How to Add Text Over a Movie in Premiere

You can add subtitles, credits, special messages or text-based instructions to your Adobe Premiere 4 movies - whatever you fancy. It's a snap.

Things You'll Need

  • Adobe Premiere

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Open or create a project.

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Open the File menu and select New, then Title.

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Use the text tool to enter your text into the Text window.

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Edit your text with the commands in the Title menu.

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Open the File menu and select Save As, then save and name your title.

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From the Clip window, locate the frame that you want to contain the text.

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With that frame displayed, drag the Clip window into the Title window. You can now see how your text will look in the frame that is to contain it.

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Modify as needed.

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Drag your text into a Superimpose Track on the Construction window. Place your text under the frame that's going to display it.

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Click on your text clip to select it.

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From the Clip menu, click on Transparency.

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Select key settings in the box that appears. Make any adjustments that may apply to the specific key setting.

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Click OK.

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From the Construction window, drag your text clip to cover the number of frames that will display it.

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Preview your movie using the Make Snapshot command from the Make menu.

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Save your project.

Tips & Warnings

  • You can experiment with drop shadows, shapes, colors and other variations.