The Simple Guide to Adding Animated Text to Your Videos

No matter what kind of video you’re planning to create, we strongly recommend adding text to it. Whether it’s a video tutorial, a travel video, or a fun clip for social media – there are plenty of reasons why you should add text to your video, and we’ll dive into that here.

In this post you will find:

  1. Why Add Text?
  2. How to Add Text to Video Desktop
  3. How to Add Text to Video on Mobile
  4. How to Use Text Animations

Research show that most videos on social media are viewed with sound off, especially on Facebook. That insight led most brands and video creators to take a soundless-first approach when creating videos.

Adding text, captions, and subtitles can ensure you that your video is appealing and understandable even if muted, and can also make it more comprehensible for audiences who speak English as a second language and might find it challenging to follow traditional narration.

Why Add Text?

Text is a great way to:

  1. Highlight your video’s central message
  2. Provide extra information to what is seen on screen
  3. Make your video more memorable
  4. Brand your message
  5. Make your video more aesthetically pleasing

Now that we’ve got the why-you-should-add-text-to-your-video thing covered, we’re happy to let you know that with Magisto’s smart video editor, it is super easy to do. Magisto allows you to add text and customize in just a few easy steps.

Read on to see how it’s done.

How to Add Text to Video on Desktop

Follow these steps to learn how to add, animate, and customize your titles and text on the web.

Step 1: Upload your footage

Step 2: After you select the photos and clips you want to include in your video, you’ll enter the storyboard screen where you can arrange media and add text. 

Step 3: To customize further, once your video draft is ready click “Edit video.”

Step 4: Select the scene you’d like to add text to and click the +  icon. Then, click “Text.”

Step 5: When a pop-up text block appears, enter your text and click “Done.”

Step 6: Drag and drop your text to resize or change its location. You can also and change your text’s font, color, opacity, and more. 

To animate your text, click “Change”  under animation and choose one of the transition options.

Step 7: Once you’re done adding text to your video, click the “Save & Preview” button on the bottom right corner of the screen.

If you’re happy with the result, click “Save.” If you’d like to make changes, click “Edit” to go back to the editor. That’s it! 

How to Add Text to Video on Mobile

Follow these steps to learn how to add text your video in minutes right from your mobile app!

Step 1: Tap “Make a new video.”

Step 2: Select the photos and clips you’d like to use in your video. Add, remove, and reorder your media. You can also add text on that stage. Once you’re done, tap “Next.”

Step 3 + 4: Then, select a style and pick your music.

Step 5: When your video is ready to preview, tap “Edit.”

Step 6: Tap on the scene to which you want to add text.

Step 7: On the bottom bar, tap “Add” and then choose “Text.” You’ll be asked to write the text you’d like to add. 

Step 8: Then you can pinch your text to change its size, move around the frame, change font, color, opacity, alignment, and the best part – you can add text animation under “Style.” 

Step 9: When you’re finished tap “Preview,” save your video, and you’re all set!

Text Animations:

Adding text animations to your video can add a lot of flair. Thankfully for you Magisto is equipped with plenty of fun text animations that you can customize to fit your every mood.

Change the color, font, opacity, background and more to make them your own!

By line:

By Line text animation


stamp Magisto text animation


Cut- Magisto text animation


Fold - Magisto text animation


Lines - Magisto text animation


Fade - Magisto text animation

By Word:

By word - Magisto text animation

Cut Out:

Cut out - Magisto text transactions


Splash - Magisto text transactions


In Conclusion

We hope we have inspired you to spruce up your video by adding titles, text, and fun animations to help your #storiescomealive. If you need further help along the way be sure to check out our help center here or shoot us a note at 

We can’t wait to see what you’ll create with our new text animations. Share your videos with us by joining our community on Facebook here, or tagging us on social.