Add text to video

Easily add text to any video with Descript. Just upload your video, wait for your automatic transcript, add the text, and export.

You can also add animated text to iPhone or iPad footage with ease.

The Descript Video Editor allows you to easily add animated text to your videos, iPhone videos, and more. It’s easy to use — simply select the video you want to add text to, add the text, export, and share.

Video subtitles vs. Video captions

Subtitles are captions that provide a translation if the program is to be made accessible to deaf or hearing-impaired audiences, or available in other languages and countries. While the use cases may differ, for creators’ purposes, video captions and subtitles are the same thing.

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How to add text to video

Step 1

Upload your video or animation to Descript’s video editor and add text to your selected clips.

Step 2

Use the editing tools to add text, background color, stickers, motion graphics, and more.

Step 3

Resize the text box, move it wherever you want it to be, change text styles, add text effects, and export in your preferred file type.

Video subtitles vs. Video captions

Subtitles are captions that provide a translation if the program is to be made accessible to deaf or hearing-impaired audiences, or available in other languages and countries. While the use cases may differ, for creators’ purposes, video captions and subtitles are the same thing.

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How to add captions/subtitles to a video using Descript

You can add captions with pretty much any video editing tool. We’re going to tell you how to do it in Descript because a) we think it’s the best, and b) this is our website.

With Descript’s automatic transcription and Fancy Captions you can add open captions to your videos in seconds.

Before you apply Fancy Captions decide if you want to add captions to your entire video, or only a portion. Either way, it’s easy.

Add captions to your entire video

  • If you want to add text to the entire video, select all the transcript just like you would in a doc — using the keyboard shortcut Command + A for MacOS and Ctrl + A for Windows or simply click on “Edit — Select All.”
  • Return to the toolbar, click the (+) button, and type Fancy Captions in the dialogue box. You can also use Command + K to use the Conductor, then type Fancy Captions. Then click on it.
  • Once you select it, Fancy Captions will automatically apply transcription to your video.

You will notice a Fancy Captions icon — a T in a purple box — at the beginning of your transcription. This indicates where your caption begins, which you will see as a separate track on your timeline. You can drag and drop that icon anywhere in the script, wherever you want captions to start.

If you click on the icon, or on the purple captions track in the timeline, you can you then click on the Clip Inspector (in the top right of the app) to change any of your captions’ properties, including the font, size, or color. You can also add animations and shadows.

Add captions to a portion of your video

What if you only want to add captions or subtitles to particular sections of your video project? You can insert them by highlighting just the part you want to caption, then following the second and third steps above. Once you’ve added them, you can expand or shrink the section with subtitles using your Fancy Captions track (the purple line). Just use your mouse:

  • To move your captions click the Fancy Captions track and drag it left or right.
  • To extend your caption track simply click the end or beginning of the Fancy Captions track and drag it left or right.

Create social media clips with captions

You can also repurpose short clips of your video to for social-media promotion — complete with animated captions. It couldn’t be much simpler:

  • Select the portion of your video you want to use for a clip.
  • Right click and select Click to Composition → New. That will create a new Composition consisting of just the content you selected.
  • Click on the new Composition, highlight all of the text and follow the second and third steps in the Add captions section above.

Here again, you can change the color, size, or font of your captions, add animations, or throw in some scroll-stopping animations like waveforms or progress bars.

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Create a podcast, a video, and all your social assets using Descript. It’s as easy as editing a doc.