You can add text, titles, captions, or subtitles to your videos by dragging a title card into the timeline of your Clipchamp video. Read on to see how.


How to add text to your video

Step 1. Click the Text menu button 

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

Text tab on the left sidebar

Step 2. Choose a title from the menu

Hover your cursor over the options to see what each motion title looks like. Some are for adding a subtitle or caption at the bottom of the screen, others are for adding a central heading or title, and others for adding rolling credits. 

You may need to scroll using the bar on the right to see all of the options:

Text tab on the left side bar open

NOTE: in each template, the text appears and disappears differently. It is impossible to manually change this motion other than by choosing a new template.

Step 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:

Drag and drop text onto the timeline

Step 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:

Closes up of title clip in the timeline

Step 5. Select the title and click 'Text' at the top of the screen

Click on your title in the timeline to select it (it will be highlighted). A title editing menu will appear at the top of the editor. Click on Text:

User clicking the text option

Step 6. Type into the TEXT field

In the Title Menu dropdown, replace the default "Your text goes here" and write your own text in its place:

Close up of text

If you want to change the font, click the dropdown under FONT. Scroll through the options (using your mouse scroller or two fingers on your trackpad) or search for a font in the field at the top. 

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

Close up of user dragging bottom right corner for more space

Step 7. Change the title size or position in the TRANSFORM menu

Adjust the SIZE of the text by dragging the slider to the left or right.

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

Close up of text position and size under the Transform tab

We've updated some titles to be "freehand enabled."

Moving picture of hands free text

Select the title in the timeline and then click on the stage.

Step 8. Change the text color in the COLORS menu

Choose a new color by clicking on the dropdown and:

  • choosing a color from the preset palette at the bottom; OR 

  • clicking the rainbow symbol and adjusting the slider, dot, or RGB values; OR 

  • entering a color code.

Close up of text color options

If the title style you chose has elements in different colors, you might see additional color options that you can edit separately, such as:





Step 9. If necessary, adjust the settings in other menus

Some title styles will offer additional menus at the top of the screen, such as:

  • LOGO: you can add a logo and adjust the size (this is a premium branding feature only available on specific paid plans or for one-off payments).

  • TIMING: you can adjust the timings of motions in the title.

  • STARS: you can adjust the number of stars displayed in the title's star rating.

NOTE: some titles blur or darken the video in the background. This feature can't be edited, so we suggest choosing a different title if you want to remove it.

Step 10. Preview your title

Once you're finished editing your title, close the title editing menu by clicking elsewhere in the editor. 

Use the play button in the preview window to see what your title looks like.

Close up of video with play button


Adding a title over black or a solid color

If you'd like your title to appear over black or another color, add a background clip underneath it. To do this, click on Graphics in the left side menu bar.

Graphics tab open on left sidebar

Drag and drop a background onto the timeline.

Dragged and dropped background onto the timeline

You can adjust the length of the background-clip by dragging the edges left or right. Now your title will appear in black.

You can also add white or color backgrounds behind a title. To edit the color of a background, click on the clip in the timeline (so it is highlighted) and use the Color menu that appears at the top of the screen. To learn more, see: adding black or a solid color.


Try it out

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

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