This article shows you how to add a few seconds of black, white, or any other color to the timeline.

It also shows you how to make a color clip semi-transparent (slightly see-through) so you can put over videos to change their color.

(If you would like to change the contrast, temperature, brightness, or saturation of a video clip, see this article instead: How to change the color of a video)


How to add a black section to your video

Step 1. Click on the Graphics tab on the left sidebar.

An image of user clicking on Graphics tab on left sidebar.

A pull-out tab will appear with Backgrounds, Overlays, GIPHY, and Stickers.

An image of the Graphics tab opened.

Step 2. Drag and drop Black into the timeline

Drag and drop the blank black square from the Backgrounds menu onto your timeline. You can also click on the + plus button to add the background directly to your timeline.

An image of the black background being added to the timeline. Either drag and drop or click on the + plus button.

Step 3. Trim the Black clip to the length you want

Drag the edges of the black background clip to shorten or lengthen it to your desired duration (see trimming a video for tips on how to do this more accurately).

An image of the background being trimmed using the green side bars.

NOTE: You can also split the clip and delete the unwanted second part if that's easier.

In the above example, the whole video is now 20 seconds long and includes about 4 seconds of black at the end.


You can also add black clips between two clips, as shown here:

An image of the background in the middle of two video clips on the timeline.

Or put a black clip underneath a title:

An image of the background in the middle of two clips with text over the top.


How to add a colored background-clip

Follow the steps shown above to add any background clip to your timeline. To change the color of your background, follow below.

Step 1. Click on the background clip in the timeline 

Click on the background clip in the timeline so it is selected (it will be highlighted). A Properties menu will appear above your video preview.

An image of the background between two clips being clicked. It now has a green boarder around the background showing it is selected on the timeline.

Step 2. Use the Properties menu to change the color

Click on the Color tab to open the color options.

An image of the color tab opened above the video preview.

Move your cursor around the color pallet to choose your desired color.

An image of the color pallet opened.

You can also choose one of the default colors.

An image of the default colors.


How to add a semi-transparent color

You can also make a background clip partially transparent, and put it over the top of a video like a mask to give it a distinctive color/hue.

To do this, click on the Color tab again, then change the percentage of your color.

An image of the color transparency being lowered to 50%.


Try it out

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

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