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Branding your YouTube videos with a watermark is a good way to project the image of a serious vlogger. Like your banner, icon, and video thumbnails your watermark is a piece of channel art which will help to define the style of your vlog. It will also prevent your videos from being stolen and passed off as somebody else’s work.
You can add a watermark to your videos after they are already on YouTube, or beforehand in your video editing program.
There are two ways you can watermark your video in Filmora Video Editor. You can download the latest version of Filmora at filmora.wondershare.com
One is to create a logo outside of Filmora and import it into the program. Watermarks are usually, but not always, transparent. Once your logo is imported add it to the ‘picture in picture’ track in your timeline (the second one down). Your watermark will appear in the preview screen over top of your main clip. Drag the edges of the yellow boarders surrounding it to adjust the size. Once you are happy with the size of your watermark drag it into the bottom right corner of your screen.
In your timeline, drag the end of your logo so it spans the length of your clip.
If you do not already have a watermark you can create one using the ‘Text/Credit’ menu in Filmora.
Choose any text option you like and drag it down into the text track in your timeline. The perfect option for your vlog might be in any of the sub menus, but the titles in the ‘badges’ and ‘labels’ folders have interesting circular shapes that may look more like logos.
Once your text is in your timeline drag it over your full clip. Then click edit and proceed to the advanced editing screen. Here you can not only change what the text says but make it smaller and transparent.
If you have chosen a text style that has multiple parts, such as a label with two sections of text and a boarder graphic, then every piece will need to be edited separately.
To make a piece of text transparent turn the opacity down by at least half.
When you add a watermark using this method it will automatically apply to every video you have uploaded. This is convenient for adding and changing watermarks quickly, but if you have already included watermarks in some videos using another method it may look awkward.
To add a watermark to your previously uploaded videos you will need to have created and saved your watermark outside of your video editing program.
Go to YouTube and sign into your account. Then go to the ‘Creator Studio’ and select ‘Channel’. Under the channel menu select ‘Branding’. Once you are on the Branding page select the blue ‘add a watermark’ button.
In the ‘upload a watermark’ window select your image and click ‘save’.
Your watermark should be transparent, square, and larger than 50x50 pixels, which is the size it will be shrunk down to when it appears in the corner of your videos.
Youtube suggests that your watermark have only one color. The point is that you should not use anything flashy that will take attention away from your video, so having two or three colors is not necessarily wrong if your design is subtle.
Next, you will have the option of choosing a start time for your watermark, making it appear only at the end of your video, or having it there for the entire length of your video. Once that is done click ‘Update’ and your watermark will be applied to your videos.
Your watermark will automatically include a link so viewers who are not subscribed to you can do so.
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