You can add text, a title or a subtitle to your videos by dragging a title card into the timeline of your Create project. Here's how:

How to add text to your video

1. Click the Text menu button 

Select Text in the menu on the left hand side of your project.

2. Choose a title from the menu

Hover your cursor over the options in the menu to see what each motion title looks like. 

You might need to scroll using the bar on the right to see all of the options.

NOTE: in each template the text appears and disappears in different ways. It is not possible to manually change this motion, other than by choosing a new template.

3. Drag and drop the title into the timeline

Once you've found a title you like, drag and drop it from the menu into your timeline. A new track will appear above your videos with the title clip in it. 

4. Change the location and length of the title in the timeline

Move the title clip in the timeline so it is above the part of the video you want it to appear on. Hold-click and drag the edges to trim or stretch it to your desired length.

5. Click on the title to see the 'Motion Title Fields' menu

Click on your title in the timeline so it is selected (it will be highlighted). A Motion Title Fields menu will appear above in the top left of the editor.

The menu looks like this:

6. Type the text you want into the text field

In the menu, replace the default 'Your text goes here' in the text field and write your own text in its place:

If you need more space to see and work with your text, drag the bottom right corner of the text field down or across.

7. Change the font, size, or position of your text

In this menu you can also:

Adjust the SIZE of the text by moving the size slider left and right:

Adjust the POSITION of the text on screen (e.g. centre, right, left, bottom, top) by clicking on one of the squares in the position grid.

Change the FONT by using the drop down. Scroll through the options (using your mouse scroller or two fingers on your track pad) or search for a font in the search field at the top. 

Choose a new TEXT COLOR by clicking on the colour and:

  • choosing a colour from the preset palette at the bottom, OR 
  • moving the rainbow colour slider left or right, as well as moving the dot, OR 
  • entering a colour code

You can also change the text TRANSPARENCY by using the checkered transparency slider located underneath the rainbow slider.

In our example, the title now looks like this:

8. If necessary, edit your Background or Border

Many titles have backgrounds that darken, blur or cover some of what is behind the title. Some also have lines or borders that move with the text.

If you choose one of these, you'll have the option to edit the BACKGROUND COLOR (or BORDER or ACCENT COLOR) in the menu.

For example, the title we've chosen has an opaque grey background that we want to remove. To do this we drag the transparency slider all the way to the left, like this:

Now the video behind the title is not darkened by the background:

NOTE: some titles blur the background video. This feature cannot be edited, so if you want to remove it we suggest choosing a different title.

9. If necessary, edit your Subtitle and Secondary Color

Some titles display a second line of text in a different colour. The second line will be what is after the line break (where you hit the enter/return key) in the text field.

You can edit the colour of the second line (if it's a different color) by using the SECONDARY COLOR dropdown:

10. Close the menu

Once you are finished editing your title, you can close the Motion Title Fields menu by clicking the X in the top right (or clicking on another clip in the timeline).

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Adding a title over black or a solid colour

If you'd like your title to appear over black, add a background clip underneath it. To do this, click on Background in the left side menu bar and drag the black rectangle from the menu to the timeline, like this:

You can adjust the length of the clip by dragging the edges left or right. 

The title will now show with a black behind it, like this:

You can also add white or colour backgrounds behind a title. 

To edit the colour or transparency of a background clip, click on the clip in the timeline (so it is highlighted) and use the menu options that appear:

To learn more about how to add and edit a background clip, see this article: Adding black or a solid colour.

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Try it out

Ready to get started? Head straight to Create to try it out for yourself:

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