As a video creator, readable text is a must to create content that is accessible through social media platforms. When people are on the go they rarely turn on the sound, even when watching an IGTV video, so a short caption to provide context makes all the difference. With the help of online tools, creators can add text, change the font, add animations, and add a background color to create attractive captions.
For creators looking to level up their text, I recommend using Kapwing. With Kapwing’s free video editor, you can add animated text to video in a matter of minutes.
How to Add Text to Your Video and Make it Move
1. Upload your video to Kapwing
Go to Kapwing on any device with a browser and click “Start Editing” to open Kapwing Studio. You can then drag and drop a video into Studio, click “Upload,” or copy and paste a video link. Please note that you will need a Pro account if your video file is larger than 250MB. However, if it is smaller, you can use the free version.
2. Add your text
Once the video is uploaded, it’s time to add the text. Just click on the “Text” icon on the left toolbar and type your text. Then choose your favorite font, color, and background to design the words.
Because you want your text to be animated, you don’t need bright, explosive colors or fonts that are too original; animation alone will make your text pop. Experiment with different fonts and colors to find the one that works best for you!
3. Animate your text
Now for the fun part: select the text box and, in the menu on the right, click on the “ANIMATE” tab. This tool will allow you to select animations, such as flicker, fade, pitch rotation, etc. Select the speed of the animation and change the color of the text and background if desired.
Use the “Apply To” options to apply the animation to the intro, out, or both. This helps you make your text fade, fade, or transition in and out with animation.
Currently, the text animation library has 9 preset options:
- Drop – appears at the top of the text box.
- Flicker: Like the flickering of a candle, text blinks to appear and disappear before remaining in place.
- Fade: opacity goes from 100% to 0%
- Pop – Text grows larger than the text box, then shrinks to appear in its place.
- Reveal – Unfolds from left to right.
- Clean – Extends from left to right with a colored background.
- Vibrate: the text box shakes slightly in all directions. This is an in-place animation that continues while the text appears on the canvas.
- Hue Rotation – Text color cycles through hue values (keeping saturation constant). This is an in-place animation that continues while the text appears on the canvas.
Once you set the animation for the text, use the timeline to adjust when the animation will start relative to the beginning of the video. Drag the layer to delay the start time or use the start/end time sliders to increase or decrease the length of the video. The text animation will start when the cursor reaches the layer start time.
Adjust when the text layer appears and disappears on the timeline
4. Export and download
Your video with added animated text is ready to go! Just hit “Export Video” at the top of Studio and wait for the video to process. Then download the video or use the provided links to share it on a popular social media platform.