Texts are powerful elements in videos and one of the most essential tools in a video editor’s toolbelt.
As a video editor, every scene in your video counts, which means you need to invest in your video’s quality to keep viewers hooked and engaged.
Adding text to videos not only enhances the quality of your video content but also increases its watch time.
In this article, we’ll show you how to add text to videos in Adobe Premiere so you can elevate the quality of your videos.
Let’s dive in.
Why Add Text in Adobe Premiere Pro?
There are so many reasons why you need to add text to videos you create. Text helps to convey information quickly to your audience. For instance, texts make tutorial videos easy to understand and give more details about what is being spoken.
You can use text to provide subtitles for the characters' conversations, title screens, or credits. The text you use depends on the purpose of your video. A filmmaker, for instance, will only focus on subtitles and opening titles or credits.
For videos posted on social media, there’ll be a greater focus on subtitles and captions. 85% of Facebook users watch videos on mute, and 69% of people view videos in public places with no sound.
The text style in these scenarios tends to be flashy, with animated text to draw people in.
How To Add Text in Premiere Pro in 4 Steps
Here’s how to add text to your videos and edit them in Adobe Premiere for your videos. You can edit the font, color, size, and animation inside your Adobe Premiere project.
Step 1. Open Premiere Pro To Start a New Project
Launch Premiere Pro on Windows or Mac. Click File at the top > New > Project. Give your project a title, and then click OK. Double-click on the left-corner library to import media. Next, drag your desired video file to the Premiere Pro timeline.
Step 2: Add Text
Go to the topmost toolbar and select Titles, select New Title > Default Still when a drop-down menu appears. You can use Ctrl + T as a shortcut key. The new title window on your screen contains details about the width, timebase, height, and aspect ratio of the video. Enter the name of your project, then click OK.
Step 3: Customize Your Text
Open the Essential Graphics panel. Modify your text by highlighting it and then changing the shape, size, and color.
Step 4: Add a Custom Font
Choose Add Adobe Fonts in the drop-down menu to add custom fonts not included in the program. Activate the fonts you want to use for the video. Once done, you’ll see them in the font options when you’re editing.
How To Add Captions and Subtitles with Adobe Premiere Pro
Adding captions or subtitles is a slightly different process on Adobe Premiere Pro. To start, go to File, then click New and Captions.
Here are the next steps to adding captions or subtitles to Adobe Premiere videos:
- Navigate to the Captions tab.
- Next, click Sequence and then Captions. Click Add New Caption Track.
- Choose an option from the four that will be displayed to choose how you want to add the subtitles or captions.
- Next, you will see a Blank Captions Layer on top of your timeline.
Here’s how to use the Captions Panel to modify the captions you add:
- To add the first caption, click the + button in the Captions panel.
- Type the caption in the text box.
- You will see a colored block in the timeline indicating the caption.
- Drag the box along the timeline to adjust the caption’s timing. You can extend or shorten the length.
- Click the + button once you finish to add another caption. Be careful not to overwrite captions by moving the playhead along the timeline.
Premiere Pro Captioning Alternative - Submagic
Premiere Pro is a great tool for adding subtitles and captions to videos. However, it takes a lot of time to master if you’re a beginner and is quite expensive compared to the limited customization options it offers.
If you’re looking for a tool with a simple interface and a straightforward process for generating video captions, use Submagic.
Submagic allows you to add subtitles to iPhone and Android devices, which you cannot do on Adobe Premiere Pro.
With Submagic, you can effortlessly create captions with emojis and intelligently highlight keywords within two minutes.
It also allows you to create subtitles in over 48+ languages. You can generate Japanese subtitles, Italian captions, German subtitles, and more to reach a diverse set of audiences.
Adobe Premiere Pro vs Submagic Captions
If you’re creating short-form content and want to decide on the best tool to use for adding captions to your videos, here’s a quick comparison between the two.
Time: It takes time to master Premiere Pro.
Price: The license costs $35.99/month, which is expensive when looking at the limited customization options.
Customer support: Customer service can sometimes be slow.
Compatibility: Mac and Windows
Submagic Captions Tool:
Perfect for short-form videos (Instagram, Youtube, TikTok): If you’re mainly interested in adding captions to short-form videos for social media, Submagic is a better choice.
Time: It takes less than 5 minutes to create professional-looking captions with Submagic. Plus, it offers a large range of customization options.
Customer Support: The staff is available 24/7 to answer questions and help fix your captions issues fast.
Price: Pricing starts at $16/month, which is quite affordable for most creators.