8 Video Editors that Let You Add Text to Videos

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A research by Gabriel DeFrates on “The importance of typography and its impact on usability goals” concluded that typographical characteristics contribute to the user’s perception. In this fashion, typography has impacted many visual medium including books, posters, cards and interestingly video is also getting fair treatment of Typography.

Videos are primarily created to convey a message that the creator wants his/her target audience to listen to and understand. And it’s not just the visuals that help in doing so but the text used is another important aspect that makes the video an overall success. Typography on videos engages the audience and help them retain the video content better. So how do you add text on videos? Here are few of the popular video editing softwares that can come in handy when you want to add text on videos:

Let’s go through each of these video editors and try to assess how each one fares when it comes to adding text on videos.

1. Adobe After Effects

Video Editor After Effects
Adobe After Effects from the Adobe suite offers a variety of options. It’s mainly used in creating graphics for advertising.

Developed by Adobe Systems, Adobe After Effects is a digital visual effects, motion graphics application mainly used in the post-production process of filmmaking and television production. Adobe After Effects provides customisation capability on text animation like no other software does and is favoured by serious video editing professionals. Here’s a video by E C Abrams on YouTube that shows you how to add text animations on video using After Effects. You should definitely check it out for sure after going through this list. Animating can add something great to your piece of work, if you need help with animation then this explainer video may be able to help you on any projects you are working on. Let me provide some more information about the tool and share my subjective ratings on how it performs in certain aspects.

Pricing – $20 / month (Monthly Subscription)

Platforms Supported – OSX, Windows (Laptop / Desktop)

Quick Glance

Ease of getting started:
Ease of adding text:
Font collection:
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What’s so great?

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2. Typito

Typito - video editing
Typito is Canva for videos

Typito is an online video editor for YouTube creators, Vloggers, and video marketers. It is ‘Canva for videos’ and boasts of a very easy to use interface to add text on videos. Have a look at this GIF that explains how you can add text on videos with Typito.

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Pricing – FREE and other monthly pricing plans

Platform – Web (Mac, Windows, Linux)

Quick Glance

Ease of getting started:
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What’s so great?

One Click Motion Graphic Templates

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3. Adobe Premiere Pro

Adobe Premier Pro - Video Editing
Adobe Premiere Pro from the Adobe suite is a video editing tool of the non linear editing age.

Providing industry-leading video production tool set, Premiere Pro came to existence in the year 2003. The software is well known for timeline based video editing requirements where the video editor spends more time cutting, splicing and stitching multiple video clips together. Adding minimal text on Premiere Pro is easy and here’s a YouTube video that explains how to do it.

Pricing – $20 / month (Monthly Subscription)

Platform – Windows, Mac

Quick Glance

Ease of getting started:
Ease of adding text:
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What’s so great?

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4. Camtasia

Techsmith Camtasia - Video Editing
Camtasia from TechSmith – a great choice for semi-professional video editing

TechSmith’s Camtasia is an amazing tool to create tutorials or product demos. Camtasia allows its users to upload a video from their computer and make it interesting with the tools and effects available. Here’s a video tutorial that explains how you can add text on videos using Camtasia.

Pricing – $99 per copy (Perpetual License)

Platform – Windows, Mac

Quick Glance

Ease of getting started:
Ease of adding text:
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What’s so great?

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5. iMovie

Apple iMovie - Video Editing
Apple Inc’s iMovie and its special effects makes video editing a fun experience

iMovie from the Apple Inc. was originally released in the year 1999. Mainly designed for Apple systems, it runs only on the Macintosh systems. Here’s a blog post that takes you through the steps to add text on videos using iMovie.

Pricing – FREE for Mac products released after 1st September 2013. $14 for older versions (Perpetual License)

Platform – Mac, iOS

Quick Glance

Ease of getting started:
Ease of adding text:
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What’s so great?

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6. Cameo

Cameo - Video Editing
Cameo – an easy to use editing tool available for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch

Cameo is a combination of functionality and quality appified. Offering good text, filter and audio options, Cameo is a definite try for most of the amateurs out there. Cameo is a free app accordant with the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. Away from the annoying pop-ups in other free video editing apps Cameo boasts of a good user experience.

Pricing – FREE

Platform – iOS

Quick Glance

Ease of getting started:
Ease of adding text:
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What’s so great?

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7. Quik

Quik - Video Editing
Quik – A mobile first video editor for iOS and android

As the name suggests it is meant to be quick and easy. GoPro’s Quik (new avatar of the Replay app by Stupeflix Studio that was acquired by GoPro) is a software offering an semi-automated video editing experience on mobile. Quik proves that creating an engaging video is just a few taps away on mobile.

Pricing – FREE

Platform – iOS, Android

Quick Glance

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Ease of adding text-
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What’s so great?

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8. Final Cut Pro

Final Cut Pro - Video Editing
Final Cut Pro by Apple – one of the most widely used editing software for high end productions.

Used widely for both personal and commercial use Final Cut Pro is a great choice for editing and producing videos. Here’s a YouTube video that explains the basics of adding text and transitions on video using Final Cut Pro.

Pricing – $300 (Perpetual license)

Platform – Mac

Quick Glance

Ease of getting started:
Ease of adding text:
Font Collection:
Ability to customize text animations:

What’s so great?

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These tools come handy for all those willing to know and experience more video editing. So for those new in this field and for the seasoned editors this could be a useful guide. Hope you liked this post . Please share your thoughts on tools that enable users to add text on video. We’d love to know what you use for your video creation endeavours.

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  • CS Lewison

    I liked this list. Thanks for this.

  • pslvseo a2

    CutStory is a video editing app for Instagram stories. It makes it easy to chop a longer video up into the required length for Instagram Stories (15 seconds maximum per clip). This way, you can repurpose longer videos—from your brand’s YouTube library, for example—and create more robust content without having to continually stop and start the camera.

  • pslv seoa1

    Apple Clips is a video editing app that lets users create and share short videos complete with special effects, text, and graphics.
    One of the more interesting features of Clips is Live Titles, which let you create animated captions by talking as you record.
    On Facebook, users play up to 85 percent of videos without sound, making this one of the more valuable video social media tools for boosting engagement rates.

  • pslv seoa1

    Apple Clips is a video editing app that lets users create and share short videos complete with special effects, text, and graphics.
    One of the more interesting features of Clips is Live Titles, which let you create animated captions by talking as you record.
    On Facebook, users play up to 85 percent of videos without sound, making this one of the more valuable video social media tools for boosting engagement rates.

  • Binge Blox

    I think that Typito is advertising their product. Whenever they put a con they justify it, but only for cons listed about Typito. Nice list but they are biased towards their own product; they should keep in mind that this isn’t meant to advertise products, but to recommend some so then the user can balance the pros and cons and see if the cons overpower the pros or vice versa.

  • David Anderson

    i like how theres near nothing for windows computers at all

  • Maria Odría Jiménez

    I was really interested in checking out Camtasia, but it costs above €200!!!
    Typito’s basic plan starts on €25 per month (The free version puts their logo in your videos)