interviews, to help provide viewers with additional context.

Part 2: How to Make Your Own Lower Thirds in Filmora

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(1) A simple line and texts

a simple line and texts
Step1 Create a simple line.

Go to the Media library > Sample Media folder > choose a color sample. For this tutorial, we will select the white color. Then, drag and drop this sample color onto the upper video track.

create a simple line

Double-click the white sample clip to open the settings and scale it to 30%. Then, reposition the white bar to your desired place.

double-click the white sample clip
Step2 Mask the white sample.

Since we want to create a thin horizontal shape, you need to make some adjustments to the white sample by using an image mask. So, go to the Effect window > Utility > Image Mask. Then, drag and drop the “Image Mask” onto the white color sample.

mask the white sample

After that, double-click the white sample on the timeline and find the Image Mask setting. Choose the shape that works best for your needs. For this tutorial, we are going to use this one. Then, adjust the X and Y-axis scale numbers until it becomes a thin white line. Click OK.

double-click the white sample
Step3 Add a text for your lower thirds.

Go to Titles > Plain Text > Basic 6 and drop it onto the second video track above the white line clip. Don't worry about the exact position yet. We can adjust it later.

add a text for your lower thirds

Double-click on the text clip to open the settings, then type some text there and adjust the size and font.

double-click on the text clip
Step4 Add animation to the text.

Click Advanced > Animation > Up Down 1 animation. Adjust the animation length by dragging the two brackets on the timeline on the right side. Click Ok.

add animation to the text
Step5 Add keyframes to the white line clip when entering.

Double-click on the white line clip on the timeline to show the animation keyframe setting window. Then, playback the animation of the text, find a position before the text animation starts and move the play head there. Make sure it is close enough to when the texts show up so the white line enters the keyframe right before the text enters.

add keyframes to the white line clip when entering

Click to add a keyframe, double-check to make sure it is the final position you want, and the opacity should be 100 at this point.

After that, move the play head to the left for a few frames and click add again. To make sure the white line is out of the frame before entering, you need to change the Y-axis number. Change the opacity to 0 as the white line starts in transparent color.

move the play head to the left

These two keyframes will create an effect of the line entering the frame while turning from transparent to white. Playback the animation and adjust the keyframes marks by dragging them to the left or right until you feel the timing looks good.

Step6 Add keyframes to the white line clip when exiting.

Playback again to find where the texts disappear, then move the play head to a position after it. Also, make sure it's close enough to where the texts disappear so you can ensure the white line exits right after the texts disappear. Then, add the keyframe.

add keyframes to the white line clip when exiting

You don't need to change the setting this time because this keyframe is used to keep the position and opacity unchanged.

Instead, move the play head again to the right for a few frames and add another keyframe. Move the texts out of the frame by changing the y-axis number, then change the opacity to 0. This keyframe is used to create the white line animation exiting the frame and turning back to transparent in the meantime.

move the texts out of the frame

Playback the video and see how it looks.

(2) A name card with a solid background

a name card with a solid background

Sometimes you might want to create a name card with a solid background like the sample above. To create it, we can use the same method. Here's how to do it:

Step1 Make the lower third background.

Select the white color sample from the sample color folder and drop it onto the upper video track of the video.

make the lower third background

Change the scale to 30%, then reposition the white sample to your desired place. Click OK.

change the scale to 30%
Step2 Create an image mask for the lower third background.

Drag and drop the Image Mask onto the white sample clip on the timeline.

create an image mask

Double-click on the white sample clip to activate the video setting window and find the Image Mask settings. Then, choose the mask shape you need. You can also adjust its size by changing the X or Y-axis.

double-click on the white sample clip
Step3 Add some text.

Once the background card is in place, go to Titles > Plain Text > ‘Basic 6' and drop it onto the third video track.

go to titles

Now, type in the texts as needed. Reposition and scale the texts to make sure they are on top of the background shape.

type in the texts
Step4 Add animation to the text.

Click Advanced > Animation > Push. Then, adjust the animation length accordingly. Click Ok.

click advanced

Double-click on the background clip to show the animation tab setting. Then, playback the text animation and find a position earlier than the start and add a keyframe.

double-click on the background clip

Similar to the tutorial before, move the play head again a few frames earlier to the left and add another keyframe. If you want to have the name card flying in from the left while expanding, you can change the X-axis and scale of the background card to 0. Change the opacity to 0 to create a color change from transparent to white.

move the play head again

To let the background card exit the frame, add two more keyframes to the background card. Add a keyframe with no changes to settings. Move the play head to the right for a few frames and add another keyframe.

add two more keyframes

If you want the name card to exit to the bottom, change the Y-axis number until it exits. Change the scale and opacity to 0. Then, playback and adjust the keyframes.

Finally, you can add a Subscribe button from the new default Filmora element pack “Social Media.”

add a subscribe button

Wrapping up

These are two ways you can create your own Lower Thirds in FIlmora. You can also change the keyframe settings to customize your lower thirds even more. Now, it's time to try it yourself, and let us know what you think!

Liza Brown
Liza Brown Mar 27, 24
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