Do-It-Yourself

Add text to your video

Depending on the platform, over 80% of video is watched without sound, and text is absolutely essential for getting your message across. Quickly and easily add text to video and photos with Animoto.

How to add text to video

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.

Step 2

Add text over video clips and photos

Tell your story by adding text directly into your video. If you started from a template, feel free to use our text as a jumping off point. Then drag your text anywhere in frame to best complement your media.

Step 3

Customize your text

Match your brand in moments by applying text colors, sizing and font to your entire video from your Design Settings. Then preview your video and make any final edits. Finish up by clicking Export. Download and share your video with the click of a button.

Make your message even more powerful

See how Go Boxing used text to enhance their video

Never assume that your viewers are watching with the sound on. Go Boxing used text to make sure their message got across to all viewers, even those watching on mute.

Why you need to start adding text to videos

Reach more viewers

Most of your audience is watching video with the sound off. Text improves accessibility and helps you spark engagement from viewers watching your video on mute.

Make your videos more powerful

A picture is worth a thousand words, but adding text can make sure that your exact message gets across in the way you want to tell it.

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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