How To Add Text To Video FREE?

The easiest and free way to add text to your video is to use a free video editor like ActivePresenter. Learn how to do it in my step by step tutorial here.

Whether you just want to insert a simple text, closed captions or subtitles into your video, the first thing you need to do is to choose the software that can help you do it the easiest way. At the present time, there are many tools that can do this extremely simply. In today’s article, I will share with you how to solve this problem easily with ActivePresenter – a free screen recorder with built-in video editor for Windows & Mac.

ActivePresenter is a lightweight, free and professional screen recorder, feature rich video editor for creating how-to video, product demos and software simulation. It will take about 5 minutes to download and install this software on your computer. Go ahead with this download link: Download ActivePresenter!

How to add simple text, closed caption and subtitle to video

Step 1: Create a video project

Once you finish the installation, on the interface of the program, click New Project -> Blank Project. From here you can type the name of your video as well as choose a location to save your video.


Step 2: Import your video (slide) into the editor

On the toolbar, click Annotation-> New Slide. Once you have a new slide, you can import your video into the editor via Annotation-> Video. Then, choose the video that you want to add text from your computer.

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Step 3: Add text to your video now

In ActivePresenter, there are many options to add text, closed caption or subtitle to your video. There are Shapes, Spotlight, Highlight, Text Caption and many more annotations to use. All of these annotations and call out can be used to add text, adjust the text size, text color, background and text shadow, add text transition and so on. See below picture.


Step 4: Export your video

Finally, when you finish adding text to your video, choose Export ->Video to finish the work. ActivePresenter allows you to export your video into AVI, MP4, MKV, WebM in its free version without leaving a watemark on your video. Remember that: video rendering time depends on the size of your video file and the specification of your computer.

ActivePresenter Export Video options

It’s easy, right? If you want to learn more about how to use Closed Caption effectively with ActivePresenter, take a look at this tutorial from Atomi Systems.

To be honest, I feel it is really difficult to write down a how-to tutorial in text & images. It’s also difficult for you to follow up, right? Don’t worry! Everything will be clear when you watch following tutorial video.

Add text to your video by Shotcut – free video editor

The free ShotCut video editor has 2 ways to add text to your videos. It has a 3D text tool and a 2D text tool. Simply add the 2D or 3D filter, edit your text… and you are done! Shotcut is a free, open source, cross-platform video editor for Windows, Mac and Linux. Major features include support for a wide range of formats; no import required meaning native timeline editing; Blackmagic Design support for input and preview monitoring; and resolution support to 4k.

Add text to your video by Lightworks 14

A Lightworks video to explain how to simply add text to videos and how to add simple effects such as typewriter or fade. Also in this video how to make the text ‘bounce’ to add in credits or at the start of videos.

Add text to your video by VSDC free video editor

When a footage is not enough to express the whole idea, then let’s fall back upon word power. In the newest release we’ve added extended text features: now you can work with dozens of standard fonts, adjust spacing and color, move paragraphs, wrap text, etc.

Add text to video by Davinci Resolve 14

How to track text to an object in the Resolve 14!

Bottom line

If you like this kind of tutorial topic, please let me know. Or if you have any tutorial request, please ask! If you want to see our review about these video editing software, See them here!

I forgot to remind you that, if you want to convert text-to-speech, it is also available in ActivePresenter. See how to convert text to speech here!

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