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 colored 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 solid color background to your video

Step 1. Click on the graphics tab on the toolbar

Click on the graphics tab to locate backgrounds and block color backgrounds.

Click on the backgrounds category see more arrow to access backgrounds and block color backgrounds.

The backgrounds tab should look like this.

Step 2. Drag and drop a colored background

Drag and drop a black, white, or purple background from the backgrounds menu onto your timeline. You can also click on the + plus button to add the background directly to your timeline.

Step 3. Trim the background clip to your desired length

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).

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

Step 4. Change the color of your background if desired

If you want to change the color of your background, click on the color tab on the property panel. Select a color preset or type in your color code.

Add a background between two clips

Add backgrounds between two clips on your timeline.

Add a background under text

You can also place a background under a title. Feel free to change the background color using the color tab on the right sidebar.

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.

Try it out

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

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