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Add text to your video

Make your videos pop with animated text that gets attention. Quickly and easily add text to video and photos with Animoto.

Express yourself with animated text

Whether it’s a social media ad, a special event, or video for your website, get your message across by adding captions, quotes, or your own text on top of your video.

Step 1

Upload photos and video clips

Drag and drop images and videos from your computer into your project or choose from our library of Getty Images stock. You can scale, crop, or reposition your photos and video clips once you place them in a block. Want to change up the organization of your video? Rearrange blocks by dragging and dropping them into place.

Leave negative space for text. You’ll want to leave plenty of room for text in each media block. An easy way to do this is to use photos where your subject is positioned at the edge of the frame, instead of directly in the center.

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Step 2

Add text over video clips and photos

Add captions, quotes, or your own words to any image or video clip in seconds. Move your text around within blocks to make it more legible for viewers. You can even leave out the photos and video clips entirely and just add a text block without media to put the focus on your words.

Use text legibility. The text legibility feature lets you add transparent background behind your text to make it easier to read. Toggle it on to ensure that viewers can see all the text you’ve added to your video.

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Step 3

Customize your text

Match your text to your brand or messaging by changing colors, text size, and fonts. You can also change your video style to select different text animations. Once you’ve finished adding text to your video, produce your project and share it with the world. Download your video or post to social media with a click of a button, right from Animoto.

Timing is everything. Preview each block of text to ensure viewers have enough time to read it.

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Make your message even more powerful

See how Go Boxing used text to enhance their video

Finally, a simple way to add text to video. Write what you have to say, upload photos and video clips, then share your project in a matter of minutes.

Why you need to start adding text to videos

Reach more viewers

Most of your audience is watching video with the sound off. Text helps you reach viewers who have your video on mute and achieve higher engagement totals for your videos.

Make your videos more powerful

A picture is worth a thousand words, but adding a few lines of text can go a long way towards improving your message and getting your point across to your audience.

Improve branding

Make your videos stand out by using custom colors, fonts, and animated typography that you can tie to your brand and set you apart from the competition.

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